Pretty Postal Midnight Mail Swap

There's a definite chill in the air this morning.

Autumn is announcing its arrival with grey skies and wind. 
Long long nights and barren trees are just around the corner.

So it seemed like the perfect time to tell you about the Midnight Mail Swap...

Have you ever joined a mail swap or parcel swap?

If yes, bear with a moment (or skip ahead). If not, let me tell you all about the joy of the mail swap!

Someone picks a theme and sets some guidelines (number of partners, mailing deadlines, mail or parcel, type of contents, value of contents, surprise or not...) then welcomes sign-ups and assigns partners. You create beautiful mail and send it off to your partner(s) and in return, you receive mail from your partner(s). In the case of a parcel swap, this is usually a single parcel with a set value. With a mail swap, you send cards/letters to multiple partners and in return your mailbox fills with beautiful mail from here, there and everywhere.

I love a good mail swap! It's a fun way to bring cheer to your mailbox, inspires you to try something new while stretching your artistic muscles, and broadens your world a little bit by connecting you to likeminded strangers across the globe.

With that in mind, I'd love to invite you to join Pretty Postal's latest mail swap....

The Midnight Mail Swap

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes!

Moonlight & stardust. Magic & masquerade.

For this Pretty Postal mail swap, we’re inviting you to get a little dark, maybe a little spooky, and create beautiful mail inspired by midnight.

Starlit nights. Wolf howls. Vintage horror movies. Black roses. Zodiac signs.
Anything goes... it's all up to your interpretation!


Sign-ups are open until September 30th.
Partners will be assigned by October 3rd.
Mailing deadline is October 17th.

You will be grouped with 2-4 partners and must send a piece of pretty mail to each partner by the deadline.
Swap is open worldwide to anyone over the age of 18 and is free to join.

Full details and rules can be found here.
To sign-up, you can email your name and postal address to:

Can't wait to see your gorgeous midnight mail!

The Pretty Postal Floral Mail Recap

Oh hi again!

How was your summer? Around here it was hot, hot, hot but the very opposite of hectic... which is pretty much the perfect way to pass the hot season. Slowly!

Anyway, we're gearing up for the next Pretty Postal swap and I didn't want to launch into that one without writing a little recap of the first one first. For posterity... or something!

In case you missed it, The Pretty Postal Floral Swap invited snail mail lovers to exchange flower-themed mail with 3-5 partners. We ended up with over 100 participants from all over the world... California to Nova Scotia, Australia to Finland, Ghana to Japan. So exciting! I was really blown away by the response and both the talent and the generosity of the swappers. You can sneak a peek at lots of the pretty mail that was exchanged over on Instagram.

Here's the handcrafted mail that I sent out to my partners...

I started with the envelopes. Simple kraft envelopes are made special when embellished with labels made from scrapbook paper and index cards, birds cut out of vintage wildlife books, watercolour flowers and a touch of washi tape (of course).

The envelopes were then lined with colour photocopies from my sketchbook. A fun way to personalize your mail without cutting up your art!

On to the contents...

Handcrafted floral cards made of washi tape, colourful paper doilies and either twine or sticker bows. A little fiddly to make (especially when making more than one) but a fun challenge for sure!

Individualized floral monograms for each partner - simple watercolour and pen but I think they turned out quite prettily!

I collected lovely floral stamps from eBay, then used a sticker maker to turn them into stickers. Each set of six was then packaged up in a clear bag with a little washi tape accent.

Everything slipped easily inside that standard envelope... which is always helpful when mailing internationally!

And finally, sealed with a little washi tape, a sticker and one of the postage stamp stickers.

I really loved putting this pretty mail together... I hope the recipients loved it too!

Send Pretty Mail - Airmail Animals

When sending out mail, do you like to pick a theme and/or colour scheme?

I'm definitely on the theme and/or colour scheme bandwagon. Though the theme doesn't really have to make sense... so long as it looks good!

Here's a fun piece of mail I sent out a few weeks ago - a slightly mad, but oh so pretty, combo of airmail animals.

Airmail stripes + red, white and blue + adorable animals = snail mail magic!

Once I figure out a theme and/or colour scheme. (In this case, I used a set of washi tape buttons as my initial colour story inspiration), I like to gather all the bits and pieces I have on hand that match. Then I work from there. Mixing, matching, crafting, editing... until I have a lovely cohesive piece of pretty mail.

I've started experimenting with laminating my washi tape sampler cards - it adds a bit of stability to the cards plus the washi tape doesn't stick. No more wasted tape!

And the samplers again - all packaged up! Plus the aforementioned matching washi tape buttons and a teensy kitty cat envelope (with a snail mail challenge tucked inside!)

Then I made some matching mini envelopes and notes.

I picked up a pile of wonderful origami papers in Japan - these translucent stripes and dots are perfect for crafting cute envelopes - two for little notes, and one that can be used by the recipient to send her own note!

Add a collection of red, white and blue bits and pieces...
Stickers, labels and adorable Japanese envelopes (plus some cute animal mini cards inside the fishy envelope.)

Then all the bits and pieces piled together and tied with a bow.
A touch of classic red & white baker's twine makes everything better (ahem, fancier), don't you think?

Finally, the envelope - covered in striped origami paper, washi tape and a cute mailbox cut out!

I was really happy with this package - and I hope the recipient was too! It's always fun to take two things that don't necessarily go together and turn them into one cohesive mailing.

How about you? Have you sent any pretty mail lately?