I’ve recently been bitten by the Snail Mail Revolution or also known as the Happy Mail movement. Actually, back before the internet (yeah, I’m that old!) I wrote letters frequently and often included creative elements and used creative hand-made envelopes. Since the internet and social media though, I have sent very few letters. So, how did I suddenly get the bug again? I love creating tags and wrapping presents. It’s a great opportunity to create a temporary little piece of art intended for an audience of one. After Christmas, I found myself wanting to create tags and gifts regularly. I’m an avid Pinterest user (I swear, Pinterest is an extension of my brain.) and somehow I tuned into the whole snail mail movement. It was instant love. Do searches on Pinterest for Happy Mail and Snail Mail if you are interested. You may also want to check out some of my boards such as: The Art of Snail Mail.
So, this is my first attempt at Happy Mail. I decided to send my mom, who is a great letter-writer, a package with:
- Tags made from my Gelli monoprints and vintage elements.
- 6″x6″ papers that I made from a monoprint, vintage French ledger paper, vintage French wallpaper.
- Lots of little collage elements for her to play with.
- An envelope out of a Gelli monoprint to hold the tags and papers.
- A little glassine package for the collage elements with tags and ribbon.
- Photographs of myself that my mom wanted.
- Letter made with stationary that I designed.
By the way, the last two images I took hand-held with my iPhone. Really need to take product photos with my Canon! Big quality difference.