It’s fun snail mail time again and this week it’s my outgoing mail from June – of which there was a lot of!
Before I got to writing and sending my letters though, I needed to stock up on stamps:
Shame though that shortly after I stocked up on stamps and calculated everything to the €1.05 cost for sending letters outside of Ireland they announced that the price would be going up to €1.10 this month – and still no 5c stamp despite the price always going up by 5c at a time!
Oh well! Onto the mail now.
I didn’t have any postcards being sent out last month but I did have a few swap-bot swaps. Most were simple tea swaps and I didn’t decorate the envelopes much so they’re not worth showing off but here’s one of the monthly ‘Fill My Stocking’ swaps that I did where you send a small stocking filler type present to someone. The woman I was sending to liked fabrics so I found some fat quarters and wrapped them up to send her.
Everything else I sent out was to pen pals so let’s get to that!
I really liked the craft envelope with the panda I sent out the month before so I made another similar one, this time with an elephant and sent it off to my friend in the UK.
I had three envelopes going out last month that were just decorated with strips of washi tape. It’s a really simple way of decorating an envelope but it looks great. I went with a black and white theme for the first envelope to match the Yeats stamp I used (and also just because I have a lot of black and white tapes). For the second envelope, I used a brown craft envelope and used two vintage themed tapes that I bought in TK Maxx and absolutely love! It seemed fitting to pair it the envelope with a vintage teddy. For the third, I just went for random purple and blue tapes to get something bright.
For the letter I sent to Keely (in the black and white envelope), I decided to try something different for presenting my letter so I went with this – a crocheted granny square and ribbon! Gotta try something different every now and again (also I didn’t have any nice paper doilies that I see people use sometimes).
I had a couple of things going out to Myra last month. As a thank you for the mini album she made, I gathered a few goodies together and sent them off in the A5 planner pocket I made for my the tutorial on them that I did – planner pockets also made good snail mail folders!
Myra also sent me a pocket letter last month. I’ve never made a pocket letter before but thoughtfully, she sent along a few pocket pages so it only seemed fitting I give it ago and sent my first one back to her! I kept the decorating pretty simple but I still had a lot of fun making it. Here’s the decorated front and the goodies in the back:
And here’s the envelope I sent it out in. The larger envelope size meant I was finally able to use one of the bigger colouring book images I cut out a while back.
Are there enough stamps? Well, she sends me lots of used stamps so I thought she might want to replenish her stocks! Funny thing is, I sent this envelope off on a Monday and it arrived back at my house on Tuesday because the machine or something read my address which is written on the back. I mean, I thought it was pretty clear where it was going seeing as there’s only one address on the front and there’s enough stamps to tell you which side that was! The envelope did arrive at its destination a bit damaged – the glue I used for the feather and nests obviously weren’t strong enough – but it’s good to know that the number of stamps didn’t hinder it’s journey!
And that’s it for my June mail! Hope you enjoyed seeing it. Let me know which is your favourite piece of mail art, I love hearing what you think!
And of course, before I go a few shots of the stamps I used: