Outgoing to Wales & Australia

It’s been a while since I did a snailmail post, and I thought it was about time I do one so here are 2 Outgoings I worked on yesterday.

First up, a letter to my dear Penpal in Wales, Hannah. Hannah was one of my first pals and we have a lot in common and I really enjoy being pals with her. Sadly,before the holidays, she sent me a letter and it got lost. I typically don’t communicate much with my pals outside of actually snailmail, so I waited and waited and finally after a few months, I got in touch with her over Interpals ( where we found each other) and we figured out that the letter must have gotten lost, blah, blah. Anyway, I had recently sent her a short catch up letter to make the re-write easier for her ( I hate having to do rewrites after my mail gets lost) and finally on Tuesday her new letter arrived. I was so excited to read it and hear all about what has been going on with her lately so I wrote her back a nice long letter, focusing mostly on the actual letter content and keeping the deco and fun stuff minimal. I’m really happy with how it all turned out and it even got a ”Hmm, It looks nice” from hubby when I held it up grinning. Doesn’t sound like much, but usually he just teases me and calls me a dork when I do that! 😛

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Next up, I have an outgoing swap to Australia. This is actually my first mail to go to Australia at all.

This was an ” I wish for” swap, where once you sign up, you post a wishlist of little things you would like. Sarah’s wishlist had Vintage items, Any paper or embellishments with a travel theme for a journal and anything Smashbook or Project life.

I was a bit stumped at first to be honest, I wanted to make it good, not just pick up something in a shop and send it off, so I rummaged through all my craft stuff and snail mail supplies in search of something good. And here’s the result:

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Firstly, I took a clear smashbook pocket which I used to hold all the little pieces. Inside the pocket, I included some project life cards with the vintage tones, several vintage inspired travel images including a cool old hot air balloon, some used stamps from several different countries and some travel themed deco tape on a mailing tag. I put the whole thing in a handmade map envelope I made during Mondays storm and as a final little extra touch I put in a vintage Alice in Wonderland tag I’d received in a swap some time ago.  Alice was one of the things on her wishlist, but since that was the only item I had, I didn’t want to use it as an actual swap item.

I really hope she likes it, since I’m still fairly new at this swapping thing, I always worry that the receiver will be disappointed or that the swap I receive will be so much better than the one I sent. Everybody has seemed happy with their mail so far though, so I suppose I’m doing ok so far ! 😛

What is the best swap you’ve ever received!?

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