Pocket Letters have gained much popularity in the crafting world recently – and so, I thought it would be fun to go over Pocket Letter basics and share some ideas. For starters, the original idea for Pocket Letters began with crafter and YouTuber Janette Lane. You can find more great ideas at her website HERE.
Pocket Letters are a tidy, fun, creative way to share pen pal letters and “goodies” such as stickers, recipes, washi tape samples and other fun crafty items! Of course, it isn’t only limited to crafters, but tends to make more sense when taking part in a craft swap where you exchange Pocket Letters with a pen pal. There are craft swap groups on Facebook as well as Janette Lane’s website if you are interested in finding Pocket Letter pen pals.
The base of the Pocket Letter is simply a 9-slot baseball card holder sheet. I found mine at an office supply store, but you can find them at other places and online (see highlighted link above).
Usually Pocket Letters will follow a theme such as a color, character, event, holiday, or seasonal theme. This helps to inspire ideas to get you started. Some people decorate the front and back of their pocket letters. Personally, I just decorate the front – but it’s up to you. I decorate by inserting small cards of decorated cardstock into each panel. I have a sample template card to cut my 9 cardstock panels from.
After you have your Pocket Letter made and decorated, it’s time to insert some “goodies” behind each panel! This is where it can get really fun! There are many ideas of things you could include depending upon the theme and who will be receiving the Pocket Letter. Below, I have listed some ideas of things you could include:
About Me – Note Recipe Stickers Sequins Project Life Cards Mini Notepads Gemstones
Your Business Card Die Cuts Hot Tea/Cocoa Packet Magazine Clippings Poem
Shaped or Decorated Paperclips Mini Envelopes Gift Tags Gift Card Washi Tape Samples
Baker’s Twine Samples Buttons Ribbon samples Keychain with Charms Coupons
Flat Makeup Samples Perfume Samples from Magazines Photos of Pets Flat Wrapped Gum/Candy
Extra Cardstock cards cut to PL size for your recipient’s next Pocket Letter Mini Nail File
Decorative Magnets or Small Magnetic Bookmarks Small Chipboard Cut-Outs Enamel Dots
Shaped Erasers Mini Accordian Fan Handmade Scrapbook/Card Embellishments
Packet of Flower Seeds Scented Sachet Cards/Bags Hair Ties/Barettes Custom Gift Labels
Hand-Tied Bow Assortment Custom Address Labels Mini Paper Banner Fabric Samples
Paint Chip Samples for Crafting Small Baggy of Glitter Handmade Jewelry Handmade Zipper Pulls
To see a video of my very first Pocket Letter, check out the video posted below!
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