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Questions for Snail Mailers! 🐌💕📫

💕 🐌 Send a number and I’ll answer it— yes, finally one for the Snail Mail Community! 🐌 💕

  1. How many penpals do you have?
  2. What are characteristics of your ideal penpal?
  3. What do you not like in a penpal?
  4. What do you write about in your letters?
  5. Do you keep a book of all the letters you’ve written/received?
  6. Would you rather receive long letters infrequently or short letters regularly?
  7. Do you prefer to hand write letters or type them?
  8. How long are the letters you write (generally)?
  9. Do you have a minimum length for the letters you write?
  10. What’s the longest letter you’ve written?
  11. What’s the shortest letter you’ve written?
  12. Do you decorate pre-made envelopes or make your own?
  13. What kind of decorations do you use on/in your letters?
  14. Are you a washi addict?
  15. How many rolls of washi do you own (be honest!)?
  16. What’s your favorite kind of washi?
  17. What’s your favorite washi roll you own right now?
  18. Do you write on notebook paper or special stationery?
  19. Stationery sets: yes or no?
  20. What’s your favorite pen you own?
  21. Colorful ink or just black ink?
  22. What’s the best letter you’ve ever received?
  23. What’s the worst letter you’ve ever received?
  24. Have you ever had to “quit” a penpal? (If so, why?)?
  25. Who was your first penpal?
  26. Do you still write your first penpal?
  27. Who was worst penpal you’ve ever had?
  28. Have you met any of your penpals in person?
  29. What type of people will you NOT write to?
  30. Do you only write people who are about your age?
  31. Do you have any penpals with the same first name as you?
  32. How did you get into penpaling?
  33. Does anyone else in your family penpal?
  34. How long does it take you to respond to a letter?
  35. Do you have a special ritual to writing letters?
  36. Do you keep old letters or throw them away?
  37. How to you organize the letters you’ve received?
  38. Would you want your future kids or grandkids to read the letters you’ve received?
  39. What’s something you regret about penpaling?
  40. What’s something you love about penpaling?
  41. Do you buy “fun” stamps to use on your letters?
  42. Do you collect stamps?
  43. Do you send postcards?
  44. Do you collect postcards?
  45. Do you send anything else in your letters? 
  46. Is there anything you wish your penpals would send you?
  47. Is there anything you wish your penpals would write to you about?
  48. Do you drop you letters off at the post office or just put them in the mail box?
  49. Do you send packages?
  50. Do you do any swaps (art, goodies, tea, etc.)?
What should I send to my pen pal?

Well I cannot really tell you EVERYTHING on what you should send to your pen pal but hopefully this will give you an idea:

1. CANDY! (make their day)

2. Pictures (whether it’s of you or something you just really like/find pretty)

3. Stickers

4. Post Cards from places you visit

5. Pencils/Erasers/Pens (They don’t have to be expensive or anything. It’s the thought and effort that counts!)

6. Post-its

7. Washi Tape (You can use a popsicle and wrap the washi tape around it. That way your pen pal can use washi tape you own!)

8. If you like to draw, you can draw anything on pretty paper and cut it out (maybe turn them into stickers?!)

9. Make magnets! DIY!

10. Make your own bookmarks with the things your pen pal and you have in common. Or maybe something you find cute

11. You can make pins and send them to your pen pals

12. Send them bracelets or a necklace (You can even make that)

13. Make a CD of your favorite playlist (Burn a CD of your fav. songs)

14. Cute hair pins

15. Souvenirs from where you are from/at

16. You can always get leaves or flowers and use tape that way your pen pals can save and see what your fav. flower or leaf is? lol or maybe you just like being outdoors

I can go on and on… I hope this gave you an idea or maybe you might even try some of the things that were on this list. Whatever you’d like, just remember to have fun with it!

Simple Envelope Tutorial

I use this technique for almost every single envelope I make because it’s very easy and looks very professional if done cleanly. You can use any size of paper and any adhesive. The envelope below was made with the exact same technique from an old birding book page. <3

First, start with a piece of paper, of course. Scissors and adhesive are all that you require, but I’m using a pen to mark off areas that will be discarded as well. Usually, I would never use Scotch tape, but I didn’t want to wait for other adhesives to dry.

First, we’re going to turn the paper over so that the inside is facing us. Then begin by folding the bottom edge 2/3 to ¾ of the way across to the other side. The paper you leave hanging out will become the envelope’s flap closure, so plan ahead!

Now fold each side in by a few centimeters.. These will become the side flaps, so making them about the same width is advisable. I just eyeball it, but if you want, you can use a ruler to get them perfectly symmetrical. These can be visible or not depending on how you fold the final product.

I avoid double creasing to keep things clean, and I unfold the bottom before creasing the sides. Likewise, I unfold the sides when I fold down the top closure flap, as you can see below. 

Once you unfold the whole thing, you’ll be left with a piece of paper with creases. Below, I’ve used a pen to show you which creases need to be cut along in order to form the flaps.

Once you’ve cut the approproate pieces off, you’re ready to fold along the creases you’ve already made and apply adhesive. Again, I’m using this tape which I would not recommend. XD

Fold the bottom up and the sides in, and you’ve got yourself an envelope, my dears. :3

Hopefully this helps you when you need to send your next letter!

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“Will we meet again
Can you recall what we once knew
Somewhere without the pain
I feel afraid now, but not alone
We will meet again”

 - VAST, “We Will Meet Again”

ID #99070

Name: Sara
Age: 18
Country: Spain

Hi!

My name is Sara, I’m an 18 year old from Spain and I’ve always loved getting to know strangers from the Internet, so this seems like a great idea!

I recently finished high school, I’m starting university in September, I’ll be studying English Philology. I’m a nerd; I love videogames, books, comics, shows… Fantasy and sci-fy are my favorite genres, and I love poetry. I write stuff, I’m working on a novel right now, and hopefully I’ll get to publish it one day. I’m also really interested in mythology, philosophy and history, and I love dead languages (I’ve studied Latin and Greek). Other interests of mine are astrology, astronomy, animals, memes and bad jokes.

Music is half of my life, my taste is pretty wide, but lately I’ve been really into indie-folk-grungey-stuff (Marika Hackman, Keaton Henson, The Big Moon), but heavy metal? Kpop? Love it!! Bring it on!! I also play the ukulele a little, and I’m a professional singer (in the shower).

I speak Spanish, English and a bit of French. I’m looking for someone to talk about pretty much anything, and hear about your interests even if they aren’t among mine, cause hey, maybe you’ll get me into them, and that would be cool. We can communicate through text, tumblr, emails, letters… It’s up to you!

Preferences: Don’t mind the gender, but preferably someone around my age or older, very open-minded and LGBTQ friendly (cause I’m really gay).

ID #98022

Name: Felix
Age: 18
Country: Sweden

Hello everyone! My name is Felix and I am a Swedish boy who loves reading. Currently reading lots of sci-fi, fantasy and some classics here and there. I love discussing books with other people and hope that I’ll get a chance to broaden my horizons when it comes to literature. Another one of my largest interests is martial arts. I have been practicing karate for about six years now and I find it extremely enjoyable and relaxing. I am also a slave to my music. I listen to a bit of everything from classical to progressive metal. My absolute favorite composer is Mendelssohn.

Other interests would include things like: cats, space, tea, science, anime, manga, programming, gaming, and most other nerdy topics you could think of. I would say that I consider myself really open about everything and an open-minded person and I would love to talk to some new people from all across the globe, so if you are looking for a pen-pal who will discuss pretty much anything and everything, I might be your guy.

Preferences: Age: No preference really, 0 or 120, makes no difference to me.
Gender: Guy, girls, trans, non-binary, agender, and anybody else welcome.
Also it would be nice if you like books, because books are awesome:)