We haven’t made it all the way through January yet, and it feels like winter is the longest season ever. I’m certainly feeling the exhaustion and blue moods, and I can imagine my gal friends feel about the same in this season. It gives me a little bit of pep creating something for my friends, and I certainly hope that my happy mail brings a smile to their faces as well.
For this one I went with the standard letter sized, baseball card, sheet protector. This was the original size that started the pocket letter craze several years ago, and I was an absolute fan then. I was feeling nostalgic, so I pulled it out again for my happy mail. The Krystal kit is filled with homey sentiments and home-related icons, but I knew they would transition perfectly for a little surprise for my friends as well.
I began cutting some of the Krystal journaling cards down to size to fit in my pockets. They are approximately 2.75” x 3.75”. I also fussy-cut some of the amazing florals from the paper pack, so that I could arrange them on my pocket letter. I added a little signature flair by adding some messy stitching to the middles. I’ve always loved this technique, and I think it really adds so much character to any fussy-cut floral.
Next I went about adding a section for my letter. I stitched on some puffy alphas, that spelled, “Friend.” I love way the pops of black really set of the whole pocket page! I then set out to create a little shaker pocket in one of my pockets. I pulled out my stash of FJ sequins and some of the wood veneer pieces in the Krystal kit. After stuffing them inside my pocket, I opted to use my sewing machine instead of my fuse tool to seal the pocket. I think the punch of black really ties in the puffy alphas nicely. I made sure to add that black thread onto the centers of my florals too!
For one of the pockets I made room for a gift card, so that I’d be able to bless my friend with a little treat. This was simple to create, by adding a little angular pocket to slid my gift card into, and then stitching it onto my journaling card. I pulled out a piece from the ephemera pack that was the perfect sentiment for the gift!
I added in a tag and some of die-cut pieces to really tie in the whole pocket happy mail. The last step was to accentuate the ring holes with a charm. The charm is always one of my favorite parts of filling up a pocket letter. It hangs off the edge and ties the whole fun piece together. All that was left now was to fill each of the pockets with some fun goodies.
I included some squares chocolate, my favorite tea bags, and some planner stickers. I even included a vintage set of earrings I fell in love with for my gal friend. Little trinkets are the only thing that will really fit in those little pockets, but I think sometimes those are the most precious to us. I certainly hope my happy mail can inspire you to bring a little joy into your loved ones’ mailboxes.
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