Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Patter Cross

Do you love to get snail mail? I personally have always loved it! However, nowadays it is not quite as fun because it seems to be more junk mail than anything else. People do not seem to mail letters or cards anymore. This article is going to challenge you to do something fun with that junk mail. Not only will you have fun and recycle that mail but you will also make someone else's visit to the mailbox a special treat!


Collecting the Junk

First, I want you to really start looking at your mail, yes, even the junk. How might a piece inspire you? Do the colors inspire you? How about the shape of the piece? If it inspires you in any way, hang onto it. I actually keep a file folder just for this purpose. Here are a few pieces I have collected.

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Look at the different shape of each piece. Imagine how you can use these to create a card.

Create Your Card

Now that you have a nice collection, choose a piece that you would like to work with. You can either alter that piece of junk mail by recycling it and turning it into a card, or you can use it as inspiration to create your own card. I personally prefer to use my collection as inspiration because I reuse the ideas often.

If you want to create your own, you can actually measure and use the same dimensions as the piece of junk mail or you can create your own version in any size. For this article, I chose the little black piece on the right-hand side of the picture, and I actually created my own version of the card. Here is what I created:

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Look at your piece and see how you can turn it! Notice I turned the card on its side, and I have the card opening on the right. However, I could have flipped it the other way to open to the left, or I could have kept it as the original and had it open from the top. From that one piece of junk, I have just come up with three looks for three separate cards.

Now that you have created your special card, I challenge you to mail it to someone and put a smile on that person's face this week as he or she receives that mailbox full of "junk." Do not forget to put a picture of your card in the Scrapjazz gallery first though! We want to see what you have been inspired to create.

 

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