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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To Find Pals to swap with, join: http://www.pocketletterpals.com
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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

FTC Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.