Art tags and handmade envelopes

My view at lunch 13March2013

I took my lunch in one of the smaller conference rooms with this as my view. 

Notice how, in the distance, the new tower is almost finished.  We’ve been watching the building “grow” and “take shape” in the skyline, and while it will take a while yet before the building is fully operational, it is great to see this icon of recovery rising in downtown Manhattan.

Sometimes we just need to take a break, get some quiet time, and recharge.  It’s been a good day, but it’s been busy and a little stressful.  I usually try to do a little something during the lunch break, be that at noon or much later at 3pm.

I lugged some swaps for mailing to work today: postcards in handmade envelopes (from magazines) and two sets of tags for a mini-journal.   The idea was to create a mini-journal made up of 3 tags with quotes in them to serve as journaling inspiration. This is round 2, so we’re supposed to pull the tags together into a compilation — hence, a mini-journal.  With two partners each time, we’re getting 6 tags for the 6 tags we swap out.

My first tags were rather simplistic and done with not as much effort or thought as this new batch, but I found it more difficult to come up with that trio. This time around, I attacked the project with a sense of adventure as I tried to come up with something more inspiring and worthy of a heart (I hope).

I’m a cheapskate as far as tags are concerned, so rather than purchase them, I actually make them.  I cut out 6 tags out of repurposed chipboard cartons.  I had an idea that I wanted to put on some flat embellishment (or as it turned out, almost flat — I used lace.)  I hope to do a full-tutorial in GothamChick before the week is out.  I’m keeping the tags themselves under wraps for a bit because I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

 Quote Prompt Mini Journal #2

Meanwhile, I am way behind in responding to postcards from Manila.  That one merits a post in itself because I always find it special to send out and receive postcards from collectors from home.  I don’t even really care if I get repeat postcards.  I find great joy in encouraging the hobby and have found some penfriends along the way.  And the exchange via snail mail has been very heartwarming indeed.  (I want to take pictures of the postcards to post.)  Soon.

Some envelopes went out, though, for three swaps I joined because I had postcards that suited that category without having to buy any more.  I thought I’d add a little spark to the swap by making envelopes out of magazine pages.

Handmade envelopes from Magazine Pages

And I’m saving the best for last — an advanced present from a most unexpected source.  Thank you, Rita (a.k.a. Eurocat), for the beautiful mail art envelope, and better yet, for all the goodies within.  Sometimes you get these little surprises from way out there from people you hardly know but who share the same passion as you.  I take a lot of inspiration from these “friends out there” — and Rita totally took me by surprise and left me smiling from ear to ear.  (Even as I write this..)

 MailArt Gift from Eurocat (Rita) - Front

MailArt Gift from Eurocat (Rita) - Back