For this blog post I wanted to try something different. Christmas is almost over and a new year is upon us. I never send any cards for new year. But this year I really wanted to… I was thinking about sending late Christmas presents or inspiration for a new PL-year… or both!
I’ve seen it on Instagram and Pinterest… the thing called Pocket Letter! And it seemed to be a perfect match for what I wanted to do for this blog post!
I had to read the some descriptions first! Most Pocket Letters seemed to be made with a smaller version of page protectors (slightly smaller than a PL pocket page). Many Pocket Letters was just decorated on the front and the pockets were filled with a letter, some gifts and a tea bag!
I wanted to use PL page protectors and chose Becky Higgins Design J (not too big and with enough pockets for gifts and a letter). I also knew that I wanted to decorate the back side too!
I don’t know so many people that would find a gift like this useful… so the first thing I needed to do was to find PL interested people to send to! 😀 I made an announcement in a Facebook group and got a lot of nice replies. 3 lucky ladies got chosen!
And I also wanted to make a Pocket Letter for my mother!
So… four Pocket Letters in total!
I now had four page protectors and four different people to design for.
Number 1: My mother! She likes black and white! She also likes to sew… and she loves her grandchild (of course)!
Number 2: Soft colors and earth tones.
Number 3: Flowers and soft colors. Not so many words and stuff in English!
Number 4: Pink pink pink!
I started to pull out everything I had that was a good fit for any of these four people. I knew I wanted to make some kind of shaker pocket for everyone. And I also wanted everyone to get small gifts (and a tea bag)!
Here is the final Pocket Letter for my mother. One pocket is filled with buttons and sewn shut. She can easily take away the thread and use the buttons if she wants!
I added a photo in one pocket. A photo I know she will save, so I didn’t add any decorations on it. Just a small paperclip!
I cut a little square out of hard plastic and rolled some washi tape around it. Three samples of washi tape… easy little gift!
Here is the back side of the letter and here is the actual letter!
I decorated this side too… but no more gifts!
I started with the big wood veneer! Everyone likes a big “Hello”, right!
For this letter I found a nice envelope in my stash. I filled it with die cut stars. To use your dies and some nice neutral paper is an easy and cheap way to make decorations. And everyone can’t have all the dies… so send someone examples of yours! 😀
I also cut apart a sheet of stickers. I don’t need so many gold hearts… so I can easily give some of them to someone else! I also attached some decorations with just a paper clip… so that they can be used again on another project!
Here is the back side. A pocket with tea and a letter. Simple and easy!
I struggled with this Pocket Letter! I really wanted to send a lot of gifts in this one. But she didn’t want so many things with English words…
… I filled one pocket with sequins and wood veneer stars. Then I filled another pocket with samples of washi tape… and one pocket with some stickers from the collection Cedar Lane.
The whole pocket letter is focused on the collection Cedar Lane and what I had left of it! I found these Pocket Letters to be great for using up scraps… you could even do completely different front and back if you want! That way you will be able to use collections that don’t even match! 😀
Here is the back side. One pocket filled with samples of PL-cards. Some from Midnight and some from Maggie Holmes (I tried to find cards without words on them… ). I found a cute envelope for the tea bag and stamped “te” on it (tea is “te” in Swedish).
Pink, pink and pink!
I really like pink… so this letter was the easiest to do! Here I have the letter on the front page. And one pocket is filled with samples of PL-cards.
The back side of the Pocket Letter is just as pink as the front! Some samples of washi tape in one pocket and a tea bag in another.
When you are done with your pocket letter, just fold it together and decorate it with a ribbon. Put it in an envelope and send it! 😀
Links to perfect Pocket Letter stuff:
- Washi tape – a few samples are a great gift
- Paperclips – perfect for holding things in place
- Project life cards
- Buttons – for shaker pockets
- Sequins – for shaker pockets
- Wood veneers – gifts and shaker pockets
- Metal dies – for making your own decorations to send as gifts
- Page protectors – I used J from Becky Higgins
For my Pocket Letters I mostly used products from these collections:
- Maggie Holmes – Shine
- Maggie Holmes – Confetti
- Crate Paper – Wonder
- Crate Paper – Craft Market
- Pink Paislee – Cedar Lane