Pocket letters aren't the most well known kind of letter, especially here in Finland, so I thought I'd in this blog post could try to explain exactly what a pocket letter is and how you can make one. I'm really addicted to making them at the moment. In short it is a creative kind of letter where you combine scrapbooking/painting/drawing and writing a letter. You don't have to be good at scrapbooking to be able to make one, cause it's super easy and you can make one as simple or complicated as you like. Here is a example of what a pocket letter can look like:
As you can see a pocket letter is made with one of those plastic pocket pages where you usually store for example baseball cards, pokémon cards and such, but now you have filled it with beautiful paper and it becomes kind of like an artwork in itself. There's millions of different ways you can do a pocket letter. For example you can draw a picture in each of the pockets, paint a big picture and then cut it up in nine pieces so there's one for each pocket, make collages from magazines, print pictures and put one in each pocket etc. There's so much room for creativity in these kinds of letters.
Here I've made a pocket with a tiny doodle of me out of shrink plastic. Often you want to write something about yourself in the pocket letter so the recipient gets to know you better, as you would do in a normal letter.
One of the fun parts with pocket letters is that you don't only include a letter in it, but also some small goodies that the recipient can for example use in his or her next pocket letter. Usually people include tea bags, some stickers, paper cut-outs, embellishments, pretty paper and all kinds of fun stuff that can fit into the pockets. I usually try to make the front side of the pocket letter pretty and decorated and behind each of the pockets I include some small goodies so the pocket letter doesn't get ruined when you take out the goodies. You don't have to include any goodies if you for example can't afford it, as long as you communicate with the person you're going to swap pocket letters with so he or she is aware of it. With the goodies you can also be as creative as you like as long as it fits in the pockets.
Here's another pocket letter I've made. As you can see I've included the letter in the second pocket, in the third pocket I made a "shaker-pocket" which is a pocket filled with some sequins and stars and closed with a bit of sticky tape. Behind one of the pockets I included some fun stuff, in one there's some stickers and behind another is a tea bag. In the last pocket I wrote a bit about myself.
Another thing that I like about pocket letters is that they are so easy to store. When I got normal letters when I was younger I had no idea where to put them so I just threw them in a box and never read them again. With these you can just take a binder and store them all in there and it's easy to look at them whenever you feel like it. Some people like to for example collect different themed pocket letters or they can try to get pocket letters from as many countries as they can. I myself don't have any specific goal with making these, I just like to get snail mail and to make people happy.
When you have finished making a pocket letter and are ready to send it, you just fold it up (so it looks like only one row of pockets) so it fits in one of these normal sized envelopes. The postage is usually for me (from Finland) around 1,5-3€ depending on which country you are sending it to and how heavy it is.
If you're still confused about this weird pocket letter-thingy you can search in youtube for pocket letter tutorials and you'll understand it better. Youtube is also a great place to find inspiration for the pocket letters. To find someone to swap a pocket letter with, just go to www.pocketletterpals.com or search for a pocket letter group in Facebook. If you want to swap a pocket letter with me, just send me an e-mail or write a comment and I will gladly swap with you.