Pocket Happy Mail │ Lydia CostJan 27, 2021
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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