The idea of a pocket letter was dreamt up by Janette Lane in 2015 and became a cute way of sending your crafting friends/pen pals a letter and small embellishments, stickers etc which can be tucked into the back of the pockets instead of tossing them all in an envelope. You can also arrange to swop a pocket letter with a friend and is great way to get inspiration from your fellow crafters.
There are some amazing examples on Pinterest and Youtube and the ideas are endless on how you can personalise and create your own version of a pocket letter. It is also a great way to use up leftover papers and embellishments. The pocket letter can be stored in a ring type album.
Pocket letter sleeve with 9 pockets see example below
Fabscraps papers: C129 002 Butterflies for 9 backgrounds
Fabscraps fussy cut papers and sentiment from C129 collection
Fabscraps chipboard picket fence
Fabscraps flat backed pearls in various colours
Fabscraps silver charms
Coordinating ribbon, lace, normal & micro beads and twine for bunting
Scissors, glue and double sided tape
Dimentional glaze & glitter
- Cut 9 pieces of C129 002 at 2.5” x 3.5” for background cards, I used 6 of the pink side with butterflies on and 3 of the reverse side. Ink round edges. Lay cards out in a pleasing way ( refer to picture)
- Cut the chipboard fence into 3 pieces to fit in bottom 3 pockets. Paint and or ink to required colour and adhere to the correct cards. Die-cut a birdhouse and place on center card.
- Die cut the trellis from coordinating cardstock, ink and place on right and left side cards
- Cut a sentiment from the collection and glue to center top card.
- Add die cut leaves, fussy cut elements, pearls, glitter, micro beads and dimensional glaze to the cards. Put cards into pockets as desired.
- Adhere a piece of lace to the left edge of the sleeve then thread two pieces of ribbon from the back through the middle hole add a bead to each end and adhere to top and bottom.
- Add a bow over center hole and metal charm. Thread a few beads with charm and secure to ribbon at top left.
- Make bunting adding a flat backed pearl to each one and secure on outside of sleeve using two mini pegs.
- Glue fussy cut bicycle at bottom on outside of sleeve.
Now you can write a note and add whatever you like to the back of the pockets if you are giving to a friend or doing a swop. Depending on how much you have put in your pockets it should fold smaller to put in an envelope to send.
Its also a great way of practicing techniques such as inking, distressing, embossing and stamping....