Do you have a penpal or someone you would just like to send a little pick me up and rak (random act of kindness) goodies? Well have you heard about this new rage called “Pocket Letters”? Its a really cool way to do some scrapping with minimal scrapbooking experience needed. It is a bit on the same line as pocket life but smaller scale, personalized more for your pal. You use inexpensive ATC (artist trading cards) pocket protectors that you can find at Target, the dollar store etc. At target they can be found in the back by toys and those little collector cards but you can also find them close to the check out “impulse” items. You can cut down project life cards for the pockets, print and design your own or there are a lot of freebie sites to find them on.
The concept is to include a mini letter about yourself and each pocket has a particular item you are including with the decorated pocket. I will include what is off the pocket letter site to show you what a basic setup is. But this is something you make your own. Most have a theme that I have seen so that everything coordinates and this theme can be a particular color or particular item such as coffee, baking, pink, shabby chic etc.
You rak your penpal with things such as cute paperclips, stickers, washi tape, wood veneers, die cuts etc. All things that a scrapbook or planner would utilize. Its a way to correspond with people all over the place and the way it folds up you can place in a #10 envelope and send off to a far away place or someone just states away. I am loving the concept because if you are like me you love to craft but time is very limited right now and you can finish these pocket letters in no time. Here is a look at how the protectors come.
(First photo below is not my photo just grabbed it off the internet to show you the pockets)
There are several really good Facebook groups just for pocket letters. My favorite is called “Pocket Letter Pals”. Most of the groups people will post when looking for someone to swap with and there are list of ideas of what to include as goodies in each pocket.
I decided this is a great way to utilize your planner in keeping track of when you complete one and mail it, keep all your contacts in your planner with their address etc. and utilize the note section to do a little bit of planning for them, keep track of who likes what and so when you go to make one for them its all handy. I did a little sketch in my notes section since there are plenty of note pages in my Limelife planner. That is the great thing about Limelife. They have provide you with more than just a couple contact pages, notes and everything is plentiful int he planner so I never feel like I can’t utilize them for fear of running out.
The hardest part for me since I am a newbie is knowing what theme or just look I am going with and I think anything that is new you have to learn to jump in and test the waters and not be afraid to make mistakes or have it perfect the first time. There is plenty of time to improve. I sometimes tense up so much when starting something new (like planner decorating) because I was so afraid of it not being perfect or looking bad but that is part of the process…finding your groove. Its all about the peace that comes from being creative and letting yourself go. I know with my personality that is the part I am working on. I just started drawing and I feel I am improving because I am being more open to that being imperfect makes things more perfect. I have started to accept that I cannot be the best at everything no matter how hard I try and learn to not put so much pressure on myself by comparing myself to others. Be you…love you….accept yourself.
Being that the planner world is so vast and even the crafting world and with social media we are able to connect with so many people around the world. This allows you to share a bit of yourself, share some planner or crafting goodies that they may not have access to because of the cost or availability. Show someone you are thinking of them and brighten their day. There is so much negativity in the world, so much hatred and cruelty and I for one want to see the positive in everything even though some days that is hard. This can be therapeutic for you and someone that may be going through a tough time and you made their day by sending one to them.
So give this a try, reach out to people you haven’t reached out to in a long while or someone new and show someone you are thinking of them.