Meet the Pocket Letters Design Team!

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Today I want to present the international Pocket Letters® brand design team! Woo hoo!! I’m so pumped right now because these ladies are TALENTED and I can’t wait to share their creations with you. You can expect to see them post on this blog quite a bit, so stick around! In the meantime you can get to a know them a little better below. Also don’t forget to follow their social media  for some instant crafty inspiration!

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Carina Magaña

My name is Carina and I’m from the Pacific Northwest. I LOVE crafting, I’ve been crafting for over 10 years now. I have two dogs that mean the world to me. I love all types of paper crafts, but I have to say my favorite would be scrapbooking and swapping with pen-pals!. I’m excited to be part of the team and I can’t wait to start creating and sharing my ideas with the  community.

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Becky Sher

Becky Sher has been an obsessive collector of beautiful stationery, stickers and other paper goods since childhood. In 2016, she stumbled on pocket letters and quickly became hooked. She soon started sharing happy mail projects on Instagram and became part of the wonderful international community of snail mailers. In addition to creating happy mail, Becky loves yarn crafts like knitting and crochet. She owns Ruth & Dottie (ruthanddottie.etsy.com), selling handknits and other whimsical handmade products. Formerly a journalist and college professor, Becky now teaches craft workshops for kids and teens (and sometimes adults!). She lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband and two kids.

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Lilliana Sanchez

My name is Lilliana Sanchez but my friends call me Lilly. I am 38 years old and I have a 16 year old daughter by the name of Liana who I am terribly obsessed with (Lol). Lets just say she keeps me busy.  I have been with my amazing partner for 7 years and life can’t get any better without them two. I have 2 sisters an older and a younger one which makes me the best part of any sandwich “the middle”.  Some of my favorite hobbies is obviously crafting and making pretty things, but I also love makeup and fashion. I am your typical girly girl who loves everything pink.. I incorporate my girliness in all of what I do because it basically describes me in a nutshell. I discovered Pocket Letters around 8 months ago and all I can say is I wanted to know more, I wanted to learn everything.. The idea was just amazing to me.. Creating pen pal mail and making it look pretty at the same time was mind blowing to me.. I have always loved paper.. I was that kid that used to go through my moms purse and steal her receipts , take home all the papers teachers got rid at the end of the school year and lastly take all the bank deposit sheets from the bank (LOL). Paper has always fascinated me, some of my favorite things to collect and hoard are notepads, paperclips and pens. Snail mail has shortly become one of my favorite things to do. And it is a very relaxing hobby. Hope you guys enjoy my work 😉

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Deb Patete

Debbie is a wife, mother, nurse and crafter.  She is mom to 4 children ages 31,30, 26 and 25 and has 2 puppies that hang out with her in her craft room.  Debbie lives in Buckeye Lake, Ohio with her husband and works as an Operating Room Nurse.  She holds the professional degrees of MBOE and BSN.    Debbie has been crafting for approximately 15 years and enjoys the crafting community and more importantly the friendships which are made through these connections.

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Suzy Q. Orozco

Hola! I’m Suzy. I am a mommy of twin boys, photographer & craft artist based in Chicago. I started photography and crafting at a young age and most of my skills are self-taught.  I love creating and capturing pretty things. I enjoy eating good food, exploring new places, spending time with great friends and indulging in the occasional craft beer. Fun fact: I met my boyfriend at a Brewery back in 2013. We now have this thing where we visit as many Breweries as possible each year. Current count is 12.

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Emmanuelle Terrier

Hello ! My name is Emmanuelle Terrier and I live in France with my husband and our 4 children. I am a teacher in a vocational school. I started scrapbooking about 18 months ago when I discovered pocket letters and fell in love with this format. I have made many friends both on pocketletterpals.com and Instagram which I joined last year. I love to craft for them and try to do my best to send Happy Mail. I also have a passion for planners and really enjoy decorating them. When I don’t take care of my family or craft, I read (I am a book worm !), watch TV series or hoard scrapbooking supplies ! I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you.

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Morgan Langley

Hi my name is Morgan! I’m from Georgia and I am a full time student, but still love to craft! My favorite things to create are pocket letters, mini albums, and handmade cards. I also love journaling and documenting my memories and photos! I have three younger sisters and through them and their experiences with mean girls, making it through middle and high school, and just being a girl in general, positivity and kind messages are so needed. I want to make people smile. I encourage writing from your heart and spreading happiness, while being yourself. This is the message I want to convey in all my posts and shares on social media–to remind every girl and every person that they are loved, they are important, and they are beautiful.

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Shing Genevieve

Hi ! I’m Shi Ying (or Shing), 24 years old! I’m currently pursuing a degree in International Business Management. I love crafting a wide range of stuff. I started from scrapbooking, to DIYs, to project life, to planning, and also snail mailing (Pocket letters & Flipbooks)! I really love making pocket letters because it’s an outlet for me to relieve my stress, use up my stash (lol), and at the same time send happy mail to others! I used to struggle with layering (still am) but I’ve become better! So don’t give up okay? I enjoy making new friends along the way and sharing ideas! So don’t hesitate to be my friend! 🙂 Maybe we can become great swap partners in the future! Teehee!

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Renee Tramell

Hi everyone! My name is Renee and I live in a small town on the East Coast with my two beautiful daughters. During the week I work at a drug and alcohol treatment center, which I absolutely love. Words can’t express how gratifying and special it is to watch people turn their lives around! And on the weekends you can find me at my desk, crafting from morning til night!  I stumbled upon Pocket Letters while watching YouTube videos a little over a year ago. And the rest is history! The very next day I went out and bought all my supplies, and I’ve been creating pocket letters with a passion ever since. Currently, I love creating all types of snail mail that I swap with my pen pals; like pocket letters, flip books, etc; but my first true love that started me on my paper crafting journey is Pocket Letters!
I am beyond ecstatic to be apart of this awesome Pocket Letter Design Team, and cannot wait to share with you all of my creations, and hopefully inspire you along the way. I am also a member of the Peachy Cheap Design Team, and the MyLovelyDesignsCo Creative Team. You can also find me on Instagram at Renee.made.this. Happy crafting!

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The first project my team will be working on is this Succulent Springtide printable! It’s perfect for spring!


Excited to learn more? Sign up for the “First Class” Pocket Letters™ Intro Course with Founder, Janette Lane


*Don’t miss a step! Grab your FREE Pocket Letters® Checklist by clicking here. I’ll send the link to download it straight to your inbox!

Pocket Letters™ Shop: http://www.pocketlettershop.com
Pocket Letters™ Newsletter & Updates: http://eepurl.com/bB9kwz
To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
Instagram: @janettelaneblog & @pocketletters
Email: janette@pocketletters.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejanettelane
FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Are You Good Enough For a Design Team?

This is an email I sent out to my newsletter subscribers (you can join my newsletter here for free). I received so much positive feedback about this and I wanted to pass it along to all my readers.. Disclaimer: I’m not going to do this often, so make sure you get on my list! I share much more there.

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Dear Pals,

Today I want to tackle a sticky subject in the crafting community–Design Team/PR Team Calls.

Have you ever applied for a design team? When you weren’t picked did you feel like you weren’t good enough? Well friend, today I want to tell you a few things that might help you and the first is this:

YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH.

As you know, I had a design team call for the Pocket Letters® shop a few weeks ago. (My team will be announced SOON!) I received hundreds of entries. HUNDREDS! And every single person that entered was TALENTED, creative, and downright AMAZING! But here’s something else I’m going to say and I hope you don’t get offended because I’m only saying this to help you in the future.

Sometimes talent isn’t enough.

If you haven’t been picked for the creative teams you’ve applied for, it’s probably not because you lack creativity or skill. So many factors are considered when picking a dream team! Here’s some questions I want you to ask yourself, because this is what you may be missing and or need to work on:

-Do I have an active platform to share my crafts (blog, social media accounts, YT Channel)?

-Does my aesthetic/style match the brand I applied for?

-Do I consistently share my crafts on my social media and blog?

-Do I have an engaged audience?

-Do I have past design team experience?

-Do I have strong writing skills?

-Did I follow the directions on the application?

-Do I take good, quality photos of my projects?

(Read this post I wrote about how to take better pictures of your planners with your phone. The tips I share can be applied to any craft.)

Now let me stress this point…

Companies are looking for people who naturally fit their brand.

They’re interested in working with crafters who already behave like they’re on a design team.

This is especially true if you’re looking to apply to a team as a first-timer. Also please don’t think that this has much to do with subscriber numbers. It really doesn’t.

I picked someone for my team that has a little over 100 followers. Want to know why? Because she’s sharing her crafts with the world and taking it very seriously. You can tell right away that she prides in her creations and has a true passion for it. Her photos are fantastic! And while her blog doesn’t have many followers, she shares consistently, and the quality of her posts is outstanding! Her effort shows in everything she does. Basically put, she’s sharing like she’s already on a design team. (I can’t wait for you to meet her!)

I hope you know that I’m telling you all of this so you can be successful on your applications. I’m seriously rooting for you!

In fact, I know that you have the talent it takes to be on a team… but don’t forget, brands are looking for more than that.

Take some time to consider all I’ve shared today. And if you want to apply for design teams in the future here’s some things you can start doing now to show recruiters you’re really serious about your crafts:

  1. Start a blog and post at least once a week. (WordPress or Blogger offer free platforms)
  2. Start a craft account on Instagram and a Facebook page and post REGULARLY!
  3. Hashtag your posts and engage with others in the crafting community to increase your followers.
  4. Work on improving your photography. (Read this post on how to take better pictures with an iPhone.)
  5. If you’re really serious, start a YouTube channel.

Rooting for you,

Janette Lane

Pocket Letters® Founder & Owner

PS. If you haven’t already, I invite you to check out my FREE PLANNER CLASS on Scrapbook.com! It pairs perfectly with a crafternoon session! (affiliate)


Excited to learn more? Sign up for the “First Class” Pocket Letters™ Intro Course with Founder, Janette Lane


*Don’t miss a step! Grab your FREE Pocket Letters® Checklist by clicking here. I’ll send the link to download it straight to your inbox!

Pocket Letters™ Shop: http://www.pocketlettershop.com
Pocket Letters™ Newsletter & Updates: http://eepurl.com/bB9kwz
To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
Instagram: @janettelaneblog & @pocketletters
Email: janette@pocketletters.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejanettelane
FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

The Pocket Letters Brand Design Team Call!

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Hello! Hello! Today I’m announcing the Pocket Letters Brand Design Team Call here on the Pocket Letters blog! Woohoo! Do you make beautiful pocket letters that inspire? Do you love this hobby and like to share about it with your friends, family, and followers? I’m looking for 6-10 talented crafters who can feature Pocket Letter® Shop designs in their pocket mail layouts all while incorporating useful and creative techniques into their projects. I’m not really looking for people with thousands of followers (although that’s a plus), but someone who’s crafty, innovative, and can take clear and well-lit photographs of his or her projects.

Before I delve any further–here’s 3 things you should know before applying to be on the team:

1. While the positions are unpaid, there are plenty of perks, plus a way to earn some cash!
2. The call closes on March 15th at 12AM PST and the team will be announced shortly thereafter.
3. It’s open INTERNATIONALLY!

Click below for all the details and application:
Also I’d love to collaborate with a graphic designer, so if you’re interested, please email me at janette@pocketletters.com.
Well, keeping it short and sweet today, friends! Have a great day and good luck!

NEW Pocket Letter Tutorial on my YT Channel

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Today I’m sharing an easy tutorial featuring one of my new Pocket Letter® printable designs! You can watch my pocket letter tutorial on my YouTube Channel: Janette Lane or scroll down to the bottom of this post! The one I’m sharing today is called The Lovey, and you can purchase it here. In case you don’t know, I have an online shop where you can buy printables for your pocket mail, as well as a Pocket Letter Tracker! The Pocket Letters® shop has an assortment of designs for you to use and incorporate into your layouts. These designs are not meant to replace a whole letter, so don’t print one out, cut it up, and send it “as is” to your Pal! The point is to use some elements from the printable to make your own layout. The best part is once you buy the file, it’s yours to keep and to reuse over and over…

| Click HERE to purchase The Lovey Pocket Letter® design |

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Want to use my pocket letter templates for your other papercrafts? You can! My designs will complement your journaling, planner pages… or even other snail mail, like flipbooks! But what else do I use to decorate my pocket letter, Janette? Well, you can use pretty much anything! Get creative! For this pocket mail layout, I’m using mainly things from my stash such as die cuts, doilies, “doo-dahs”, and even cupcake wrappers to decorate!  Also I always keep a stash of cardstock that’s precut to size (2.5in x 3.5 in). I suggest you create a little box with just precut cards to pull from when you’re crafting. It can shorten the creative process drastically!

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I’m including some of the products I used below, in case you’re interested in purchasing any using my affiliate link. I’d greatly appreciate it as I do get a small commission from any sales. Every bit helps!

Here’s the pocket letter supply list:

Pocket Letters® Shop Printable| The Lovey Design
–Tombow Liquid Adhesive: http://amzn.to/2igiNrK

–Maggie Holmes Floral Ephemera: http://amzn.to/2mwSu0d
–Red-liner Tape: http://amzn.to/2kRfa9r
–Tombow Repositionable Tape Runner: http://amzn.to/2l08feW
–Scotch Liquid Adhesive: http://amzn.to/2kEypHQ
–Pop Dots Dimensional Adhesive: http://amzn.to/2kRaLD4
–Tim Holtz Sticker Sentiments: http://amzn.to/2gWsIDt

Excited to learn more? Sign up for the “First Class” Pocket Letters™ Intro Course with Founder, Janette Lane

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*Don’t miss a step! Grab your FREE Pocket Letters® Checklist by clicking here. I’ll send the link to download it straight to your inbox!

Pocket Letters™ Shop: http://www.pocketlettershop.com
Pocket Letters™ Newsletter & Updates: http://eepurl.com/bB9kwz
To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
Instagram: @janettelaneblog & @pocketletters
Email: janette@pocketletters.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejanettelane
FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Watercolor Theme Pocket Letter

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I love watercoloring! I never thought I’d say that because for the longest time watercoloring was a point of frustration for me. I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know where to start. The paint never did what I wanted it to. Once I started my job however, a quick demonstration by one of my coworkers gave me direction. I started practicing and experimenting and since then, I’ve fallen in love with it! Am I an expert now? Nope. Not at all.  But since practicing more, watercoloring and I are on a first name basis. I love it and it relaxes me to no end!

I love incorporating watercolors into my paper crafts, especially planners and now pocket mail! Here’s a process video showing how I created an easy watercolor pocket letter layout using only a few supplies.

Here’s the pocket letter supply list:

Waterbrush Set: http://tinyurl.com/zp6g5n6

Watercolor Palette: http://tinyurl.com/j7g2q3q

Happy Planner Stickers: http://tinyurl.com/hntxod9

‘She Blooms’ Chipboard Stickers: http://amzn.to/2akex3t

Tim Holtz Phrases Stickers: http://amzn.to/2ad6pnK

Excited to learn more? Sign up for the “First Class” Pocket Letters™ Intro Course with Founder, Janette Lane

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*Don’t miss a step! Grab your FREE Pocket Letters® Checklist by clicking here. I’ll send the link to download it straight to your inbox!

Pocket Letters™ Shop: http://www.pocketlettershop.com
Pocket Letters™ Newsletter & Updates: http://eepurl.com/bB9kwz
To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
Instagram: @janettelaneblog & @pocketletters
Email: janette@pocketletters.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejanettelane
FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

POCKET LETTER $1 IDEAS & TIPS

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I know that making pocket letters can be a pricey hobby, but it doesn’t have to be if you think a little creatively and “out of the box”! I went to the Dollar Tree a while ago and found some cute things to make pocket letters on a budget. I’m sharing some pocket letter tips in this post and also in the video below. With a little imagination, it’s easy to think of inexpensive ways to make creative pocket mail!

$1 Pocket Letter Tips

Silk flower blooms: A whole bouquet won’t fit in a pocket, but if you pluck off the blooms, you can fill your pocket letters with flowers that will last!

Use a kids tutu: Kid tutus are colorful and frilly. You can use the material to make a wrapping for your pocket letter. (Check out Aideen’s post on creative pocket letter wrapping ideas)

Sticky notes that are pocket letter size: You can find a lot of sticky notes at the dollar store. I like to stamp mine with cute images in the corner to personalize them.

Stickers for $1: The dollar store is probably the only place you’ll find a large selection of stickers for cheap. You can use them to decorate your pocket mail or to send as goodies!

Gift Wrap: Check the gift wrap section for cute paper to use as your pocket letter backgrounds. Especially if you’re doing a certain theme like a birthday or wedding. Or if you find a print you like, say with popsicles, you can cut out the individual shapes, laminate them, and send them as die cuts for your pals! (Watch my video to see what I’m talking about…)

Hair Accessories: Barrettes or hair clips can be sent “as is” to your pal, or you can make embellished paperclips with a little hot glue!

Themes 

Beach/Hawaiian/Luau Theme Pocket Letter: Use some beach-themed napkins to fill a pocket. Also check the party aisle at your dollar store. There are so many things you can use there to fill your pockets!

Graduate Theme Pocket Letter: Around graduation time there were a lot of grad goodies, like tassels that could be tucked into a pocket for a graduate.

Wedding Theme Pocket Letter: My dollar store has a large selection of wedding or bridal shower party goods and favors. You are bound to find things there for a wedding theme pocket letter.

Baby Shower Theme Pocket Letter: The same goes for baby showers. Check for little booties, or even send a bib that you can decorate with a simple permanent marker.

Pocket Letters for Kids

It’s amazing seeing children get involved in this hobby!

-Send some glow in the dark shapes for a Glow in the Dark Pocket Letter!

-Send little costume bracelets, sheriff’s badges, or jewelery tucked in the pockets so kids can play dress-up! You can even fold a kid’s tutu to send in your pocket letter.

-Send barrettes or little hair ties for goodies!

-Plus candy!

Watch this video to see more of these budget friendly tips!

Excited to learn more? Sign up for the “First Class” Pocket Letters™ Intro Course with Founder, Janette Lane

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Pocket Letters™ Shop: http://www.pocketlettershop.com
Pocket Letters™ Newsletter & Updates: http://eepurl.com/bB9kwz
To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
Instagram: @janettelaneblog & @pocketletters
Email: janette@pocketletters.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejanettelane
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5 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL POCKET LETTER SWAP

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As owner of the Pocket Letter Pals™ Network and the Pocket Letter Pals™ Facebook group, I’ve had the opportunity to mediate a lot of failed swaps. Like. Heaps and heaps!  (I also want to take the opportunity to thank my Admins who also mediate and try to resolve these issues even moreso! Thank you!) It’s a fact, there are people who flake. They arrange swaps and then don’t follow through. It happens and I’m really sorry about it. I wish it didn’t happen, but it does.  Now I know it’s hard to believe, but the majority of the time, it’s not intentional. There are snail mail scam artists, but those make up a small percentage of failed swaps. People usually flake for one of the following reasons:

-Overwhelmed with the amount of swaps they’ve taken on.

-Lack of communication.

-Unexpected emergency.

-Lost their penpal’s contact information (usually because of 1).

-Lack of funds.

I can’t guarantee a 100% foolproof method for successful swaps, but I can share 5 HELPFUL TIPS for a smoother swapping experience!

1. GET CONTACT INFORMATION

I’ve run into many situations where one swap partner forgot to write down who they were swapping with and where they arranged the swap. It can get overwhelming especially if you’re swapping with multiple people at one time and reaching out across platforms. Some swap only on my network, others swap on Instagram… Regardless, WRITE IT DOWN. Get names and email address.  Better yet, get my Pocket Letters™ TrackerPrintable! It’ll help you organize all the details of your swap.

2. COMMUNICATE

It’s important to COMMUNICATE. COMMUNICATE. COMMUNICATE. You need to be willing to discuss details of your pocket mail swap so that everyone is on the same page. Here’s some questions to ask: Will this be a one-time swap? Will there be a deadline?  Will your letter have goodies? Will there be a theme? When will the “send-by” deadline be? Use the FREE POCKET LETTER COMMUNICATION GUIDE (click link to download) to make your swap go smoothly, and if there’s something you’re concerned about, like allergies,please mention it to your Pal. Once communication breaks down, it’s a good indicator of what’s to come—a bad swap. Also remember to be open and flexible to themes, styles, and ideas. There are some who have used the POCKET LETTER COMMUNICATION GUIDE as a “LET ME COMMUNICATE MY DEMANDS” GUIDE. Being communicative does’t mean you have to be mean.  Be cool guys! Be cool!

3. CHECK YOUR PAL’S SWAP HISTORY

Sometimes it’s best to do a little research! I’m not talking about full on Facebook, social media-stalking. I’m talking about searching through profile and group history for swap confirmation!  If you’re on the Pocket Letter Pals™ network, go to your potential Pal’s page and look at their profile. Are there messages from past swap partners thanking them for their fulfilled swaps? Are there pictures of their creations (both incoming and outgoing letters)? The same goes for the Pocket Letter Pals™ Facebook group.  Search the group history by putting your partner’s name in the Search box. Are others posting that they’ve received their snail mail? Are they active group participants? Are they arranging too many swaps? (This can be a RED flag!) These searches can be so telling!

4. BE PATIENT IF THERE IS A SETBACK

I want to say that half of late swaps are due to delivery services. So much can go wrong with your letter in transit (insufficient postage,  s l o w  service, illegible handwritten address, and inclement weather) I’m serious. Sending something via mail can be risky business. I’ve had a few letters get mangled in sorting machines only to get the pieces returned to me in a sandwich bag. It happens. So just keep that in mind. Also remember that LIFE HAPPENS. People get sick. Sometimes they even forget about a deadline without any sort of malicious intent. Some people are naturally forgetful. Like ME!  If your partner communicates a setback (within reason), then just wait it out. Be patient. It will most likely work out!

5. GET TRACKING

This option does not work with international mail, but you can definitely get tracking information and confirmation for domestic deliveries. This helps for multiple reasons. Mainly, if someone reports a member for a failed swap, they can prove it by showing that a letter was sent and delivered. A lot of times the person reported will say that they never received anything. Tracking helps clear up any confusion quickly!
I know this may be hard to believe, but I’ve had my share of failed swap experiences. However, the good experiences BY FAR outweigh the bad ones! Education is the most powerful weaponwhich you can use to change the world. (5)

I hope these tips were helpful! You can always share your tips too! And also please don’t forget to check out my Pocket Letters™ Tracker! It helps! Plus when you make your purchase, the file is yours to keep and print (as many copies as you need)!

Thanks for reading Pals! Until next time!

Excited to learn more? Sign up for the “First Class” Pocket Letters™ Intro Course with Founder, Janette Lane

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Pocket Letters™ Shop: http://www.pocketlettershop.com
Pocket Letters™ Newsletter & Updates: http://eepurl.com/bB9kwz
To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
Instagram: @janettelaneblog & @pocketletters
Email: janette@pocketletters.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejanettelane

FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

What To Write in Your Pocket Letter

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I love reading the letter portion of my pocket mail (Click here to read about what to include in a typical Pocket Letter). It gives me insight about the heart behind the art! (Hey! That rhymed!) Personally, I want to know a little more about the creative mind that sent me a piece of his or her work. It makes it more personal, more real.  A lot of people have asked me about how to write the letter that goes in the Pocket Letter. The Pocket Letter letter. (Say that 10x fast!) I think this proves challenging especially when you’re doing a one-time exchange with someone. What is it that you want to say? Do you want to keep it short and simple? Or do you want to be detailed?

I’ve included some tips as well as an example right below my suggestion.  Keep this as simple or as elaborate as you’d like, but try to hit each of the following suggested points. Once you get better at this, you can leave out or add more “talking points”. And remember, all these are just suggestions. If you don’t want to send a letter, make sure you tell your pal during your email exchanges, just so they know what to expect. Some people value the letter highly… others don’t. That’s completely fine, but always communicate with your pal!

-Greeting 

-Who you are and where you live. (Again you can be as detailed as you’d like) 

-What you do for a living. 

-What you do for fun. 

-How you found out about Pocket Letters & what you like about them. 

-Thank you for exchanging. 

-Information about where to find you in case they want to keep in touch via social media. 

-Closing. 

You can elaborate on each point in one sentence or one paragraph. It’s up to you! The following is an example of the above points in action:

Hello there! 

My name is Janette and I live in sunny California! Southern CA to be exact and pretty close to Disneyland. I’m a craft designer and blogger. Aside from arts and crafts, I enjoy traveling, reading, thrifting, and making YouTube videos. I also love going out to eat. I found out about Pocket Letters earlier this year when I stumbled across Janette Lane’s post on Instagram and Youtube. I’ve been having fun getting to know people from all around the world. Thank you so much for agreeing to do a one-time swap with me. I hope that we can at least keep in touch via social media. Or if you’d like to continue swapping, let me know. You can find me on YouTube (The Janette Lane) and Instagram. (@janettelaneblog

Take care and I hope you enjoy my Pocket Letter creation. 

Sincerely, 

Janette 

I hope this  has helped you in some way with the letter portion of the Pocket Letter. Thanks for reading!
 

Excited to learn more? Sign up for the “First Class” Pocket Letters™ Intro Course with Founder, Janette Lane

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Pocket Letters™ Shop: http://www.pocketlettershop.com
Pocket Letters™ Newsletter & Updates: http://eepurl.com/bB9kwz
To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
Instagram: @janettelaneblog & @pocketletters
Email: janette@pocketletters.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejanettelane

Janette Lane’s Pocket Letter Guide

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Hello friends! Today I’m sharing my Pocket Letter Guide that gives an explanation about what to include in your pocket mail. This guide is very similar to the one I posted on my Youtube video, “Basic Pocket Letter Tutorial,” but it provides more details. I’m going to “walk” you through the different components of one layout and I’ve included the file above so you can download it.

You can also download my FREE CHECKLIST for everything you need to start!

Basically this creative mailing method is a typical penpal letter as a WHOLE. It consists of a letter, a mail tag (optional), and other paper tidbits and goodies. Each part of the penpal letter is put in a different pocket. Do you have to include each component? Nope! Just make sure you include a letter to your Pocket Letter Pal! That’s pretty much the only “rule”. (If you don’t want to include a letter, then let your Pal know ahead of time!)

LETTER
The letter doesn’t have to be long. Introduce yourself and let your Pocket Letter Pal know more about you. Tell them where you’re from, what you do for a living, etc. You can write it on a normal sized piece of paper, fold it up, and tuck it in one of the pockets.

EPHEMERA
This is a quick way to spruce up your letter. You can include die cuts, cute paper bits, vellum paper, etc.

STICKERS
You can tuck a few stickers in this pocket. No sweat, right?

MAIL TAG
Mail tags are popular in the penpal community. What’s a mail tag? It’s a specific set of questions that are asked so your Pocket Letter Pal can answer in his or her reply to you. Make the questions on the shorter side, and only as a few. Some questions I tend to ask are:

-What are your TOP 5 Favorite movies?
-Best book you read last year?
– Chocolate or Vanilla?

These questions can be as creative as you’d like. If you’re only doing a one-time swap, then these aren’t practical since you’ll only be exchanging once. But it is a good idea if you are planning on swapping Pocket Letters indefinitely.

POCKET LETTER EXPLANATION
The “Pocket Letter Explanation” card gives a brief overview of Pocket Letters and how Pocket Letters work. You can send this in one of your pockets for your penpals who don’t know what Pocket Letters or Pocket Letter Pals are. You can download and print one I’ve designed myself. It’s available for free along with some custom-sized quotes. Click here: Free Pocket Letter Pals Download.

ABOUT ME
I’m including an “ABOUT ME” section in each letter I create. I’m writing down little short tidbits of things I like or dislike, hobbies, etc. This is what I include in mine:

Name
Online usernames
Things I Love
List of Hobbies

Here’s an example:

Hello! My name is Janette and I blog at Janette Lane Blog. I’m married to my wonderful husband, Lovey. We live in sunny CA where we lead a happy life, by the grace of God. Aside from my regular 9-5, I enjoy blogging, making snailmail, papercrafting, reading, and going on adventures with my husband. You can find me online on FB as Janette Lane or on my Instagram as @janettelaneblog. Hope we can continue connecting there!

Or you can also do bullet points!

QUOTE
I think quotes are good to include. Just think how fun it’ll be (once you’ve swapped a lot of letters) to flip through your collection! Two quotes are available on the FREE Pocket Letter Printable.

Check out the Pocket Letters™ shop for some affordable printables!

MISC
You can include pretty much anything you can think of in this pocket. I wrote a post that lists items you can “pocket”. Click here: Pocket Letter Ideas . The list is not exhaustive, but you can find even more inspiration for what to put in your Pocket Letters on this video tutorial:


TEA
Tea packets are the perfect size for this snail mail project! You don’t have to include it, but you can if you want.. I love tea, so I enjoy getting them!

 

Remember, your Pocket Letter doesn’t have to be EXACTLY like this.. This is just a GUIDE. Be creative and have tons of fun!

To find Pocket Letter Pals in your area or around the world and to begin swapping Pocket Letters™, please sign up for an account at www.pocketletterpals.com. You can even sign up with your Facebook Login Info. Thank you!

 

Excited to learn more? Sign up for the “First Class” Pocket Letters™ Intro Course with Founder, Janette Lane

 

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Pocket Letters™ Shop: http://www.pocketlettershop.com
Pocket Letters™ Newsletter & Updates: http://eepurl.com/bB9kwz
To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
Instagram: @janettelaneblog & @pocketletters
Email: janette@pocketletters.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejanettelane

What is Pocket Mail?

I created Pocket Letters™ (or pocket mail) as a new way to send letters to your new or existing penpals. Basically, you fill all the pockets of a Pocket Letter™ insert or a 9 Pocket Trading Card Protector  and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you. This can be a one-time exchange or you can keep exchanging these types of letters indefinitely. You fill each pocket with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) A short note or letter is included and tucked into one of the pockets. Then the entire layout is folded up and sent in a standard 10 size envelope. It’s the perfect way to send and collect letters from other “Pocket Letter Pals” (ie people who are sending mail in this format) around the world and a convenient way to store them. They fit perfectly in a binder!

Watch my informational video for an overview and explanation of this new style of sending snail mail and the story behind how I created Pocket Letters™ and Pocket Letter Pals™. Disclaimer: I was so very nervous in this first video… Just be forewarned! 🙂


HOW DO I GET STARTED?
First find a Pocket Letter Pal on my Pocket Letter Pals™ network. You can sign up with your Facebook to login. Once you’ve signed up you can create a profile, join groups, and connect with others who want to swap pocket mail. When you find someone to swap with, then work out the details about who will write first, deadlines, general info, preferences, etc. After you’ve arranged your swaps, then purchase your supplies and start filling your pockets with goodness!

Here is a basic video about how to make your own Pocket Letters™. It includes tips, tricks, and inspiration!

 

Still confused? Or have more questions? Click here to read Pocket Letter FAQs.

This snail mail revolution I’ve kicked off is TRULY EXCITING and I’m looking forward to seeing everything you create. Please share your creations with me by tagging me in your posts on any social media shares. I’d LOVE to see what you come up with. Ultimately, just think of pocket mail as a collection of “scrapbooked” letters made with love and being sent and exchanged around the world.

Thanks for reading!

Excited to learn more? Sign up for the “First Class” Pocket Letters™ Intro Course with Founder, Janette Lane

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Pocket Letters™ Shop: http://www.pocketlettershop.com
Pocket Letters™ Newsletter & Updates: http://eepurl.com/bB9kwz
To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
Instagram: @janettelaneblog & @pocketletters
Email: janette@pocketletters.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/thejanettelane

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