Good morning dear friends!
If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’m an avid crafter, and in my crafty journey, I’ve begun exploring hobbies such as snail mail and planners. I’ll soon be adding a cooking and baking segment to my blog. (Yes!! Keep an eye out for it! I’m just getting my poop in a group, first!)
But, have you ever wondered what inspired me to explore these hobbies- especially snail mail? (I’m going to throw you for a loop today, and share with you more snail mail goodness.) Say whaat?!
I am an active member of an online community called Scrapbook.com. If you’re obsessed with scrapbooking (like I am), you may have heard of it. They have an amazing online store- the best I’ve come across yet- though Scrapbook Generation and Paper Issues are a close second.
In addition, their online community is thriving and full of activity, from swaps and challenges to galleries for displaying your handiwork. It’s a part of this community that I regularly (try) to participate in. (With the kids out of school for the summer, it’s much harder to stay regularly active).
A couple months ago, I was invited by another Scrapbook.com member to participate in a swap- my first ever- and after thinking on it for a bit, obliged. The swap was creating and mailing a Pocket Letter. Happily, the girl that invited me to play along also became my partner!
She loves chickens, so I created a PL that was both cluck worthy and farm worthy. (I discovered quickly that I didn’t have many chicken embellishments or stickers, so tried valiantly finding proper icons to decorate her PL using my cricut. I think I did rather well- its not a total flop!
I learned three things through this exercise- the last which will explain why I started smailing. First, not using the proper page protector is highly frowned upon, and honestly it put me off. I don’t really understand what the big deal is.
Secondly, I really like the premise behind it. Combining swapping goodies and including a letter along with it- and making it creative and pretty is a fabulous idea. It makes me wonder why it took so long for someone to dream this idea up. Thank goodness someone did!
Lastly, and most importantly, I learned that this is something I could easily become obsessed with. Forget the PL, writing letters and making them creative and pretty on my own terms was something I could (and would) willingly and wholeheartedly support! Thank the Lord I also discovered mail folders and flip books because of it! I can certainly make those, and there’s no right or wrong way to create them!
(Side note- I have yet to make a flip book. I am researching them, though!)
I feel as though I’ve covered this topic before, so I hope this isn’t redundant. I believe it’s important to revisit topics occasionally- especially if you missed my previous post (if there is one) on this subject. Call it a refresher, if you will.
Reviving snail mail and finding like minded pen pals was borne out of an attempt at pocket letters. Unfortunately, pocket letters failed miserably, but pen palling is happily and wildly successful. I wait long periods between letters, but I’m incredibly grateful for this extra creative outlet.
What inspired you to snail mail and pen pal? How did you come to find this wonderful hobby? Let me know below in the comments!