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[Wayback Repost] Make Your Own Stamps (Or Grab Some LetterMo Stamps!)

This post was originally published on January 24, 2015. It’s reappearing today as a Wayback Repost, so you might see some old comments below. Feel free to continue the conversation!

zazzle custom stampThe Month of Letters is nearly upon us! Time to make sure you have all your supplies–pens, stationery, stamps. I’m more pleased than I should be that the post office has Batman stamps available right now. But hey: Batman!

Of course, if I wanted a stamp with Batman on it I don’t have to rely on the USPS. It’s possible to make stamps with whatever image you desire via Zazzle.com. And while grabbing an image from a comic panel is probably frowned upon (copyright and all), it’s just fine to add an image of your own.

The Zazzle stamps come in multiple sizes, in first class and postcard denominations, and are fully sanctioned by the Postal Service. You don’t need a Zazzle shop to create custom stamps for your own use. You can either just upload your own image or start with a template and customize from there.

Zazzle also has a pretty extensive stamp shop with several designs and beautiful artwork that you can purchase as is, if you like how they look.

Month of Letters Stamp

And, if you’re so inclined, you can also purchase Month of Letters stamps from the LetterMo Zazzle Shop. Mary created them, and you can get a bunch of different sizes and values from postcard all the way up to Priority Mail.

If you order stamps right now you’ll have them in time to use for Month of Letters. Imagine how cool it will be for your letter recipients to get something in the mail that’s not only a treat on the inside, but personal and unique on the outside?

Zazzle isn’t the only place that lets you create custom stamps. Do you have experience with and like using another? Please share in the comments.

Download the Month of Letters 2014 Participant stickers

2014 participant labelsWant to let your recipients know that you are playing along with the Month of Letters?Simply download the pdf file and print it on a sheet of sticker paper or use regular paper and a glue stick.

Just a reminder, these are NOT postage. Please do not put them on the front of the letter so that the letter carriers aren’t confused.

Download the PDF of the 2014 participant labels

Download the 2014 Month of Letters planning calendar

LetterMoPlanningCalendar2014If you are looking for a way to organize your Month of Letters Challenge, we have a calendar for you.

Simply print it out, and then fill in at least one name per day  to help plan ahead for your letter writing. (By the way, it’s not breaking the rules to send more than one thing a day.)

Download the Month of Letters 2014 Planning Calendar  as a pdf.

Day 4 — Be a postal explorer

As we kick off the first full week of The Month of Letters, you have the simple task of sending six items in the mail, one each day.

If that seems easy, why don’t you kick it up a level and use the Challenge to get to know your neighborhood a little better. Using the mailbox map try to use other mailboxes than your usual. Who knows, you may find a new coffee shop or a shorter route to the dry cleaners while you are questing for a mailbox.

And if you succeed? Badges!  Earn the Explorer by reporting one trip to a new mailbox on the “What have you mailed” form.  The Adventurer is for the intrepid letter writer who visits four new mailboxes.

And as soon as I finish the design, there will be the Trekker, for the letter-writer who manages to go to twenty new mailboxes.

Download: Month of Letters explanation cards

lettermo business card Month of Letters participant K. Tempest Bradford suggested that having a little business card to explain what the Month of Letters Challenge was, would make it easier to explain to friends why they were getting a letter out of the blue. That was a great idea.

She also wrote the copy, so all I had to do was lay it out. You can download a .pdf with the business cards all ready for you to print and slip into your mail.

Download the lettermo business card pdf