Succulent Spring Tide Printable with Renee Tramell

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Hello friends! My name is Renee, and today I'll be sharing with you a pocket letter I created using Janette Lane's Succulent Spring tide Printable. The awesome thing about using this adorable pocket letter printable, is that you can print it out as many times as you wish and use whichever images you would like, however many times you want!  The possibilities are endless. And honestly, who wouldn't want a bunch of these sweet little nerdy succulents?!  You could leave him on the paper and use him as a card for the foundation of a pocket, or you could fussy cut him out like I did here.

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I have been creating pocket letters for a little over a year now, and I've come to find that I like to attach most of my embellishments on top of the plastic as opposed to only embellishing the cards in the pockets. I like to use a couple of big pieces on each pocket letter I make, which don't fit in the pockets of course, so I attach them on the top!  I feel it adds a little something extra, and can really make your pocket mail stand out!

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I've used mostly all of the cards from Janette's printable for the base, and then embellished on top of the plastic. To add another fun element you can even make a little pocket inside of a pocket, like I did here. I used two different prints from the printable to achieve this look. Then stuck a couple little goodies inside for my pal! The goodies are cute little happy mail envelopes that Janette also sells in her Pocket Letter Envelope Embellishments printable.

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Ok, so you've finished your pocket letter, but still have a couple of empty spaces where nothing seems to look right? No matter what you put there it just doesn't look good. Right? This happens to me all the time! Here's a tip: add a cute little coordinating clip in that space!  A clip adds a extra little touch, dimension, can bring in another color that you would like to bring out in that space, and also is another cute little goodie for your pal!

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A pocket letter goodie that is one of my favorite items to share is washi samples.  You can wrap the washi around a playing card or piece of acetate and slip in the back. However with this pocket letter I wanted to do something a bit different. I wrapped coordinating washi around a piece of acetate (from a sticker sheet I had used up), punched a hole in the top, added a piece of string, and tied it to the top corner of my pocket letter. I just happened to have a matching feather charm laying around, and clipped it to the string. I love the different look it gives the pocket letter. I like to try different ways to embellish that are out of the ordinary. There is no right or wrong, so take chances with your crafting! Try different ways to do things!

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I hope you have enjoyed my little entry on the blog; and that hopefully I was able to give you some new tips and tricks to use on your next pocket letter. Talk to you again next month! Happy crafting!

If you would like to see more of my pocket letters and other snail mail I have created, follow me on Instagram at renee.made.this

 

Supplies List:

Pocket Letters Succulent Springtide Printable

Black and blue card stock

Coordinating washi

Enamel dots

Foam heart stickers

Cactus clip and arrow clip (similar)

DIY ephemera (images I cut out of scrapbook paper)

Heidi Swapp frame

Feather charm (Michaels $1.50 bin)

Heidi Swapp stickers

Foam dots

Tape runner


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Pocket Letter Printable Tutorials

Oh hello there! Today I'm sharing two step-by-step tutorials from our Pocket Letters® brand design team. In these videos you'll see some creative and easy layering techniques that you're going to L-O-V-E. Plus there's endless ideas and inspiration for how to incorporate our Pocket Letter® printables into your layouts. No two come out the same! It's pretty great!

This pocketmail tutorial comes from DT member, Carina Magana:

This one comes from DT member, Lilliana Sanchez:

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Succulent Spring Tide Printable with Emmanuelle!

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Hello, crafty friends... Emmanuelle, here, to show you how you could make a very easy pocket letter with very few supplies. I love the soft colors Janette Lane used for her Succulent Springtide printable. For this pocket letter, I just added gold... et voilà !!

This is what you need :

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- Janette's printables (2 x "Succulent Spring Tide", "Black and White", Envelope Embellishments and "The Classy")

- one sheet of colored paper

- 2 different rolls of washi tape (1 large enough to be punched)

- some Baker Twine (same color as the paper... if not possible, use black and white)

- 1 paper clip

- 3 punches (if not possible, 1 will do)

- 2 toothpicks

- 1 black ink pad

- adhesive foam (either roll or squares).

- 1 marker (blue, green, pink or same color as the paper)

 

I'll now describe each pocket. To make things easier, I numbered them this way (same thing for the printables) :

1     2     3

4     5     6

7     8     9

Pocket 1 : Succulent Spring Tide printable (boxes 1 and 3), 2 toothpicks and 2 rolls of washi tape.

Box 3 : Trim the "white / green leaves" part - Glue the left side and the bottom side along the edge onto box 1 (tree branches with blue background)... it should make a small pocket.

Make 2 feathers with the washi tapes : stick washi onto a toothpick (both sides) then cut around the piece of tape into a feather shape. Using scissors, snip little diagonal slits all the way around the edge. Then, snip out a few little bits to have a few gaps. Put the feathers into the pocket.

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Tip : Make other feathers for your penpal and fill the back of your first pocket with them.

 

Pocket 2 : Succulent Spring Tide printable (box 2), The Classy printable (box 5), adhesive foam, Baker Twine

Cut around the succulent. Add adhesive foam at the back and stick the succulent onto the "Hello There" box. Tie Baker Twine around it.

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Pocket 3 : Succulent Spring Tide printable (boxes 5 and 8), Black and White printable (box 2), adhesive foam, punch, ink pad

Trim the Succulent Spring Tide box 8. Put it in your 3rd pocket. Cut along the tag and the leaf. Ink the edges of the tag.  Add adhesive foam at the back of the leaf and stick it onto the tag (make sure the ink is dry enough). Use the punch on your colored paper (I chose a heart). Slide the punched shape under the text on the leaf and glue it. Add Baker Twine to the tag. No need to glue your tag on the succulent blue background.

 

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Tip : Make several tags for your penpals and put them at the back of your pocket.

 

 

Pocket 4, 6 and 8 : Succulent Spring Tide printable (boxes 1 and 6), Black and White printable (boxes 8 and 9), ink pad

Use you colored paper to create a background. It needs to be larger than your printables : (not quite) 3.5/8" X (not quite) 2.5/8" instead of 3.5" X 2.5".

Trim you printable boxes. Ink the edges (I used a distresser before inking to create aged paper edges). Stick your boxes onto the colored paper.

For pocket 8, punch shapes (colored paper, washi tape and box 1) and glue them AFTER writing to make sure you have enough space to decorate.

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Pocket 5 : Succulent Spring Tide printable (box 9), 1 Envelope Embellishment, 1 paper clip, 1 roll of washi tape, 1 marker

Cut around the deer. Use the washi to make a flag paper clip. Underline the black lines of the envelope embellishment with your marker. Cut the middle of the envelope along the lines (stop before you reach the edge). This will be easier if you use a cutter. Slide the deer under the top of the envelope. Add your flag paperclip.

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Pocket 7 : Succulent Spring Tide printable (boxes 1 and 7), 1 roll of washi tape, Baker Twine

Make a garland, folding washi tape and paper (a piece of box 1) over Baker Twine. Glue your garland onto box 7.6

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Tip : Put your letter at the back of the pocket. Decorate it with the washi tapes you used.

 

 

Pocket 9 : Succulent Spring Tide printable (box 4), washi tape, 2 punches

Add washi tape at the top and at the bottom of your box. Punch shapes and glue them in the middle of the wreath.

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Tip: Fill the back of your pocket with punched shapes

 

I hope I managed to give you some ideas for your DIY pocket letter. Thanks a lot for reading! If you would like to follow me on social media you can find me on Instagram : @prettylittlethings_fr

Feel free to contact me if you need further information. Tag me as soon as you have finished decorating your pocket letter. I would love to see what you did and what supplies you used !


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Succulent Spring Tide Printable with Becky Sher!

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Hi there! I’m Becky, and it’s so nice to meet you. Today I’m sharing a pocket letter that I made with Janette Lane's  Succulent Springtide printable. Read on for some ideas about how to use simple, neutral supplies plus some cute pocket letter printables to make a spectacular project.

It’s easy to be intimidated scrolling through gorgeous happy mail projects on Instagram or Pinterest. Am I right? Everyone has these cute pocket letters or flipbooks, and all of the paper and ephemera and stickers match perfectly. Before you know it, you’re trolling scrapbook.com late at night, and suddenly you’ve spent more on sequins, ephemera packs and paper pads than you spent on your last car. (Almost.)

Yup, it’s easy to fall into that trap. And the online snail mail world is full of lovely, sweet creatives who make us want all the beautiful things because they make them look so amazing. (I speak from experience, my friends.)

Today, I want to show you that you don’t need to have all those matching bits and pieces to create a perfect pocket letter. In addition to Janette’s printable, I pulled a few things from my stash, but the main ingredients of this pocket letter are things that are always on my desk, and that you can find easily and relatively inexpensively, no matter where you are in the world:

  1. Cardstock in black, white and kraft (that’s the brown paper bag color!)
  2. Gold glitter paper. Hint: I bought a roll of gold glitter wrapping paper from Paper Source. I have also seen it at Target at Christmastime. It cost about $10, but it will last me forever. I’m still on my first roll, and I’ve been using it for over a year. And I use it A LOT.
  3. Washi tape in some classic colors and patterns, like gold glitter and black and white stripes.pocket letter printables 3
  4. A few paper punches in simple shapes. The main ones I used for this project were a little banner shape, a star, a bow and a deer head. (The deer doesn’t seem like a “simple” shape, but I use it all the time!)

Printables are awesome if you’re still building your stash, because you can use them for so many things:

  1. Cut out individual shapes and use them as ephemera pieces. I did that with the cute little succulent guy, and glued him to the flap of an envelope I made out of black cardstock.
  2. Use them as patterned paper. I cut up one card to make the banner pieces for my paper rosette (top left pocket). I also used one card to make a frame for my washi samples (top right pocket). I even punched a tiny bow out of one of the cards to decorate my deer’s antlers.
  3. Use a card as a base layer. I used a succulent card as a foundation and then layered gold glitter paper and a chipboard sticker on top (bottom center pocket).
  4. Use the printable as inspiration. I saw that Janette added a few tiny pops of pink to the printable, so I kept most of the colors neutral, but then added a few pink pops at the end. I also loved her phrase, “Pretty Things Inside,” so I borrowed that to make a flair button to use on my project. That way, my pal will know to look inside the envelope for some goodies.

 

Even if you have a big stash of paper and embellishments, sometimes it’s overwhelming to dig through piles of stuff when you’re working on a project. (Especially if your craft space is as messy as mine!) For this pocket letter, I created a little “kit” by pulling out all the supplies I thought I might use before I started working. Then I forced myself to (mostly) work only from those supplies. Sometimes, setting limits on yourself really helps force you to be creative.

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So, go try it yourself! Visit pocketlettershop.com to find Succulent Springtide, and lots of other printables to get you started.

 

To see more of my snail mail projects, visit me on Instagram at @becky_sher.

 


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Springtide Succulent Printable by DT member, Morgan Langley!

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Hello beautiful friends! I am so excited to be sharing my creation using the Succulent Springtide Pocket Letters® printable today on the Pocket Letters blog! I loved incorporating the printable in a way that was different and fun! I did a lot of fussy cutting and embellishing! I would say that my crafty style is bright and girly! I love layering and mixing patterns which you can see all over this pocket letter!

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Shaker pockets are oh so fun and for this one I used the printable with all the adorable succulents in the back and then a piece of gridded gold foil vellum on top. I stuffed it with pretty hot pink sequins, teal sequins, and mauve and iridescent sequins I picked up from the Target Dollar Spot.

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This is one of my favorite pockets that I made putting two of the printables together. I LOVED the big “PRETTY THINGS INSIDE” but I wanted to add a personal touch. In all of my projects and happy mail I include a “hidden message” for my pals to see when they open their mail. I want to encourage you all to write from your heart and remind your pals and loved ones that they are important, they are loved, and they are beautiful! Remember to spread happiness, be kind, and ALWAYS be yourself. In this pocket I reminded my pal that inside that perfection we all have there is beauty and “pretty things inside.” I used the Tim Holtz word stickers.

The printable also served as a wonderful inspiration for me! On this pocket I used the printable that said “Happy Mail” as a guide and I stamped it myself to this pocket. I LOVE mixing different tiny stamp sets and I love the handmade feel it gives off. I also cut one of the printables with those pretty leaves and layered it in the back with some light blue thread and that gold fringe piece.

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This adorable nerdy succulent (aka Winston) was a favorite element of mine from the printable so I wanted to highlight it by placing a cute scallop frame chipboard sticker on the outside of the pocket. I love adding details to the outside of the pockets as well as the inside because it brings in so much texture and interest!

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I hope you all enjoyed my pocket letter I created! This is how I packaged it! I put it in a 6x9 sealable plastic bag (amazon) and put in some pink crinkle paper and sequins! I made a belly band and fussy cut some more succulents from the printable and added another layer of the gold foiled grid vellum. Then I stamped “happy happy mail” with my tiny Studio G stamps, layered a heart with some thread, and added a gold paper clip!

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Always remember that you are beautiful, you are loved, and you are worthy. Now go and make beautiful things!  You can purchase the printable designs from www.pocketlettershop.com and use my code MORGAN10 for 10% off your purchase and grab a free Pocket Letter® checklist to get yourself started! Follow me on my Instagram @morewithmorganl and check out my blog where I do more fun tutorials! www.morewithmorganl.com

 

Supplies List

-My Mind’s Eye “On Trend” 6x6 paper pad

-Becky Higgins Project Life “Inspire” chipboard stickers

-blue thread and black and white bakers twine

-ephemera from the “Oasis” collection, “Bloom” collection both by Crate Paper

-hot pink, teal, mauve, and iridescent sequins

-Studio G tiny stamp set (similar)

 


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