Snail Mail Inspo


While I may almost have enough greeting cards in my stash to open a mini-sized paper boutique, I am forever adding to my stationery arsenal. I have always been a snail mailer, sending cards to mark occasions or for no reason at all, other than to spread a little love. When I wholeheartedly embraced the world of pen pals, I realized that snail mail was on a whole different level. Envelopes adorned with washi tape, calligraphy, hand-lettering, paintings, vintage stamps, collages, rubber stamps and stickers are treated with just as much care as the mail inside. {image via @msheedo


Here’s a little inspiration for snail mailers who want to up their envelope game. I’ll start with washi, because it happens to be my absolute favorite way to decorate. My go-to shops for washi are: Omiyage, Paper Plus Cloth and The Paper Place. Cute Tape and The Washi Shop have loads of great selections too. I tend to like mt, maste, Aimez Le Style, Classiky and The Daily Like brands best.


@craftmakesmile is an IGer that I seriously admire. I love the way she combines washi, rubber stamping, vintage stamps, sticker flakes and her own doodles and lettering to make her mail gorgeous. Another queen of combining many elements to make her mail gorgeous is Raquel, @marionbcn.


Want to add rubber stamps to your arsenal? Where to even begin? Cavallini Papers & Co. offer up some lovely sets to start your collection off. NYC-based Casey Rubber Stamps is a store full of stamps – I’m talking wall-to wall. Paper Pastries has a really well-curated selection, including a collab with snail mail goddess Michelle Mackintosh featuring mail-inspired stamps.


The thing about rubber stamps is if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, you can go the custom route and get just about anything you have in mind created for you. Or, you can make your own. Yellow Owl Workshop sells some of the sweetest stamp sets and a carve your own kit!


Rhea loves adorning her mail with rubber stamps – I think it would be bliss to go through her collection. She has some very sweet custom stamps that grace her envelopes as you’ll see if you follow her snail mail adventure @devoteddiarist. This creative gal adds distinctive lettering and vintage stamps to her outgoing post. Which brings me to postage stamps.


@edelweiss_post has a gorgeous IG feed full of snail mail and impeccably curated stamps. These stamps are so very lovely, and Patrick has beautiful script, making his envelopes dreamy. Check out his Etsy shop. Here in Canada, I love to pick up vintage stamp packages from Toronto’s First Post Office. I’m also a big fan of The Postal Code and Send More Mail.

I’ve barely scratched the surface – there’s still so much to talk about – like the perfect pen for writing a missive, wax seals, paperclips and other embellishments. Stay tuned for more inspo!


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