[Guest Post] Quick & Easy MailArt

February 11, 2016 in Journal

Today’s guest blogger is LetterMo Community Member Nina, the MailArt Maven at Ink Quills and Spills™. She spends most of her time trying to stay out of creative trouble.

Mail Art Belly Bands head

Happy LetterMo everyone! Thank you Mary and Tempest for extending the invitation to contribute to the LetterMo Blog. As a creative person I have always subscribed to the belief that anyone can create. Yes, for some it’s a forté, but it doesn’t discount my belief. The levels may differ but you too can create something for your penpals during this 2016 challenge. (They will appreciate this little extra something.)

It’s Easy, Budget Friendly, and QUICK!

And to prove it I’d like to introduce…. wait for it… on its way…. the BELLY BAND! It is truly the easiest thing ever. In fact, I don’t even have a long drawn out step-by-step for you because this just doesn’t need it. You will be able to make your own after viewing the sample Belly Bands I’ve made for you below.

Belly Bands can be as simple or as Complex as you desire. You control the simplicity, budget and time.

The most basic of supplies are:

  • Solid colored paper
  • Straight edge
  • Scissors
  • Glue

More involved Bands may call for:

  • Stickers
  • Patterned paper
  • Rubber stamps/Ink
  • Edging scissors
  • Washi tape
  • Wax and wax seal

Approximate size to make your bands:
(Guide to get started. All at your discretion)

  • Full-sheet letters folded in thirds
    • Belly band HEIGHT: Same as your unfolded letter
    • Belly band WIDTH: 6″ max

Full-sheet letters folded in thirds

  • Half-sheet letters folded in thirds
    • Belly band HEIGHT: Same as your unfolded letter
    • Belly band WIDTH: 4″ max

Half-sheet letters folded in thirds

SINGLE BELLY BAND

These belly bands use just one layer of paper

SINGLE BELLY BAND 1
SINGLE BELLY BAND 2
SINGLE BELLY BAND 3

 

LAYERED BELLY BAND

These belly bands use two or more layers of paper

LAYERED BELLY BAND 2

LAYERED BELLY BAND 2

 

In conclusion…

The choices are truly endless! You are in control. I will say this: Belly Bands are a stupendous way of using papers, stickers and supplies that you can’t seem to utilize. See, you don’t have to be able to draw a straight line. Oh by the way, Belly Bands also offer “privacy”. If you write on both sides of your letters and can see the text through the envelope, the belly band helps conceal the contents of your correspondence.

And for those of you whom drawing may be a forté, Belly Bands are a perfect canvas! Especially if you have concerns about envelope delivery with elaborate design. Keep Scribbling!

BellyBand Henna

11 responses to [Guest Post] Quick & Easy MailArt

  1. So simple and so awesome! This is fantastic!

  2. Mail QUEST: I have TWO BellyBand Giveaways! The ones used in this Gust Post. I will post the Quest details here at 3pm US EST today. Tip: it will be first-come first-win. Happy to mail them internationally. Stay tuned… (I have to run to the post office!)

  3. MailArt QUEST —I’m happy to use these myself, but if anyone would like them I’d be happy to send. To make it a bit of fun… MailArt Quest No1: the 5th person to PM me with “GREEN BellyBand” in there text will get the first two layered belly bands featured in this post. (1 PM per person). I’ll announce the winner here. (I will announce the 2nd Quest tomorrow) Have fun and Keep Scribbling.

  4. Do you use these in place of an envelope? Or inside the envelope? I don’t see an address on any of these so I’m thinking inside but thought I’d ask.

  5. @karent47 Hi Karen, these Belly Bands go around your letter, and then inside your envelope. Larger text for the post here if it helps. 🙂 http://www.cruzcreate.com/ink/anyone-can-create-mailart

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