Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ABC Letter Swap

We hosted an ABC Letter swap this month and it's been a lot of fun for our members. The swappers listed the ABC's (From A to Z) and then wrote things that they like or that they're thankful for that start with each letter.

Here's a sneak peak of a few of the outgoing swaps.









This swap prompted a conversation between Julie and I, things we love and are thankful for within the LEP. There are so many things we could list, but the most important one is the members.














































We love you guys, thank you for making the LEP a great place to be!

Peace,

Denise (AKA Washipocalypse)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mail Art Supply Swap

Our wonderful friend Belinda in Australia hosted a swap for us and we asked her to tell us about it. Thanks so much for writing this blog post, Bel. We love all the photos of the mail art goodies!


As part of the July newsletter, our extraordinary penpals were given the opportunity to sign up for a mail art supplies swap. The brief was to package up at least 10 to 15 items that could be used to create mail  art – ie. those gorgeously colourful, collaged, calligraphied envelopes you may have found in your mailbox on occasion. Things such as deco papers, washi tapes, confetti and ephemera were suggested but the creativity was not limited.

At the time of signing up, swappers were asked to note any particular themes or colours they would prefer to receive as well as things they would not like so much, just to give their partner a bit of a guide when gathering supplies. The answers were as diverse and interesting as the wonderful people who make up our League. Some participants wanted to receive items with a vintage or retro theme, others requested steampunk items or zombie gore, while others gently suggested they’d prefer not to receive anything holiday related or religious paraphernalia and one participant advised that she absolutely, categorically did not want anything to do with tomatoes!! =)

Partners were assigned, taking into account the similarities between the 32 participants as well as their location. Where possible I wanted folks to be partnered with someone outside of their country to increase the possibility of receiving items they hadn’t already encountered in their local craft stores.

Here is a snippet of what lovely, colourful, wonderful mail art supplies were mailed across the world.

Bel (swap host, AUS) sent to Victoria (USA)


Victoria sent to Bel


Deborah-Anne (CAN) sent to Rebecca (UK)


Michelle (USA) sent to Jemima (AUS)


Samantha (AUS) sent to Caron (USA)


Teri-Ann (UK) sent to Amber (USA)


Heleen (NETHERLANDS) sent to Penelope (USA)


Amysue (USA) sent to Emma (UK)


Emma (UK) sent to Amysue (USA)


There is no limit to what fabulous creations the LEPeeps will dream up with such an abundance of supplies so stay tuned and we’ll see what wonderful, artistic mail has been sent across the world.

Thanks again for hosting this great swap, Belinda!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Facebook Clubs

You’ve heard about our Facebook group, right? But did you know that within our Facebook group we have Facebook Clubs?! Each club has a theme and they are their own little colony within the bigger community of our Facebook group. 

Each club is run by 1 or 2 LEP members and they do a really great job of facilitating the club participation. I talked with the admins and asked them to share with me about their clubs.


The LEP Flea Market is a place to buy, sell, swap and trade snail mail and craft related supplies. I asked Catrin in the United States about what was coming up in the club and she said,  
"We will have "flea market item gather events". They will motivate us to find those things that need to be re-homed. We will also be posting some tips and tricks on how to take great pictures of your items."



Who loves to read? I know, silly question. We all love to read! And that's why we have the LEP Reading Lair. This is an active club, members read books together as a group. The LEP Reading Lair also posts semimonthly short stories, selected by club members. I asked Claire AKA Tofu Girl from the UK about the process of choosing which books the club reads and she said,
"I post suggestion threads and once we have a few I put up a vote. We have just started reading The Ocean at the End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman and are currently discussing themes for the next suggestion thread. 
As well as the structured reads, people generally post about what they are reading, or want to read, and ask for opinions and suggestions. We also have links and articles posted and a few funny pictures or cartoons as well. If it in any way relates to books, reading, libraries, bookshops or Tom Hiddleston bound in leather, you will find it on the wall."


The LEP Tea and Treats is filled with lots of lovely imagery. This club is for those who are passionate about all things related to tea, cakes, pastries and any other sweet treat you can think of. When I asked Meredith AKA Super Space Princess from the United States about what was currently going on in the club, she said, 
"We have some swaps in the planning stages, and already have some fun discussions, and photo sharing going on."


So many letter writers enjoy decorating their snail mail and that's what the Mail Art Heroes club is all about. This club is dedicated to paper, stationery and envelopes. It doesn't matter if you stamp, paint, draw, glue or tape; no matter what kind of tools you use, everything the Mail Art Heroes create is a piece of art. When I asked Tina AKA TTT (TimeTravelTina) in Germany about her favorite part of the club, she said,
 "It's great that our members from all over the world share their ideas & creations of mail art. They paint, they doodle, they glue... they never stop to amaze us with new ideas & projects. Besides that, everyone is really supportive & appreciates the work of others."



Needles and Nonsense is a group for knitters, crocheters, sewers and needle pointers alike! The members of this club post photos of their current projects. I asked Kat AKA Wonder Kitty in the United States to tell me about this club and she said,

"We frequently geek out over awesome yarn finds, help each other through tough patterns, or share the glorious victory brought about our needles (aka finished projects!). We also have a healthy dose of nonsense and fun. It's like being part of a virtual stitch n' bitch with all your besties."


There are many who share a passion for the fountain pen, and its many accompanying inks, and that is who the LEP Fountaineers is for. Within this club, members share ink samples, photograph new pen related acquisitions and give tips to fountain pen users. They occasionally host swaps as well. Arjen AKA Juliette has a gun from Belgium shared her favorite part of the group,
  
"Our members are enablers and never cease to encourage others to buy pens and inks they would never have thought of.  Purchases and favourites are raved about and photographed from different angles, which makes them difficult to resist."


As a member of the League of Extraordinary Penpals, not only do you have access to an active and diverse group of amazing pen friends, you can also take advantage of these lifestyle-related clubs.

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If you're not already a member of the LEP and you are interested in these clubs, then what are you waiting for? Become a member today!


Peace,

Denise AKA Washipocalypse in Canada

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Random Object Swap

We hosted a Random Object swap in June and asked our participating members to send us photos of the objects that they both sent and received. We got quite a few fun photos and I wanted to share them with you. I smile when I think about the reactions of the postal workers all around the world, as they handled and delivered these bits of fun randomness.

 From Nicolle (USA)
To Sofie (Sweden)

From Sofie (Sweden)


From Victoria (USA)


From Meredith (USA)


From Kerri (Australia)



From Millie (USA)


To Susan (UK)



To Caron (USA)



From Caron (USA)

To Sarah (Canada)


To Kelly (USA)



From Kelly (USA)




To Katy (UK)


From Katy (UK)


From Chaya (USA)



From Heleen (The Netherlands)

To Heleen (The Netherlands)


From Shel (USA)


To Domonique (USA)


To Cecilia (Germany)


To Andrea (USA)

From Andrea (USA)


Many thanks to everyone for posting and sending their photos. I hope you had fun with this swap.

Peace,

Denise (AKA Washipocalypse)