Author: Helen Cox

Helen Cox is a UK author. She made her on-screen debut in The Krankies in 1990. Given the choice, her Mastermind topic would be Grease 2 and when someone asks her if she is a god she says 'yes.' Oh, you want to know about her books? Best click some of the links below.

Snail Mail Sunday: Pocket Letters


Pocket Letters are a snail mail approach developed by Janette Lane that essentially uses collector card pockets to organise different treats for your pen pals. Above is a pocket letter I sent to penpal and fellow writer Karen who I met through the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club.


This is what it looked like on the reverse. In each pocket, I try to put something I think my pen pal will appreciate. One or two of the pockets hold the letter itself – it’s supposed to fit in one pocket but I ramble on and ON so I sometimes have to split it into two parts and take up two pockets.

snail pockets mel1

Part of the challenge is coming up with flat-ish things to put in the pockets. So far I’ve thought of: stickers, tea, small bookmarks, badges, stamps, recipes, writing prompts, maps, washi samples, shampoo samples, puzzles, colouring sheets, craft embellishments, a list of facts, ribbon and buttons. Happy to hear anymore suggestions!


If you fold it twice, a pocket letter will usually fit neatly in a DL envelope. I hand-made this one out of paper I bought from Paperchase and then decorated it with various stamps and stickers.


2 comments on “Snail Mail Sunday: Pocket Letters

  1. inkbiotic
    May 22, 2016

    Treasure! You’ve created treasure!


  2. Idle Emma
    May 23, 2016

    Love the paper you made the envelope from!


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