Mailart for the last week of April

Instead of my standard postcards, I’ve come up with a new idea for some mailart365 project pieces. It started out when my best friend showed me a moleskine app she had on her iphone. Unfortunately, she has a newer phone and mine won’t let me download it. No harm because it got me thinking of the moleskine cahiers that I love so much.

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I’ve been making my own little cahiers for quite a while now, and this whole thing spurred the idea to make some more but then turn them into mailart.

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I’ll send them directly through the mail, where the addresses, and postage are stuck right on the cover. Each book is 4.25″x5.5″ closed. I collaged on some pressed board, and then coated them with a sealer.

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These are the open faced covers. I stuck a rubberband inside each book so the owner can keep them closed like in the picture at the top. I haven’t yet put the recipients address on them in these pictures, so that I could share them.

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I thought it would be a cool collaboration of sorts. My artwork is on the cover and the recipient can fill the blank pages inside with their own words or artwork. I think it will be cool with the cancelled stamps.

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It’ll be a crapshoot to see if it makes it through the mail or not.

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We print and mail booklets all the time at work, but those are through bulk mail and these are obviously not bulk. I’ve seen pictures of a banana and toast with postage and addresses being sent through the mail successfully, so I think it’s a good bet they will make it to their destinations.

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I made wafer stickers to put on the edges to keep them closed through the mail. You can see that below.

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I really love these books and this idea. I think it would be so much fun, and so unexpected to receive a little blank book in the mail. I hope the recipients like them and use them. I can’t wait to make some more.

Also, I wanted to thank you for the commiseration, tips on other sites and terms to search for regarding the Ikea frames in the last post. I’m a bit more hopeful that I will find a suitable and thrifty replacement.  I did hear back from Ikea officially, and it was pretty much the same thing the employee at a nearby store told me, the frames have been discontinued and that “IKEA products are not discontinued based on sales or consumer demand, but on product availability.” Bummer. Those frames were only $7 or $8, and other frames I’ve seen are closer to the $30 range. Ouch.


Hi, I'm Robyn and I was Hatched from a Kinder Surprise Egg. Graphic Designer by day, Maker of things by night. I have worked as a graphic artist professionally since I was 16 years old. Went on to get my Bachelors of Art from NIU. I like to share my Artwork online at and on my own personal website I also have an online shop where you can find more of my "crafty" sorts of things, as well as a random piece of artwork here and there. Oh, and I'm also an occasional contributor to Artomat (

11 thoughts on “Mailart for the last week of April

  1. Hi Robyn, I received one of your AWESOME postcards for iHanna’s swap a few weeks ago. Thanks so much. It’s one of my faves.

    I’m lovin all the mail art you are making!

  2. Mine is the zigzagy one, number 55. I loved receiving it and hope that I thank you sufficiently way back when. It’s been on my work table ever since and I’ve been thinking about what to do within it. Well, my 365 project ended 30 Nov. and I’ve had time to do what I’ve wanted to do, more mail art without numbering and scanning, and working on your little book. I’ve just begun. I’m going to post about it in a bit. Thanks again. I love it.

  3. Loved receiving mine, the zigzagy one. I’m working the insides now, finally, after finishing my 365 project 30 Nov. Thanks again for this treasure.

  4. Robyn, what was the verdict? Did they mail out safely? A group of “smashers” would like to know. We are all exchanging mail art on our group page in Facebook!

  5. Awesome. I am going to make some of these, and maybe even mail them. I guess they got through, because Mim got hers. (I never got to 365, I am stuck somewhere in the 200s, but have enjoyed all my mailart so far.)

    Lovely, colorful work. Thanks for sharing.

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