Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Scrapbooking Snail Mail

One of the great things about blogging is all the different friends you make along the way. I've even been fortunate enough to receive some beautiful mail from these friends. When I first started blogging I didn't keep the cards. I just saved them for a while then eventually recycled them (*bad blogger*, go ahead give me a slap on the wrist). It finally occurred to me that I should keep these cards so I started saving everything. I even saved the stamps. The question was what to do with everything? The obvious answer as a crafter, make a scrapbook.

Here are a few tips to help you get started, if you want to scrapbook snail mail.

1. Keep it small and simple - it's so much easier and quicker to make a 5" x 7" scrapbook page opposed to a 12" x 12" page. It will keep you from trying to figure out how to fill the space.

2. It doesn't have to be perfect! Lets be honest, most of us barely have time to scrapbook our family pictures let alone of people we've never met before. If you mess up on a page, let it be. You'll see I'm leading by example for this one. In the top picture I crossed an "L" making it a "T". I could have gone back and rewrote everything but I decided to let it go.

3. If the person who sent you the mail has a blog, write the address down. Blogs come and go and this is a nice way to document that the blog existed and you knew the author.

4. Incorporate the stamps from your mail. In my opinion, stamps are some of the prettiest little pieces of artwork. They also document where your mail came from.

5. Have fun. This scrapbook is for you alone.

7 comments:

Caca said...

I love how you pay attention to the little things around you, and make it into a big and clever craft idea.

catchat105 said...

I love how you kept things simple!

I've been keeping all my "special mail" in a box, and my grandfather started me on stamp collecting- this would be a much better way to showcase my postal treasures than stuffing them in some box in my
closet.

Thanks for the inspiration!

babalisme said...

aw looks like fun! How can I do it?

I love snail mail, I cherish them, I wish they would have a resurrection or something (finger crossed)
but none has come to reach me these days, it's always the tweets and the status update ...sigh.
I still collect stamps though.

babalisme said...

aw looks like fun! How can I do it?

I love snail mail, I cherish them, I wish they would have a resurrection or something (finger crossed)
but none has come to reach me these days, it's always the tweets and the status update ...sigh.
I still collect stamps though.

carla said...

Another clever idea!

I've been thinking about personal mail a lot lately. My mother was such a good correspondent; she wrote me every Monday for years and years. Now that she can no longer do that, I have the treasure saved up to read again.

And I also save all of the interesting stamps that come into our mailbox and use them again in paper projects. At the post office, I almost always ask for commemorative stamps. And sometimes I don't want to send them, because they're so beautiful.

You post some of the most do-able projects in blogdom.

Thank you!

Tracy said...

Adorable...

Novi On The Go said...

Snail mail is hard to come by these days, this is such a wonderful way to keep sweet memories. Thank you for posting the angel, the book and my blog, I am truly honored. I've been collecting stamps for years, these days I order special editions from Canada Post, the stories behind them are special, it's a small keepsake of history.

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