On one of my many evenings browsing around the web, I stumbled on a Pocket Letter board on Pinterest and starting seeing really cute scrapbook / Project Life looking crafting. The idea behind it is that you become a member (it's free) at PocketLetterPals.com and create a profile. Then you can browse the other members and find someone with similar interests, and recommend a swap.
I was lucky to find a Pal quickly that has similar hobbies from New Zealand named Matilda (Hi Matilda, if you are reading!). We agreed to do a swap and set off to create our pocket letters.
Not having done this before, I looked at a bunch of other Pocket Letters online and took a little trip to the store to pick up some extra goodies. You start with a 9-pocket trading card sleeve and then get started.
My Pocket Letter Pal Matilda is a fan of Amy Tangerine so I chose a bunch of different stickers to send and also included some tea, jewel embellishments, tags, twine and some little clothes pins. The general idea is to fill the pockets of each of the 9 spaces. Last but not least, you add a personal note - just like a Pen Pal.
Here are some tips I found helpful!
- Use washi to close off the tops of the pockets for small items so that when the package arrives they are intact
- Leave the backs on the stickers that you use so that your Pocket Letter Pal can use them in their own art / crafts projects - I cut around the backings and then used glue to keep them in place
- The idea with the 9-pocket trader card layout is so that you can fold it into thirds, and place it in a standard #10 envelope. I found this tough as I added tea into the pockets - next time I will mail it in a large manila envelope! My Pal Matilda already figured this out ;)
So off it went in the mail to New Zealand.
I received my package from Matilda just a few days later and was blown away at how beautiful hers was and was amazed by all the goodies she managed to fit in that will be great new additions to my stash - THANKS MATILDA!
As you can see from the photo - she had not only store bought goodies, but also some fabulous handmade embellishments! Very talented lady. She was SUPER smart and wrapped some washy on a clear plastic card - which I thought was brilliant!
In summary - we both loved our packages and are looking forward to another swap soon, and another note to get to know more about each other - super fun!
Are you on Pocket Letter Pals? Want to swap? Send me a note - or leave your used name in the comments below!