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USA Philatelic Catalog, Stamp Increases, Mail Art

Print catalogs and catalog companies have not endured the modern age of Eco, Techno or electronic media and the “have it now” generation.

The official source for stamp enthusiasts

The USA Philatelic is one that I enjoy! The  Fall 2017 Volume featured Sharks on the cover, great themes, insightful stories and articles regarding the beautiful stamp issues and products! (See collage above)  #usaphilatelic  You can “have it now” with a request at USPS here: (just wait for it the mail! )  USA Philatelic Catalog

Request: https://store.usps.com/store/product/stamp-collectors/usa-philatelic-P_012007

Although not a collector, I like to order the commemorative and seasonal stamps. In re-imagining the Philatelic cover, I converted it to an artvelope, or shall we say a pair of “Sharkvelopes”.  #artvelope  Two cut from the Shark centerfold! 

Hopefully, a few of my lettermo penpals who weren’t traumatized by the 1975 Jaws film will enjoy one.  Mail art is another aspect of letter writing, that is fun, creative, crafty, thrifty and a fulfilling exercise! 🙂 The artvelope also opens a new topic with the person reading your letter.  Something to write back about, and perhaps include silly 1970’s movie references!   #mailart #envelopes #lettermo #stamps

Stamp Increase!!  Thanks to member, Heather S,  for reminding us that ordering now will save you a bit. She ordered hers early!  Rates Increase 1/21/2018.

Helpful information on the increase here:  http://blog.stamps.com/2017/10/26/usps-announces-2018-postage-rate-increase/

USPS Price Change Documents: https://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index

Enjoy the upcoming  2018 Month of Letter Challenge! The Forums are now open for topic posting, introductions, and more  Lettermo 2018 information, including the Participant Badges, Calendar, Sheet of Stamps and more!

“Sharkvelopes are predatory artvelopes. Stamp with Caution:.”   ~Cooksterz 

 

[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.

Sharing the #LetterMo Love (And Your Favorite Stamps)

At the beginning of February I started keeping track of the #LetterMo and #InCoWriMo tags on Instagram because I love seeing the pictures of mail being sent out. I’m particularly impressed by those of you who make a crafts project out of mail and create and/or decorate your own envelopes and such. So amazing.

If you don’t know about the communities on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and the Forums here, you really should check them out. You’ll see some great pictures and stumble upon some interesting discussions. Plus more folks who might want to be your pen pal.

Below are some of my favorite images from the #lettermo hashtag to give you a taste of what you’re missing. Before we get to that, I have a request for those of you who are already participating.

Today through the weekend I’d like you to share pictures of your favorite stamps. Whether they are going on one of your letters or postcards or they’re a stamp you collected or a stamp used long ago and can find a picture of, I want to see them! Share using #lettermo on any social network you like.

adinamonsterktempestbradforddovbeedovbee
lostart_revivedspost2knowmrshungriaomnivoracious
brightparlormedusasjewelryadamihasegawadinoriot

And please keep sharing pictures of your letters, envelopes, packages, and feline helpers!