Snailmail and smail (from snail + mail) — named after the snail with its slow speed — is a retronym that refers to letters and missives carried by conventional postal delivery services. (…) It is also known, more neutrally, as paper mail, postal mail, land mail, or simply mail and post. (Wikipedia)
When I was much younger (about 13-16 years old), I used to have tons of pen pals all over the world – snail mail was one of my main free-time activities at the time. Growing up in Poland was quite an experience with the communism having just finished and the western influences starting to slowly float into our world. ‘Knowing’ people in the countries I have never visited was amazing and I was always extremely excited every time my postman (an old, white-haired man with the wrinkliest face and bluest eyes I have seen in my life!) brought letters to our door.
Now, I am much older and after a long, long break in pen-palling and plenty of life changes, I am back in the letter-writing business. And again, my friends were (yup, there is a past tense to that!) from all over and there were plenty of them but as months passed, I realised that some of them I had not much in common with and some of them just kind of … vanished … you know, life takes over sometimes and we need to adjust.
Today, I have only one pen-friend and I do feel like she is my friend although I have never met her in my life. And since she lives in the US and I am in the UK, we will probably never meet in real life. We write long, personal letters which sometimes help to lift some weight off our shoulders – you know the saying ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’.
Her letters always come in bright and colourful handmade booklets or folders.
Mine are a little bit more grungy and messy.
Being so different in our crafts, we are very similar in our outlook on life and that’s probably the reason we’ve remained friends over the years despite the breaks between our letters getting longer and longer each time.
This time, when I sat down to making an envelope for my letter, I decided to do some ‘messy’ sewing.
With that in mind, I grabbed Canvas Corp canvas envelope and my box of Architextures-everything and started playing…
The result is awesome and the only reasonable next step was to use Ledger paper from the Mix and Match ‘Bee’ book as letter paper.
I’m sure you’ll agree that they go extremely well together.
Have you ever used any of the CCB products on your snailmail adventures?
I’d love to hear from you below in the comments.
Have a great Sunday!
April 23, 2018 @ 9:05 am Julia Cotrim
What a wonderful idea! I love your snailmail! 🙂