This week, we decided to let some of our extraordinary LEP members do the talking for a change! Here's what they had to say...
AKA Wonder Kitty in the USA|
of Extraordinary Penpals is the greatest thing since spandex onesies! I’ve been
a member since day one, and each month I look forward to the amazing
newsletters chock full of unique challenges, cool projects and articles that
keep letter writing fun and fresh. It’s a really great feeling to be a part of
a group of wonderful Supers who take time from their lives battling crime and
defeating evil-doers across the world to write to one another and share their
lives. The Facebook page is fantastic! I’m honored to be included under the
same marquee as these other stupendous writers, crafters, mail art makers, and
delightful people. It feels great to be with people who are so open and
welcoming – you never feel out of place or strange for your hobbies and
interests. Everyone has been so kind and so genuine – something the world seems
to lack at times. I’ll shout it across the ‘verse! The League of Extraordinary
Penpals is simply the best group of people I’ve met in a long time. It’s
wonderful just to be a part of this League, and I look forward to many years of
new pals and new surprises. Onward!
|Frida AKA Twisted
River in the Netherlands|
first heard about LEP I had to run a few laps around the living room table
because I had no other way of expressing my joy without screaming too loud.
Thanks to that this wonderful Flying Dutchman a.k.a my boyfriend, bought me a
year subscription as a surprise! And with full intent on trying to be cheesy,
it truly was one of the best surprises someone has ever surprised me with. This
is my fourth month as a member and I never want to leave! LEP has so many
wonderful people hiding in its headquarters and there is never too much crazy,
never too much kindness, so much nicety and just an overall great place to hang
out! It is just so great to see that there is a place where everything wacky,
weird and funky fits right in and then melts down into this lovely mash of
awesome! Superherosalutes and supermany thanks to Super Sushi and Super
Hot-Z in the USA|
the LEP with zero expectation, I was new to the world of pen-paling. I
have been blown away by the sense of community and friendship this group has
offered. I have received so much fun mail, and I’ve participated in lots
of fun swaps. I truly believe that the superheroes of the LEP are friends
that I’ll carry with me the rest of my life.
Extraordinary Penpals”, now my first thought on it has been: “Wow, pen palling
is great, but what does make an extraordinary penpal so very extraordinary that
it needs to get mentioned in this name? Will I ever be good enough to just join
the league?” I decided to give it a go and it pulled me into a stream, which
dragged me out of my former world and threw me straight into a new world.
Granted, this world is way more colorful with all its washi-loving and creative
mail art-heroes. So, why should one become a penpal superhero? Because everyone
can fight the biggest villain from the capital of Boredom: an empty mailbox.
And it’s so easy to do it. You just have to have fun in order to make this
villain wave a white flag. What do those penpals in the LEP make so
extraordinary? It’s not that we share the love for sending and receiving mail.
This is something every penpal does. It’s much more of the love and care shared
in this community. I’ve been able to meet a lot of great people thanks to LEP.
It’s so easy to make friends in here, because there’s a common interest all
members share: pen palling. But the love and care showed among those members
makes the league such a great company to hang out with. Share your interests,
get feedback on what you do, become encouraged by others; help your new friends…
No one’s left alone in the league, unless he or she decides to be (and even in
that case it’s very possible someone will worry and care for you). What is
another great point about the league? It’s international. No matter what color
you prefer to get your washi tape printed or which colors you like your pens to
write in – the LEP doesn’t discriminate. L to the E to the P - that is just the
place to be.
AKA Indigo in Germany|
AKA The Lunatik in the USA|
seriously changed my life. No joke. It's a wonderful group of people who are
with you in spirit, and in post! We have a busy Facebook group. And a GoodReads
group too. A Pen Pal Book club! And there are other things inside the group,
for photographers and people who love pens. I don't know what I would do without
these guys, seriously. They are so nice, and so caring. And I have learned a
lot from them. And this group has gotten my creative juice going. Plus, the
mail is good too. Haha. Join LEP. You will not regret it!
|Stéphanie AKA Nimble Fingers in France|
kind of woman who usually sits and watches in groups. I don't like to put
myself on the line but I feel comfortable within the LEP. I like the spirit of
it, it's fun and challenging AND I can finally share that part of my life with
my husband! If I only had to say one thing about the LEP, it's that it's not
the average penpal club. It's more than that. It's a community of people who
like to have fun together and experience new things. I mean, the worldwide
movie night (well, night for me lol)? Awesome! I can't wait to see what Julie and
Laura will come up with next!
|Jonathan AKA Big Yawn Hippo in the UK|
Like the Madonna song I was like a virgin (Pen
Pal Writer) for the very first time! Until I discovered the amazing group LEP. I
recommend joining LEP for any person who is new to the world of pen palling as
you will have access to a huge resource of pen palling knowledge via the LEP
members who took me under their wing and guided me on a path to be a pen
AKA Squishy Owl in the USA|
I jumped on
the LEP bandwagon pretty quickly. I have been a follower of both Julie's and
Laura's blogs for quite some time! So when they announced that they were not
only starting a pen pal community but a super hero themed one I thought to
myself "this is some kind of awesomesauce genius-ness" and I had to
join in on all of the fun. I have met Super pen pals in the League who will not
only squeal with you over a full mail box and encourage your hoarding of all
things crafty (including offering to share their own beloved stash) but FRIENDS
who will also cheer you up when you are down or having a sad mail day and
answer your call when extra birthday mail to a loved one is requested. This
group has been more fun than I can convey in such a short little amount of
space and I don't wanna sound any more sappy than I already do. The LEP rocks! There,
that sounded more Super Hero-esque...
|Sandra AKA Super Sandy in the Netherlands|
I've never thought LEP would be so much fun! The
newsletters are always great to read and full of fun stuff! I loved the book
and movie suggestions in the latest newsletter!!! :) The Facebook
group is a wonderful and almost necessary addition! It's a great place to
meet fellow snail mail lovers, to share ideas, photos, even videos! I haven't
participated in any of the swaps yet, due to lack of time/energy... but from
what I've seen... the swaps are amazing! I'm glad that I signed up for a year!
|Lisa AKA Super Purple Pal in the USA|
life-long pen paller here, so I know my stuff, LEP is the best place to find a
group of people who are passionate about the art of letter writing and anything
mail related! I'm having so much fun, joining swaps, making friends and
laughing! Well worth the investment because the return is priceless!!
|Rena AKA Dark
Flower Power in Germany|
superhero isn’t easy. And finding mates is even harder. You can’t just walk up
to someone and say "I noticed you have the habit of sudden disappearance,
so do I. Are you by any chance a fellow superhero?" It might be the
contrary and you got yourself in trouble. LEP does really help with that. You
have something in common immediately. And usually
even more then being a superhero, like snail-mail - easy to find at LEP, too.
The Tooth Fairy in the UK|
enjoyed reading Julie's blog and when she announced that she and Laura were
setting up an exclusive penpal club I knew I wanted to support the enterprise. Wow.
Am I glad I did. Not only have I helped support the club from the start but I've
made a group of amazing new friends. I've also been able to indulge my love of
fountain pens further with my dear friend Arjen in the Fountain Pen group. The
Facebook group has made me smile and laugh out loud every day. Where else can
you look at people's paper shopping trips, see everyone's mail calls and,
through these new friendships, see two people discussing mailing a chicken?? So
thank you Julie, thank you Laura and THANK YOU to all the LEP members!
AKA Tiny in Greece|
pen paling since my teenage years, it started off as a hobby but in time it
became part of my reality as I've made friends that stuck in my life for years
to come. When I came by the LEP announcement on Julie's blog I have to admit I
was more curious than anything else and decided to take part in this project.
3 months later I have to say that I am happy to be part of this little
community of people who, like me, love mail, anticipate the mailman, get excited
to enter a stationery store and get creative when seeing colors, tapes and
paper of all shorts. I enjoy our daily interaction on the Facebook group and
even though we might not all know each other, once we say we are a LEP member
we're part of the family… yup we are the penpaling mob :D In a few words, we
are all so diverse, yet much alike, we're a small part of the world in one
group… yet we make our own friendly little world.
Thank you guys for coming on the ride with us!