Envelopes Make for Happy Mail: Mixed Media Mail Art Album
Getting mail has always been a favorite of mine. Even when I was little I competed with my brother to be the first one to the mail box. I had pen pals from all over the world so I received many envelopes with my name on it. One year, while our family was visiting Williamsburg, Virginia, I met a foreign exchange student from Japan that became my pen pal for many years. On my birthday, he sent me flowers and throughout the year he randomly sent me interesting gifts from Japan. It was one of my favorite correspondence. From my other pen pals, I received many postcards that I still have to this day.
But most of my correspondence went to my “cousin” from Virginia. I say cousin with quotation marks because she wasn’t related by blood. But our families were close growing up so we were like family. Her letters were my favorite and as she was several years older than me, I aspired to be like her. Everything about her intrigued me. The first time I visited her apartment I was in awe. She had beaded curtains in her doorway, hand-blown glass flowers in a vase, unusual nick-knacks and bookshelves full of books and their character dolls. Sadly, we no longer correspond due to family commitments but she is still one of the most unique individuals I have ever met. And I treasure the letters that I still have from her.
Creating the Journal Cover
I created this journal for the Mixed Media and Art challenge. I started off by cutting lightweight chipboard to cover my mailing envelopes. I then covered the chipboard with a brown grocery bag. I stenciled the Chinese Garden Plum Blossoms in the background before embossing in gold. I used various shades of brown paint in the background.
I also stenciled the Boho Mandala Circle, sprayed it with Lindy’s and clear embossed it.
The stamps are by PaperArtsy. I used vintage lace and thread to embellish. I used Peach Chinese characters washi tape for the spine.
And for the finishing touches, I used a TH paper doll.
For tea day, I am sharing my newest tea from my favorite cousin. When I was sick a few days ago she sent me this yummy tea in the mail. I love drinking this in the morning on my way to the bus stop as tea bags are quick. I am playing along with the ladies at tea day over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard‘s.
Happy Tea Day,