Sunday, February 27, 2011

Question for All My Snail Mail Bloggers

I really need to get a system down for keeping track of incoming/outgoing mail.

Any suggestions? Do you track yours? Or how do you keep it all straight?

Here's another question...if you make your own postcards - do you print them out from home? Or do you print them from an online site? And if so - which do you suggest? And if you print them - what kind of paper or photo paper do you print them on?

I was playing around with my Adobe Photoshop Program last night and while I don't use it that often - I did manage to create a 4x6 postcard and I love it....I just don't have a printing option as my printer is not up and running. I'm not even sure it works anymore. :o)

Anyway, get back to me. Any suggestions will be helpful. Thanks!


  1. I am also looking for a good advice on how to keep track of my mail, so if you find out anything, keep me posted :)

  2. I make my postcards on 4x6" card stock, but I make them all by hand. If you wanted to print your cards you could ask a copy store how to do it. They should be able to let you email the file to them.

    As for how to organize, I put all of my mail into a huge empty cookie tin. I have in divided into "photo" (for the blog), "respond," and "done." I need a better system, it's still more chaotic than I would like.

  3. I keep track of my mail in a small notebook. I'm on version 4 or 5 now, but I record each day's incoming and outgoing in separate sections. I do the incoming all at once, and the outcoming as I do them. (Reading and logging my mail is a beloved daily ritual.)

    For sent, I list who it's going to, what stationery used, and what stamps I used.

    For received, I list who it's from, where they sent it from, postmark date (if it's there), their own date (if they list it on the letter), and whether it's a postcard, letter, or package.

    I did a blog post about my letter journal a couple of years ago, but my system has evolved over time. (It's become a source of great fascination, for example, to record the postmark date along with the received date. I can spot some trends for which countries I receive mail from faster, and such.)

    My printer cannot produce postcards of the quality that I want, so I either buy them professionally printed, or have them printed through (OK) or (best quality, but on the expensive side).

  4. I don't have nearly the volume of mail incoming or outgoing as Missive Maven, so my system is pretty simple. I photocopy all my outgoing mail with any envelope/postcard designs. For incoming, it goes into a large hatbox, rubberbanded together with all there other mail from the sender. If there's not really a strong mail relationship, then letters/postcards are groups by social network (i.e.: college, India, Send Something).

    I appreciate having records of all my outgoing mail, but it's a time consuming process and does sometimes delay trip to the mailbox

  5. You can print postcards at They are really good quality and they always have deals, like 100 postcards free. You just have to pay shipping.