Welcome our newest contributor, Anna Lorton! Anna was born in Idaho and raised in Oregon. She has traveled the world and lived and studied in far away and exotic places like Illinos, Florida, and Hamburg, Germany. Portland, however, is her favorite place to be. She works for My Own Labels as a data wrangler. In her spare time she likes to write letters, craft, folk dance and read.
I love snail mail. I usually send it more than I receive it, but that has never dampened my enthusiasm to send mail. Which means that when I have an excuse to send everyone in my address book a holiday card I get pretty excited. And this year my Christmas cards are going to be extra special. In this blog post I will show you how I have created small packets of “Christmas Cheer” using personalized labels to send to friends and family.
This project is very simple and can be fun for several people, of any age. It is mostly about assembly but the first step is to decide what you want to send in your packets. What you can send must be flat and bendable enough to be sent through the mail. You can find more information about letter size restrictions here.
This is a list of possible things to send- depending on your budget and how much work you want to put into each packet:
• tea bags
• small hand made paper banners
• paper Christmas ornaments
• gift cards
• small stack of pretty sticky notes
I chose to send stickers, confetti, and some paper ornaments I made. The ornaments use hang tags from My Own Labels and you can see more on that in my next blog post.
The next step is to order the glassine envelopes and the personalized labels from My Own Labels. I used the style Wreath in shape 05 for the front of the label and shape 14 to close the glassine envelopes in the back. I could have just as easily used a text label and given a mini-report on the past year, turning my packet into a neat form of a family newsletter.
After you have assembled all your supplies together creating this project is more than easy. Put the front labels on the envelopes and fill them with your goodies. Seal them shut with the back label and you are finished.
When it comes time to send our Christmas cards these little packets will be spreading cheer across the country!