What to Write in Your First Pen Pal Letter

Pen pals offer a unique chance to build meaningful connections and broaden your horizons, all through the magic of snail mail. I can't even begin to tell you how many new friendships I've created and it all began with starting that first pen pal letter.But staring down that blank page can be daunting. This guide will equip you with the tools to write a captivating introduction that sparks a lifelong pen pal friendship. Still not convinced you want to pen pal? Read Pen Paling — Where to Start & Why It's So Fun.If you need help finding a pen pal, click…

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Best Shops for Stationery Addicts

As I am a big lover of stationery and all things papery I thought it would be fun to put together a guide on the best shops for stationery addicts! This is by no means an all encompassing list, I am always finding new sites that I fall in love with and want to buy more. These are the sites and Etsy shops you are guaranteed to find stationery you or the stationery addict in your life will be obsessed with. Perfect to find gifts for the holidays! Gifts for Stationery Addicts: Websites 1. Nico Neco Zakkaya This shop is…

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Journalsay Stationery Haul

I am so excited to share this Journalsay stationery haul with you! They were generous enough to send me this enormous box of goodies that I am dying to start crafting with. Scroll to the bottom to watch the ASMR unboxing video on Youtube. Let's dig in! What is Journalsay.com? It's an affordable Asian stationery website that has a whole slew of great stationery to choose from for crafty types like me and you! There is so much from journals and brush pens to tons of stickers and ephemera. There is even more besides stationery. I got a cute ipad…

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Fandom Mail Art: Studio Ghibli Stationery Swap

This gorgeous Studio Ghibli mail art is a product of someone I met on Instagram this past year wanting to do a stationery swap with me. Of course, I jumped on the opportunity because I am in love with all things Studio Ghibli!  So scroll through and take a look at this gorgeous Studio Ghibli mail art to get some inspiration for your own pen paling or journal!  What is a Stationery Swap? A stationery swap is when you swap a specified amount of stationery with someone through the mail. It's a great way to give away some of your…

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The Top 4 Essential We R Memory Keepers Products for Paper Crafters

Here are my Top 4 essential We R Memory Keepers Crafter Tools that I will never part with, ever! They make my life so much easier and they will make yours too! These tools are perfect for all paper crafters. Scroll down to the Youtube video where I show one more product at the end that I am very excited to start using! We R Memory Keepers Products I discovered We R Memory Keepers when I first started pen paling years ago. I realized how many products they had and was amazed I hadn't found out about them sooner! The…

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Find A Pen Pal

Don't know where to find a pen pal? You came to the right place! I'll go over on here all the places you can begin your pen paling journey.  What is Pen Paling? Pen paling is a fun creative activity meant to forge meaningful connections with new people around the world. If you're looking to learn about new cultures, try your hand at practicing a new language, or simply want to make a new friend, this is the hobby for you!Pen paling can also be very creative in terms of decorating the envelopes and letters themselves. There are whole communities…

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Postcrossing: Why You Should Join

I've been on Postcrossing for a little over a year now and now have dozens of postcards lining my craft room walls! It's such a fun concept, I applaud whoever thought of this website. Now let me tell you what Postcrossing and why you should join! What is Postcrossing? And How Does it Work? To put it simply, postcrossing is a postcard exchange service. It's free to sign up! All you will be paying for is for the postage on all the postcards you plan to send out. (which by the way is $0.40 domestic and $1.30 international). This is…

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Mail Art With Me: How to Decorate an Envelope

Learn how to make mail art with me! Today I'm decorating an envelope for a Harry Potter themed stationery swap. My swap partner is Gryffindor, we got to add that Gryffindor lion in!  Read on for some great tips and tricks as you learn how to get creative with pen paling and happy mail! Watch the Youtube video below to see my decorate my envelope.  How Do I Make Mail Art? I'll start by saying there are really no rules for when it comes to making pretty mail art! You can try to follow what I do here and use…

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Envelope Art Inspiration to Send Your Pen Pal

I've been pen paling for a few years now and I take photos of every single letter I write, so I've accumulated quite a lot of photos of my envelope art! I like to save them to look back on and I thought you would like to see some as inspiration for your own crafting. Create with me! Here's some envelope art inspiration for you. I don't know the exact number but I know I have written dozens of letters by now so this might end up being one post in a series. As you can see I don't seem…

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50 Things to Send Your Pen Pal

I love a good list, don't you? This ultimate list of 50 things to send your pen pal should never fail you. You will have endless ideas to choose from! I know when I first started pen paling, I struggled a bit with thinking of some cute things to add in besides the letter itself.  This post will help you so you don't struggle like I did. There are all manner of things you can send, goodies, ephemera, stickers, artist trading cards, small jewelry, candy, tea and more. This is a list of flat things that will fit in an envelope…

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