playing with paper

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sending More Real Mail

I haven't been able to carve out the time to make many cards lately, but I have sent more cards in the recent weeks. They haven't just been hope-you're-well-sign-my-name kind of cards either. I've actually written some decent notes. I wouldn't go so far as to call them letters, but definitely notes.

Here's a quote I wrote down while reading "Good Mail Day":
"A letter is evidence of our existence on this planet, and a tangible record of our relationship with another person."
An excellent reason to send more real mail.

As for my Etsy venture, I am making progress. I have sold a few extra supplies I listed, but when I sell my first handmade card, I will feel like I've made a sale.

I must recommend you check out The Olathe Poste. I found them through "Good Mail Day" and ordered a custom rubber stamp from them as well as some of their pre-perfed white stamp stock to try my hand at making artistamps. They have unique, high-quality goods and excellent service. I will be a return customer.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Good Mail Day

Good grief! I forgot to share Good Mail Day! The book, that is, written by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler, it is "a primer for making eye-popping postal art." It is a fabulously fun book, a quick read with lots of photos showing off interesting mail art. It is inspiring me to send notes more often, and not just make them. What good are they if they're not shared? Check out Carolee's blog Good Mail Day, and Jennie's blog Red Letter Day.

I also found a "real mail" project. I was, of course, drawn to it because of the name. You can print out a postcard template already addressed, and write or design whatever you heart desires and mail it off. Check out

Send more real mail!

Making Progress

Well, I was hoping to keep a better log of my progress here, but life happens. This week, I finally got in gear and took steps to get cards listed for sale in my Etsy shop.

First, I needed some good photos of my cards, but to get good photos, I needed a box. After tripping over my box for several weeks, I cut off a flap, lined the rest with white paper, and tested it out. I set it on the table in front of a big bay window, popped in a card, and took some pictures. I'm so impressed with how well they turned out. I just needed a box!

I managed to download and upload my photos without tech support. I typed a description of my card one-handed while bouncing a baby on my knee. (Drum roll please.) My first card is for sale on Etsy! I listed a second later that evening, when I had two hands for typing.

Today I took a few more photos and hope to list those cards as well. Right now, it feels tedious, but I'm sure as I do more, it will become second nature. I want to spend more time actually making cards than listing them!

I got some REAL MAIL this week in the form of supplies I purchased on ebay (old photos and postage stamps) and Etsy (Nick Bantock rubber stamps). I can't wait to play!