View Full Version : MAY Pocket Letter Trade!

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:

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

05-01-2015, 11:28 AM

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

05-02-2015, 12:58 AM

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

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.

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 :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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!

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

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. :)

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

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

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

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?

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...

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

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!!

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...

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:

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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........

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 :)

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

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)


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

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

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

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

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

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:

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:

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

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!

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

05-21-2015, 11:07 PM

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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!

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!

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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

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:

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!!!!!

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

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

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

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!


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

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

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



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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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!