Vintage snailmail

Sometimes I like to make a snailmail with a theme. This time I choose to make a snailmail in vintage style.

I painted the envelop brown and decorated it with paper tape and stickers. I choose some stamps that match the style of the envelope. In the envelope I put a lot of vintage looking things. Like cards, a paper picture frame, a sheet crafting paper, golden stars, tea, some brown ribbon, some (hand made) labels, prints of rubber stamps, stickers, a self made magnet, a card making set and a little heart.


Frame it!

One thing that I love about getting mail from far away countries, are the stamps on the envelop. There are so many beautiful stamps. They are a little pieces of art. It’s a shame that you just let them stick on the envelop. There are so many nice things that you can do with stamps!

As you can read in some of my other blog article, you can use them for all kinds of creative projects. But there are lots of other things that you can do with old and used stamps! For example you can put the most beautiful stamps in a picture frame like I did.

Frame it

Valentines day

Happy Valentines Day! This day is the perfect day to sent mail. I sent these snailmails to some of my dear friends and penpals!

I made this surprise snailmail for a member of the snailmail group on Facebook. I made a card with a matching envelope and magnet. Further I sent some heart shaped goodies. Happy valentines day!


And to a dear friend of mine, I have sent this valentines day mail.



This envelop is sent to a dear penfriend of mine.



Who doesn’t like to find a nice postcard in the mailbox sent from a far away and exotic country? Too bad that not everybody who goes on a holiday sent a card to the people who stay at home. Luckily we have PostCrossing! When you join this site, you can request an address from a random fellow member. When you got the address, you read the profile from the PostCrosser, sent him/her a nice postcard (if possible one that matches the profile and whishes of the person that you sent your card to). On that card you write down your id code. The receiver goes to the website from PostCrossing and types in the id on the card. When your card is arrived, you will get a message from PostCrossing that you’re card has arrived. Most of the time you also get a little digital thank you note and then you will get a card from another random PostCrosser. You can’t choose the country or person that you will send or receive a card from.

On 14th July 2005 Paulo Magalhães started with PostCrossing, because he thought that he didn’t get any nice mail anymore. Since then there are more than 460,300 members living in 215 different countries!  At this moment, most members are living in Russia (11,3%), USA (10%) and China (9,4%). Since the beginning of this wonderful project, more than 20,720,219 cards have been sent! The most cards are sent from Germany (11,9%), USA (10,9%) and the Netherlands (9,9%)

I stared with PostCrossing in February 2009. The first card I had to send was to Finland. The card had traveled only 5 days! The first card I received came from the USA and had traveled 10 days before I found it in my mailbox. Ever since I’ve sent 579 cards and received more than 580 cards!

Want to know more or maybe you want to join? Take a look at www.!

Postcard Cafe

Tea and cards. A perfect combination if you ask me! The owner of Francobolli thought that as well.

Card cafe

Francobolli is a lovely Jugendstil coffee cafe in the city centre of Leiden where you not only can drink a nice cup of coffee (or tea), but also write a card!

Card cafe 2

On the walls of the cafe you can find lots of postcards that you can buy there and sent from the cafe. And on every table there lies a nice Francobolli pen, so that you can write the card while you’re enjoying  your cup of coffee. When you have written your card, you can also buy stamps in the cafe and they even will mail them out for you on a date that you want!

writing cards


card wall

I love this whole idea, so when I was in Leiden a while ago, I went to Francobolli!  As you can see on the pictures, you can find lovel postcards everywhere in the cafe. It’s very difficult te choose one card! It took me a while to choose some cards, because there are so many nice cards. To be honest: I  wanted them all!

Postcards everywhere

If you’re in Leiden, you really have to go there! You can find Francobolli at  Apothekersdijk 38 Leiden.