About a year ago I started recycling bags and cardboard packaging into letters to my nearest and dearest. I think it all began after a NYC Letter Writers Society meeting when I got on the floor and wrote a letter on a huge piece of paper from an easel after being inspired by the head letter writer at the Colorado Correspondence Coalition, Megan Hillman.
I love writing letters on different mediums and finding the perfect folding technique and the perfect envelope. Below are some examples of different items I recycled into stationery.
Unicorn letter written on the packaging of a bar of Compartes chocolate from Pink Olive. I ate almost the entire bar as I wrote!
While prepping for a mini dinner party, Caroline Weaver, the head Pencil Pusher at CW Pencil Enterprise introduced to Trader Joe’s Wine Store. When they put my purchases in these beautiful rose themed Wine bags I was so excited. When we unpacked our purchases, I folded the bags up neatly and put them in my purse.
The first museum shopping bag I wrote on was one from the Met. I will write to one of my pen pals about what I saw during that visit or recap the visit to the person I went with.
I spent a lovely day in May with one of my friend and great inspiration Eunice Roe of @thedailyroe while she was visiting NYC. We walked from the Lower East Side to Soho hitting all my favorite stationery stores and we had time to stop in at Too Cool for School a brand Eunice has loved for years that I just starting patronizing a few months before. The packaging is so cute it makes you want to buy makeup and skincare that you don’t need. I turned this hand cream package into a “I had a lovely time with you” letter to Eunice.
My favorite thing on my desk is my Dear Hancock Year of Bunnies calendar. Each day looking at these amazing illustrations by Gwendolyn Mason transports me right back to the little girl who begged her mom to read The Tale of Peter Rabbit over and over again. Around March it dawned on me that I should be sharing these amazing bunnies with my pen pals. At the end of each month, I tear off the month and then write a letter on the page – recapping my month and sharing the bunny LOVE.
My greatest inspiration is Samantha Dion Baker @sdionbakerdesign The pages of her journal make my heart happy. If you can believe it she is more wonderful than her art. She has been helping me put down my Copics and explore watercolors. So earlier this year when I believed a box with some of my art supplies was in storage in Brooklyn, I immediately got on Amazon and bought a new watercolor set. I fell in love with this one and felt it was perfect since I am in a tropical location right now. I wanted to let Samantha know that I got a new set and how much I was loving it so I decided to write on the box. I added a few washi tape embelishments and voila a different letter was created.
The heat protector in this shot with the Rauschenberg quote is from a cappuccino I got at MOMA on my last visit with Samantha. I slipped it into my bag after I finished the drink and a few days later wrote her a note on it telling her what a splendid day I had with her.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour of some of my recycled stationery. I have a few others in store just waiting to be written. They will be making an appearance on Instagram someday soon. Until then write more letters and as you can see, you can write on ANYTHING. Until the next note, The PostMistress