I like to send and receive personal mail and have participated in several challenges in the past, but now my goal is simply to send as much mail as I feel like--no more, no less. The "feel like" varies from week to week and month to month. :) April may see more mail making its journey, although I won't participate in a challenge.
If you don't usually send personal mail and want to get involved with snail mail in April,
here are a few things you can do to prepare:
*Create a stash of new stationery, cards, postcards to make things easier. So much beautiful stationery is available in stores or online, so many funny cards. You can buy or DIY. Over the years, I have collected many cards and postcards I couldn't resist. Sometimes, I couldn't commit to sending them because I liked them so much.
*Check out pretty stamps and purchase enough to send a few letters or a lot of letters.
*Letters don't have to be long; a note that lets someone know you are thinking about them will be appreciated. Include a cartoon or a joke, a quote, a funny list if you like. Suggest a recent movie or book you enjoyed. Sometimes all I do on a postcard is include a quote or a stamped image on the address side and a "Hi!"
One of my favorite sources of mail art inspiration, Jacki Long, sends "thank you" postcards with a collage on the back to folks who take her classes, which eliminates having to think of anything to say! I've done this several times with postcards to the grands. (A picture, a stamped image, or a cartoon or a joke work as well.)
I owe some mail to folks and have been working on some postcards, just to let them know I haven't forgotten them and to have some extras for later.
I like DIY. I have a kindergarten mentality.
Here are some postcard backs I played with yesterday. I cut cardstock to postcard size or use index cards and then tear up junk mail, those catalogs that keep arriving each month before making their way into the trash, and other bits and bobs of pretty paper, maps, etc. I apply some stamps and leave room for the address.
DIY postcard backs
And look what I found in the garden this morning: a fairy ring!