Pen Pal + scrapbooking + pocket pages = FUN!

So there’s this addictive new trend in papercrafting called Pocket Letters that I just stumbled upon the other day and I am HOOKED already! It’s a cross between penpalling and papercraft using the 9-pocket page protectors usually used in trading card collecting. Janette Lane, the creator of this fun new hobby, explains it much better here and elsewhere in her amazing, inspiring blog

You can connect with Pocket Letter pals from all over the world and swap pocket letters on a one-time basis, or strike up an ongoing exchange. There is a Facebook page and a website to facilitate these connections! How much fun is this? Too much fun, I say!!

Anyway, I am blogging today about my second pocket letter ever. My pal is in the Netherlands and we both have an interest in painting so we agreed this will be a handpainted theme. The idea is to fill the 9 pockets with various bits of scrapbooking art, little supplies and goodies and send it off with a nice letter tucked into one of the pockets. Imagine receiving happy mail from all over with other crafter’s creations and thoughts! I am all in. You can see my first PL here.

And here is my second one, front and back. The idea is that you can store your letters in a 3 ring binder, so I like for both sides of my letters to be decorative.

Will front Will back

I decided that rather than do a full sheet picture and cut it into 9, I would do a triple pocket picture at the bottom, and then coordinating items for the other pockets. From the top left going around I did:

vellum overlay a vellum overlay stamped with a quote and attached to a handpainted background with a paperclip and tiny safety pins as decoration. Behind this pocket is patterned paper and I included some more coloured paperclips.

Next is a double pocket:

bloom double pocketfor this one, I embossed my design in gold and then painted with Distress inks to create the little scene. Behind this one is some handpainted tags and some stamped vellum diecut butterflies.

Middle row has this whimsical owl, (Unity stamp that I just love, I mean, how funky is she?)

handpainted owlwith washi tape samples behind

I didn’t photograph my centre pocket for some reason but you can see it in the full page pics. Used masking fluid in a fineline applicator to write “just a note” and then watercoloured around it before removed the fluid. Tucked in behind is my letter to my new friend.

Next is something I am pretty proud of:

magnetmy pen pal told me she liked Switzerland and the mountains so I watercoloured this little picture of the Alps. It has a magnetic backing and I sealed the front with gel medium so it could be wiped off if needed. A little fridgie magnet so she can always recall the mountains! I hope she likes it! I am going to try and include a handpainted magnet in all my pocket letters (my first one had a watercolour of a little sleeping red cat that I did to look like the recipient’s furbaby!)

Finally (thanks for hanging in there with me on this verry long post!) there is the three pocket abstract sunset with a handlettered quote.

triple pocket quote

Behind this row is some handmade ephemera, a handpainted bookmark and my little “made for you” card.

So then I packaged it all up (if it’s happy mail I like it to be purdy too! 😉

off it goes

and off it goes to the Netherlands!!

If this new hobby catches your imagination, I encourage you to check out Janette’s blog, and look up Pocket Letters on Facebook and Youtube (it’s all over the place!) If you love it as much as I do, please feel free to comment on here and, if you like, we can swap letters!!


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