Kaisercraft recently hosted a snail mail happy mail swap. The idea was pretty simple and much like any other happy mail swap. Make something (using kaisercraft products) and then send it off!
Originally I was toying between a flipbook or pocket letter, but without knowing anything about my partner it was difficult to guess what they might like. So I decided to hedge my bets, and make my happy mail in the form of a Diy happy mail kit. It was flexible, would hopefully appeal to anyone involved with sending happy mail and had the added bonus of a ‘pay it forward’ vibe!
In essence it’s a collection of mini cards and embellishments, some of which I handmade, which can be used to create and or decorate snail mail or other paper crafts. As always, your imagination is the limit but I’ve collated a few tips and tricks below incase you are interested in creating your own kit….
Tip 1 – Use a collection
While you can make great things ‘shopping your stash’, these kind of crafts tend to flow a lot easier if you use one collection as your base. I used the tea break collection here which features cute florals and some great coffee quotes, with a couple of additions, namely gold thickers, gold paper and glitter stickers.
Tip 2 – Keep it simple
The core elements in this little happy mail kit are the cards with matching envelopes and the tags. Both use super simple base shapes which are then decorated with embellishments and papers from the 6×6 paper pad. Nothing to it! The cards are made by cutting rectangles from brown cardstock, and then using double sided tape to attach elements from the cut apart sheet and embellishment pack, sometimes backed with contrasting paper. The cards are finished with glitter stickers or punched out shapes.
These tags are from Heidi Swapp and then decorated with elements from the 6×6 paper pad (which includes the die cut boarders) and the 12 x 12 sticker sheet. The center tag also features gold embossing using a kaisercraft word stamp. Once again they were all finished with glitter stickers.
Tip 3 – Recycle packaging
The backbone of the happymail folder is simply a cut down 12 x 12 paper, folded in half. To hold all the elements in, I used some small we r memory keepers pockets, but i also used packaging. For example, the tags are held inside a cut down embellishment pack.
Tip 4 – Utilize punches
Cutting shapes, either with punches or even by fussy cutting, is a great way of making elements that can be used for almost anything. Here I used my tiny heart punch and tiny bow punch. The same hearts I also used on the bow planner clips.
Tip 5 – Diy embellishment tutorials
If you have any go to tutorials for making little embellishments, now is the perfect time to put them to use. The flair in the top left corner are made with the same method as I describe here. The bow paper clip or planner clip tutorial is coming soon, but a quick search on youtube will give you lots of inspiration!
Tip 6 – Creative presentation
To add a bit of interest, I decided to attach the washi tape and cord in such a way that it highlighted the product. After wrapping the washi tape and cord around some cardboard embroidery floss holders, I attached them to a portion of a branding strip with split pins. Then, to fix it to the backing I used doubled sided tape.
Tip 7 – DIY envelopes
There’s something about a coordinating envelope that just makes a project look finished. Here I used the we are memory keepers envelope punch board to make my own envelope but if you could easily use the embellishments in your line to decorate a ready made envelope to achieve a similar look.
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