One of my favorite daily things to do is check the mail. There is so much mystery hiding in that little box each day. Will I receive a favorite magazine? A card from an old friend? Something that I ordered? Unfortunately, most of the time it is a postcard for a new dental practice in the area and bills (boo!).
Since I am a big believer in putting into the universe what you would like to see and receive back, I am planning to make July all about Happy Mail! Since there are 31 days in July, I am going to focus on mailing 31 pieces of Happy Mail to friends, family and even a few strangers (see below for some “swap” sites that can be used to find some “strangers”). I’ve already bought my stamps for it. Check out these awesome Total Eclipse of the Sun Stamps commemorating the Solar Eclipse that will be taking place this August – the first to be seen from the US Mainland since 1979!
When I send Happy Mail I like to make it look fun and interesting straight out of the mailbox. I like to decorate the envelope with washi tape, write their name/address in a fun way or more. Some people make their envelopes a true piece of art. Just check out some of these pieces of Happy Mail for inspiration.
The two pictures of inspiration below have great tutorials posted to recreate the look - be sure to check them out!
Look at these stunning envelopes, click here for the details and steps behind them.
If you are looking for people to send Happy Mail to outside of your normal circle of friends and family check out these sites.
Swap-Bot facilitates group snail mail and internet swaps, plus, it is also a community where swappers can connect, share, and have fun. There are swaps ranging from postcards to packages filled with specific items and themes. If participating in a swap be sure to read all of the details regarding the deadline for the item needs to be mailed, whether it is a domestic or international swap, etc. When you swap you may receive a truly fantastic swap and other times you may be disappointed that your partner didn't put as much thought into the swap as you did (In my experience, I would say I received great swaps from truly caring people about 85% of the time). Also, when swapping online use common sense and be careful with what information you share, etc.
Send Something is an on-line database of addresses and interests of people that have signed up with the “no frills” site. There are no swaps, and if you send something out you may not receive something in return. However, the nice things about the format include you can pick and choose who you send mail to, what you send and when you send it. For example, you can look for someone that has a shared interests as you (e.g. chihuahuas, hot air balloons, ATCs, traveler’s notebook, etc.). In turn, if something in your profile catches a fellow member’s eye they may send you a surprise in the mail.
Upcoming "Happy Mail" Opportunities at P&P!
If you like Happy Mail, Palette & Paper is offering a couple of workshops in July that may spark your interest. Kimberly is hosting a “Down by the Sea” Pocket Letter Page (PLP) workshop on Wednesday, July 12 at 6 pm (held during open studio). For only a $5 materials fee you will receive all of the materials to make a PLP to mail to a friend. Not sure what a PLP is? That’s okay, read here or just sign-up and come on the 12th. Kimberly will have several examples of PLPs she has made and received.
Martha is leading the Color Your Way Cards workshop on Saturday, July 15 at 10 am. For only $12 you will receive a pack of stamped images on paper of your choosing to color with your preferred coloring medium (Copics, watercolor markers, etc.) that you will then turn into cards.
Check out all of the details here for both workshops, sign up and get ready to send some happy mail!
Do you send Happy Mail? Participate in swaps? We would love to hear all about it!
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