My 2015 Valentines

Valentine by Natalie Parker

Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies!

Just popping in to share my 2015 valentines.  I started designing and sending valentines to my girlfriends in 2013.  I love the chance to work on a different project and I love sending mail (obviously).

I also like to challenge myself to use up supplies.  This year, I had a bunch of 5×7 envelopes. 5×7 valentines here we come!  I’m in love with how it turned out — it’s huge.

I used a photo from a Paris market I took a couple of years ago.  Then I added some text on top in Photoshop (this easily could have been done in Picasa too).

Have a great weekend!

Earlier: 2013 Valentines, 2014 Valentines

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Life’s Too Short for Ugly Stamps

Pretty StampsI love getting mail.

I thought this would wear off once I reached adulthood, but nope!  Even with junk mail, there’s a split second delight of getting mail before I get unnaturally pissed off that another company has sold my contact information.  I digress.

I love sending mail and I love sending pretty mail even more.

Nowadays, it’s so easy to get stamps from the grocery store, Costco or even the ATM!  I’m not saying the standard issue Liberty Bell stamps are ugly, they’re just kinda boring.  Going to the post office and looking at new stamps is a lost art.  I decided to check out stamps on USPS.gov.

I found lots of fun stuff!

I got Year of the Dragon stamps simply because they look so awesome.  I found these Cherry Blossoms and thought they were pretty.  Finally, I had to get the Pixar Send a Hello and Mail a Smile stamps because, let’s face it, the Pixar characters are awesome.

What’s even more awesome?  They’re all forever stamps, meaning they’re good for as long as I want to use them.

Mail Art Exchange: Words

Mail Art ExchangeI was excited to participate in another volume of Ginger’s Mail Art Exchange!  If you are interested in participating, read more about it on Ginger’s blog here.

The theme was Words.  Below is the awesome piece I received.  Scroll further down for pictures of what I sent.

Alexa’s Mail to Me

Alexa sent a lovely piece of mail to me – very exciting to receive when I got home from China.

Mail Art ExchangeShe used pages from a copy of Modern Manners to create the piece (the tag made me smile).

Mail Art ExchangeI love how she stitched everything!

Mail Art ExchangeInside was a lovely card and other goodies!

Mail Art ExchangeThanks for the nice surprise Alexa!

My Mail to Jemma

I couldn’t believe my luck with the “words” theme.  I still have a ton of leftover book pages from the Book Project/Wall Art.

Mail Art ExchangeI had a lot of fun making the envelope.  I used strips from several different books for a neat effect.  I glued them to a piece of cardstock, then Mod Podged the top.

Mail Art ExchangeAfter it dried, I cut out the envelope.

Mail Art ExchangeInside I included a card with book page butterflies on it.

Mail Art ExchangeJemma blogged about the finished product here.  Thanks again Ginger for hosting the exchange!

Mail Art Exchange

I love mail art.A few weeks ago, I participated in Ginger’s Mail Art Exchange!  I designed a piece of mail for Danielle over at EcoScrapbook.  Danielle already posted the finished product, but I wanted to show you the process!

Mail ArtThe theme was “Earth.”  This was too perfect because I was designing for Danielle, who is very big on using eco-friendly materials.  I was determined to use only what I had in my stash and better yet – I didn’t use anything that was ever purchased new.

I picked up pieces of magazines I had been saving and picked a page from a leftover book from The Book Project (my massive book wall art project).

Mail Art SuppliesI decided it would be even cooler if I sent a postcard.  I used a 5×7″ piece of chipboard that came with a Snapfish photo order.

Mail Art SuppliesI tore strips from the magazine and book pages, hoping for a raw sort of look.  I glued everything down to one side of the card.  I used a black pen to add some text that I thought was really neat.

Mail ArtI decided not to Mod Podge or seal the top.  First, Mod Podge doesn’t do well on glossy paper (it beads up).  Second, I actually wanted the card to get distressed going through the mail.

I kept the front really plain and glued a picture of the Earth that I cut out of a museum brochure.

Mail ArtIf you’d like to participate in Ginger’s Mail Art Exchange, visit here to learn more about it!