Today I am talking snail mail, as regular readers will know that I am a big fan of putting pen to paper.
This is a little follow up to a post I wrote last year sharing how to make a pocket letter. It was fun to do, quite relaxing and it went down well with the recipient. But, it took a fair bit more time than I usually have to spend on a letter, so to be honest I haven’t sent one for some time.
Ah yes, I am now all about pocket letters again! I have discovered an easier way to make them, meaning that some of my pen pals can enjoy receiving these once more.
The trick it seems is all in bulk-pocket-lettering (yes, that’s totally a thing). I get everything out and once I have the tools I need to do this and I am in the zone, I make several at a time. This means that all I need do when it comes to sending my happy mail is actually write the letter, which is no different or any more time-consuming than what I’d normally do.
I like to use books of craft paper where possible, and this one I’m featuring is from The Works – I think it was £4 for the pack. Craft paper is a little thicker than normal paper or wrapping paper so it slots easily into the pockets.
As I like to use different backing papers across the pockets, by making several letters up at a time it means I use every bit of each piece of paper. If making just one, I find I have loads of bits of paper left over.
The little paper trimmer with a ruler definitely makes this much faster, too. I don’t remember where I actually acquired this from, but it has come into its own for me now! This makes this process a lot faster, so if you’re looking to do this, I would definitely suggest picking one of these up.
As I have all of my snail mail box and bits and bobs out whilst I do this, it’s all to hand, so I can fill the pockets up en masse. As I mentioned in my previous pocket letters post, you can pop whatever you want into this, and I tend to include a drink, bits of stationery and craft supplies, mail tags and of course, the letter.
Pocket letters are so much easier now that I am using my paper trimmer and making several at a time. It’s got me rummaging about through my supplies planning my next batch and thinking about different themes for them. All good fun!
What do you think? Would you send these?