I LOVE pocket letters. I love making them, I love following #PocketLetter on Instagram, and I DEFINITELY love opening up my mailbox to find one inside.
I’ve posted some PL’s on the blog before, but today I thought I’d show you an easy way to dip your toes in the water of this particular paper-craftin’ phenomenon. This method is especially fun if you have a pen pal and you want to send something new their way.
So, for a more in-depth tutorial, and links to buy the pocket sheets, check out this post. But a quick run-down on the basics —
* each sheet comes with 9 “pockets”
* use your stationary stash to decorate each pocket to your heart’s content
* throw in some goodies for the recipient
* give the whole thing a theme or don’t — this is YOUR creation
Let’s take a look at this super simple pocket letter I created for a pen pal —
When you’re just starting out, it can help to give each pocket a “role” to guide the decorations and goodies. This one includes pockets for —
* and more stickers! 😉
And here’s a look at the goodies I included in the back…
If you’re sending to a pen pal, the most important components are your letter and mail tag. But isn’t it fun to include some other surprises?!
The best part about pocket letter creation is digging deep into your stash and sharing with a friend. Think about the kinds of things your pen pal likes, their favorite colors, what they might appreciate. (For example, I’m pretty sure those vintage V-day stickers and macaron page flags will be a hit with mine!)
You don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of supplies to deliver these mailbox treats either. I happen to be a bit of a washi and sticker collector. But if you’re not, use what you have on hand. Use up old wrapping paper, cut images out of a magazine, hand letter a sweet mantra. You get the picture!
Do you love sending and receiving snail mail? Tell me what you like to send in the comments below!
P.S. When I’m not making pocket letters, I help busy authors and entrepreneurs communicate what matters most to them. Learn more!