I chose Evelyn for her extraordinary beauty. She was 16 in this image and became what would be known today as a supermodel. You can read more about her on other images in the store. I hope you enjoy her. Took a while to get it just right but its still not perfect.
What is it? Quite simply the idea behind it is a new way to write letters to pen-pals for a one time-swap or permanently. You decorate all of the inside pockets of a trading card sleeve (fronts & backs) and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you. You can fill the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) Then you include a short letter/note to your new friend and tuck it in one of the pockets. It's the perfect way to collect letters from pen-pals around the world and a convenient way to store them because they will fit perfectly in a three ring binder!
The bonus? You can start a collection of nifty items from around the world by trading with people internationally as well as keep our wonderful post offices a float with this new rage of snail mail. The cool thing about these is after your fill them they will fold down to fit a standard #10 envelope (if you didn't make it too fat lol) and its' not too expensive to send it this way. Just be sure to weigh them out and include the correct amount of postage.
How do I make one? First start by purchasing standard trading card inserts used for baseball cards. They are 8.5x11 (inches) and are also referred to as 9 Pocket Page Protectors. You can find these pretty cheap on Amazon or at your local Walmart. I just picked up 100 for 14.00 on Amazon last night. You may want to pick up a few boxes if you are serious about doing this project because I can foresee these increasing in cost, just because of the supply demand. When designing the images and cards/items to fit these 9 individual pockets the image size is 2.5 Wide by 3.5 Tall. You also want to think about designing both the front and back sides of the inside pockets; because when you add them to an album it would be nice to have images on both sides when you flip the pages. You can of course just create some for you or start making bunches of them so you are ready to send one on the fly.
According to Janette these pockets also do not hold a PL (Project Life Card; whatever that is). She stated that they needed to be trimmed down. You will be able to find all kinds of images and pocket sized art work here on this site, (in the store, freebies and specials pages) that you can use for your creations! Yea!
The upside is there are some sites where you can join groups and exchange themed pockets right away with others. I found such a group the other night and they are free to join and participate and it also just so happens to be Janette's site which was a happy accident; you can find it here: Pocket Letter Pals . As I said this is a great way to meet new people and make new friends and quickly collect some really cool pockets. Just be careful not to overwhelm yourself with taking on too many at once as you don't want to fall into that Flaker category. So far I have seen Coffee, Owl, Spring themed pocket swaps and so much more.
Happy Pocketing and remember to grab some images from the site to get you started. We have a lot to offer and a lot more coming soon!
Winner of April Challenge!
I am starting to get involved with monthly art challenges for fun. They increase web traffic but most of all it stretches the mind and the artistic talents to try and develop items around these challenges. This particular challenge was to use a special blank template that has 8 squares and a circle center for the image as you see above. The idea is to use a digi stamp from DigiStamps4Joy which in this case is the cute image of the park bench in the center and using the template build something around it.
Now my idea was to create a card front that you can print out and color however you like to give to whomever or you let the person you give the card to color it themselves if they are an artist. Adult coloring pages are the rage now and I thought it would be fun to create a card around this craze. The cover prints out onto half of 8X10" paper so that you can fold it in half to make a card like you see above.
The other thing of important note is that the image I used from DigiStamps4Joy has specifications on how you can use the image. It states you cannot show the image without it being colored in. This of course is to keep people who didn't buy the rights to it from getting the image. However it presented a problem for me based on how I wanted to create my card as I wanted it to be a coloring image. So I decided wouldn't it be fun to colorize the bench put it center and then let you color the rest of the image. That way we appease our wonderful hosts that their image is safe and we accomplish the look we want as well. Plus it hopefully gives you inspiration on coloring the rest of the card which contains all hand drawn elements.
I hope you like it as it was a super fun challenge. I will have the card for sale in the store soon so that you can download it. It will have a white background so the images can't be extracted again for protection of our guest image in the center "the park bench"created by Margy. Note just the bench was created by Margy and all imagery around the bench was hand drawn by me. By the By this card also matches our wonderful Garden Series of Adult coloring pages on purpose!
What do you think of it?
If you would be interested in getting this as a high Quality Print please let me know. She was scanned in at 600DPI so it can even be out on a canvas!
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