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A Beautiful Mess - Happy Mail

A Beautiful Mess is probably one of the first blogs I started reading back in the day, and definitely one of those that insired me to start my own. They're wildly successful now: the blog is an institution and the brand has grown to include classes and paper products.

Being a sucker for cards and stationery, one of their products that got me most excited is the subscription service they call "Happy Mail".

ABM Happy Mail costs $20 ($15 if you opt for the annual subscription), and you get $50 worth (retail value) of stationery, cards, notepads, stickers, prints, craft goodies etc. They're obviously based in the US, but if you're in Europe like me (or just not in the States for that matter), you'll be delighted to know that they ship worldwide AND for only an additional $2!

I had the chance to try a couple of their past edition, and was really impressed by the amount and variety of goodies you get in each box. Most of the content is based on the monthly theme, but you always get something more neutral in the mix.

Besides notecards and postcards, ecah box also contains stickers - perfect to add accents to your letters, of embellish your planner - and a little special treat. For example, one box had the cutest mail-themed iron-on patch, and another had a cool clear stamp.

Something I really appreciate is that all the cards are beautifully illustrated (so if you're like me and want to keep one or two for yourself, they make very nice wall art!) and are exclusive to Happy Mail - you can’t find them anywhere else!

Also, each card comes with a colorful envelope rather than a boring white one, which is always a plus.


Have you tried ABM Happy Mail or any other paper subscription box? I'd love to know your thoughts on them! ☺️

Ζ’. xx

Just a Card Campaign + House of Cards Book

Perhaps you might already be familiar with the Just A Card campaign, but if you're not, let me tell you a little bit about it.

Sarah Hamilton is a London-based artist, and in 2014 she started a campaing to support indipendent artists and retailers after seeing yet another small gallery close down.

β€œIf everyone who’d complimented our beautiful gallery had bought just a card we’d still be open.” When I read this quote by shop keepers who’d recently closed their gallery I thought - enough is enough - we need to fight back! 

The core message of her campaign is that even the smallest sale can help independent shops and designers to pay the bills. As an independent designer myself, this is a message I immediately resonated with and something I always try to keep in mind whenever I may buy something for myself or a gift for someone.. it's nice to stray away from the highstreet and get something more unique whilst also supporting a small business.

Last month, Sarah's book "House of Cards" came out in stores, and I thought I'd check it out.

It features a beautifully curated selection of step-by-step tutorials to create handmade cards by various independent designer. The difficulty ranges from collage to linocut printing, so it's suitable both for experts DIYers and those who are just getting started.

I'm just about to strat sharing more of my mail on the blog again, and I'm sure this book will come in handy for when I need some inspiration to add a more personal touch to my letters β™₯


What's your favourite technique when it comes to making cards by hand?

Ζ’. x

Mail Lately pt 2

I haven't been updating my blog with my incoming & outgoing mail for a while now, although at the beginning of the year I promised myself I'd do that more consistently; but you know how it is, sometimes life gets too much in the way.  

Anyway, I did receive a few lovely bits of mail and finally felt like taking some pictures to share them with you:

How's your mailbox these days? β˜Ί

Ζ’. x

Mail Lately

The past few months have been pretty tragic, mail-wise. Almost half of my letters got lost and at the post office nobody knew anything, obviously. It has been really frustrating and I felt very unmotivated to send anything out but I did manage to put together a few letters and parcels anyway. 

I also received a few lovely letters, like this one all the way from Denmark that included a beautiful card (that will also come in handy if I ever have an identity crisis ;P).

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Some of you may know that I've moved to London (I'll be here for a few months, then we'll see!), so I hope that this change in location will also bring a positive change in how I receive mail as well.

I hope your mailbox's been full and happy!

Ζ’. x

Mailbox Monday: from/to the Netherlands

Last month I joined Jessica's Notebook + Pen Swap, and I ended up being paired by chance with my friend Janine! She sent me a huge parcel full of great things, and today I wanted to share them with you.

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I don't remember exactly what I wrote as my preferences for the notebook when I joined the swap, but I'm pretty sure the one she sent me ticks all the boxes! As pens, she sent me two Pigma Micron, and I kind of gasped when I saw them as I always wanted to try them but they're really hard to find here.

It's been a while now, but I'm still very happy and grateful for all the thoughtfulness that went into it (and I'm also still dreaming of that chocolate bar.. wasn't it delicious!). Anyway, the least I could do was to send her a thank you card, and so I did!

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I also sent her a little illustrated portrait of herself (she has very cool hair, don't you think?) and a little baggie of my handmade stickers ☺

DIY Envelope Booklet

Hey guys, today I have a very simple DIY project to share with you ☺ if you want to lear how to make an envelope booklet, keep reading!

Supplies:

  • scrapbooking paper (the one I used is 36x13cm/14x5in)
  • three or more envelopes or paper bags
  • hole puncher
  • thread or twine
  • scissors + paper clip
  • and a mix of stationery and ephemera to decorate it

Directions:

  1. Fold your piece of scrapbooking paper in half (make sure it is big enough to contain your envelopes - otherwise you can trim them).
  2. Insert the envelopes sideways into the cover making sure the openings are all on the right side.
  3. Use the paper clip to hold them together and punch two holes on the left hand side.
  4. Secure everything together with a piece of thread.

Now you have your base; All that's left to do is to decorate it as you please, and fill the envelopes with a letter and goodies for your friend!

I hope you like this! Of course you can customize it as you wish: making it bigger or smaller, adding more envelopes.. and so on. As usual, if you recreate this, please let me know, I would love to see your creations ☺

Ζ’. xx


This was a post for my #DoMoreInOctober project! If you joined too, you can link your post below:

Mailbox Monday: off to Europe!

After a short radio silence, today I have finally some letters to show you! 

I'm catching up with all the letters I've accumulated this past month, so if you're expecting a letter form me, chances are that it's in the making β˜Ί

The first one I wrote is to Angelica in Sweden, and I sent her one of the watercolor flowers I painted last month:

I also added some silver accents to it, but I'm not sure if it works.

Next up, is to Jane in Czech Republic. She recently got an adorable baby girl, so I made her a little print to hand in her room:

Now I'm off to write some more! I hope you're having a lovely day and that your mailbox is full of happy letters β™₯

Ζ’. xx

Mailbox Monday: the Travelling Notebook is Back!

Do you remember the Travelling Notebook project I started last year in October? Well, last March, after ~5 months of travelling, it finally came home to me! 

I've had a few scares throughout its journey, but slowly but surely, it always ended up at its destination. 

It left my hometown on November 1th, and travelled to Spain, England, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, and Belgium!

Each person had to fill in 4 pages: 1 about them, 1 about their town/country, and the remaining 2 with anything they wanted. I must say I'm quite please with the result and it's nice to see many different styles all mixed into one single journal.

Anyway, I finally had time to share it with you all, but Instead of posting a million pictures, I thought I'd try and make a stop-motion kind of video of it,

 to make it a little bit more interesting, hopefully β˜Ί Here it is:

A HUGE thank you to the ladies that made this round possible: Tania, Vanessa, Janine, Thea, Elisabeth, Elodie, & Ramona.

Have you ever joined/hosted a TN project? How did it go?

Ζ’. xx