What’s In My Mailbox? Of Carp & Calcifer

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Before I explore this stunning letter from Germany, let’s face the facts: I am way behind on my snail mail posts. I received so many letters last week (that’s what happens when you go on vacation!), and I’m currently relying on them to cheer me through long nights of studying for a certain graduate school prerequisite exam. That said, letter-photography sessions have been few and far between!

I’m happy to have a moment to finally feature a gorgeous flipbook from my friend Katha, though–as usual, she’s outdone herself with elegant penmanship and adorable washi tape! It’s certainly been a comfort to page through this booklet as a break from endless Sentence Completion drills…

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I really enjoy how many snail-mail flipbooks are such galaxies of color; I can’t get enough of all the cheerful jewel tones featured here.

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She included a beautifully illustrated quote from everyone’s favorite fire demon/shooting star,  which completely made my day. Howl’s Moving Castle is the comfort food of film (and literature, too!), in my opinion.

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When my messy, childish handwriting grows up, it wants to look just like this.

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Plus, everyone knows that narwhals are the number one way to my heart. (Man, now I want some stickers featuring the unicorn of the sea!)

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And here’s the beautiful letter in its entirety! I’ve photographed it with a vintage Ravel and Debussy record as the background, which surprisingly matches its aesthetic quite well. I know that this booklet is definitely going to have a place of pride on my pen pal wall soon –though it might prove a little too heavy for my clothespins!

When was the last time you sent or received a flipbook? Do you have any tips for those of us (i.e. ME) who lack quality flipbook-crafting skills?

4 thoughts on “What’s In My Mailbox? Of Carp & Calcifer

  1. Idle Emma July 22, 2016 / 9:25 am

    So pretty! And absolutely love that narwhal!
    I haven’t made any flipbooks in a while – maybe I should do that on my next crafty day.
    (also, my tip for for flipbooks – just keep watching youtube videos until you think you know what to do – actually that’s my tip for general life xD)

    • Mailbox Mermaid July 26, 2016 / 11:08 am

      Haha, as you know all too well, that’s also my general philosophy for learning new things 😀 Maybe you’ll get to see one of my next flipbook attempts in a letter soon!

      • Idle Emma July 26, 2016 / 8:50 pm

        Haha, well feel free to send me your flipbook experiments 🙂

  2. thesnailmail July 22, 2016 / 10:43 am

    I love the narwhal & the fishy “mail for you” panel!

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