Disclosure: Katie Holland Art provided free products to select members of the HLB Team for review; all opinions below are my own.
I love snail mail, don’t you? I’ve talked about my love of the good ole parcel post here on THS from time to time, and shown it off on the regular via Twitter and Instagram, too. Several months during my adulthood I’ve challenged myself to send one piece of mail each day, and over the years I’ve naturally fallen into a habit of dropping a couple of pieces into the blue box each week.
When Healthy Living Blogs partnered with Chicago based artist Katie Holland to review her Etsy-available Collage Paper Packs, I felt inspired to partner the paper pack with some #THSSnailMail inspiration.
The packs are a mix of vintage and new papers that Katie curates herself and can contain pages from all sorts of old paper products; ‘lesson books, children’s books, etiquette books, dictionary, color sample swatches, patterned scrapbook paper, wallpaper sample sheets’ just to name a few.
Each pack has about 20 pieces of paper, so your creativity can go on and on and on during your next craft session.
Here are two of the pen pal creations I that came out of my Staycation craft session last week.
Pass It On Pen Pal Cards – Sparked by a small Manhattan map found in the paper kit, I decorated a duo of blank note cards for a NYC-obsessed pal. I included postage on the envelopes for each and included a note encouraging her to pass on the snail mail fun to another long distance pal.
I’m a big fan of layering when working with paper crafts and the abstract sky line theme was an easy design using several different selections from the paper pack. The friend I made these for is also a reader, writer, and lover of words, so including the snippets of type in both cards felt like a special detail.
#HLBTea Swap Tea Wraps – I try to send ‘bonus’ tea to HLB members who support our annual tea swap by sharing on social media and encouraging others to sign up, too. This time around, I created individual tea wraps using paper from the collage packs paired with Halloween themed washi tape from my collection to send this week for a little pre-holiday snail mail surprise.
Here’s a bit of how I did it, step-by-step style…
First I cut out strips of paper to fold over two tea bags and create a type of pocket/envelope. I used magazine pages found in the collage pack and cut them into 3 inch strips.
Using pieces from the paper kit, I created a small “enjoy” tag to attach to the tea. I used washi tape to decorate the tag, to attach the tag to the bags, and to attach the two bags of tea together, back to back.
I folded the strip of paper to create a pocket for the tea, temporarily placing the tea on the strip to fold as if I were wrapping it as a present to make sure I was folding in the right place.
I used washi tape to seal the edges of the folded paper to create the envelope.
Then I folded the top flap of the strip in half and used tape to secure.
Adding additional decoration to the envelope, I used a lot of different Halloween themed washi designs [howwwwwwwwww did I end up with so many!?] and layered them with scraps from the collage pack. Adding tape along the edges also adds structure to your package.
I slipped the tea bags into the envelope, folded the flap and secured closed with additional washi tape. Easy peasy!