What a week it has been! The days leading up to November 10 were full of anticipation for me since this was my first time volunteering for Snail Mail My Email (SMME). When I got my first email request, I was really nervous and felt a little bit of pressure to perform well…what if they don’t like what I create? What if it doesn’t live up to expectations?
But, then I just started and created what I felt would be good. After completing the first email to letter conversion, I couldn’t wait to get started on the next and in my excitement even wished I had more submissions. A wish that quickly disappeared, when I realized completing more than two or three a day can be hard, but only because there just aren’t enough hours in the day.
I’ve been seriously penpaling since November 2012 and I love everything I share with my pen pals, but what I absolutely loved about volunteering for SMME was the feeling of being a part of messages sent around the world. I helped bring someone’s words of love, encouragement, endearment, and more to life in a tangible form that they can hold on to forever, if they so desire.
They actually had to stop accepting email submissions on Friday, November 14 because they had received over 7,000 since Monday. 7,000!!! That is a lot of emails being turned into letters to be sent around the world.
So here are the 19(!) emails I transformed into letters over the past week. 12 of these letters were mailed within the U.S., 2 went to Canada, and 5 were mailed to other international countries. 10 people requested the custom option of Doodle, 3 requested Lipstick Kiss, 2 requested Flower Petal, and 4 had special requests. I am very proud of my creations and love that this project has gotten me back into drawing.
Check out some of the other amazing creations done by the other 389 volunteers by searching #snailmailmyemail on Instagram or checking out the Letter Gallery on the Snail Mail My Email site.
Doodle Letters (slideshow)
These are all the letters that requested the custom option of Doodle. I tried matching what I doodled to the content of the letter.
All letters that were to be sealed with a kiss.
These are the special requests where the submitter had something more specific in mind. I was quite nervous crating the marriage proposal and I hope it went as planned. The second one requested a Disney Character, the third Dogs, and the fourth a Fat Kitten.
These are some of the envelopes I used to mail the letters.