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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Put a Ring on It!

What to do when you have so much good mail you don't know what to do with it?
Put a ring on it!

I love those Reader's Digest book covers -- perfect size for adding greeting cards and envelopes between the covers....

See?
A card goes right inside too...




My mail art pal Dori Singh sends me the best mail and I like to look at it -- so putting it in a book like this makes it easy to pick up and flip through and enjoy.

I just love how FAT this book is!

This works well with postcards too -- and oddly shaped envelopes. I've got  GOOD MAIL all over the place.

Now, I think I deserve a break -- a nice walk in the sunshine in Chinatown.

And, I definitely deserve a bowl of wonton noodle soup. Working on art projects makes you hungry.
Short, but sweet post from me to you.

SEND GOOD MAIL -- GET GOOD MAIL

23 comments:

  1. I love using old Reader's Digest covers - and I discovered COLOURED metal rings at Staples which I love as they add a little bling...thanks for sharing your ideas what to put in between the covers - need to go pull out some of my fav envelopes....

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    1. Ooooo colored rings......hum.....I never find any Reader's Digest books here so I have to relay on friends to send me the covers....they never show up at our library book sales.....

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    2. I have a bunch if you want them - would be happy to unload I mean pay it forward lol...

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    3. Ooooo I would love some - I really never see them here and I've been hoarding some that a friend sent me. You could just send the covers... I'd really appreciate it......,

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    4. I've got your address - some time they will show up :)

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    5. Oh -- lucky me -- a random act of mail art kindness!

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  2. So after all that mail beauty, you got me craving for wonton noodle soup.

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  3. Your tips on card cataloging are perfection, Pamela! But I have a silly question: How do you add the "hole" to the cards for the ring? Do you use a hole punch and ruler? Do you have a special two-hole puncher? Thanks!

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    1. I use a Crop-A-Dile to punch holes. It is a great tool and makes it super easy to punch holes in heavy materials. I am not real big ox exact measuring...I usually just go down an inch and a half from the top and then from the bottom (measure and make with pencil) and punch the holes. Then I use the covers with the holes as templates o punch the pages. With the Crop-A-Dlle you can punch a few pages at once...hope this explains it....

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  4. I love your idea of putting mail in a book like this. Thank you!

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  5. I never thought of using the covers of Reader's Digest books for holding art. I use them as backgrounds for mixed media art. They certainly won't hold up as altered books, since they are not sewn books. I adore how you used yours. I wish I lived closer. I'd share some of my RD books with you. I got them (10) at a garage sale one year and still have six left. Your idea of rings is spot on. I love the idea and those rings allow you to add more art over time, too. It's a fabulous idea and a great post.

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    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth -- it is a fun way to make a quick book. I made my travel book like that when I had that terrific Portland OR trip last year too.....lots of ideas for them and they are fun to see all fat and happy.

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  6. Yes, using rings has been ideal for organizing incoming mail and still allow ease of access. I made some postcard books using sari ribbon instead of the metal rings which also worked as long as you don't have more than 15 or so cards per book. I invested in a Crop-A-Dile after that, now making holes in heavier paper is so much easier. Duh!

    I see one of my cards from a while back in your collection!

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  7. I love that Crop-O-Dile -- makes punching holes so easy.....and a card from you in the mix? Absolutely! I keep everything you send me....

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  8. What a fabulous idea Pamela! I have just cut and pasted into a journal, But I so love your idea!
    thanks so much for sharing your feel good posts- they always brighten my day!
    Jackie ")

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    1. And, thank you very much -- your comment brightened my day!

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  9. Hand made mail art, what's not to love? So much happy here. I keep mine in a ring binder too. Yum!

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    1. iHanna -- hello and thank you for the comment. Art makes us happy!

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