On one of those random trips through Pinterest, I came across an example of what the pin called a pocket letter. I did a little bit of searching within the site and came across many other examples and, at some point, finally found their creator. Janette Lane created the concept and gave it a real, trademarked name a few years back, far as I can tell. The concept is easy: take a 9-pocket protector (like little kids use for baseball or Pokemon cards), fill it with goodies and a letter, then fold it up and mail it off to the recipient in a standard envelope (Janetter’s summay is here). If you’re an overachiever, you include things the recipient can use for future pocket and/or standard letters in each pocket and even have a theme.
Needless to say, it was love at first site. I already had a giant pile of those protectors from a failed attempt a few years ago to participate in One Little Word and pocket letters – which I refuse to capitalize – combine two loves: letter writing and scrapbooking.
I’ve sent about a dozen of them so far and have plans to, when I have more time and energy, send many more to both new and existing pen pals. Of course, in my fervor to send them, I only ever snapped photos of one of them – one of three nearly identical ones sent to three brand new pen pals I got set up with from Ravelry.
From the top-left and continuing across then down, I included the following:
- Scrapbooking paper with to/from information
- Robot stickers I picked up from Target. They were actually designed to be a non-candy option for Valetine’s Day. I got like 20 sets of them for $3.
- A little bit about me, this time focused on my job. Yeah, I have no idea why I decided to write about that at length to a stranger, but I did.
- Six random things that I do as hobbies.
- Washi tape samples, before I realized attaching them to paper was not a great idea. (Now I attach them to a small piece of plastic, so the recipient can actually use it later.)
- Little rectangular pieces of paper the recipient can use for future pages
- Paper circles for the same
- An actual letter to the recipient, written on graph paper because it was close at hand and I am a nerd who loves graph paper.
- An introduction to pocket letters. (Oddly enough, the recipient of this particular letter is a fellow aficionado of the paper letter concept.
I can’t wait to make more letters like this. The setup I described earlier is mostly for letters of this type, as it allows me to have everything super close at hand.
And, before we go, a few shots of the first (and, so far, only) pocket letter I’ve received, from the lovely (but blogless, far as I know) Tina P.
One of the goodies were these really neat pinwheel paper clips. I hvae no idea what I’m going to use them for, but they sure are neat to look at.
Another was a penguin paperclip, though I don’t think she realized that’s my sorority’s (Phi Sigma Rho) mascott.
Have my fellow letter and/or scrapbook nerds ever made (or even heard of) a pocket letter? Interesting in setting up a swap?