Once upon a time, Kristiina over at Letters, Postcards and a Cup of Tea posted about how she stores all of her pen pal-friendly things. If/when you check it out, in the comments you’ll see me saying “I don’t know when I’ll do it, but I’ll have to do a post like this sometime!” Now is that sometime, Bleaders!
For as long as I’ve been writing letters, I’ve been saving the ones I’ve received in return. Sure, I’ve downsized as I stopped hearing from certain people, but that doesn’t make me much less of a hoarder. The letters I’ve saved over the past 8+ years are all in the binders below. My current batch of pen pals’ letters and postcards can all be found in the black binders, everything I’ve received from Nicole can be found in the bluish one, and the green one features the letters of three pen pals I used to have who I no longer hear from but wish I still did (2 of the 3 are FB friends so at least there’s that).
I have a few different places I keep stationery in as you can see, and while each organizational technique is unlike the others, they’re all equally obsessive as they’re all color coordinated. In general, the bulk of my stationery can be found in the file drawer of my desk, each kind of paper in its own compartment. The paper in the pink file folder is reserved for Jody– I hear from her weekly and in every letter we give each other an extra sheet of stationery so I have the paper picked out for her months in advance. The box of stationery, for the most part, includes all the paper Jody’s given to me that I have yet to use. Originally the box’s contents were used for a pen pal from Indiana, but she stopped writing so now I use this paper for Erika from South Carolina.
Both of my parents and a handful of pen pals and friends have hooked me up with a lot of postcards to use for Postcrossing and whatever else my lil’ ol’ heart desires. I also have another box I keep note cards in in the event I want to make my own postcards, and I’ve been keeping the stuff I’ve received via Postcrossing over the past few months in there as well since a “150 Postcards and Counting” post is right around the corner. Where are the first 100? Hanging out in a ziploc bag until our basement’s finished and I can out ’em up down there.
I have mentioned my “OCD book” before and how it’s where I keep addresses, make notes of when I got letters and the stationery I use, etc. etc.. What I didn’t mention was that between the last page and the back cover is where you’ll find my address labels. I like being able to just grab my book when it’s time to address an envelope and having everything I need.
A while back my mom sent me a bunch of stuff I could use for pen palling from Taiwan, and one of those things was an envelope that’s made out of plastic with a snap closure. I can’t exactly put that in the mail so I started keeping my stamps in there and I love it. With the exception of my roll, everything fits in it so well so thanks, mom.
I like having easy access to tape, glue, and staples, and the more I collect things like washi tape and other odds and ends the more I wanted something to put this stuff in. Enter the happy meal bucket (decorated in washi tape) from Halloween that Logan no longer uses.
I think that’s just about everything. I didn’t bother taking pictures of envelopes since they’re just in the box they came in (and when I decide to make my own, the scrapbook paper I use is in a box with the rest of my craft supplies). The mug I keep pens in is also nothing special, but it works.
And I’m glad I got to finally work in this blog post– sorry it took so long 😛
Sincerely, Kate ~!~