Graphic Designer Liz Mosley has released a set of three downloadable envelopes from her website. That was sweet of her. The fronts have a blank space left for the address which was also considerate. Thanks Liz! Now we'll have a great answer to the old riddle "What's black and white and read all over?"
Neenah Paper has a really handy listing of downloadable PDFs of envelope template guides. They've got lots to choose from, stately Baronial to utilitarian commercial styles and more. Not all are to scale, but these give you a good place to start if you were interested in making a whole bunch of envelopes. I wouldn't know anything about the desire to make a whole bunch of envelopes though. Nope. Not me.
Donovan made an awesome new stationery download, just in time for Month of Letters, Valentine's Day, AND the Virtual Social. I hope you all enjoy it on what ever color paper you wish to print it on. The download is only available to members!
Back in October Vanessa Sorensen had a Passenger Pigeon Origami Party where people got together and made 400 paper pigeons. The event was part of a celebration of Martha, the last passenger pigeon that died in captivity at the Cincinati Zoo 100 years ago.
Hello, lovely Martha
I missed this event by a long shot, but I wanted to participate in some way. Fold the Flock are the creators of the lovely origami pigeons and have a free download available on there site. (Scroll down to the bottom for the download. Here is a video on folding instructions.) I've been wanting to do some sort of paper craft for my holiday decorations and this fit in just perfectly.
I could see these pigeons working great for holiday mail, enclosed in a clear envelope/pouch and mailed as is. I love mailing folded items that pop-up to be 3D. I hope this gives you some ideas for home decor or seasonal mail. If you make anything with the origami pigeon, please leave a link in the comments or tag us on Twitter and/or Instagram. We'd love to see what you are creating.
The lovely Amy Bogard made us a very special holiday fuaxstage. The stamp has her character, Ginger Small, front and center along with a choir of her friends. The "Hamst-air Post" kills me as well as the overall cute of the artwork. I'll be using this on my holiday cards this year for sure. If you would like to use this fauxstage, download the sheet here or by logging into the membersite.
Interested in Ginger's backstory? Here is what Amy has to say:
Ginger Small's character began with a 'real live' hamster named Ginger who was lucky enough to live with a family who cherished her and gave to her the seeds of a great story through the adventures they shared with her while they had her as a pet. She went everywhere with them! Vacations, long term work assignments and there was even talk of her having a summer in Paris. This never came to pass, as a hamster's life, like many, is never long enough for all desired adventures. I am fortunate to be friends with this wonderful family and once Ginger had gone to the Great Beyond, I was inspired to begin sending postcards back to them with Ginger's imagined adventures growing larger and more far flung with time. My friends still have all their postcards and I have enough adventures to fill many books of Ginger's travels. In January I am headed to Taos NM to work for a few weeks on pinning down a publishable version of one of these adventures. Postcards and the magic of the post will feature heavily in her story no matter how it comes together, as it is this very magic that helped to build her character to begin with. Hopefully this little stamp can add a small touch of whimsy to holiday mailings crisscrossing the globe in the coming weeks.
You can find out more about where the stamp image came from here as well as more information on Ginger Smalls future here.
This fauxstage is available to members and the public alike. Please spread the good cheer to those you love through good mail. Thank you to Amy for offering to create a holiday artiststamp for us!
Aren't these the sweetest? They practically make my teeth hurt. You can find the PDFs and easy instructions over on the This Heart of Mine blog. Remember to leave a thank you comment on the original post!
The instructions here are for treat bag toppers and candy bar wrappers, but I see NO REASON why you can't just stick a stamp on these and pop them in the mail for some postal Halloween treats. That "Danger" label is perfect to stick an address into as wello. Easy, creepy, and fun! And rather beautiful too. Thanks to Creature Comforts for the download.
This is a fancy new artist stamp download that we have had a for a few weeks, but I have been horrible and never wrote a post to announce it's arrival. I hope the beauty of the stamp will allow you all to forgive me for the delay.
Our wonderful member Jennifer, of Architette Studios, drew and designed this lovely stamp. She customized it for the Letter Writers Alliance and allowed us to give it to you as a free download.
This is an absolutely beautiful decorative stamp and you get an entire sheet of them! Use a sewing machine or perf knife to create the wavy stamp edge. This download is available both on the membersite(below the Virtual Social stationery) and the public site, so enjoy!
In this era of instantaneous communication, a handwritten letter is a rare and wondrous item. The Letter Writers Alliance is dedicated to preserving this art form. Prepare your pen and paper, moisten your tongue, and get ready to write more letters!
May 28th (Thursday)
Chicago, IL Letter Social
Uncle Art Gallery 7-9pm 1359 N Maplewood Ave
Join us and our typewriters to write some letters together. We will have mail art supplies, stationery, and a few of our old-fangled typing machines available for your use. Free!
May 30th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL OBSCURA DAY 2015
L.W.A. Clubhouse Several time slots available
Enjoy exclusive access to the Letter Writers Alliance Club House in celebration of Obscura Day. You'll see the inner sanctum of operations for the letter writing organization and have an opportunity to write letters and postcards using vintage typewriters.
Your ticket includes free supplies and typewriter time. Donovan, the Letter Writers Alliance typewriter expert, will be on hand to answer questions, troubleshoot cranky machines and make pithy comments. Come join us and type a letter or two!
Tickets: $5 Purchase options available soon!
June 6th (Saturday)
Chicago, IL Postcard Party
606 Opening Celebration, 10am-6pm
Humboldt Blvd between Cortland & Wabansia
Write some postcards and explore the new Bloomingdale Trail with us. Free!
June 7th (Sunday)
Chicago, IL Mix & Mailology
L.W.A. Clubhouse 3:30-5pm
Old Fashions and Wax Seals, two old-timey things we love. Learn the secrets of mixing an excellent Old Fashion and making the perfect wax impression on your envelopes. We will also have other wax-like experiments for your mail art pleasure. Our solutions, both alcoholic and artistic, will surprise you. All materials, including liquid forms, will be provided.
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July 12th (Sunday)
World-Wide L.W.A. Book Club
Join Kathy, Donovan, and a special guest Margaret Haas (of Paper Pastries) via live video while we discuss Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. Discussion and further info can be found on the Goodreads book group page. Event Page
The L.W.A. was established in 2007 by Kathy Zadrozny & Donovan Beeson. These two ladies manage every aspect of the Alliance, from design, to packing orders, to maintaining the website. The L.W.A. is a labor of love and we are happy you have joined us in sharing a love for letters.