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February 28, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~2/28/2015~LetterMo

The last week of A Month of Letters Challenge was great for me I sent over a dozen pieces of mail!

This envelope went to an aunt in an area of the country getting having a hard winter, so for fun, I sent an extra copy I had of the childhood book The Tough Winter. It's about rabbits and other woodland animals making it through a "tough winter," hence the envelope decorations.

The envelope was to a friend.  The enclosed card had a cat an a field of white flowers.

These went to a brother and sister.  They are both working in books from Awana's Truth & Training program, so I wanted to write them on some paper I had for it and use the matching sticky notes as labels (attached with glue stick) yet I didn't want them to be exactly the same, so I used colored envelopes and different stamps...

Then sealed them with different tapes

This is the back of their mom's envelope.  I'm pretty excited about what I wrote on inside, but as she may read this blog, and I'm not sure it arrived yet, I'm holding off on posting it.  It may get it's own post with a printable...

I discovered something making this envelope-my stamp pad was dry, but I just put a couple drops of water on it and it worked fine!

Obviously this still needs another  postage stamp added, but as it didn't match as well, I scanned it before I added the other one.  

I'd love for you to share your mail-themed posts:

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

February 21, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~February 21, 2015~LetterMo

Another busy mail week with A Month of Letters Challenge!  I was uninspired a little bit at times, but other times it really just flowed!  I managed to get out mail every day the mail was supposed to run-although one day it had to sit in the mailbox and wait due to winter weather.

This is a frog themed envelope I made for a friend who likes frogs.

This is the front of envelope holding a get well/encouragement card

...And the back

And this is just some of the other mail I sent-I didn't decorate all of it.  Some already had decorated envelopes, some I just wanted to leave plain, and some were postcards which can't really be decorated that much!

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

If you've "Sent a smile" lately and blogged about it, please link up below!  (anything mail related)

February 14, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~2/14/15~LetterMo

I'm taking part in the Month of Letters which means this was a busy mail week for me!  Then in the first two days of the week I found out about 18 more cards our family should send.  Some were sad-there was a death in the extended family, so we sent 8 sympathy cards.  I found cards and addressed and stamped envelopes for my grandmother, who live in an in-law suite at our house, to send 8 more.  But two were fun-a gentleman from our church and a great aunt are both celebrating 90th birthdays! I also sent the pink scalloped edged envelopes like I sent last week as well as:

This was for a family Valentine's card, front...

...and back.

This was a card I sent "for" a dog, the return address label was a dog tag stamp I enjoyed getting to use along with letter stamps to make the name (left a letter as an example)  and dotted an "i" with a paw print.  I was excited to find the stamp with a dog on it!

Another Valentine's envelope, front...

...and back

This envelope is part of my favorite stationary for LetterMo,it just coordinates with the Participate Stickers! And the envelope is a little thinner and you can just catch a hint of the writing through it.  You can see a photo of the stationery and stamp I used on my Scribbling Sarah Facebook page.

And here's my pile I'm preparing to mail going forward with the challenge!

I'd love to see what you are mailing!  If you blog, please use this linky, if not you can share on Scribbling Sarah's Facebook page!

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

February 7, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~February 7, 2015~LetterMo

Well, I've had a busy mail week to start off the Month of Letters Challenge.  Below is some of what I sent out this week:

Was excited to use this new snail stencil on "snail-mail"

Needed another envelope, and the only one I could find of the size had printing on it.  So, I used the need to cover the printing as an inspiration to decorate the envelope with decorative tape.  I think it turned out cute!

I had got these heart cards that are meant to craft cards out of to use to send to my great aunts for Valentines Day.  I haven't gotten into crafting cards, yet at least, so I just wrote on the front and had my family sign it and wrote a note inside.

As I was sending them to a number of people I decorated the envelopes two ways, couldn't decide which I liked best-all around, or only the sides.

Just a couple more Valentines envelopes I sent to family.

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile. 

January 31, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~January 31, 2015

I recently decorated this envelope recently for a birthday card, it had a leaf/tree theme and a hand drawn look, so this is what I came up with:

And this is one I made last year to about this time for a relative in a colder climate-spring winds pushing out the wither temps.

For January, 2015  the final numbers of what I mailed was:

With my family, I: 
Sent:          2 - Cards/notes
1 - Package 
Received:     1 - Card
Personally, I: 
Sent:         4 - Cards/notes
6 - Letters 
Received:  1 - Letter

The numbers for the sent next month should be higher as I'm taking part in the Month of Letters Challenge.

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

January 30, 2015

Final preparations for LetterMo

So, it's the home stretch of preparing for A Month of Letters Challenge.  Today I finished up my "LetterMo packet".

First I made a list of everyone I wanted to write during the month.  (Unlike many who take part in the challenge and find new pen-pals, I write only people I know and use it as a chance to keep in touch and/or catch up).  I divided it between those I want to write weekly, those I want to write before the 14th (mainly sending Valentines cards, for instance to great aunts), and those I want to write after the 14th.

Then I printed off a master address list and seals for letters.  The LetterMo calendar I printed off then took the names from my wanting to write to list and scheduled out a plan so everyone should get their cards in time, but spread out the writing for me.  I also gathered some stickers Valentines stickers and stamps to have handy.

I discovered that the cards I was planning to send for Valentines Day had square envelopes; which requires extra postage and the upcoming pretty tulip 2oz stamps don't come out until the 14th...  Thankfully I have a stash of extra envelopes I've picked up over the years and was able to find rectangular envelopes that they fit in well and would qualify for Forever stamps, which as you saw from the first photo, I have a nice set of heart stamps that will work great! 

I got my postcard set and put some postcard stamps with it.  That way if the plan doesn't work for some day, I can just pull out a postcard, write/address it, and stick a stamp on real quick.

Then I put everything in this pretty expanding file.  Front has the items in the first photo, back slot the postcards.  And in the middle each slot has like 3 days worth of cards for the first two weeks, and each of the next weeks has their own slot it will be split up as it gets closer.

So, are you doing LetterMo?

January 29, 2015

Pretty stamps coming

Have you checked out the United State's Postal Services upcoming stamp page lately?  If not you should!  There are some very pretty ones scheduled for this year! Here's some I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on:

Water Lilies:  These are just so pretty!  Plus purple doesn't seem to be a favorite stamp color, so that helps too!

Doesn't this just say it all?   Mail is "From Me to You"

Then, now available for pre-order, is a set of vintage flowers, one a forever stamp and one a 2 oz.  I'm really excited about these, both because they're so pretty and because I have family members who like both the flowers included-so they'll be very helpful in making mail special.

The rose is forever (pre-order here)  and the tulip is 2 oz (pre-order here).  One part I really love about these is they come in sheets, not books, so the pretty perforation or scallops go all the way around!

Remember, if your local post office doesn't have a stamp you'd like, you can always order them online at the USPS's Postal Store.

Do you have a favorite past, current, or upcoming stamp?

January 24, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday~January 24, 2015

Thought I'd share some info on how I've used foam shapes to decorate envelopes.  Foam shapes seem to be everywhere and it's quite easy and cheap to get a variety of different shapes.

I had this rose stamp that was quite similar in texture to the foam shapes.

I found that I could dip them the stamp pad

Or color them with a marker then use as stamp

I even traced some and used them as stencils

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

January 17, 2015

Smiles Sent Saturday ~ January 17, 2015

I haven't sent much mail this month; I just sent mail to most of my contacts over the holidays and  am keeping busy getting ready for LetterMo! But I have a little to share.

This is one I sent this month, it was mirroring an image on the card.

I sent this last January with a train card.  I thought it turned out cool with the stamps I had.

The name “Smiles Sent Saturday” denotes my hope these things I mailed made the people who got them smile.

January 15, 2015

Starting to prepare for "A Month of Letters" 2015

So, we're half way through January which means February is fast approaching, and with it "A Month of Letters" Challenge, or as I normally refer to it due to the website address "LetterMo". The challenge, put out by Mary Robinette Kowal, is to send a piece of mail every day the post office picks up, or every day except Sundays & President's day.   This will be, I think, the third year I've participated in this great project.  Last year I put mail in the box all those days, but they didn't get picked up a day or two due to weather!

So, I'm trying to get ready.  So far I've succeeded in printing out a calendar for the month and started making notes of whom I wish to write and when and started to see cards I have, and which I may still need to get.  Today's project is updating our family's address list, so I have the info I need.

So, are in for LetterMo this year?  If so, have you started your preparations?