This was my very first Mail Art Swap. Mail Art is very similar to the popular Pocket Letter’s but instead of Base Ball Card Pockets we use Project Life Pocket Page Protectors by Stampin’ Up!. I was really excited to do this swap. Ever since seeing Pam Morgan demonstrate the idea I really wanted to give it a go. You can see her video at the end of this post. As soon as I found a friend to swap with I immediately got started.
So what is Mail Art? Well, each pocket of a 12 x 12 pocket page is filled with decorated cards. These cards can be used in the recipient’s Project Life Albums or the whole page can be kept as it is. Some people collect their swap’s in an album all of their own. Some or all of the pockets may contain extra gift’s such as lengths of ribbon, twine, embellishments or some of your own hand made embellishments. You can put these wee gifts in the back of the pockets if they don’t fit in the front.
A short letter or a Project Life card with some details about your self is also added. Much like you would if you were introducing yourself to a pen friend. You might like to add a poem or a piece of your favourite text instead, but don’t be shy! I must admit I rather skimped on this part and really regretted that. I so enjoyed hearing about my Swap Partner. She shared all about her hobbies and pets etc and her Stampin’ Up! story. It made it all that more special and personal and it is something I will treasure.
In keeping with Pocket Letter tradition you can add a specialty tea bag or flat chocolate for the recipient to enjoy while they admire your work!
Then the whole thing folds up into a mail-able size, although you might want to put it into a small courier bag for extra protection.
So these are the basics I used for this project:
Now let’s take a closer look at some of the cards:
Pam Morgan used the Hello Lovely Project Life Collection by Stampin’ Up!. I absolutely love that card collection so I decided I would use that too. I have layered a flower out of the Botanical Builder Framelits on this one with some of the Sale-A-Bration Metallic Ribbon. I was careful to choose the colours that go with the card collection so that it matched in well with the over all look of the page. So I went for Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla with Old Olive for the Leaves.
This one features one of the little cards from the Hello Lovely Accessory Pack. I popped on one of the totally gorgeous Falling in Love Embellishments from the 2017 Occassions catalogue and layered it onto some Soft Sky card stock that I die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. Then there is some Very Vanilla Lace Trim and Burlap Ribbon under that with a Die Cut from the Flourish Thinlits.
I wanted to make a feature of this next quote. I feel we can never be reminded enough of how important it is to live our lives in gratitude.
Then I thought it would be fun to add the date to the project. So easy to do with the Project Life Date It stamp set. Again I have used a 2 x 2 inch card form the Accessory Pack and backed it with some coordinating card stock.
One of my gifts that I popped in to the back of one of the cards were some embellishments made with shrink plastic and the Pansy Punch and the Flower Shop stamp set. I also added some ribbon and some enamel shapes. Next time I will add a lot more handmade embellishments. I have started a Pinterest Board for “Card Candy” in preparation.
Check out Pam Morgan telling us all about how she does Mail Art with Stampin’ Up! supplies:
If you live in New Zealand and you don’t have a demonstrator right now I would love to help you with all your Stampin’ Up! projects. Contact me for a copy of our current catalogues to be sent out to you for free.
I would love to know what you think of this project or if you have tried a Mail Art Swap of your own so please leave me a comment below and happy stamping!
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