This post comes from my "Guest Post" on the LetterMo Blog.
As a creative person I have always subscribed to the belief that anyone can create. Yes, for some it’s a forté, but it doesn’t discount my belief. The levels may differ but you too can create art for your penpals. (They will appreciate this little extra something.) It’s Easy, Budget Friendly, and QUICK!
"And to prove it I’d like to introduce....
wait for it... as if you didn't know...."
...the BELLY BAND! It is truly the easiest thing ever. In fact, I don’t even have a long drawn out step-by-step for you because this just doesn’t need it. Cut, Fold, Adhere. That's it! More than that would be complicating something that is simple. You will be able to make your own after viewing the sample Belly Bands I’ve made for you below. Belly Bands can be as simple or as complex as you desire. You control the simplicity, budget and time.
• Approximate size to make your bands •
(Just a guide to get started. All at your discretion.)
• SINGLE BELLY BAND •
These Belly Bands use just one layer of paper, yet add art to your letter!
• LAYERED BELLY BAND •
These belly bands use two or more layers of paper for a little more impact.
The choices are truly endless! You are in control. I will say this, Belly Bands are a stupendous way of using papers, stickers and supplies that you can’t seem to utilize. See, you don’t have to be able to draw a straight line.
Oh by the way, Belly Bands also offer “privacy”. If you write on both sides of your letters and can see the text through the envelope, the belly band helps conceal the contents of your correspondence.
And for those of you whom drawing may be a forté, Belly Bands are a perfect canvas! Especially if you have concerns about "envelope delivery" with elaborate art. You can include your intricate design-work inside the envelope with a Belly Band as I have done below.
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
• More Love Letters
• Letter Writers
• A Month of Letters
• Post Card Exchange
• Snail Mail Ideas
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