Tuesday, September 1, 2015

"Infused" Pocket Letters

Pocket letters have become such a great, fun way to share you love of papercrafting in a completely fun and new way. One of my friends first shared her pocket letter with me, and I was hooked. An amazing blogger named Janette Lane started the idea of pocket letters. In short, they are a crafty, pen-pal letter that you can send to your friends. I'm sharing today a pocket letter created with the beautiful Infused Collection.
Once you place all of your pieces into a baseball card sleeve, you fold it all up and send it in a regular envelope! One tip: always check the weight or thickness of your envelope as thicker, heavier envelopes will need some extra postage. I usually stick on two stamps if I'm sending the envelope in the US.
To start my pocket letter, I grabbed my papers, some tea (to share with my friend), and a ton of thinner embellishments. Ideas for embellishments: stickers, wood veneer, sequins, enamel dots, washi, twine, and anything that would be fairly flat.
I start my layout by cutting down my papers (2.5" x 3.5") to fit within the baseball card sleeve. I absolutely LOVE using the Enhancements sheets for pocket letters as the central quote or theme for each letter. The 6x6 Bundles are also really great for pocket letters!
The journaling cards also make some really fun areas to share some information about yourself with your pen-pal.
 
The Infused Collection was perfect for this pocket letter, as it has the cutest tea theme!
I love adding washi that I try to match up with the Collections that I use. Don't be afraid to mix and match various colors. In this case, I also added about 24" of twine as well. To make sure that the washi card fits, I trim it slightly smaller on each of the vertical sides.
I also washi close the tops of any pocket that I put little tidbits to share in. This way, they are easily accessible.
I usually just decorate a few cards too, so when the recipient has snagged their goodies, the pocket letter is still pretty. This doily was a perfect backdrop for the gorgeous Elements sticker.
My absolute favorite addition to every pocket letter is adding sequins. I love that I can share my collection of fun sequins with my friends.
Lastly, adding a little letter makes your pocket letter personalized. I think this is the most important and fun piece of the entire project. 
Here are a few more pocket letters that I've created using the Seaside and Radiant Collections by Authentique
The greatest thing about pocket letters is that you can add any sort of little bits, printables, stamped images, sentiments, buttons, tags, washi, twine and other little embellishments.

I really hope that you have some fun sending some happy mail to a friend!
Supplies Used: 
Authentique Paper: Infused Collection (Fancy, Etiquette, Deluxe, Gourmet, Sweetened, Enhancements, Elements stickers), Seaside Collection, Radiant Collection

Other Supplies: various washi, twine, wood veneer, stamps, tags, printables, tea, baseball card sleeves, enamel shapes, paperclips, sequins,

9 comments:

  1. I love the pocket letter, this was a great tutorial on how to make your pocket letter.

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  2. What awesome and colorful pocket cards!!!

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  3. That is such a sweet idea, a great card/gift for a crafty friend

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