Monday, 30 June 2014

Outgoing [June]

Yet again when I've sent out is much more that what I've received. I know it's not the point but I do miss of coming home and finding something in my mail box and regular interaction via letter. I used to feel I had too many pen pals, it would be interesting to know how many others had. Maybe I don't have as many as I thought.

Japan Post released many great stamps this month. I also happened to pass accidentally on purpose a post office I know that has many old stamp sheets so I may have had a little postal binge. I also used some of my stationery from Bunbougu Cafe and Winged Wheel in Tokyo. Yet again more birthday post, random letters, thank yous as well as pen pal letters going out.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Letter Ledger

I've always had a hard time keeping a track of my incoming and outgoing mail. Previously I had used Instagram. However I don't always take a picture of each individual letter or it's contents. Plus trawling through mine or other people's feeds is just looong!! 

That's why Paper & Type's 'Letter Ledger' is a great idea. Keeping a track of the stationery and things sent is very useful. And like Flow magazine says your brain is for thinking not reminding. That's what notebooks (or letter ledgers) are for. 

It's smaller than I though and the cover is kinda thin. But there are lots of pages and I'll reinforce it somehow. There's an envelope the inside the cover and address list in the back so may prove tricky. But I love the cute pencil and the branding of a Paper&Type. I'm still debating whether I will decorate the cover like my dear pen pal Emily. Regardless I can't wait to start using my ledger. 

Monday, 23 June 2014

Postal Notebook

I did a post back in February on my Valentine's Day post to my mum where I used a Moleskine postal notebook. I have loved the postal notebooks since the first time I saw them. They are great as they can be used for long letters, smashbooks, holiday/vacation mail, mini storybooks etc. I've used them for special occasions, events and I'm currently working on a larger one for a friend's birthday.

It makes a change from the usually envelope+letter format combining mail art and letter all in one. There's even a little pocket for a few little extras or more pages if you use up the whole book. The edges are perforated so can be torn off and turned into book for the recipient. Perfect for snail enthusiasts I think whether buy a Moleskine or make your own. Here are some of the ones I've sent so far.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Yamada Stationery

I didn't do a post on meeting Yen Fong of Tabiyo which was great. We ended up going to Bunbougu Cafe or the Stationery Cafe. However, I was particularly underwhelmed by the Bunbougu Cafe they had a few nice things but in my opinion overpriced as was the coffee Maybe the bad weather and my tooth ace made has coloured my opinion. So ye not really blog worthy. 

But this month I was able to meet Vivian another IG friend visiting Japan. We've exchange postcard and other mail for a while was it was quiet nice to finally meet. We went to Mitaka we had intended to go to Kichioji. We ended up Yamada Stationery. So much stationery and postally goodness. Yamada is great as it didn't just have the usual zakka and stationery goods but a few postal related things.

They stock old Japanese unused stamps some of which I assume can be used. And of course the usual packets of used international stamps. I also picked up some postcard with postal or stamp themes. By the way you'd probably be better of taking at look at Vivian's blog she'll have much more and much better pictures than me if she does a post on it. But her a few pictures form the shop and my spoils! 



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