Snail Mail

July 2016 – Outgoing Snail Mail

     Much like my incoming for last month, it was a slow outgoing mail month! I’m determined to make August more busy but while I’m doing that, here’s my July outgoing mail.

     I started my month by sending out a couple of postcards via postcrossing. These went off to the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, USA and Russia. They’ve all arrived now although at least two of them had some trouble along the way – I believe the postoffice’s postmark was giant and ended up covering the postcrossing code but thankfully they still got registered. Note to self – write codes at the bottom of the card, not top in the future.

Photo - July 2016 - Outgoing - Purple     I only had one swap-bot swap last month too and that was a pen pal swap so the rest of my outgoing mail is made of letters.

     My letter sending was a little slow too though – annoyingly, the price of sending mail went up from €1.05 to €1.10 mid-way through the month. Only a 5c increase, but very awkward when dealing with Irish stamps considering the numbers we have (for example, we don’t have a 5c stamp). I had all my stamps ordered into groups that looked good with each other to make up the cost but of course when the increase happened I had to rearrange them all to add up to €1.10 so now not all my stamps match.

Photo - July 2016 - Outgoing - Pen Pal Letters

Photo - July 2016 - Outgoing - Limerick to the Netherlands (2)     I did get a few letters sent off before the price increase, like the Limerick at night envelope which is made from a page from a free promotional magazine about Limerick.

     The castle envelope is also made from a page from that magazine. The paper the envelopes are made from is pretty flimsy but they’re fine to use once the letter paper is in them and they’re sealed up. Previously envelopes I made from the magazine arrived in their destinations so I’m not too worried about these!

     Unfortunately, I didn’t get the castle envelope sent off in time so I had to add an extra stamp to it:

Photo - July 2016 - Outgoing - Limerick to the Netherlands (1)

Which was awkward to fit because I didn’t want to cover up the castle on the envelope. The SOAR (stamp on a roll) stamps are big and tricky to place because of their size – I’m not too fond of the SOAR stamps because of this, even though you can get them in any denomination you want. Also, the pictures they use for them are the 1916 commemorative images and I don’t really like them (flowers and animals suit my mail art a lot better!).

     While I did have a lot of stamp matching trouble last month though, I did start working on matching paper to the envelope as well. Purple letter paper with a purple envelope and…well I didn’t have any castle paper so I went with outdoors camping paper, close enough! If it didn’t match the mail art I at least tried to match it to the person or contents of the letter so in the case above, my pen pal mentioned taking a trip to the mountains and forests so camping paper seemed fitting. I forgot to photograph it, but for the Limerick at night envelope, I used the tattooed girl letter paper I got in June from La Papierre as my pen pal mentioned liking and having tattoos.

     I might not be able to match the paper all the time but it’s nice when I can!

     Finally, the last bit of mail I sent last month was to Keely. Well, last two bits of mail. I sent her a letter and birthday card, along with a mini booklet, but as it was weighing over 100g, it became cheaper to send two lighter envelopes instead of one heavier one! (Snail mail tip – invest in scales, it’s really useful for times like these!)

     The bird envelope had the letter and booklet in it. The two birds are pictures cut out from a colouring book (yup, still using that one colouring book that only cost me €5 – it was a great investment for my mail! if you haven’t seen my posts from a few months back, check them out: colouring books and envelopes part 1 and part two).
Photo - July 2016 - Outgoing -  to Keely

     I did forget to take a picture of the card itself, but you can see it in Keely’s mail post (which you should check out because she has such lovely mail!). It’s a travel theme card and envelope. I was in the craft store one day and spotted this pack with die cuts and card (it’s hard to see in the picture but there’s a faint map on the card I used for the envelope) and I straight away thought of Keely when I saw it! It had just been her birthday so it seemed the perfect material to make a birthday card from.

     And yup, that’s my outgoing mail from July!

     I’m off now to make sure August’s post has more pretty pictures than this one!

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17 thoughts on “July 2016 – Outgoing Snail Mail

    1. It’s definitely worth signing up for because you don’t have to make any commitments – if you want to send a postcard, you do and if you’re too busy, there’s no one expecting anything from you.

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    1. I do, it’s quite fun. Do you have any pen pals? It’s nice to be able to sit and write letters, take some time out from other matters.
      Postcrossing is a great site. Their tag line is: “send a postcard and receive a postcard back from a random person in the world!” – pretty much sums it up!

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    2. No problem. Actually, I’m working on a list right now of sites I’ve used to find pen pals and swaps. I’m planning on having it ready for next week so if you’re looking for more sites, you should check it out. Should have it up on Wednesday as that’s when I post snail mail related topics.

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  1. Beautiful homemade envelopes!

    Odd that your postal service would institute a 5-cent increase, but not issue a 5-cent stamp; it’s pretty standard here that an increase makes the extra-postage stamp available.

    Due to the way I’ve seen my incoming postcards mangled during their journeys, I write the Postcrossing code twice on the postcard. I saw one Postcrosser, in her profile, request that people write it in THREE places!

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    1. Thanks!
      They eventually just bring out a new stamp to the correct price but they never bother with a 5c stamp to make the old ones easier to use up. That’s for international mail. National only has a 2c increase and there is a 2c stamp so I figure they actually just hate people sending mail out of the country.
      Good idea, I should start doing that with my postcards! You just never know how much of a mess they’re going to make! Lately the post office has started stamping a huge, ugly ‘remember to use your eircode’ message on the envelopes and I can’t help but think how useless that is because I’m sending the letter overseas. Of course I’m not using an Irish postal code, I’m not sending it in Ireland and what good is telling a person in America that they should remember to use an Irish post code! (a postcode which makes no difference what so ever if it’s there or not – they only introduced them last year).

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  2. OMG SCALES. Literally the best mail-related investment I’ve ever made. USPS has an equally blurry distinction between “heavy envelope” and “package” for international mail, so knowing the exact weight of each envelope I’ve sent abroad has been so useful. Anyway, thanks again for your lovely mail! 🙂

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    1. Glad you like it!
      And yes, scales are every snail mailers best friend! You should see me when I’m trying to figure out what the prize of a giveaway should be – I just surround myself with items and start weighing different combinations to figure out what’s the most I can get in the envelope while still being under a certain weight (and thickness because that comes into it go!) A standard envelope can weigh up to 100g but an A4 envelope can weigh up to 250g but I still don’t know if a standard envelope that weighs more than 100g, if they just count that in the large envelope range or if it jumps straight to package. Oh the problems of a snail mailer!

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