My New Paper Craft Hobby
To make a pocket letter, you take a plastic three-hole-punched baseball card holder sheet, and fill the front of pockets with ATC sized decorated cards. Then you tuck little bits and bobs of crafting goodies into the back of each pocket. So die cuts, stickers, a length of ribbon, buttons, washi samples, etc. -- nothing pricey, and really the idea is to use your existing stash to show your partner the kinds of supplies you like to use, *not* to spend money! Of course, one very essential element of every good pocket letter is a personal note to your trade partner, as part of the point of the exchange is to get to know your friends and other new crafters better. Once finished, you mail the whole thing off to a friend, and they send one back to you. How fun!
Camping Pocket Letter
To make this pocket letter, I used a variety of papers, stamps, and clipart. I even added some bits that I cut out of magazines! In the back pockets I tucked a variety of stickers, wooden tags, woodland animal washi samples, buttons and a few metal charms that fit the theme. I also added a couple of Crystal Light drink mix packets (great for summer!) and a recipe for making 'Banana Boats' over the campfire. Last but not least, I added the personal note to my trade partner. Hopefully she enjoys this!
Why Make Pocket Letters?Pocket letters make fun little gifts. Making and trading them is a great way to trade inspiration with other crafters, and maybe discover craft goodies that you haven't already tried. More importantly, they're a wonderful way to get to know your existing friends better, and to make new friends!
My friend Stephanie and I have been trading pocket letters back and forth, for example, even though we've known each other for years. Already I've learned so many new things about her!
Where to Find a Pocket Letter PartnerIf you're looking for a swap partner, you can find one by joining the dedicated site at www.pocketletterpals.com. There are members from all over the world, so no matter where you are, you can find a partner. Tons of fun!
For More Information About Pocket LettersYou can find a really comprehensive tutorial about how to make and trade pocket letters on my paper craft instruction site -- Paper Craft Romance.
Materials UsedI used these materials to make this pocket letter:
- Plastic baseball trading card holder sheet
- "Happy Trails Camper" digi set by Doodle Pantry
- "Grin Again Camp" digi set by DJ Inkers
- Bear in the Woods" and "Father's Day/Gone Fishing" digis by MyClipartStore
- Campfire Digital Clipart by Trish Yochum Designs
- "Love You S'more" stamp set by Lawn Fawn
- Retired hiking stamp set by My Favorite Things
- Die cut maple leaves (received as an RAK)
- Mini buttons by Favorite Findings
- Pathfinders Accents by Close To My Heart (retired)
- Papers from the Green Stack by DCWV, along with scraps from my stash
- Copic markers
- Foam dimensional tape
Challenge SharesI'm sharing my pocket letter today for these challenges:
* Robyn's Fetish -- Anything but a card
* A Bit More Time to Craft -- Anything goes
* Doodle Pantry "Ants in My Pantry" Challenge -- Anything goes + digital images