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DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Hello, February!

To celebrate the re-opening of our shop, I designed a new, limited-edition “Love Letters” stamp set with this DIY Valentine in mind. With three simple cuts, you can create a mailbox that really opens!

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 sheet of card stock for your base (4.25″ x 5.5″ per card)
  • 1 sheet of paper for the mailbox
  • 1 sheet of paper (or label paper) for the letters
  • Scissors (an X-Acto knife is helpful, too)
  • Craft glue or glue stick
  • The “Love Letters” stamp set and a stamp pad
    OR
    Printable PDF | “Love Letters” (click to download) and printer

Optional:

  • A2 envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Heart-shaped hole punch and scrap paper bits
  • White gel pen

As always, the printable above is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

DIY Valentines for Snail Mail Lovers | prettypeas.com

Instructions for Stamp Set:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25″ x 5.5″. (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Using a high quality stamp pad, stamp your mailbox onto one of your sheets of paper, then cut it out. Make 3 slits in the mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don’t glue down the door!)
  4. Stamp your mini envelopes onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut them out. Since each envelope is different, you can use a unique color for each one if you have multiple stamp pads.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue ’em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Instructions for Printable:

  1. Cut your sheet of card stock into 4 pieces, each 4.25″ x 5.5″. (Or, use pre-made blank cards like these.)
  2. Print the first page of the PDF—the one with the mailboxes—on a sheet of paper. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 8 mailboxes plus 1 jumbo (BONUS!) mailbox. Cut out as many as you need. Make 3 slits in each mailbox door: left side, top, and right side. (Hint: an X-Acto knife and cutting mat make this much easier!)
  3. Glue the mailbox onto the card. (Don’t glue down the door!)
  4. Print the second page of the PDF—the one with the envelopes—onto a separate piece of paper (or label paper, if you have it), then cut out as many as you wantNote :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 56 mini envelopes and 6 jumbo envelopes.
  5. Glue or stick the mini envelopes onto your card.
  6. OPTIONAL: hole-punch hearts and glue ’em on, or add tiny white dots with your gel pen.
  7. Write a personal note on the back and mail to someone you love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Pretty Peas Paperie Stamp Coupon

Christmas GIVEAWAY!

Pretty Peas Paperie CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY | Enter to win a wax seal stamp (and wax), a hand-lettered "handle with care" stamp, and an envelope liner kit!

Today marks 1 week until the stamp shop closes for Christmas, so I thought I’d end this amazing year with a GIVEAWAY!

The Prizes:

  1. A wax seal stamp (choose your favorite of 4 of my custom designs)
  2. 3 sticks of sealing wax (choose traditional wax or glue gun wax)
  3. A hand-lettered “handle with care” stamp
  4. An envelope liner template kit (so you can make use of our free printables)
Custom Wax Seal Stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie | Snail Mail, Cactus, Donut, Philodendron Leaf

The Rules:

  1. You must be a U.S. resident over the age of 18 to win.
  2. Winner will be notified via email and package will be sent via USPS First Class.
  3. The prize includes 1 wax seal stamp, 3 wax sticks, 1 clear stamp, and 1 envelope liner kit.
  4. Giveaway closes on December 15, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.
  5. Pretty Peas Paperie reserves the right to change or cancel this giveaway at any time.
  6. The prizes are not redeemable for cash or credit, but we are happy to transfer them to someone else if you’re feeling generous.
  7. Pretty Peas Paperie is not responsible if the prize package is lost, damaged, or delayed in the mail. Tracking information is not guaranteed.
  8. All members who purchased something during our Christmas Pop-Up (11/7/16-11/20/16) will automatically receive 1 entry.
  9. Limit 1 official entry form per person.

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By the way…how amazing is the donut seal?! I discovered that you can hole punch glue gun sealing wax. (!!!) Simply make your seal ahead of time, rather than apply it directly to your envelope. Squeeze the wax onto a non-stick pan, wax paper, or parchment paper…press your wax seal stamp down, and let dry. (It’s quick.) Then, use a standard hole-punch to make your donut hole!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thanks so much for your entries! We’ll notify the winner soon. :)

Free Printable | Envelope Liners

Envelope liners are the perfect way to spruce up your snail mail, and today I’m sharing 6 free designs that you can print from home!

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | Philodendron, Tropical Leaf

This philodendron pattern paired with a coral envelope makes me want to go on vacation.

Download Green Philodendron Envelope Liner Download Pink Philodendron Envelope Liner

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | SNAIL Mail

These little snails are doing a fine job of delivering their mail.

Download Snail Mail Envelope Liner

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | Cacti

Cacti can look so sophisticated in black, white, and blush.

Download Cactus Envelope Liner

Free Envelope Liner Printable + Wax Seal Giveaway | Pretty Peas Paperie | Donut

Donut worry…I have an envelope liner (and wax seal) to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Download Donut Envelope Liner 1 Download Donut Envelope Liner 2

Supplies Needed:

  • Envelope Liner PDF (download above)
  • A printer
  • Matte photo paper or text-weight paper (1 8.5″ x 11″ sheet per liner)
  • Envelope Liner Templates to match your envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Tape

As always, these printables are free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the liner of your choice on a sheet of matte photo paper or text-weight paper. (Super thick paper won’t fold very well.) Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 1 liner.

2. Using pencil, lightly trace around your envelope liner template.

3. Cut out the envelope liner.

4. Slide the liner inside the envelope and place it where you want it. Fold your envelope to crease the liner. NOW, remove the liner and put a small piece of double-sided tape near the top of it (on the back, of course). Slide the liner back in, make sure it’s placed correctly, then stick it! (I don’t recommend putting tape on the bottom portion of the liner because it will crinkle when you fold the envelope. A single piece of tape allows the liner to move a bit as the envelope is closed and sealed.)

Stick around because I’m about to post a GIVEAWAY!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIMBERLY CHAU

Free Printable | Hand-Lettered “Mama Bear” Card

Free Printable | Hand-Lettered "Mama Bear" Card for Mother's Day by Pretty Peas Paperie

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you haven’t had a chance to pop in the store to grab a card, you’re in luck. Just download, cut, and fold: 3 easy steps to a hand-lettered card for your marvelous MAMA.

Supplies Needed:

Optional:

As always, this printable is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the PDF on a sheet of matte photo paper or card stock. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 2 cards. (Yep, you get a BONUS “Mama” card just because I hate wasting paper.)

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards, then fold.

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mamas, new Mamas, and Mamas everywhere!

Luxe DIY Packaging using Rubber Stamps

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hello, crafters! Today I’m going to share with you a DIY packaging project using our new, vintage-inspired, custom rubber stamp. I just LOVE the simplicity of this one…it’s a perfect example that luxury packaging can be achieved without a big budget!

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Supplies Needed:

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

1. If you like the look of a deckled edge, start by carefully tearing your paper into 3.5″ by 2″ tags (the size of a standard U.S. business card). I did this by folding my paper, wetting the edges with water, then tearing. (This works best with thick cotton or watercolor paper.)

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

2. The type of ink you use is very important. Since this stamp has really small text, the VersaFine for Fine Details pad is perfect. It does a great job of keeping the ink on the surface of the paper and not seeping/smearing/smudging. Blot your stamp into the pad until the design is covered with ink. Press gently and evenly onto the paper.

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

3. I bought this eyelet setter set on sale YEARS ago at Michaels. It comes with 4 setting tips, 3 punching tips, and a setting mat packed inside a small, easy-to-store box. Place your stamped tag on the setting mat. (A durable cutting mat works, too.)

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Here’s what the tip looks like. (I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s the one that fits 1/8″ eyelets. These eyelets are very small and will not work with anything thicker than twine. Feel free to use a bigger eyelet depending on your needs.)

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

After punching a hole on either side of the tag, insert the eyelet, turn the tag over, and punch down with the setter.

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Once your eyelets are in, thread your twine.

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

4. Tie your tag around the box and you’re done! Isn’t is pretty?!

DIY Packaging with Rubber Stamps | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hope you enjoyed this little packaging tutorial! Follow me on Instagram for sneak peeks and stamp giveaways!

TAKE ME TO THE STAMP SHOP!

 

How I Turned My Instagram Photos into Business Cards

How I Turned My Instagram Photos into Business Cards

Makers and Instagram Lovers, rejoice! If you don’t know about Moo’s Printfinity, you’re missing out. Moo offers beautiful, affordable business cards with an incredible format for showcasing creative work.

WHAT IS IT?

Printfinity is a business card format in which you can print up to 50 unique images on the backs of your business cards. It’s perfect for photographers, artists, and makers who want to share a body of work.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

First, you choose your business card size. Then, you choose your design option.

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To design your own using Moo’s layouts and editing tool, click “Make.”

To upload your complete design in .gif, .png, .jpg, or .pdf format, click “Upload.” (See top left card above for the design I uploaded.)

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On the front, you lay out your contact info. (This stays the same for your entire pack.) On the back, you can upload up to FIFTY (50!) different images.

If you post regularly to Instagram, then guess what…you already have a portfolio! All you have to do is save the images at the highest resolution to your computer, then upload them to Moo. (I use the somewhat archaic method of emailing myself 2-3 photos at a time because my phone is old.)

Here’s what I love about these business cards:

  1. THE FORMAT.
    • I have the opportunity to highlight new designs and give customers ideas for how to use my products. (The more useful your business card is, the more likely someone is to keep it.)
    • I can capture the variety of products I make and share my process.
    • My pack of cards doubles as a mini, portable portfolio.
  2. THE QUALITY.
    • Paper selection is minimal—you can only choose between “Moo Original Paper” and “Moo Green Paper”—but it’s nice. (I work with a LOT of expensive paper, and I honestly really like this stuff. Even the recycled “Green” option is great. It’s smooth, with enough weight to give it that high quality feel.)
    • Moo does a fine job with the digital printing. My images came out clean and crisp.
  3. THE PRICE.
    • Moo business cards start at $19.99 for 50 cards ($0.40 each). It’s not the cheapest option around, but it’s affordable. It’s all about finding the best quality at the best price for your brand and the products/services you sell.

Give customers a reason to hold on to your card and look forward to their next purchase! You can even start a frenzy and encourage them to Collect Them All!

Moo is offering 25% off EVERYTHING until tonight. (That’s why I’m writing this post now. BTW, I haven’t been paid to say this. I just really like their product and want to share it with you because it’s a great resource for creatives.)

If you miss the sale, you can use my referral discount of 10% below. (Pssst. You can save more if you sign up for their email list and wait for a bigger discount!)

10% OFF coupon for Moo Business Cards

 

I hope this was helpful! For the latest and greatest, follow me on Instagram!

 

Day-of Paper for a “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” Baby Shower

I’m so excited to share the paper (and chalk) details of Megan’s baby shower for her little lady-to-be, Emma. It’s not often that professional photos are taken at smaller parties, so these beautiful images by Amy Gray Photography are such a treat!

Hand-drawn Chalkboard Sign

“FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE…FROM SCRATCH!” 

During the invitation consult, we went to work trying to pin down a theme that could be coupled with soft pinks, creams, and sparkle. I was determined to find a way to incorporate Megan’s love for cooking, but I knew that “bun in the oven” or “she’s about to pop” could only go so far. The next morning, Megan came up with something brilliant: the passage from Psalm 139: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” It was genius! The perfect blend of faith, food, and the miracle of life.

Custom Chalkboard Baby Shower Invitation by Akula Kreative / Pretty Peas Paperie

*Contact info has been changed to protect the client’s privacy*

For the square invitation, we created a chalkboard-inspired look filled to the brim with detail. From herbs and utensils to rattles and diaper pins, the tiny graphics fit together to tell the unique story of these special parents-to-be.

From seeing the photos you may wonder if an event planner was involved, but this was all put together by a dedicated family and a few close friends. In the weeks leading up to the shower, the group was hard at work making fabric banners, tulle table skirts, tissue pom-poms, and even baby clothes!

Soft Pink Details | "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Meanwhile, I was working on the day-of stationery and signage: food labels, drink flags, scroll flags, banners, and chalkboards. One of my favorite “party prepping activities” is coming up with food puns; they’re a great way to remind guests of the theme and add a little humor to the event.

Mini Donuts and Milk | "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Custom Food and Drink Labels "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

How gorgeous is the cake?! This baby shower really could have been an intimate wedding…

Cake "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

And then there are the pretty favors: burlap bags adorned with silk ribbon and sparkly letters…

Burlap Bags with Glitter Letter "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

…plus chocolate-dipped pretzels tied with pink and gold tinsel!

Pretzel Favors "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

The signature drink was, of course, pink lemonade.

Beverage Table "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Little Lady Lemonade, to be exact.

Martini Glass Drink Flags "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

I had so much fun drawing this banner on chalkboard wrapping paper. What a great idea to use it as a photo backdrop!

Hand Drawn Chalkboard Banner "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

And, last but not least, here is a detail of one of the scroll flags, each of which featured a unique pattern. At first glance you might assume they are flowers, but they are actually sprinkle donuts. :)

Custom Printed Party Flags "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made [from scratch]" Baby Shower

Paper details and day-of stationery present the perfect opportunity to add personality to parties, big AND small. For additional photos, please check out Amy Gray’s website at amygrayphotography.com.

Congratulations to Megan, the picture-perfect mom-to-be!
And THANK YOU to my wonderful clients for letting me be a part of your celebration!

Chain Letter REVIVAL

Printable Chain Letter Project

 

Now that Akula Kreative is up and running again, I finally had a chance to work on a printable. With this project, we can work together to BRING BACK THE CHAIN LETTER!!

First, let me explain why I like the idea of a chain letter. None of my good friends lives in the same city. From Africa to Australia, from East Coast to West, I’d need to win the lottery to be able to visit them on a regular basis. Now that Facebook has exploded, we’re duped into feeling like we’re still in touch, but “liking” a photo here and there isn’t quite as special as a letter in the mail. But let’s be realistic. As much as I’d looove to spend 2 hours (and $5 in postage) writing notes every day, keeping in touch “the old fashioned way” is hard work.

So, I thought of a Chain Letter. But not the crazy kind that guilt-trips you into participating (“You’ll die if you don’t pass it on!!!”). A fun, quick, Mad Libs version that allows you to update friends within just a few minutes. The best part is, you only have to send it one person. Sure, it might take a long time for it to get back to you, but that’s part of the fun.

Printable Chain Letter

Here’s how it works:

The letter is composed of 5 unique pages: a cover page, an instruction page, a map, an info page, and a back page.

STEP 1 :: Print one of each page, plus extra info pages (depending on how many people you want to involve).

STEP 2 :: Fill in details on the cover page, instructions page, map, and 1st info page.

STEP 3 :: Stuff into an envelope and mail to a friend!

Below is the cover page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

If you’re the one starting the letter, you fill in the cover page yourself.

Next comes the instruction page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Again, if you’re the starter, you get to make up the rules.

If you want the letters to be sent to a specific group, add a note with names so people know…otherwise it might be fun to just see where it goes. I have a particular friend in mind who I think would love this as a little pick-me-up, so I added an optional section to line 4: “Mail all contents…with the hopes of eventually sending it to [ ].” This way, the second-to-last recipient knows where to send the letter. If the process works, being last is best because you get to read all of the previous answers.

Next comes the map:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

Mark your city with a dot, then eventually connect all the dots to see how far the letter traveled.

*UPDATE ::  A world map and North America map are now available! Please see the link at the bottom of the post to download it.

Next comes the info page:

Printable Chain Letter Project // a fun way to keep in touch

This page will need to be printed several times.

If you want to keep the group small, print 4…if you’re feeling adventurous, print 10. Print as many as you’d like. If you couldn’t already tell, this is the page each person will fill out. There are two things I love about this format: 1) You get to update your contact info and 2) You’ll have specific insight into your friends’ lives that you’ll be able to look back on and laugh at in years to come.

Eventually, I’d like to make a few versions of the info pages, so each year I can change it up…but we’ll see how this round goes first. If you have any requests for other versions designed for kids, pen pals, other countries, etc., tell us on Facebook or comment below.

Oh, last thing. If/when the letter returns to you, you can take photos or scan the contents and email them to everyone. In theory, I think it’s a great way to encourage everyone to keep in touch. You can even use social media to keep track of where the letter is.

I mean, come on…how fun would it be to open something like this in the mail??!!

To join in, you can download the printable files for free below!

Each page measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ – depending on the number of sheets you include and how thick your paper is, they’ll fit in an A2 envelope or larger.

To print on A4 Flat Cards:

PRINTABLE CHAIN LETTER | MULTI-PAGE PDF PRINTABLE WORLD MAP FOR CHAIN LETTER | SINGLE-PAGE PDF PRINTABLE NORTH AMERICA MAP FOR CHAIN LETTER | SINGLE-PAGE PDF

To print on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets:

PRINTABLE CHAIN LETTER | PDF 1 of 2 PRINTABLE CHAIN LETTER | PDF 2 of 2

We recommend using high quality paper and the “best photo” settings on your home printer.

If you use the 8.5″ x 11″ sheets, use the thin gray lines as guides for trimming. The first PDF includes the cover page, instruction page, map, and back page. You can print this PDF front and back or on two separate sheets. (Just be careful you have the paper set correctly if printing on the back.)

The second PDF includes 4 info sheets per page. Print as many as you need.

*Free for personal use only. These PDFs may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

Good luck, have fun, and…

LONG LIVE SNAIL MAIL!

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Custom Wax Seal Graduation Invitation

Custom graduation invitation with wax seal and tea stained paper

 

Just sharing an invitation we made for a law school grad this past month! As inspiration, the client provided an image of medieval scroll paper and a red wax seal, so to create a unique and authentic look we used hand-tea-stained sheets of paper and printed in all black. Each envelope was sealed with a mixed black-and-bronze wax seal to coordinate with the masculine theme.

This is where we found our supplies ::

Tea-Stained Paper // Tia Zoey

Wax Seal, Glue Gun, and Wax Sticks // Nostalgic Impressions

Envelopes // Paper Source

Design by Akula Kreative