It’s the latest and the greatest!! It’s a what? It’s something my LLS is doing with their regulars so I thought I’d give it a whirl. It’s a simple concept, you need a pocket page. Right now, the pages used for baseball cards is go-to product to have on hand. We were encouraged to use our scraps, left overs and bits & pieces. Many out there follow a format shared on Janette Lanes blog but there are not real rules. Once complete, you fold it and it fits into a #10 mailing envelope. I’ve enjoyed it so much I’ve done two now. The above is my second and is currently enroute to Texas to once of my scrappy friends. The first, I don’t want to spoil the fun for my recipient. So, I’ll follow up with a pic later!
Now in the swap group I play in, we too did a pocket letter swap. But we changed it up. Since many of our members enjoy the Project Life format, it was decided to use page protectors we’d have on hand, 12×12 dimensions. So the cards are actually bigger. 3×4 and 4×6 are the actual dimensions. My swap partner is from Texas. HOW FUNNY and cool is that, considering I just moved from Texas in June. The hand written letter is hidden in a fold card. For me, I don’t think I want people reading something that could have potential of being highly personal or confidential.
I made two 3×4 cards and reconstructed one glassine pocket to hold some goodies. The fourth pocket, I slid some cute little Tim Holtz charms and chalk board tags into. Seeing things “float” in the pockets really goes against my nature so I did my own thing. I hope my partner forgives me!
On my 4×6 cards I did “hidden journaling” (it’s the left card) and on the right card I played with white ink and white embossing powders on dark papers. I feared the watercolor pencils wouldn’t be vibrant enough, but was happily surprised.
I also tried to build as many layers as I could, using inks, stencils, embossing paste, fussy cutting, veneer cutouts and pop-dots. I really LOVED these last two cards and I think I’m gonna need to recreate them for a personal project!
Well it’s time to clear the deck for the next challenges. Thanks for stopping by!