I came across a new "thing" that uses my craft supplies and feeds my creative side. They are called Pocket Letters, created by Janette Lane. If you click on the link (in that last sentence), you'll pull up all her posts on Pocket Letters. Basically, they are ATCs (which the more I create and work with them, the more I enjoy it), decorated and slipped into a page protector. Also integrated is a letter so there is the pen pal concept as well. You can also view quite a bit about them on youTube and link over to the community at Janette's blog.
I have been creating ATCs for many years now with my local stamp club. We make 12 every month which involves quite a bit of assembly line work, not unpleasant but after the initial design, not entirely creative. What I really enjoy with the pocket letters is creating a set of coordinated cards and the letter component.
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The first PL I created was sent as a cheer me up for a lady that has a hurt wrist and as such, limited creating time. I am out of practice in taking photos so I apologize for the glare.
I pulled out the floral print paper first as I wanted something bright and cheery - yellow and red seem to fit the bill! The center pocket is stamped and painted; the third pocket is stamped and then flocked.
I wanted to have something to incorporate on every pocket letter I create. The frame stamp on the center block fits perfectly and I will use it for each one as well as dating when I work on the project. I know that many people create the entire letter at one time; I enjoy crafting as a form of relaxation and so tend to linger over my projects.
My favorite bit in this letter is the far right block.
The fun comes in adding little bits to the pockets as well. I've included some of the items I used: tags, stamped labels, twine, washi tape as well as a prayer, and a list of books I enjoyed last year.
I'll share another Pocket Letter later this week.