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Pocket Letter Love

Hello all. I trust that you’re having a wonderful week and have been able to carve out some “me” time to spend doing something that fills you with Happy.

Me? I’m still enjoying the art high from last Saturday’s Dina Wakley class and all the fun I’ve been having playing in my planners. Yes, I’ve officially embraced the planner craze. Like I need another obsession, right?! 🙂 I haven’t blogged about them yet, but something is definitely in the works, promise!

Yesterday, as I was editing some images, I realized that there were a few Pocket Letters that I’ve created but not yet shared here on the blog. So. I thought I’d do that today. If you follow me on social media, you may have seen some of these already.

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I’ve really enjoyed being able to incorporate my love for mixed media into Pocket Letters. Using my gelli plate, favorite stamps, stencils and die cuts makes creating them all the more fun for me. As you can probably see, with the exception of the cat themed PL, my latest swaps have all been mixed media style. I really only accepted the themed swap because… CATS!

Thanks for looking & I wish you a Happy week!

xoxo,

Belen

 

 

 

Birds of a Feather

Hi all! Just a quick post today, to share my latest Pocket Letter with you. This was a special one because I had the opportunity to swap it with a new friend, Kathy Chang, in person.

2015-07-12 14.46.13I LOVE mixed media style Pocket letters, so I used a gelli print as the base. The fun swirly design was achieved using a Joggles stencil. I added some stamping with Dina Wakley and Dylusions stamps, and got to play around with my new Feathers stamp set by Hot Off The Press.

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Thanks for looking.

Wishing you a wonderful day! xoxo

 

How To Create A Mixed Media Pocket Letter

I’ve been asked numerous time how I create mixed media style Pocket Letters that look like one cohesive image spread across the 9 pockets.

It’s actually quite easy and I recently took some photos to show you how I do it.

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The base for this particular Pocket Letter was a Dyan Reaveley Diamond stencil placed on top of a 9.5 x 11 piece of white card stock and sprayed with various Dylusions Inks.

When it was dry, I brushed on some Media black gesso and let that dry.

Let me take a moment to mention a couple of important things.

Dylusions Inks reactivate with moisture, even looong after they’ve dried. If you’re going to add a wet medium over them, you’ll want to make sure that you’ve properly sealed the Dylusions layer first. I didn’t seal the first layer because I didn’t need to. Had I tried this with white gesso, I very likely would have had the reactivated inks seep through. Since I was working with black gesso, it wasn’t an issue.

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The other thing that I’d like to mention is about borders. If you want your PL to have a border, maybe something stamped or hand drawn, and are concerned about losing some of it when cutting, wait to add it until a bit later in the process.

Ok, so for this Pocket Letter I wanted to have one large main focal point. I used a stamp from Dyan Reaveley’s Survivor stamp set, some book paper and Hero Arts India Ink in black.

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After cutting out the stamped image I gave it some color with Sakura gel pens and Copic Spica glitter pens.

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I also added some additional dots and doodles to the base, then glued down my focal point.

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Next it was time to cut. This seems to be the part that trips people up, but once you get the sizing down, you’ll be able to do it easily.

The typical page protector used for Pocket Letters is a 3-ring, 9 pocket trading card protector. Each of the pockets measure 2.5 x 3.5, which is also the standard size for an ATC, or Artist Trading Card.

I’ve found that, for me, the easiest thing to do is to first trim my mixed media piece to size. Since I created my base with a 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock, I trimmed it down to 7.5 x 10.5. I lose a bit around the edges but I’m ok with that since I took that into consideration when placing my focal point. This is something that you’ll want to keep in mind when placing your own lettering or artwork so as to avoid having to cut through an area you didn’t want split.

Ok, remember how I mentioned earlier about waiting a bit if you wanted to add a border? Well now that your base has been trimmed it’s a great time to add it!

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With it trimmed to size, it was now time to cut it into 9 pockets. I began with cutting it into 3 equal horizontal pieces that measured 3.5 inches high.

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Next I cut it vertically, making each cut 2.5 inches wide. This cut is what produces the individual cards and is especially important because the pockets you’re slipping each piece into have very little give to them. You want to make sure that this measurement is accurate.

Once done, I inserted each card into its respective pocket, basically reassembling the image as a whole.

2015-06-13 12.02.39With the cutting done, it’s time to embellish and add goodies! I personally prefer do this one card at a time, and place each card back into its pocket before moving on to the next. I find that doing it this way works best for me as it helps me remain aware of placement relative to the overall look of the page.

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Once you have these measurements and basic technique down, you can create your own mixed media Pocket Letters in no time, making each one truly unique.

I should add that you can also use this same technique for cutting one large image or photo for your non mixed media Pocket Letters.

Here are a couple more that I recently sent out for swap.

This first one shows how you can achieve an even border by waiting to add it until after it’s been trimmed to size.

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For more info on Pocket Letters, please visit Janette Lane’s site HERE or look for the Pocket Letter Pals group on Facebook.

Thanks for looking and happy swapping!

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Mixed Media Pocket Letter

Happy hump day! If you read my blog, then you already know about my latest obsession with Pocket Letters and what a Pocket Letter is.

A couple of weeks ago, a wonderful lady on the Pocket Letter Pals website sent me a message to inquire about a swap. Her name in Anne May and she lives in Norway.

We agreed on swapping mixed media style pocket letters, squared away a few other details and set a date.

Here is the pocket letter that I made for her.

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I created it using one of my gelli prints, some of my own hand carved stamps, misc bits and pieces from my stash and one of my favorite flower stamps from Paperbag Studios.

I then set about to fill the pockets, front and back, with goodies like stickers, die cuts, tags, washi tape and some tea.

It was a fun PL to create and I’m happy to have had an  opportunity to make a new art friend so many miles away.

And now for the A-mazing PL that I received from Anne May!

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Isn’t it fantastic? It’s so vibrant and detailed… and those stamps… Oh my! She filled the pockets with wonderful goodies, a lovely letter and even some treats that I can’t wait to try.

You can see more of what she’s up to on her blog, HERE.

From my heart to yours, Anne May… Thank you.

Thank you all for reading. Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.

My Latest Batch of Pocket Letters

 

Last week I mailed out this batch of Pocket Letters and I’m pleased to say that they have all arrived at their new homes. I’m so happy that they were well received!

I must admit, I’ve been taking on more swaps than I said I would, but making these little bundles of Happy is just too much fun!

From now on, 2 a week, that’s it. Ok maybe 3… but that’s it! 🙂

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Gone Postal

Here’s the latest round of Pocket Letters that I made and sent out. I’m really getting into the swing of this whole swapping thing and making sure that I don’t over commit myself. It’s been great fun and I’ve connected with some pretty cool people overall.

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These next two are my favorite, because they’re mixed media style, and I LOVES me some mixed media!

2015-05-09 09.56.51I created the background for this one using a scan of one of my own gelli prints and die cuts made using my Big Shot. This Lawn Fawn Star Stackables die set  is one that I know I will use again and again, I love it. To tie it all together I added various stickers and embellishments from my scrap stash.

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This one was made using my own gelli print and stamps by Paperbag Studios from two different collections, available HERE and this one designed by Rae Missigman HERE.

I also used Dylusions stamps, available HERE and HERE, then added some of my own mark making and doodles to finish it off.

If you want to sign up on the Pocket Letter Pals website to network with others, set up swaps or just be inspired, you can use the Pocket Letter Pals button on the right side of this page.

If you’re interested in swapping PLs with me, email me at ArtandWhimsyCreates@gmail.com and lets chat about it.

I have a few available spots right now for 1 time swaps; international ok.

Thanks for reading my blog!

Pocket Letter

Hi all! Just a quick little post to share a Pocket Letter that I recently sent out for swap.

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This was a fun one to create. I used some journaling cards that I got at Michaels, cut them down to size, then embellished each pocket with various odds and ends from my scrap stash.

I filled the back of each pocket with an assortment of goodies for my new Pocket Letter Pal, like a tea bag, die cuts, stickers and other goodies as well as a letter to introduce myself.

Thanks for looking!

Pocket Letters – My Latest Obsession

I’d been hearing about Pocket Letters for a couple of months now, but had no idea what they were until recently. Can we say New Obsession! It’s like pocket scrapbooking, but without the photos, and you swap them with others.

Pocket Letters were created by Janette Lane and her website, Pocket Letter Pals, is an online community where you can connect with other Pocket Letter enthusiasts and arrange swaps or just get inspiration. There’s also a Facebook group by the same name that I belong to and recommend.

Below are a few that I recently created to swap. The orange, mixed media style PL was one that I sent to Andrea Gomoll; I am so excited to receive hers!

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Below is one that I recently received and ADORE! It was created by a new Pocket Letter Pal of mine, named Pola. Isn’t it just the cutest? She filled the back of pockets with a ton of Kawaii themed goodies for me to use and she even included 2 packet of miso soup! The Pocket Letter that I swapped with her is the first one pictured at the top of this post.

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I’m currently available for a couple of one time swap pals, so if you’re interested, email me at artandwhimsycreates@gmail.com and let’s see if we can arrange a Pocket Letter swap.

Thanks for Looking and I wish you a beautiful rest of the week.

 

 

 

 

 

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