In order to celebrate #NationalStationeryWeek, this week I have been walking you through how to take up penpalling as a hobby. Today we’re looking at some more advanced ideas of what you can send to your penpals and another way of getting involved in the snail mail community.
A mail tag
You’ve seen bloggers making tag posts, right? Well this is the snail mail version. Simply write a list of questions and include it with your letter for your penpal to answer. You can answer the questions too if you like. Here’s some questions to get you started:
What’s your favourite ice cream flavour? Would you rather have a city break or beach holiday? Do you play any musical instruments? What was your childhood fear?
A pocket letter
A pocket letter is a sheet of trading card sheets (which you can get cheaply on Ebay) which you then fill individual card pockets as desired with coloured paper or card, embellishments and decorations. I will let the inventor of this concept explain it!
A flipbook is a few sheets of paper washi taped together and decorated. Here’s one I made last year. The penpal letter fits in the sleeve at the back and I make them to fit envelopes which I already own.
If penpalling is not enough for you, then there’s travelling mail, which is addictive I warn you! Basically you use a notebook or a postcard and instead of keeping it, you send it on to be filled in as desired by various recipients, until it is full and comes back to you.
Here’s the full details along with a link to the Facebook group which I am a part of!
Do any of these ideas appeal to you?