I've had a few requests to share my favourite snail mail stationery supplies, so I thought I'd pop in and start with a post on letter writing storage. For the past few months I've been storing my supplies in the drawers of my writing desk, but because there is a fold down 'flap' on the desk (where I write) it's a real pain to retrieve anything from the drawers once the flap is down. So, I pretty much emptied the drawers into a miniature vintage suitcase and that seems to do the trick perfectly. I can have this sitting right next to me while I'm writing and just grab out what I need.
I keep all my snail mail stickers in the top flap of the suitcase. I don't have many as I prefer to use up an entire sheet over a few letters and then replace it with a new sticker set. This way I rotate my supplies and aren't left with old stickers that I don't like anymore - there's no time for this to happen.
In the main part of the suitcase, I've created a few different sections by popping in a couple of tiny cardboard boxes to hold extra supplies. On the left I like to keep a small supply of envelopes - some plain and other already embellished and ready to go.
Inside one of the little boxes I have a few trinkets that I've packaged up in cellophane bags - like tea bags and flags on toothpicks. These can be given to snail mail friends to use as embellishments on mini cupcakes or for decorating their own snail mail letters with. I also like to keep a few mini tags in this box too, because they're cute to staple on letters or pop inside an envelope.
Towards the front of the suitcase I store a small stock of pretty paper bags - fun for popping letters in or other flat goodies that my penfriends might enjoy.
Finally, there's a spot for blank cards, mini notes and a few pre-made cards as well.
The best bit is that I can close up the suitcase once I'm all done - the down side to this is that I always need to keep the suitcase flat! It will be a sad mess inside if I ever forget and tip the case on it's side.
My next mission is to deplete my stationery supplies down considerably before I purchase more. Stationery is definitely my number one weakness and although I love having a few options to choose from when I'm letter writing, I'm also conscious of not buying more than I can use.
I definitely have too many envelopes at the moment, so I'll need to either start being creative with them or else feed a few to the worms in my worm farm!