In honour of my roughly one year anniversary of getting some pen pals and sending some letters, I thought it fitting to take a small look back at some mail I’ve sent over the last 12 months and a few things I’ve received – who knows, maybe I’ll encourage some of you readers out there not yet into snail mail to start sending some letters!
I absolutely love mail art now. I like to think I’ve gotten pretty good at making nice envelopes that put smiles on people’s faces but developing a knack for mail art can take some practice!
When I look back, I can’t help but think how boring my envelopes were! I hadn’t yet discovered how much I enjoy mail art. I made a few envelopes but a lot were just plain envelopes with a strip of washi tape or a decorative sticky label. We all have to start somewhere though!
It wasn’t long before I started making more of my own envelopes. I really starting building my paper collection (and even made a few envelopes out of wallpaper!):
Come 2016, I really started getting into mail art. I started spending more time making envelopes and decorating them in different ways – like these ones I decorated with sticky labels. I also started delving into the world of stamps and using a few different ones.
I like to mix up my decorating styles from time to time but I think by now all my pen pals and blog readers have spotted my love for incorporating colouring books into my mail!
Now I’m all about the stamp thing and trying to find the stamp that best suits the theme I want for the envelope. It’s not always possible but when you can do it, it really completes a piece of mail art!
So where will my mail art go next? Who knows! You’ll just have to keep an eye on my monthly snail mail posts to see.
And what about my incoming mail? Well, there’s been a lot of it:
I appreciate every letter that comes through my letter box but I can’t show everything so here’s just a few bits and pieces that I’ve gotten from pen pals and doing swaps:
Now, at this stage, some of you out there might be feeling that snail mail is for you but you don’t know where to start. I might at some stage do a longer post talking about some of the snail mail sites I’ve come across and used but for now, I’ll just leave you with a few places to check out:
- Pen Pal World – email or snail mail
- Postcrossing – for sending postcards
- International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club – pen pals and occasional swaps
- Swap-Bot – swaps of various kinds
- And of course, WordPress! A few of my current pen pals I met via their blogs. I enjoyed reading their blogs and they happened to also be interested in snail mail.
Don’t be afraid to ask if someone wants to pen pals. What’s the worst that can happen? They might not have the time or resources for more pen pals and they say no but if you take the risk of asking and they say yes, well you’ve potentially just made a lifelong friend!
Well, that’s all for this post then. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my mail and are maybe encouraged to start sending some snail mail yourself. Trust me – you’ll love the feeling of getting nice things in your mail!