Summer break

As you may have noticed, I haven’t shared any mail stories with you fellow maillovers during the last couple of weeks.  This is because I’m having a sunmer break. The idea is to read books about mail (and share it with you all), find nice things that are mail realted and searching for new inspiration. I’ll be back somewhere next month.

Before I go on summer break, I want to share an amazing list that I found on the world wide web where you can see when you’re a stationary lover. A list with 27 signs:

Have a great summer with lot’s of sunshine and off coures, with a lot of mail. And don’t forget to sent a postcard or a letter to the people you love!

Where can I find the writing paper?

I love nice writing paper. It’s only so sad that it’s so hard to find these days. Often when I ask in s shop where I can find the stationary or writing paper, they look at me if I ask for something illegal! After explaining what im looking for, the first respond is: ‘Why won’t you just sent an e-mail? It’s much faster!’. Oh yes, e-mail is indeed faster, but not as much fun as real mail.

Luckily over the years I’ve found some shops where I can buy writing paper. Or when I’ve feeling creative, I’ll make my own writing paper (in the future I’ll write a blog about that). I’m wondering if you have the same experience when you’re looking for nice writing paper.

Here are some shopping tips for when you’re in the Netherlands, Belgium, the U.K or Italy!


  • Paperchase: in some big trainstations or in the Bijenkorf. (Only in the Netherlands. But they do have a webshop)
  • Zeeman: not always. Mostly they have Disney
  • Wibra: not always. Mostly Disnye and cupcakes
  • Boekenfestijn: look at the craft section


  • Paperchase: almost every city has at least one Paperchase shop. Also they have a webshop.
  • Art Box: located in London
  • W.S. Smith Book store: almost every city in the UK has at least one W.S. Smith bookstore
  • Selfridges: an amzing warehouse in London. Also sells Art Box


  • The 99 cent shops: I’m not sure every single shop sells it. I found some nice writing paper at the 99 cent shop that is very close to the Medici Chapel.

Tapes, part 3

As you could have read some time ago, I love to use all kinds of tape to decorate my letters and envelopes. But did you know that there are several kind of tapes?

The most common kind of tape is deco tape. It’s just like normal tape, but this kind of tape has a color or a print on it. Further it’s the same as normal tape. When I just started with letter writing, I always used this kind of tape. Now a days, I’m a big fan of paper tape (also called Washi tape). It’s looks a bit like deco tape with it’s colors and prints. But there is one big differens: you can easily tear of this tape and it’s removable! Also you can write on it. Three things you can’t do with deco tape. There is also fabric tape. It’s basically a ribbon with glue on the back.

Messages in a bottle

No, I’m not talking about the song by The Police. I’m talking about a real bottle that you can sent by mail!

Message in a bottle 1





A while ago I was in a museum and in the shop I found a plastic bottle with a blank sheet in it. I really like the whole idea of sending a letter in a bottle, so I bought one and sent it to myself since I didn’t knew if the bottle would survives the postal journey. And it did! After four days, the bottle and letter arrived in my mailbox in the same condition as I had sent!

Message in a bottle


Tante Jannies Postkamer

Tante Jannies Postkamer (Aunt Jannies Mailroom) is a Dutch initiative which  you can compare with PostCrossing. The only difference is that with Tante Jannies Postkamer you sent at least a handwritten  letter instead of a single postcard. But a lot of members sent each other little pieces of art and lost of gifts and goodies.

I’ve joined Tante Jannies Postkamer one time. I wrote a long letter en sent some buttons with it. I’ve never got a thank you e-mail back. Maybe she didn’t like my envelop or maybe it never arrived? Who knows? A couple of days later, I got an envelope sent my an other member. I received an envelop full with beautiful vintage things I can use for my art project and a very shore note (only 8 lines…). At that point I knew, Tante Jannies Postkamer is not for me. I prefer to kong letters and get to know each other rather then an envelop full of gifts. Don’t get me wrong, occasionally it’s nice to get an envelope like that.

Tante Jannie

If you just start with sending mail and you like to figure out what you want with the beautiful art of sending mail or you like to get surprise in the mail, Tante Jannies Postkamer is the place for you then!

For more information, you can go to

Mail from the past

As you all ready know, I love collecting things. Especially when it’s mail related like postcards. Since a couple of years I’m not only collecting postcards sent to me, but also postcards from the past. From the time that sending cards was a new thing. It’s not easy to find old postcards, especially when you like it when they are written and stamped. Luckily I’ve found a new place where I can buy them! So every now and then I go there and buy some ‘new’ cards for my collection. Last week I went to this place and I saw that they don’t only sell postcards, the also sell first day covers, envelopes, letters and other mail related paper things. Off course I couldn’t leave the shop with empty hands. So, here you can see what I bought.

mail from the past

Wax seal

Back in the days, kings and other high class people used was seals on their documents to protect their important information. With a seal, they prevent people reading the document. Since you have to break the seal, before you could read the document. Nowadays, wax seals are still used by governments. But they are also used by snail mailers! I think it’s a nice way to close the envelop, with using something else then tape. Also, it’s a nice way to decorate the envelope! There is only one danger using these was seals, and that is the fact that you have to use fire to make the seal. Luckily, none of my letter have caught fire while I was making a seal on the envelop!

Wax seal