I love creating projects that inspire, like this Shine Pocket Letter. This beauty is going postal to Georgia tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited. As a member of the Ink Road Roadies PR/Design Team, you’ll get to see my Pocket Letter projects featured here on Immutable Ramblings, as well as the Ink Road Blog!
Shine Pocket Letter
One of my goals is not just to make, create, and send pretty mail, but to inspire and encourage others while doing it. A lot of my projects feature uplifting, inspiring, encouraging, and empowering themes, because I think we all could use little reminders from time to time. When I began planning this pocket letter, I wanted to use colors that I don’t normally gravitate toward.
|Challenge yourself to try something different, you’re going to get better use of your products that way.|
Gather your materials: Pick a color scheme first, then flip through the paper pads that have those colors, choosing 5-6 sheets. Next, considering your color scheme, look for embellishments that will work well with your papers. Trust me, this is a major time saver. When you limit yourself, you won’t spend hours second guessing and searching through your entire collection of things (speaking from experience). Other materials you’ll need include; adhesive, pop dots, ink, scissors/paper trimmer, and washi tape.
Now begin to design your pocket letter, remembering there are 9 pockets to design, fill and decorate. Just because it looks like this, doesn’t mean it’ll end up this way. Think of this phase as your rough draft.
Once you’ve got your “rough draft”, start working on each pocket individually. When you’re satisfied with your card, tuck it away and get started on the next pocket. Try not over think it, otherwise, you’ll be going back, pulling it out and changing it. Like I did/do a lot.
There really is no right or wrong way to create a pocket letter. But there are infinite ways to make it make it amazing!
The question I get asked a lot is “what do you include in a pocket letter?” The easy answer is “whatever you want, that’s what!” Think of a pocket letter as both a pen pal letter and a gift, what are some of the things you used on your pocket letter, are they a planner girl, a mom, a creative, etc. You get the idea. I cater my pockets to the things I like. Let’s just be honest, I create pocket letters with myself in mind. They’re a labor of love.
Here are some of the things I like to receive and that I like to include in my pocket letters. I try to create as many of my own embellishments as possible, it’s all part of fun.
- Die Cuts: Hearts, Banners, Stars, Tabs
- Paper Clips: Yes, I love including a few handmade paper clips
- Washi Tape Samples
- My letter
Stay tuned, next week I’m going to share how I turned some of these “handmade” embellishments into adorable paper clips to include in your pocket letters. I’ll also share how I packaged my pocket letter so it’s extra pretty!
Ready for some close ups?
These pieces are a mix of Shimelle True Stories Ephemera, Simple Stories CarpeDiem Die Cuts, and cut outs from the Kaiser Kraft “Shine On” 6.5 Paper Pad.
I alternated adding dimension with pop dots. I kind of love how they turned out and give the pockets that little extra something.
As you can see I’ve got a thing for washi tape too! I used some Ink Road Original Skinny Washi in black and gold in each of the pockets. I use it to layer and anchor the die cut ephemera.
All of the products used in this pocket letter are (listed below) available at the Ink Road Shop and you can get them for 10% off when you enter ROSE10 at checkout: