This project is a nod to Levi Strauss & Co., still love this brand. I even worked at corporate for a stint. I heart the tried + true blue.
You can add a pocket to pretty much anything. It’s super cute, easy to do + functional too.
Step 1 – Cover the front side of your book of choice with tape of choice. . I, of course, chose “Denim” here.
(By the way, Rob’s denim came out AGES before that other brand did…I just feel like I need to say that outloud…Also, his matte finish looks like a real pair of jeans. Very cool + entrepreneurial.)
Step 2 – Draw + cut out a pocket pattern out of cardboard.
Step 3 – Cover both sides with tape to create sturdiness. Again, I used “Denim” to be thematic but a contrasting tape(s) would be fun too.
Step 4 – Adhere it to the frontside with a tape “border.” For a graphic touch, I opted for “Modern Houndstooth“ + used it on the spine too.
Step 5 – Embellish the pocket if you wish. I am a big heart fan…so “I Heart Tape” here. You could also glue sequins, ribbons or use sticky gems or foamies. Whatever strikes your fancy.
Have fun with crafting stuff like this. It only takes a few minutes to personalize the plain.
Happy Saturday – get busy!
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Charlie and I crafted our own version of “Old Glory” this morning at 7:30 am, before school began. He helped with the stripes while I focused on the stars….It seemed like a respectful + loving thing to do.
I was in New York City on business on September 11, 2001. So was Rob’s sister, Anne (the talented artist behind the Platypus People illustrations + the new paper goods line, Azuline), who lived there. Rob was trying to arrange a meetup via email because phone lines were overloaded.
But so much was happening in the hours that followed that, last minute, I hitched a ride out of beloved Manhattan with a friend’s father. I also told the hotel room to give my room away to whoever needed it + paid for it for the rest of the week. So many families were stranded. It was overwhelming in ways I simply can not express here….
Today, I can’t help but think how incredible it would have been to have made my way to Anne’s apartment on that particular Tuesday to spend time with someone that now – 11 years later – is such a special friend.
Instead I pretty much went it alone cross-country, meeting some really nice people along the way. A story for another day that involved several rental cars + an Amtrak train ride of a lifetime. When I finally arrived home to San Francisco, I had a lot of miles under my belt and hundreds of hours of solo soulful reflection about the beauty, unexpectedness, unpreparedness and fragility of life.
I love the Big Apple.
I love America.
I am waving my flag high in the sky! (And for Anne too. She loves flags.)
God bless the USA and the heroes who walk with us – and those who peer down upon us.
I am eternally grateful….Thank you.
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Last night, I was invited last minute to a friend’s house for dinner. I couldn’t arrive empty handed so I quickly whipped up something sweet: cupcakes topped with these summer fun Platypus Designer Duct Tape name flags.
What a quick fix! These super cute name flags took about 5 minutes to make out of wooden skewers + a Sharpie.
And these rich chocolate morsels – made from a Trader Joe’s mix - also gave me just the fix I needed to stay up late!
They were a big hit. Everyone felt special….
And I think this idea would also work really wonderfully for Back To School night or a dorm, club or sorority function.
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John (one of the Platypus People) has been super busy at night making snazzy wallets. These two-tone beauties look amazing! He’s even named them “Longhorn Picnic” (made out of Saddle Leather + Picnic Gingham patterns) and “Child at Hearts” (from White Linen + I Heart Tape patterns).
I think he needs to sell them. Such great craftsmanship!
Perfect for cash /credit cards or shopper loyalty cards / coupons. Keeps stuff organized and satisfies your spending + saving cravings.
Platypus Designer Duct Tapes are meant to mix + match. Send us your combos!
Thanks, John, for sharing!
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While on vacation back in June, I made a pit stop in Raleigh, headquarters of Fortis Design, to see my fellow Platypus People.
While there, my family and I found ourselves in downtown Raleigh looking for a last minute place to eat. We decided to head over to famed chef Ashley Christensen’s “Chucks,”
En route, we stumbled upon this triptych by Chapel Hill based installation artist Mary Carter Taub. Giddy to see such coolness on a random Raleigh street,I took a couple snaps of it. It struck me how much this window scene looked like duct tape….
Curious about what I saw, I googled the artist. SURE ENOUGH, the installation was printed wall vinyl digitally translated from her duct tape collage….And I loved learning that Mary Carter Taub lives so close to Rob!
I think she definitely needs some Platypus Designer Duct Tape. Wouldn’t it be so fabulous to see Rob’s chic, seamless, matte finish tape underpinning giant wall art….?
(For fun, check out a few more images from Mary Carter Taub’s website here.)
Let this art motivate your own expression of duct tape. On a wall. On a canvas. On a tote bag. Personal possibilities are endless.
Rip strips + let your imagination soar!
P.S. Send photos of your creations to us: firstname.lastname@example.org . We’d love to share Community Crafter inspirations on our blog.
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(He’s Rob’s biggest brand advocate, that’s for sure. I’m thinking he should hand out samples or maybe vend rolls on site!)
Anyhoo, Charlie also keeps a stash of tape in his DC backpack for on-the-go repairs. Totally smart, easy to use + convenient. (He goes through skate pads about once a month…He’s hard core!)
A quick fix, he used “Wool Stocking” here to tape up his knee pads. Took him less than 5 minutes.
So buy some of Rob’s tape. Throw it in your car. Your backpack. Your purse. For whatever, wherever. Proof in point that you can ”make it with tape” pretty much anywhere.
P.S. Since it’s Music Monday, here’s a “Pro Skater Tony Hawk” playlist off of Spotify compiled by listener Stu McOmie. It includes classics from the Dead Kennedys, Naughty by Nature, Primus…Of course, Charlie hasn’t listened to this stuff yet. It’s not G-rated. Click here…
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