I first heard about pocket letters many months ago and the hobby has blown up like crazy among internet friends. When I first saw them I thought it would be a really fun little thing to get into. As I watched more and more YouTube videos about them though, the swaps people do and the supplies they buy, it started to seem to me like the only way these could be fun and worth it was if you were a major crafter swapping with another major crafter. Most of the goodies I'm seeing fly back and forth among swappers are stickers and embellishments, goodies for planner fans and crafty people. My interest faded then.
Several months go by and somehow my bloggy friend Julie and I decided to try a pocket letter swap. She'd already done her first swap, but I was still a pocket letter virgin. I went into it very excited. And I gave up in frustration very quickly. I'm such a friggen perfectionist about these types of things. I can't just let it happen and have fun. I over think it all. I was trying to get away from just stickers and things but it's quite hard to come up with ideas that are relatively flat, to fit into the pockets of baseball card pages. After giving up several times, I finally yelled at myself one day and just dove into the project.
This is what I ended up creating.
I did end up putting a lot of stickers in this but I also added twine, ribbon, washi tape, candy, and gum.
I was rather proud of myself when I was finally done.
I received the pocket letter that Julie made for me yesterday. She had some creative things in hers too!
There are tags and stickers and notepapers, a gift card, tea, and other little treasures. The black label things in the upper left corner are really cool. I think they are that chalkboard material that's all the rage. I don't know if she made them . . . ?
This pocket letter swap turned out to be fun afterall. I don't know if I could get into this craze and keep doing millions of letters and swaps with people though. It would get hard to come up with creative new items to include, beyond the popular Dollar Tree stickers that everyone seems to pass back and forth. I wonder what kinds of things a Thanksgiving theme letter could include. And I think I'd be willing to do Christmas themed ones if anyone else wanted to do some.
Are you a pocket letter fan?
Have you made / swapped any yet?