This idea actually came from my good friend and pen pal, Merissa. She sent me a similar one for Christmas to accompany her pocket letter and I thought it was such a cute idea.
So let's get started....
For this project, I'm using Serena's "Snow Day" collection because it is the perfect transition collection from the holidays through the early part of the new year.
What I used:
· Patterned paper
· A piece of 12x12 double sided paper
· Papercakes elements sheet
· Alpha stamps or alpha stickers
· Stamping ink
· Tag punch or die
· Bakers twine
Take your 12x12 patterned paper and cut a strip that is 12"x 3.5" and score the paper at 3, 6, and 9 inches. If you don't have a board, use a ruler to measure and fold the paper back and forth every 3 inches into a little book. The first flap should open from left to right.
I started with the front of my book by using a 3x4 card from Serena's collection and stamped the sentiment warm wishes. I used glitter washi, stickles , and glossy accents to embellish the card.
Use the plain paper to make two cards measuring 6 3/4" x 2 3/4". Fold in half for a top folding card. One is for now and the other will be used later.
For the first inside panel, you'll use one of the top folding cards by adhering the back portion of the cards directly to the panel and over top of the tag that it already adhered. I decorated the front of the flap with a piece of patterned paper and a 3x4 card from the collection. I cut down the card and used my dymo label maker to cover up the sentiment that was already there and replaced it with "Mail Tag Answers." On the inside of this flap, I answered questions from my pen pal that I received in her last letter.
For the pocket, I used a piece of patterned paper to create a tag that folds and ties together with twine. Cut a piece of paper that measures 8" x 2" and fold in half. The folded portion in the bottom. I stamped out "Mail Tag". Then cut a piece from each top corner to create a tag shape and punched a hole in the centre and threaded it with decorative ribbon. In this tag, I will be asking my pen pal some questions for her to answer in our next correspondence.
For the last inside panel, just like in step 2, I used my Fiskars tag punch with plain paper and adhered a tag directly to the panel. Then I layered patterned paper and another 3x4 card over top of the tag. I applied a paper clip to the top right in order to hold my sequin mix that I made for my pen pal.
Next, flip the entire book over to the back side. I used a 3x4 card and applied adhesive to only the left, right, and bottom edges. This will create another pocket opening at the top. I labeled it "My Currently". On the reverse, I listed all of the things I'm listening to, reading, watching, and other winter favorites.
To complete the mail tag flip book I used a longer piece of bakers twine to thread through the 3 tags that stick out from the top and tie a bow!
So.... thats it! I really hope that you like my project and maybe will give it a try! Have a great day, everyone!