I have purchased only one roll of washi tape ever. Do you know why? There are so many choices, and they are reasonably affordable, and I have a problem choosing. I tried ordering several times, got lost in all the colors and patterns and gave up. I decided to make my own, very, very fake version using just three things: 1 collage sheet printed on regular office paper, a paper cutter and tiny xyron sticker maker.
It couldn't be easier. First I cut my paper strips.
Then I admired them.
Pulled them through the little machine.
Made a long roll...
I even put two smaller strips of paper at once (to preserve the tape). I doesn't bother me that one of them slipped a little.
At the end I trimmed them with regular scissors. And now I have a nice stack of colorful paper snippets. They really are not anything like washi tape, except that the size is similar and that is so easy and convenient to tear a piece and put it somewhere.
I already started using them in my journal. Fun!