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megan457
04-30-2015, 06:51 AM
Sign up by: May 6
Send out by: May 15

I have had such a great time swapping altered envies (check out Envie Addicts Unite! (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1673896#post1673896)) that I decided to host a swap to send and receive more fun snail mail...pocket letters!

Started by Janette Lane, (janettelane.blogspot.com) the idea is simple: fill a nine pocket trading card protector (available at an office supply or craft store) with emphera, notes, stickers, ATCS, art, quotes, photos, tea....basically anything that will fit. Then you fold it up, put it in an envelope and send it through the mail! It's a great way to share things about yourself, exchange art and make someone's day.

You can find many ideas of how to fill up your "pockets" online...check out these sites for inspiration. There are no right or wrong ways to fill your pocket letter, but it should be creative and something you yourself would want to receive in the mail! I noticed that some of them have themes or templates to help you fill them up, but feel free to use your imagination! :jiggy:

http://youtu.be/OxHLkm0lZi0
http://janettelane.blogspot.com/2015/02/what-are-pocket-letters.html
#pocketletters on instagram

The rules are simple....sign up on the thread by May 6 if you want to play. On May 7 I will post a list with partners and then your pocket letter should be mailed out by the middle of the month. PM your partner for their address.

Once you commit to playing please follow through, or else you might receive negative iTrader points from your partner (eeeek!) Communication is key if you are falling behind or life gets in the way, make sure you let your partner know!!

When you receive your pocket letter make sure to leave iTrader points for your partner to tell them how awesome they are.

Here are the partners!! :jiggy:

megan457 - halfkree
kristenb710 - Idolores
GwennieJo - SweetiePie
lini - Corazon
shawnicaitlin - Will
TF Balding - megan457
schmancyfancy - JenUrebel
mcgillisj - SunTrade
juliaom - Iowesa
notinkansas - Kaisaj
Gumbek - artkeyologist
kwailin77 - Alex909

kristenb710
04-30-2015, 07:49 AM
I'm in!!!!

GwennieJo
04-30-2015, 08:28 AM
Me, too!

lini
04-30-2015, 08:36 AM
Love to do this again!

megan457
04-30-2015, 08:56 AM
Awesome! Welcome everyone!! :)

Terri F
04-30-2015, 09:10 AM
Sounds fun count me in please.

TF Balding
04-30-2015, 01:18 PM
I wanna play this month! :D

schmancyfancy
04-30-2015, 03:29 PM
Me... Me... MEEEEEE!

mcgillisj
04-30-2015, 03:38 PM
I'd love to play!

megan457
04-30-2015, 06:32 PM
Hooray! It's great to have newcomers!

notinkansas
04-30-2015, 07:23 PM
I'll give it a go this month!

Hazartist1
04-30-2015, 08:51 PM
Hey, you need to change the April 7 date in your first post.

megan457
04-30-2015, 09:05 PM
Hahaha thank you Hazartist1!! It's changed!

Gumbek
05-01-2015, 06:58 AM
Megan I would love to play :)

kwailin777
05-01-2015, 09:28 AM
I'm in :)

megan457
05-01-2015, 11:28 AM
Welcome!!

SweetiePie
05-01-2015, 09:28 PM
I will play. Sign me up.

iowesa
05-02-2015, 12:58 AM
Lurking

megan457
05-02-2015, 11:19 AM
Lurk away! Let us know if you want to join :)

Will
05-02-2015, 12:07 PM
I like to be in. Hope that I am back in the Netherlands by that time. Noe I am in Switserland with a broken leg and waiting for a surgery. I already made a pocket for this group, so when I am back home I only have to organise that somebody will mail it out for me.

megan457
05-02-2015, 12:25 PM
Oh no Will!! How did you break your leg?! Hopefully it heals quickly after the surgery! I will add you to the list :)

Will
05-02-2015, 12:29 PM
I slipped on wet grass and it is broken at three places.

kwailin777
05-02-2015, 12:51 PM
*Cringing ... You just made me shudder....I hope you have a speedy recovery girl friend. :wubclub:

iowesa
05-02-2015, 07:43 PM
Can't resist any longer. Sounds like so much fun. Please sign me up :laugh:

SunTrade
05-02-2015, 09:15 PM
Almost forgot! Please add me!

Idolores
05-02-2015, 11:41 PM
I'm in.

JenUrebel
05-03-2015, 01:41 AM
I'm in per our PM the other day.

megan457
05-03-2015, 08:08 AM
I will add you all to the list, and Jen, sounds good!!

artkeyologist
05-03-2015, 12:11 PM
I am addicted! Please sign me up for this month! :jiggy:

megan457
05-03-2015, 01:44 PM
Hahaha me too artkeyologist! They are so fun to make! I will add you to the list!

Juliaom
05-03-2015, 07:19 PM
Thanks for adding me megan, gathering stash on my desk.

halfkree
05-05-2015, 02:16 AM
I want to play! This sounds really fun :)

megan457
05-05-2015, 07:55 AM
Welcome halfkree, I will add you to the list!

kaisaj
05-06-2015, 08:47 AM
I just saw t his. I hope it's not too late to join in!!

megan457
05-06-2015, 08:58 AM
No its not too late Kaisaj! I will add you to the list!

kwailin777
05-06-2015, 09:20 AM
Megan, I just re-read your info page to see when we will get our partner's...I just realized that you plugged my swap. (I think for the second time too!) Just wanted to say a big thank you for that! :notworthy:

megan457
05-07-2015, 07:28 AM
The partner list has been posted on the first page of the thread!! Let me know if you have any questions!

Mel- I absolutely love Altered Envies Unite and based this swap off of yours regarding the rules and details! Thanks for being a great host!

lini
05-07-2015, 12:03 PM
Now the fun begins! Looking forward to trading with Corazon!

Juliaom
05-07-2015, 05:58 PM
Sweet, thanks Megan, Julie and Julia, at least we don't have to cook. Looking forward to trading with Iowesa.

Terri F
05-08-2015, 11:26 AM
Will's Pocket Letter was mailed today (8th) Fun putting it together. :)

SweetiePie
05-08-2015, 06:55 PM
Got my ideas down. Gonna be a good one!

Juliaom
05-11-2015, 07:47 AM
Finished Iowesa's PL now off to the PO.

megan457
05-11-2015, 09:36 AM
I sent my pocket letters out on Saturday! Fingers crossed that they arrive safely... :)

kwailin777
05-12-2015, 02:16 PM
Argghhh! I mis-measured my paper. I like to draw on one big piece of paper then cut into the individual cards...I started with a 9x12 paper...then cut it down to a regular size sheet of paper...8.5x11....Hopefully I can cut it down with out messing up the drawing....

BTW, do we share pics when we are done, or only after receiver gets it?

megan457
05-12-2015, 03:06 PM
Oh no! I hate when stuff like that happens, especially when you are on a roll with a project. It just throws a wrench in things to have to redo it. Hopefully it works out ok! Let's share pictures of our work when our partner receives it, that way it will be a surprise...

kwailin777
05-12-2015, 03:09 PM
I was able to make it the right size...with just one adjustment...minor...but annoying...'cause I shoulda known better...anyhoot...got it..secret until it's not! :D

megan457
05-12-2015, 03:13 PM
I still want to try a pocket letter with the front being one piece of cohesive art, I have yet to make one like that...hmmmmm the possibilities!!

kwailin777
05-12-2015, 03:22 PM
I have advice! LOL! First the obvious...make sure the sheet of paper is the correct measurement and second...draw light pencil lines where all of your cutting will happen...I write a lot of text on mine...it sucks to separate the words unless they are really big...

megan457
05-12-2015, 03:55 PM
Hahaha good to know...especially the text part, I can see how that can be a bit tedious if you cut it up before you write!! :goofy:

mcgillisj
05-12-2015, 09:16 PM
Great advice, kwailin!!

Just finished my pocket letter :) Will send it in the mail tomorrow!!

SunTrade
05-12-2015, 09:17 PM
My pocket later is flying to Canada tomorrow! We are in sync!

kwailin777
05-13-2015, 02:44 PM
My PL for Alex 909 is postal. :)

TF Balding
05-13-2015, 05:28 PM
Only worked a half day at the J.O.B. today because I'm siiiiiick... Dr's appointment tomorrow (gosh-awful sinus infection), so I'm spending my evening working on PLs. Coordinating art & fun bits is much less taxing on my stuffy head.

Juliaom
05-13-2015, 07:33 PM
OH you artists, you would be green with envy at my personal green PL from Iowesa.
She did two special drawings just for me, and tea, and stamps, and washi, and letter, and butterfly fairy. Its so gorgeous, and its all MINE, Mine, Mine. Thanks so much Megan for doing this swap.

megan457
05-13-2015, 07:35 PM
You should post a picture!! I would love to see it! :)

Juliaom
05-13-2015, 07:37 PM
Will post if I can get the camera and Picasa to work tomorrow.

kwailin777
05-14-2015, 09:07 AM
Get well soon TF!

lini
05-14-2015, 12:33 PM
I pmed Corazon to exchange addresses and she pmed back she wasn't aware she owed anyone anything, so........

halfkree
05-14-2015, 12:44 PM
I will send you a letter if you'd like, lini! Probably won't be sent put by tomorrow, but definitely this week :)

iowesa
05-14-2015, 01:52 PM
A beautifully embellished PL from Juliaom arrived today--thank you to her and to megan457 for organizing.

iowesa
05-14-2015, 02:03 PM
Thanks Juliaom for your kind words. I scanned the PL quickly before I mailed it (oops, forgot to scan the card in the back). Also, can't figure out how to get the image to display in my post...here's a link:
May PL (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=444704)

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=444704

Juliaom
05-14-2015, 02:20 PM
I am not sure how to post this, but will try. Its the PL I sent Iowesa. Otherwise I posted it in the gallery. http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/index.php?n=444706

halfkree
05-14-2015, 03:24 PM
My beautiful blue and brown pocket letter got here today! Thank you sooooo much megan457!!!

Gumbek
05-14-2015, 05:43 PM
I send my partners pocket today. :)

megan457
05-14-2015, 06:56 PM
Here is the pocket letter I got in the mail today from halfkree! It's fantastic! 158584

megan457
05-14-2015, 06:57 PM
Whoops!.....and its sideways!

SunTrade
05-14-2015, 08:12 PM
I pmed Corazon to exchange addresses and she pmed back she wasn't aware she owed anyone anything, so........

I can send you one too if you'd like :jiggy:

artkeyologist
05-14-2015, 09:53 PM
I pmed Corazon to exchange addresses and she pmed back she wasn't aware she owed anyone anything, so........

Always up to send you one also lini!PM me if you'd like. :jiggy::jiggy:

artkeyologist
05-14-2015, 09:54 PM
Oh, almost forgot! My partner's is going out in tomorrows mail! :wub:

kwailin777
05-15-2015, 09:07 AM
Woot woot! Can't wait :)
Megan, I like that you used a playing card to send your Washi tape! (I'll have to steal that idea!) :D
HalfKree, I haven't thought of using baker's twine. Another great idea!

iowesa
05-15-2015, 11:28 PM
I think I figured out the attachment thing! Here's the PL I made for Juliaom.

Robin
05-16-2015, 07:09 PM
I didn't join this but I was curious as to how much the postage is when you mail these?

SweetiePie
05-16-2015, 07:13 PM
rats! I am a couple days late. So Sorry!

SunTrade
05-16-2015, 07:32 PM
I didn't join this but I was curious as to how much the postage is when you mail these?

I would say it depends on how thick you make them, and what type of envelope you use. Personally I think they are meant for business size envelopes, and those are the one I use, and if thickness is not too much, just a couple of stamps would do.

The one I just mailed to Canada was only $1.61, but I made sure it was flat, so it would not have to go through customs.

Robin
05-16-2015, 07:49 PM
Thanks SunTrade, may consider joining in next time!

Robin
05-16-2015, 08:11 PM
Megan457 are you going to do one for June?

SweetiePie
05-16-2015, 08:25 PM
I painted a design on my front. Took a while. Turned out nice.

lini
05-17-2015, 07:15 PM
Thank you to all of you who offered to make me a page! That was so kind of you, but you don't need to! I heard from Corazon and she is making me a page! I have one for her if she sends me her address! So, all is well!

kwailin777
05-19-2015, 09:28 AM
Happy birthday Lini! :)

I received my PL from Alex909...off to leave points!

kwailin777
05-21-2015, 09:13 AM
Here's what I sent Alex...

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/20200/large/1_2015-05-12_19.15.07_resized.jpg

megan457
05-21-2015, 10:04 AM
Mel that is fantastic!!!

Will
05-21-2015, 10:48 AM
Wow, Mel, love it!

kwailin777
05-21-2015, 10:52 AM
Thanks for the comps peeps. :)

kwailin777
05-21-2015, 01:19 PM
Aw, makes me feel good that you like it that much. Makes it worth the while. :)

halfkree
05-21-2015, 01:22 PM
Holy cow that letter is amazing! Alex you're a lucky girl! Fantastic job kwailin!!!

SunTrade
05-21-2015, 11:07 PM
WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWWO!!!!

And I received another WOWOWOWOWOWOW from McGillis! I am so happy with such amazing pocket letter!

mcgillisj
05-22-2015, 09:35 AM
I'm so happy you like it, Suntrade :) When I read in your profile that you like celestial things, I couldn't help but go with a space theme.

SweetiePie
05-23-2015, 09:53 AM
GwennieJo you should have gotten yours by now

Juliaom
05-24-2015, 07:46 AM
These were so fun, but does anyone else think they are hard. It took me two days to finish one, but then I have too much stash to go thru and find so this could make the difference. Thanks so much Megan.

lini
05-24-2015, 03:38 PM
I received a truly amazing page from Corazon! WOW! I thank you so much!

lini
05-24-2015, 03:42 PM
And, the extraordinary Suntrade sent me another page...She and I traded last time and she was afraid I wouldn't get one this time! What a lovely RAK!

lini
05-24-2015, 03:43 PM
I would love to do this again! I also want to thank everyone who offered to make me a page! There truly are some wonderful people Here!

megan457
05-26-2015, 11:01 AM
I will post a new thread at the beginning of June!! I am having so much fun with this!

lini
05-26-2015, 12:02 PM
Lucky me...I got Corazon's pocket page pictured above! You should see the other side! Full of art work and many little packages that I got to unwrap! Just like Christmas!

SunTrade
05-26-2015, 02:47 PM
Count me in for June!

kaisaj
05-26-2015, 05:22 PM
I got my PL today from Kelly (notinkansas). what fun it was to look at everything! This was a great swap!

SweetiePie
05-26-2015, 06:02 PM
so pretty!

notinkansas
05-26-2015, 07:25 PM
I got my PL today from Kelly (notinkansas). what fun it was to look at everything! This was a great swap!

Was late mailing out .....Was so worried I forgot to take a picture. Glad you enjoyed it!

Gumbek
05-27-2015, 05:09 AM
Got my PL from artkeyologist! And thank you Birthday RAK!

GwennieJo
05-28-2015, 09:06 AM
I received a beautiful pocket page from Sweetie Pie! Thank you! I haven't mailed mine out to her yet but it will be ready to go tomorrow. Yay! :cute:

kristenb710
05-28-2015, 08:50 PM
My partners pocket letter came in today and wow am I blown away!!! If you don't have pics I'll take some and post it!!!!!

GwennieJo
05-28-2015, 11:02 PM
Here is a pic of the pocket page I received from Sweetie Pie.

SweetiePie
05-29-2015, 12:37 AM
where's the back?

kwailin777
05-29-2015, 08:58 AM
I love the fishy!

Monroy28
05-29-2015, 04:57 PM
This is the reason i did not join the May trade. I thought people in this room would appreciate my new video. It is the 2nd part to my first video. Please enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyy3HuujCLM

SweetiePie
05-29-2015, 05:17 PM
Well thankyou Monroy. You make great pocket letters. So much care and work. Love my mermaid !

SweetiePie
05-29-2015, 08:41 PM
thankyou kwailin777

Gumbek
05-30-2015, 11:54 AM
My PL :)

http://shrani.si/f/P/yZ/25BGtd4u/img1914.jpg

http://shrani.si/f/3E/ue/3y62QPaY/img1915.jpg

SweetiePie
05-30-2015, 01:36 PM
nice pl Gumbek. I like the colors.

SweetiePie
05-30-2015, 02:33 PM
Can't wait for June's swap!

artkeyologist
05-30-2015, 10:38 PM
Isn't it June 8th yet? I just realized I have posted no pic of my PLs in the thread nor in my gallery! I should get on that!

kwailin777
05-31-2015, 10:21 AM
Suhweet PL Gum :cute:

SweetiePie
05-31-2015, 03:34 PM
June 8th? Thought it was June 1. :)

megan457
05-31-2015, 05:45 PM
I will post a new thread tomorrow and then the partner list by June 8th

megan457
05-31-2015, 05:46 PM
I can hardly wait :) :)

Robin
05-31-2015, 06:24 PM
With these do you do certain themes with your partners or is it open theme?

megan457
05-31-2015, 06:52 PM
It's open theme but if you and your partner want to do something specific it's totally up to you!

Nicky
06-01-2015, 08:03 AM
Oh - this looks like fun - hope I remember to check the forum to subscribe!!

Juliaom
06-01-2015, 05:33 PM
Will there be a post for June PL's. Count me in, just tell me where to register.

SweetiePie
06-01-2015, 07:30 PM
Got my pocket letter from GwennieJo . Beach themed. Very nice job! ty.

mcgillisj
06-18-2015, 09:54 PM
I finally received my PL from Suntrade :) We thought it was lost, but it decided to take the scenic route and it was worth the wait!