The theme for February's Paper Parcel practically chose itself. February is both International Correspondence Writing Month and the Month of Letters, plus eX Postal Facto was held in San Francisco over the past weekend. "Mail Call" was the only choice.
Next up was a variety of address labels - all vintage and all with great designs. My favorite is that bold red label with the arrow. I figured others might feel the same way so I had to include two of those.
There was a collection of vintage mailing labels - most in red, white, and blue. It's no surprise that rare airmail label with the plane stole the show.
If you ask me, choosing the perfect postage stamps is the best part of sending some good mail. Picking from the current selection at the post office is fine, but sourcing old out of print postage stamps is even more fun. Each Paper Parcel included a kraft card and envelope with unused vintage postage stamps ready to go into the mail. And if you were an international subscriber - your envelope came with vintage postage stamps from your country so you can still pop it in the mail!
No mailed themed paper pack would be complete without some postage stamps. The group included a mix of used and unused postage stamps, along with some of the United Nations stamps I discussed in the past.
Airmail stationery, First Day Issue postcards, unused vintage postcards - they were all included!
My favorite vintage find in this Paper Parcel? That pink cardboard sleeve that was used to protect and dispense postage stamps from vending machines starting in the 1940's. Each one had a different positive message or fortune! I sure wish they still used these.
Last, but certainly not least, was a mini collection of vintage maps and atlases because handwritten letters is the perfect medium to connect family and friends across the country or even the world.
The end result was a bright and colorful Paper Parcel with all the supplies needed for some pretty mail. And if you prefer email over snail mail, no worries! All of the postal themed papers can be used in your scrapbooks, art journals, collage work, and other crafts.
One of the best perks of the Paper Parcel membership is that your Paper Pack comes wrapped with care and creativity. This month members received a true parcel wrapped in a brown paper bag and tied with string, along with a classic red label and a block of vintage postage stamps. The finishing touch was a stamp or two from my vintage "AIR MAIL" stamp.
Want to get in on a future Paper Parcel? March's Paper Parcel is already sold out, but subscriptions starting with April's Paper Parcel will go on sale on March 1. Mark your calendars and get in early!
Happy Olympics Day! Will you be watching the winter games over the next couple of weeks? To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the Olympics, but I do love old Olympic papers, of course. To celebrate the start of the Olympics I added a couple of new products that I've been saving for the big event. There is a stationery set with a few airmail postcards and plenty of unused vintage Olympic postage stamps, plus these gorgeous lithograph labels from the 1940's. The skiing labels are currently available at a special price of $2.00 for a set of 3 in honor of the games' start.
February's Paper Parcels are in the mail and should be arriving any day now! I'll be keeping the theme and contents a surprise until the blog reveal on Monday, February 17. Spots for March's Paper Parcel are filling up fast! Due to the limited nature of some of the ephemera included in next month's Paper Parcel, there are only 2 more spots left. There is currently a One Month Subscription and a Six Month Subscription left. If you want in, be sure to act fast!
Ex Postal Facto, the mail art event in San Francisco, is coming up fast! I've spent the last few weeks working like crazy to get products ready for the Vendor Expo on Saturday, February 15. This includes a few new and exclusive goodies, such as a handful of Ex Postal Facto themed Paper Packs!
I won't be able to bring all of my inventory with me - you'd be surprised how quickly a 4' x 6' table fills up! If you are coming and looking to buy something in particular (no shipping charges!), feel free to email me and I'll be sure to bring those products along for you. I'd also love to hear any suggestions on what you'd like to see at the show in the comments!
I'll be traveling up to San Francisco for the mail art show and taking another trip afterwards, so the online shop will be on break for a bit. The shop will close on next Tuesday, February 11 and reopen on Tuesday, February 25. I'll still be around on the blog and Instagram, but if you want to place an order please be sure to do it soon! This will also be the last opportunity to grab a spot in March's Paper Parcel.
Phew - that's a lot of news! Thanks to everyone for making January a lively month around Saturday Morning Vintage! Hopefully I'll be able to meet a few of you guys at Ex Postal Facto. Until then, back to putting together Paper Packs!
February is often associated with hearts and chocolates and love. However, it's also a month celebrating mail and the handwritten letter. First, I know I am not the only one anxiously looking forward to the Ex Postal Facto mail art event in San Francisco starting Friday, February 14th and going through the weekend. Plus, it's a Month of Letters - a challenge that encourages you to send one letter each day during the month of February. Add in that it's also International Correspondence Writing Month and it's easy to be inspired to set aside a little time to send some letters of your own over the next few weeks.
If you're like me, you might have an overflowing stash of stationery, but there also seems to be space for just one more card or a couple extra stamps, right? I figured there couldn't be a better time than the start of a Month of Letters to share some of my favorite mail supplies right now.
Favorite card goes to this sweet donut card from Paper Source. Fun and colorful, it's the perfect design to simply say hello to a friend.
Patton Prints wins for favorite personalized card with their long distance love design. Simply let them know where you and your love reside and the red hearts will be put in the right spots. Pretty enough for the recipient to keep as an art print after reading your message.
I haven't loved some of the newest USPS stamp releases, but am looking forward to getting my hands on these brand new fern stamps - my choice for favorite postage stamps. These stamps are nice on their own, but I think they'll be even prettier mixed in with some vintage stamps.
These bird stamps might have won favorite postage stamps, but they haven't been released yet so I'll give them favorite future postage stamps. These will surely adorn some upcoming spring mail of mine.
These designs (Vintage Email, Better Than An Email) from Wit & Whistle share the award for favorite rubber stamp to decorate outgoing mail. Like all of Amanda's work, the designs are clean and simple with a good dose of cleverness.
Favorite tool has to go to this super creative Cat Template from Margaret of Paper Pastries. Simply trace, cut and fold to create a notecard that can be also be sealed with some washi tape and used as an envelope. Have more to say? It is designed to hold a 4 bar card perfectly inside. So smart, right?
Have any letter writing favorites of your own? I'd love to hear about them and check them out! Share what you're currently loving in the comments.
Love is in the air, and now it's in the shop. Lots of pink, purple, and red was added to the shop yesterday, including a small handful of Love Paper Packs that were the January delivery of the Paper Parcel monthly subscription.
Curious about what kind of papers you'll receive if you join the Paper Parcel monthly subscription? Here's a look at the Paper Pack members received last month.
Each Paper Pack included a charming vintage Valentine, dark pink BINGO card, and mini game cards spelling LOVE.
Of course there was a collection of vintage playing cards, including one with a red heart border and another with the sweetest cat and dog plus a Valentine's Day message.
These vintage pink labels from Dennison are perfect to add a greeting to the front of a handmade Valentine. Plus they're still sticky after all of these years! I always love old game pieces, but these were extra special because they're from an European edition of Monopoly. Notice how the fine is in pounds?
I adore round playing cards and love these with the pretty floral pattern. See the game card with the man's face? These are hilariously awkward and from a 1970's version of Cupid from a penny arcade. Each has a different little note either telling their love why she's the one for him, or trying to let her down easy. So funny!
More pink! The ice coupons with the awesome typography are from the 1920's, and I picked up the pink receipt strip while on my honeymoon in Paris.
A whole bunch of little labels, tags, and tickets. The itty bitty "Enclosure" label is from Dennison and is actually embossed! This is the first time I've ever come across this design and think they are the cutest thing. Don't you agree?
A special perk of the Paper Parcel monthly subscription is that your Paper Pack comes wrapped up like a little present. This month's Paper Packs were wrapped in kraft tissue and embellished with red BINGO cards and delicate doilies.
The special wrapping is exclusive to the Paper Parcel monthly subscription, but there are a small handful of the Love Paper Packs if you regret not signing up! You can find the Love Paper Packs here and the rest of the Valentine's goodies here.
Want to be sure you don't miss out on next month's Paper Parcel delivery? You have 10 more days to sign up for February's delivery. See your membership options here!
My family gives really good gifts. Everyone "gets" vintage, so rather than hitting the mall a few days before Christmas they are constantly on the look out for the perfect gift at flea markets, antique shops, and estate sales for weeks, or even months, before the holidays. This little stamp collecting book is one of my parents' finds and also one of my favorite gifts from Christmas 2013.
My mom said the stamps were already in the book when she found it. However, she took out all of the stamps, sorted them by color, and then put them back in this ombre arrangement. She joked that this might mean she has too much free time on her hands, but I think it was time well spent. It's beautiful, right?