Get The Most From Your Post: The Must-Have Book For Snail Mail Fans

Crafts | July 17, 2015 | By

 
Snail Mail Book Michelle Mackintosh

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. 

               – Sylvia Plath

Am I dreaming? If I am, please don’t wake me up! Why? Because this book is exactly what I’ve been looking for, ever since I reignited my love for happy post and all things to do with stationery.Snail Mail is written by Michelle Mackintosh, a graphic designer by trade, a Japanese stationery lover by life, who’s on a mission to start a slow correspondence revolution. And I’m with her. If you’re reading this, then the chances are you’re already a fan of snail mail, and so, you don’t need me to tell you there’s something magical about sending and receiving handcrafted letters or care packages in the post. You might also be aware that this magic appears to be diminishing with the digital age and it’s a real damn shame.  



Snail Mail Book Michelle Mackintosh
My first experience of writing letters was to a pen pal set up by our school. I remember the excitement of receiving a letter back from a french girl, the envelope had all these cute stickers and I couldn’t wait to open it up and read it. This made me wonder about the kids/young teens of today. Do they have pen pals? If so, do they handcraft their own letters, or is everything done exclusively by email these days? 

This beautifully illustrated hardback book is visually enchanting and easy to read. A wonderful starting point for anyone new to the art of letter writing. But equally there is enough useful information in here for excitable old-timers who want to brush up on their existing skills. From hand writing tips to crafty projects such as: making your own paper; creating your own envelopes (complete with templates); how to make homemade wax seals, rubber stamps; and tips on how to store your precious letters. There’s even adorable stickers at the back of the book that you can use!
 
Snail Mail Book Michelle Mackintosh

What’s obvious from the moment you pick up this book is that it’s of a very high quality. The paper is a thick, sturdy texture that is pleasant to handle as you flick through looking at all the pretty designs. It’s clear the author has put a lot of love and effort into making it. I love the examples of letters written from historical figures and stories of long term friendships formed through writing. I was pleasantly surprised to see there’s even recipes included as well; one for shortbread with pressed (edible) flowers, which I think is a really good idea and fits within the theme of sending pressed flowers in the post.

Snail Mail Book Michelle Mackintosh

I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in snail mail and handmade stationery. Currently at around the £14 mark, it’s worth every penny in my opinion. It’s the kind of book that you can refer back to anytime and one that will proudly sit beside the rest of your stationery collection. I think it would be hard to find a book in the same category that’s as visually pleasing. Check out the Snail Mail trailer and take a peek inside this charming book for yourself. 

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P.S. HAPPY FRIDAY! 8 Simple Ways To Avoid A Wasted Weekend includes an ode to the art of letter writing.

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2015

      It’s such an adorable book, Hannah! It’s given me some great ideas!

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    Choclette
    July 17, 2015

    It’s astonishing how little I get in the post these days and how little I send. I think most of us appreciate a bit of real stationary in the post though. Lovely book.

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2015

      I know it’s sad! Post is mainly bills and junk! It’s lovely to surprise someone with a letter, I think everyone appreciates the effort!

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      Sarah
      July 20, 2015

      Hi rach! You really should! It’s a fab hobby to have! There’s some great pen pal groups out there to join.

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