As a year, it might not have been an overall good one but it was a great year for my snail mail!
I know I did a round-up post of my snail over the summer when I celebrated my first year of writing letters but I thought it would still be fun to look back over some of the snail mail topics I’ve written about in 2016 and a few of my favourite pieces of mail art that I’ve sent out.
So, 2016 was the year that I discovered La Papierre and the super cute subscription service they have for writing paper and envelopes. I’ve been getting it for about half a year now and I love it. While there’s obviously some of the letter sets I have preferred over others, I don’t think there’s been one I’ve been disappointed about getting. Unfortunately, this is the last month I’m getting it for a while as I want to start saving a bit of money but as soon as I figure out my money situation and want to treat myself to something, back to La Papierre it is!
I also set up my snail mail planner this year which was a lot of fun. Rather than ramble about that again though, I’ll just point you in the direction of the video tour I did of it because a flip through video gives a much better sense of how I’ve set it up:
As far as decorating my envelopes has gone, colouring books are still my favourite things to use because it’s so easy to make a lovely looking piece of mail using them and you know I’ll definitely be keeping the colouring books going in 2017, especially since my sister got me a colouring book especially for enveloping making! No really, she saw a colouring book that was large and square and thought I’d enjoy making envelopes from it, she knows me so well!
I’ve also been really enjoying using calendar pages this year to make envelopes, especially seeing as my sister gave me a huge stack of 2016 calendars featuring Irish landscapes that they had to get rid of from the store she works in to make room for the 2017 calendars.
I mentioned at the start of this post that 2016 was a good year for my snail mail and that’s thanks to the people I write to, so to all the new pen pals I made in 2016 (and the ones from 2015 as well!), thank you for being wonderful people and helping me fill up this box with letters – it’s not seeming so empty anymore!
To anyone out there who doesn’t have a pen pal, I really do recommend finding one. It’s a wonderful thing to have a friend to write letters to. Seriously, just go for it! If you don’t know where to start, I wrote a post a while back that you should read about sites you can check out to get started with pen palling, just head over here.
Just to let you know, I, unfortunately, won’t be accepting any new pen pal requests as any more pen pals and I might struggle to keep up with my mail but don’t forget that I am open for doing once off swaps, be they postcard swaps, tea swaps, quick notecard messages or craft supplies swaps, anything like that! Don’t be afraid to get in contact with me (just check out the ‘contact me’ page up top!).
On that note, I’ll finish off my post. I hope 2017 can be just as good a year for my snail mail and I hope you have a year filled with happy mail as well!