How to Send Delightful Mail (and Have Fun Doing It)
We couldn’t let National Letter Writing month pass us by without pulling together some tips from the ultimate snail mail expert Lucy Halcomb, also known as Lucy Mail.
The author and artist behind two of our new spring titles, Here’s to You! My Incredible Friend and Love You More than Cake Cards, Lucy specializes in adding the perfect DIY touches on letters and envelopes to make receiving mail all the more special.
Read on below for eight tips from Lucy on how to up your snail mail game and put a smile on any recipient’s face.
1. Just send something, anything!
Yes, it’s fun to send exactly the right card to exactly the right person, but the best part of getting mail is the fact that it shows up in your mailbox. Anything personal will be special—a postcard from the souvenir shop below your office, a handwritten letter stuffed into a security envelope. Can’t think of anything to say? Write something that you would usually send as a text message, something that made you think of the other person or something funny you saw. Anything that’s not a bill or a catalog is worth celebrating in my book. Which leads me to my next point…
2. Always have stamps on hand.
Buy from one of several online shops for beautiful vintage stamps. Or shop the new releases on the US Postal Service website. Shipping is a very small fee (less than $2), you don’t have to actually go to the post office, and you’ll always have a stamp when you need one.
3. Stock your stationery drawer.
If you see a cute card, buy it now and figure out who it goes to later!
4. The brighter the better.
It’s so fun to see a brightly colored envelope peeking out from your mailbox. My personal stationery drawer is filled with solid colored envelopes and blank flat cards to decorate and customize for any occasion.
5. Collect odd sizes.
Use envelopes of all different shapes and sizes—square, rectangular with the flap on the short side, glassine!
6. Decorate it.
If you have markers, paints, colored pencils, etc, add a little something to the outside of your envelope. A simple heart on the flap side of the envelope makes it feel super special. Or cover it with multicolor dots, stripes, zig zags, etc. Play with adding your own liner envelope liner or paint one yourself.
7. Get creative with addresses.
Oversized, undersized, huge name/tiny address. Whatever you used to decorate the back of your envelope, extend it onto the front.
8. Send a surprise small package.
It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Send a sheet mask in a padded envelope or a book you just finished via media mail.
Now you have an excuse to make every month National Letter Writing month. Happy snail mailing!
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