May 09, 2015

For the love of Pocket Letters!

Surprise! Surprise!
Yes, I'm back for the first time in over a year, 
surprised my blogger account was still active
and that I remembered the password to log on.  :)   

So, where have I been?   Just busy with life like all the rest of you and going in different directions.  My exciting news is that I'm a grandma for the second time!   Our first beautiful granddaughter,  Emery, is almost 4 and our precious new grandson, Rory, is already 5 mo old and growing like a weed!  Since we're in Nebraska and they live in Nevada, we don't get to see them nearly as often as we would like!   

I  still thoroughly enjoy spending free time in my craft room, but I haven't been participating in challenges or making as many greeting cards.   My Etsy Shop is basically on hold for now while I simply have FUN creating what I feel.

For the past year or so, I've been creating and trading Artist Trading Cards.  There are countless Facebook groups and websites that specialize in these little miniature works of art.    Just in case, there is someone out there that doesn't know what they are, here is the definition from Wikipedia:  
"Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards baseball cards, or 212 by 31inches (64 mm × 89 mm), small enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets."

One of my favorite Artist Trading Card sites is ATCs For All and it is through one of my trading friends there that I learned about Pocket Letters™.    She asked if I had heard of them and would like to trade with her.   Of course, I had to Google and Pinterest pocket letters and learned that it is a very new and popular trend started by Janette Lane, an artist and blogger from California.  

On her blog, Janet states that she created Pocket Letters™ as a new way to send letters to our new or existing penpals.  Basically, you fill all the pockets of a 9 pocket trading card protector and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you.    If you want to know more, there are photos and informational videos on her blog.   She also hosts a Facebook group -  Pocket Letter Pals where you can find loads of inspiration and new friends to trade with.

So, enough reading about it all, let's get to the photos!   Here is my very first pocket letter created and sent to my creative friend Phyllis.   We didn't set a theme, but knowing she loves ART and being creative, I went with that.  .  .

This is the front side of my pocket letter.

My pocket letter included coordinating designer papers by Basic Grey, stitching, stamping, ephemera, digital images, tags, envelopes and a variety of embellishments.

I also decorated the backside of my pocket letter and added more goodies.

And, then of course, you want to wrap it up all nice and purdy too!   I created a personalized tag and used kraft cardstock, washi tape, paper lace doilie and baker's twine.   Truth be told, you are supposed to be able to fit these into a standard #10 business envelope.   I chose to use a small 6 x 9 padded envelope instead to protect all the goodies.

Now, if you're interested in pocket letters
 and want to see the amazing coffee themed pocket letter
that Phyllis sent to me, come on back tomorrow!  

Be Happy & Be Creative!

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