Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Letter folding

This past Monday I had off from work for MLK day so I decided to take a break from my work here at home too. I keep promising my friends that I'll send them some art mail, and I never get around to it. Too many excuses and a lot of laziness on my part is how nothing ever gets sent. So Monday seemed like a perfect to get started.

I wanted to send a letter they way they used before envelopes were used to send mail. A letter was written on a single page or two pages and then folded up to act as the letter and the
envelope. The address was written directly on the back of the paper containing the letter and was then sealed, usually with a personal seal, to ensure it would not be read by anyone else.

So I've done just that. I start with two plain pieces of paper. I busted out my markers that are collecting dust and drew all over the side that would have the address on it. Then I got busy writing my letter. Back in the day...yes again I'm referring to the days before we had email.....people wrote about the mundane. What happened during their normal daily routine? They passed along gossip, riddles,
and notes about small personal triumphs. These days we don't do that any more, do we? Something has to be important to warrant an email...and then..what about snail mail?! When is the last time you sent snail mail?

After finishing my letter the folding began. I used a simple letter fold which you can find here along with a few more complex folds. One end of my letter folds into the other end creating a closure or catch. Once my
letter was folded, I sealed it with sealing wax and a personal seal.

FInally the letter is ready for an address,
stamp (always make sure you have enough postage when you send any kind of mail art.....the more the better) and to be sent on its way.

To find vintage mail supplies and folds please see the links provided above in the article.

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Product Monday- January 17th

Did you miss the sneak peek earlier this week? No problem! Check out the newest items available from LPD.

Colors for the Custom Monogram Stickers/Envelope Seals

For some reason Artfire isn't accepting some of my photos in this particular listing. I've tried several different variations to get it to success. So I am listing them here with the color options available and whole alphabet so you can get an idea of how each letter looks.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Watching 'Julie and Julia' and cutting out about a million envelope patterns. Watching a movie about a blog has inspired me to share more of the process of things that go on here on my sofa. Ok so...not everything that goes on on my sofa! But nevertheless, whether you want it or not, welcome to my process. The scissors have left imprints on my fingers....battle scars from a night of hard work. I've traced the patterns on paper from a role though. So as you can imagine...I'm cutting and its curling up and I'm trying to cut along the lines, and like a little kid of course I can't do it lol. I'm thinking....if only I had a machine to do this for me....but's what makes little guys special. I touched every single envelope (for better or worse!) and doing my best to make it look like it was a machine that did all the work. How ironic.

Another plus to cutting my own envelopes: the cats keep jumping into the scraps like they're a pile of leaves. They are having a blast.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gummed Stamp Paper

Ask and you shall receive. Seriously....thank God for the internet. I don't know what I'd do without it sometimes. I'm looking to create some of my own Artistamps. These are stamps that can be posted on envelopes but cannot be used to pay actual postage. There is a whole subculture of artists that work with no other mediums but gummed stamp paper and a printer to create tiny works of art seen only by the postal service and the recipient. Some of these artists have even been suspected for federal fraud because their stamps so closely resemble real postal stamps issued by the US postal service. However, since creatingyour own Artistamps is becoming a more widely recognized form of art, there is no danger in creating your own....just make sure you also pay postage!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Current Projects for January

I wanted to share with yall some of the things I've been working on the past few weeks. Most of them will be available for purchase by the end of this week! I'm very brain has been buzzing with ideas and I haven't been able to turn it off!

20,000 Leagues: This is a set of cards with matching black envelopes.

Each print comes on an 8.5x11 sheet. Perfect for writing letters. Each page is about the thickness of a regular piece of notebook paper. This will make it easier to fold and fit into envelopes. Look for matching envelopes to come soon too!

These stickers are all customizable. The monogram letters will be available in a variety or bright colors and the crowns will come in muted colors. Each set will be available in a variety of quantities as well. You can ever mix and match if you like!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Valentines Day is Coming!

Yes it is very early for Valentine's Day. However, my New Year's resolution is to quit being a slacker and stop procrastinating! So...below are a few items that will be available starting tomorrow in both my Artfire shop and Etsy shop!

Have a look and enjoy!
Here are a few items that will be available in our Valentine's Day scrap pack

Valentine's Day mailable books. These are mini books bound inside of an envelope. Stationary and envelopes all in one!
Send a Valentine's Day postcard to a loved one. Perfect for those on the go.

Naked mailable books. These little guys are blank canvases waiting for your special touch. There will also be a special deal on these until February 15th. Buy a three pack of mailable books and get a V-Day scrap pack for 50% off!

Traditional Valentine's Day cards complete with a colorful envelope. These come in a set of three.
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