Tag: vintage

Sent: mail to Anna & other pals!

My online quest was succesfull: I found some snailmail friends! We didn’t decide on a theme, so I just went with it. I will not tell what is inside the packages, they need to arrive first. And yes; I did take some pictures this time. Here’s the first batch.

It features an Alice in Wonderland stamp, some of my new washi tape, a retro stamp & a swallow stamp! And now: let’s wait for the replies coming in!

Do you also want to receive a nice snailmail package? Send me one!
Request my address via robine@hotmail.nl or the contactform..

First batch of snailmail ready to be send!

snailmail for my pals!

Digital Downloads: vintage marine stationary

Getting things for free is always fun. And why waste another dime when you can download your own free stationary right here? That’s right; I created some lovely vintage stationary for you to download. It is A4 sized and can be printed at home (or at the local printing business) as many times as you like.

This set contains 2 A4 sized downloads, so you’ll have different sheets of paper to use for snail mailing, sending a letter to your loved one or writing your pen pal overseas. It has many different elements, like a compass, a ship, an old map, some splatters, a whale & lots more. Download, print & you are ready to go. Remember to adjust the margin/padding settings on your printer to none/0!

Enjoy the sneak preview below. One more thing: show me what you’ve created with these!

Download zip with .jpgs & PDF: here

 

Finds: Bibliodyssey

I wasn’t too enthusiastic about digital downloads at first. I mean, what do you do? Who has all different types and sizes of printing paper or cardstock? And how many of you have a good quality printer? And do you have the time to cut out 12 home printed tags? Not me.

But when I needed business cards for my webshop, I had no choice. I designed the card on a business card template I found online, put it on a USB stick and visited my local printing company. Two days later, they where ready to be picked up. I loved it. I imagined I could get almost everything printed. And it would be good quality. You just have to know what you want.

One of my great loves are old vintage maps (circa 1800) & I found a lot of them on Etsy. They are digital downloads, so no shipping costs. But, as you know me, I like things cheap. If they have digital images of old maps, there needs to be more out there. For free, ofcourse. So I browsed the entire afternoon & barely scratched the surface of libraries filled with high resolution scans and images of old books (I am talking really old here, 1500-1900 era). And the best part: they are all free.

Download some of these awesome scans, take them to your local printing company (if you plan on adding these to snailmail, just let them print your scans double), thrift for old photoframes and you have some really nice wall deco for just $3 or $4…

Some of the images have a lot of color, so I simply muted them in Photoshop to my own liking. Open the image, go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate. Then go to Edit > Fade and slide untill you are happy. Save!

Grab some tea & let these old images take you back. Way back…

All above images (& many, many more) are free to download here: link

Ebay: give it (another) shot

Like many of you, I like to splurge on stationary. Stickers, stamps, deco tape, washi tape, envelopes… I really have to controll myself. As I would like a lot of stationary on the cheap, I tend to stear away from most Dutch stationary webshops (it is often a little bit more expensive, but you receive it the next day) & browse Etsy first. When I find something I like, I check the price on shipping. Everything over $4 is too expensive for me, since I’ll probably only order a sheet of stickers. Unless it’s a stamp, but as we all know: stamps are forever, stickers are not (when it comes to snailmailing).

So my quest continues to Ebay. I ordered there a couple of years ago, but it turned sour when Etsy showed up. Now I go back and try to find stationary for a reasonable price. Just hit “Buy it now” if you are not into bidding, like me. You will be amazed! Usely shipping is very low and most of the time even free. You can find all kinds of lovely vintage stationary, stickers, postcards..

Here are 11 of the items on my watchlist, items you will probably also find on Etsy or any other stationary webshop, as they are resellers. I have yet to find the source of all this magic, but when the day comes, I will be sure to notify you. Get your paypal accounts out & have a look…

  1. Travel Clear Stamps Anchor, Ship, Compass (a lot of stamps!) for $3,99 (link)
  2. Alice in Wonderland postcards & envelopes (60 cards! 60!) for $12,34 (link)
  3. Antique quill & ink set (awesome, right?) for $13,99 (link)
  4. Old stamp stickers (153 in total!) for $16,99 (free shipping) (link)
  5. Sealing stickers (real cute, 5 sheets) for $3,12 (link)
  6. Paris cards & envelope set (56 cards, 36 envelopes) $12,34 (link)
  7. Deco stickers (24 sheets) for $9,99 (free shipping) (link)
  8. Around the world clear stamp stickers (6 sheets) for $3,49 (link)
  9. Anchor stamp (I saw them on Etsy for $11…) for $2,54 (link)
  10. 7 Gypsies Apothecary label stickers (2 sheets) for $1,95 (link)
  11. Alice in Wonderland stationary (writing paper, envelopes & stickers) for $3,32 (link)