How to Make Pocket Page Letters

This post was originally posted on the Gossamer Blue blog, written by me:
Hello, everyone! Laura Rahél Crosby here with you today and I can’t wait to show you the newest crafty/friendship project I’ve started doing. You all already know, I love sending gorgeous letters to my friends in the mail (my very first Gossamer Blue blog post was all about that!) Recently, a new craze has started- a hybrid between love of sending letters to your friends and making Project Life layouts, known as Pocket Page Letters!

Pocket Page Letters were first introduced to the Instagram world by Janette Lane a few months ago and have since become so popular in the crafting/snail mailing community. I absolutely love the concept and found my first two pocket page penpals through the community group on facebook. Today I’m sharing with you guys, the first Pocket Page letter I have ever created. I am so gosh darn excited about it!

How to make Pocket Page Letters

Supplies- April 2014 Main Kit, April 2014 Life Pages Kit, April 2014 Life Pages Main Add-on, April 2014 Life Pages Add-on #3.

The design of my pocket page letter changed a few times throughout the process but as always, there were some pieces that I just had to include. I love including ephemera and washi tape samples for my penpals.

The gold striped paper is from an old GB kit. I used it to create a mini envelope for ephemera pieces I was giving to my penpal. To do this, I simple cut it to half the size of the pocket and used clear tape to attach it to the white cardstock that serves as the back of my pocket.

How to make Pocket Page Letters
How to make Pocket Page Letters
How to make Pocket Page Letters
How to make Pocket Page Letters
How to make Pocket Page Letters

The letter I wrote to my new penpal is tucked behind one of the decorative cards, which I labeled so they know where to find it. I love to include small bits and facts about me behind some of the other cards as well. Sometimes it’s a “10 things I’m Obsessed With” list or a quick about me section. This time I decided to try something new because I was crushing on that globe chipboard sticker that came in my kit, and I did a list of states I’ve lived in (four!) I added one of the gorgeous plastic paperclips to the list, so my penpal knows to look behind the globe card for another part of the letter. Interactive elements are my favorite!

A few of the cards are simply decorative, including the confetti pocket I made using a hole punch and paper from this month’s main kit. I added a few more chipboard stickers to the pocket and sealed it with some gold washi tape from my stash. In the end, I liked the flower paper too much to cover it up with my washi tape sample paper, so I slipped it in the pocket, behind the flower paper. I love how fun these letters are, searching in every pocket to see everything your penpal wrote for you.

These pocket page letters might just be my new favorite way of sending mail. Any way to reconnect with old friends (or to make new friends through pretty stationery) is amazing. It always makes my day to receive a letter like this in the mail or to see that one of my friends has received theirs. It’s so much fun creating lifelong friends through a shared love of paper crafting.

What did you make using your Gossamer Blue April kits?

xoxo,
Laura