Succulent Spring Tide Printable with Shing

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Hello Lovelies ! Shing here!

Today, I’m sharing my first Design Team project using Janette Lane’s Succulent Springtide printable!! Spring is here and definitely, we look towards creating something Spring-y!

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For my first project, I challenged myself to create something colourful and bright despite the Blues and Minty tone to the printable.

Here are the supplies that I used (Boy! It’s a long one):

So we started off printing the printables of course! 🙂 Here is the picture of the printables and some embellishments that I took from my stash.

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Aren’t they pretty???

You can choose to print “Fit To Page” or printing it in “Actual Size”. Both work for pocket pages! After printing these we can get crafty !!!

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Also, you can always fussy cut the images or leave it as it is! Here, I fussy cut the Succulent and the Leaf which says “From my crafty desk to yours..” to act as an ephemera.

++CHEAT FACT++ When I was a beginner in starting my first few pocket letters, I would try to stick to the colour scheme of ephemera used. I started off with just one colour/ two colour style so that everything would look good together haha!

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Well, of course, you should always challenge yourself once in awhile! Believe that you can do much more than just sticking to a few colours! I’m pretty sure they’ll turn out fantastic!

Also, you can always dig into your stash to avoid hoarding (I’m pretty sure everyone does this at some point!). You’ll be amazed at the endless supplies that you have and can use!

I added sequins (from my stash) to my shaker slot, punched the glitter gold hearts to add something sparkly and used the Fuse Tool to seal the pocket shut.

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If you noticed, I like to cluster different elements in a corner. using a mix of colours for the ephemera to bring the pops of colours in one pocket page. In this pocket piece, I cut out a paper from the Kaisercraft 6.5 x 6.5 paper pad and fussy cut the butterflies to act as an embellishment. It’ll be fun to live a colourful life, don’t you think?

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Don’t forget that you can also include stamping into your pocket spreads if you still want to hoard that stash of ephemera (LOL!)

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You can purchase the printable designs from www.pocketlettershop.com Remember to use my code SHIYING10 for 10% off when purchasing! Also , don’t forget to grab the FREE Pocket Letter® checklist to start the fun!

So that’s all I have to share today! Feel Free to be back for more of my projects by following me on my social media!

XOXO,

Shing

 


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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:

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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)

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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 6×9 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” 6×6 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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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!


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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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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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Subject Line: Are you good enough?

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.