4 July 2018 14:29
(over 3 years ago)
Everyone have these moments, when you are sitting behind the empty sheet of paper and don’t know what to write. There is no inspiration, nothing interesting happens, what to tell about then? Here are some ideas to help you.

1. The last book (or film). No need to retell the plot, your friend would be happy to know what thoughts did you get after reading. What did you like in this book or what didn’t. Which of heroes is your favourite. Which of situations of this book is close to your life? How would you act in the place of the heroes. Continue the thought and you wouldn’t notice how you would finish three-four pages.

2. The travel. What can be considered a journey? - The trip abroad or to a neighboring city, to your granny’s country house? Anything! The main thing is how you will present it. It’s not necessarily to tell about the most recent trip, tell about the most remarkable. For example, in summer 2014 you were in the camp and now you suddenly remembered about it, because it's also summer, and again you want to be there. Or maybe you don’t want to be there and you are glad to be at home. Tell your friend - why?

3. Fantasize. Where would you dream to be now? In what city, country, magical world? Why? Maybe you would like to have an unusual ability? A lot of money? To enjoy privacy? All this is a great opportunity for an interesting conversation.

4. Weather. A trivial topic, I agree, but I tell all my paper friends about the weather. Not about the specific day of writing a letter, but about the whole season. The weather affects how I spend my time, how I dress, my mood. And if you and your friend are living in different areas it will be always interesting how the whether goes in so different places.

5. About snail mail. Yes, this is recursion, but I often ask my penpals what they get from the snail mail. Do they have any relation to it, whether they feel close to their penpals. Tell a friend how you generally feel about this process, what you think about snail mail, how much it coincided with your expectations.

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12 May 2018 17:33
(over 3 years ago)
One of my favorite materials for writing is a vellum. Transparent sheets give a lightness to the letter view. I use the vellum in snail mail decorations quite often. I make flipbook’s pockets, envelopes, use vellum for packing and even for writing letters on it.
There was an article about choosing vellum for letters, and now I’m going to give you another one idea for using vellum and the way to decorate it.
The trick works on the transparency of vellum. Obviously, that the text of the letter we can write only on one side, but this does not mean that we can not use the reverse side for the decor.
And if the use of stickers and decorative tapes here is meaningless, the drawings and transfer tattoos are very suitable. The transparency of the vellum will allow us to see the image, but it will not hide the text, it wouldn’t interfere reading.
As an example, you see my work. I performed it live on my instagram.
For the drawing I took white (tempera), you can use acrylic or gouache. The white drawing under the text does not prevent reading, but enhances the visibility of the text, you can easily draw leaves, flowers or frosty patterns. In my case, these are branches, I repeated the idea of the envelope.
The important point is when working with a tracing paper, you shouldn’t make a pencil sketch, the paint will hide the pencil from the side of the drawing, but it will be visible where the text is. The second tip is to work with a practically dry brush. The vellum is not intended for painting and a large amount of water can spoil the shape of the sheet (and can damage the text). You can add other colors, but do not get carried away with too active painting, the drawing should remain in the background, to read the letter easy.
Some more adeas for backgroung: to make a pencil drawing, to use color pencils, above I mentioned transfer pictures. Or maybe you have your own ideas on this topic? Share ideas in your instagram with a link to me and I will tell about them in my profile, the most interesting will be on the site.
Have questions? - write to me, I will help!

20 December 2017 10:42
(almost 4 years ago)
I liked this template with the stars so much that I was looking for an opportunity to use it. And once I met the article about space in the magazine. I was very unpolite with that magazine, but the result in the form of this wonderful folder was worth it.
I'm showing the folder and finishing envelope decoration on this video. It's better to watch with sound and use headphones ^ ^

7 December 2017 10:13
(almost 4 years ago)
I do not like when there is absolutely nothing to add to the template. As with the pumpkin set, there is space for your creativity! Decorate the Christmas trees to your taste or leave it as it is, in any case, this tender set will be pleasantly received in this wonderful festive season.
The link is here.

27 October 2017 13:14
(almost 4 years ago)
Video-meditation about creating a postcard using handmade paper.
Ingredients: handmade paper, some used stamps, some stickers, washi tape, paper decorative doily, wax and stamp. Clear water and tea (or watercolor).
The main advice - take your time, think through every detail. And do everything with love.
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Bird stickers illustrated by the Bird you can buy in my shop here
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4 October 2017 22:22
(about 4 years ago)
I'm not the best in making mail folders. I saw so much of them, but when I tried to make my own, I've lost all of ideas. But I still hope it's nice and beautiful and the one who will get it, will be really glad after open it and find all of surprises, I made.

And I made a special video to show the folder closer, you can watch it here or on my channel by this link

7 September 2017 20:00
(about 4 years ago)
My very first video about packing letter and other goodies to my dear friend. I used simple envelopes, some tape and a magazine page. And as final detail - wax stamp. The quality is not the best, but it's just first try..I hope, I will make more and better soon.
Use full screen mode or visit my channel by this link

2 July 2017 23:59
(over 4 years ago)
From time to time, I show master classes, where you can see how it turns out what is on my photos.
This time I will create a collage-envelope with a magazine illustration.
Honestly, I'm not sure you will see something special, I do not pretend to be a master of design, but I'm sure that there will be those who just like these video process, well, I hope that some of my techniques will help you in the future.

I will speak very simple and funny "Russian" English.
Please, make comments during the live stream, if I see any activity I can understand if I'm speaking for somebody or I'm talking to the wall. Don't be shy to ask questions.

Waiting for you tomorrow here!

26 June 2017 20:55
(over 4 years ago)
I like to write letters on vellum, so I have plenty of experience working with it. I decided to write a few tips for those who are working with it for the first time, I hope they will come in handy.

Firstly, let's choose a vellum type (see the photos below for reference).
Number one is vellum for ink. It's glossy and it's hard to write on, so itisn't a good fit. Under number two is a vellum for pencil. It's matte and very transparent - the best choice on my opinion. The other two vellum types are for baking; they can have glossy and matte sides, so if you are going to use them for writing or making envelopes, use matte side.
The first two types can be purchased at any stationery (craft) store, and the third and fourth in the any supermarket.

Let's take vellum for pencil. It is easy to write on and it is fairly transparent, so we will use it. No need to draw lines - just apply a sheet of vellum paper to any lined paper and affix it with any way you like (using paper tape or paper clips).

I advise you to check how your pen will write on a vellum paper, before writing a letter. Try to write a test phrase on a sheet of vellum. You may notice that ballpoint pens rarely work well on vellum, and gel pen ink can be easily smudged. I like to write on vellum with liners, they are thin, work good and do not smudge.

If you still have questions, contact me!

2 June 2017 14:20
(over 4 years ago)
If you are following my Instagram, you could see my live streams, during which I'm showing different ways of crafting and decoration can be used for snailmails.
Some results are on these photos.
What would you like to see? I would be glad to get your questions and ideas for my streams, you can write me by any way you can find in "contact" tab.