Hello! Have you been aware of the fact that "snail mail" has been making a big comeback these days? I kept seeing all sorts of cute snail mail packages on instagram and pinterest, and lots of penpal things as well. I had penpals when I was a teenager, and even at one time had a penpal that loved to send me lots of little paper goods and misc. things in her packages. I always enjoyed writing letters and putting together little packages for my penpals, and it was exciting to have international penpals long before the days of email and the internet being so readily available. It was so much fun to receive a letter in the mail from France, or Germany. Although I hadn't really thought of penpals or snail mail in years, I was happy to see it making a comeback. My friend Rachel and I agreed to be penpals and send each other letters and little bits of stuff, and so now at 43, I have a penpal again!
For my first penpal package to her I wanted to send her a little organizer that would hold all sorts of snail mail supplies that she could keep in one place and take on the go with her as well.
I found this plain passport organizer and thought it would be perfect, especially if I could alter it a bit to be more our style. I added vintage fabric and trims, and what you see above is the result.
I also covered the very blah grey mesh inside pockets with bits of vintage lace as well. Then, I filled her organizer with vintage and new stationery, tags, cards, some of my wood veneer cards, and other paper bits. She should have everything she would need to write letters in her little organizer!
For my letters, I decided to make some little envelope booklets to hold my letters and mail tag answers. I just took some vintage envelopes, folded them in half and stitched down the middle. This allowed me to create little pockets to hold my letters and such.
This was so fun I was thinking of taking on a couple more penpals. If you'd like to be penpals with me, and send each other little letters and happy mail packages from time to time, shoot me an email. If several people are interested, maybe I'll assign some penpal partners. :)