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Setting Up for Mailing Success

by Janette Kausen September 20, 2019 11 Comments

Hi there and welcome! Janette Kausen here today to share a few tips on mailing success as we continue to celebrate alongside Kimberly Crawford over at @MailItMonday on Instagram for their second anniversary! Any excuse to celebrate is a win in my book, but when we pair it with a handmade card? Yep, it's a win-win!

After losing a loved one Kimberly vowed to make a change in her mailing habits, and Mail It Monday was born. The initiative encourages us to not only create, but to mail those handmade, smile inducing projects.

Set yourself up for mailing success with organization and batching. Batching is successful over the one-of method because switching from one task to another diminishes attention and willpower to complete a project. Batching lets your mind focus on one task repetitively rather than having to think out each progressive step, zapping energy.

Keep a pretty basket, wire bin, drawer, or even a shoebox as a mailing station in a convenient location with necessities like a pen, postage stamps and envelopes. As the week progresses toss in names and addresses of those you'd like to bring a smile to. I collect names from groups I am in, special calls, people who made me smile, those who may need uplifting, and of course friends and family. When #MailItMonday rolls around, or other convenient day when I have a few minutes to spare, I pull out the basket and recent cards I have crafted like this deconstructed Mail Jumble project. I address the batch, then add postage, next a wax seal to each, and then take the stack to my car to drop at the post office on my next pass through town. 

To create this project stamp Mail Jumble on Dove White cardstock in Lemon Drop, Taffy, Key Lime Fizz, Pool Party and Grape Slush Reactive Inks. Fussy cut stamped envelopes. Die cut a few smaller Nesting Postage Stamps from Dove White cardstock. Adhere envelopes and postage die cuts, some stacked, to scant A2 Dove White card panel. White heat emboss Stamped Just for You sentiment on Pitch Black cardstock and adhere with dimensional adhesive. Pop finished card panel onto a folded card base with dimensional adhesive to complete the project. Make multiples with the leftover Mail Jumble envelopes!

Thank you for joining me today, and I encourage you to be intentional and create a routine with #MailItMonday, organization, and batching. Let us not be just cardmakers, but card mailers! Not only will it lift another's spirit, but likely your own!

xo,





Janette Kausen
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11 Responses

Michele W
Michele W

September 30, 2019

Love the idea of a mail it Monday to help us keep in touch with friends and loved ones. I’ve been thinking about setting aside a time to call people as well. Seems like we are never in touch with loved ones and friends as often as we would like. It’s so easy to get out of tough. This is a great idea and a great card that’s also fairly simple to mass produce. I have a big family so mass producing cards is often what I do. Thanks for the inspiration!

Debby Willis
Debby Willis

September 28, 2019

Thank you for sharing this cute card with us! I’m fairly new to card making and I really appreciate how you experienced crafters are so willing to share your ideas and techniques with us! Thanks again!

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

September 21, 2019

Love this contribution to Mail it Monday! Clever take on using part of mail jumble stamp! Love it!

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

September 20, 2019

Gorgeous card Janette. Thanks for the tips but I hardly make cards in advance and the cards I make I make specially for some one.
So my cards are always in the mail. Have a great weekend.

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

September 20, 2019

Such happy card!!

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

September 20, 2019

Wonderful idea and great organizing tip! Thanks, Janette.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

September 20, 2019

Lovely work :)

Jane Rakonczay
Jane Rakonczay

September 20, 2019

Thanks for the new idea for the mail jumble stamp. I just mailed 16 fall cards to family and friends yesterday. I have 3 more to send to pen pals after I finish the letters to put inside and one for my neighbor. I’m on a roll! I’m excited to use the new houses for Christmas cards and also start using the new kit.

Bonnie Reyes
Bonnie Reyes

September 20, 2019

This is a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day!

Linda S.
Linda S.

September 20, 2019

Love the idea of mail it Monday. Thanks.

BeverlyBL
BeverlyBL

September 20, 2019

What a nice idea and such a cute card. I hadn’t noticed that stamp and think it would be a fun one to have. Thank you.