If you haven't heard, there's a new way to write to your pen pal. It's called Pocket Letters.
The concept was started by Janette Lane, and you can read more about it on her blog here.
Being a scrapbooker, card-maker, paper-crafter, it was an easy transition to joining in on the craze, and so with a few scrapbooking friends from the Hilltop Memories group, we started a swap. We have a pal for a two month period, so we send a pocket letter page each month. Natasha heads up the swap and gives us a theme to follow for the month. I'm going to go back in time and share some of my pages, since it's been what I've been working on for the last few months.
The first month was September and it was to be an "about me" page
Then we did October in which the theme was Halloween/Fall.
The idea of the pocket page, is that you fill the little pockets with things for your pen pal, or in our case swap partner. The original pocket pal pages that Janette Lane does, had a template where you would send washi tape, and stickers, tea, a letter for your pal, and a mail tag where you can ask your pal questions that they answer when they send back to you.
For our group, it's more of a swap rather than letter writing. You'd be surprised what you can fit in the pockets (which are only 2.5 x 3.5), but we make it work. There's lots of scrapbooking stuff that fits, from stickers, to die cuts, plus embellishments like buttons, sequins, ribbon, washi tape, and then gift certificates fit pretty well. Truth be told, I've been know to cheat (just a little), so some of the items I've sent didn't quite fit in the little pockets, but still when you folded the whole think in thirds it sort of fit ( wink wink).