New Book: Snail Mail + WIN! Prize Pack
Every so often a new book comes along that makes you sigh with inspired satisfaction as you flip through every beautifully-designed page. And then you go straight back to the beginning and read it again carefully, engrossed in small details and new-found discoveries. Snail Mail, by Melbourne creative Michelle Mackintosh, is one of those special books.
Dedicated to the old-school art and romance of letter-writing, Snail Mail is a beautiful read from the start of its airmail-stripe-edged pages to finish.
As a book designer by day, Michelle’s attention to detail is both inspirational and instructional, packing her impressive little tome with original tips and generous advice on how to create the perfectly-crafted letter – with both words and artistic style.
My favourite bits? Michelle’s curated examples of beautifully-written letters in history; her thoughtful suggestions on what to include in a care package; practical tips on how to write those tricky letters; and step-by-step letter-writing-themed projects.
There are also loads of cute and clever ideas scattered throughout the book, such as terms of endearment themed by decade (“60s Mod/Pop: Birdie; Babe/Baby/ Sugar/Honey; Pet; Pussycat”). And if you’re an indie music fan, you’ll also appreciate her lyric-tinged themes and quotations.
Snail Mail is packed with gorgeous styling and inspirational photos of the most beautifully decorated envelopes, parcels and stamp collections. There’s also a bunch of templates and cute stickers at the back of the book.
If you’ve ever collected stamps as a child, written letters decorated with your most prized stickers to a pen-pal, developed an appreciation of the cute or kawaii, had an obsession with stationery, or delighted in receiving a ‘just because’ letter in the mail that’s not a bill (or pings into your Gmail inbox), you’ll probably get a big kick and immense pleasure out of Snail Mail.
And you just might want to enter our special giveaway…
WIN! Snail Mail Prize Pack
To celebrate the launch of Snail Mail, the awesome gang from Hardie Grant are giving away a special Snail Mail prize pack to one We Are Scout reader, including:
– A copy of Snail Mail
– Buttons A5 Journal designed by Michelle
– Buttons 3 Mini Notebooks designed by Michelle
– Buttons Boxed Notecards designed by Michelle
It’s simple and easy to enter, just follow these two simple steps:
1. You must be on the We Are Scout mailing list to be eligible. Not on the list? Enter your email address below and click Sign Up.
2. Simply leave a comment below, telling us in 25 words or less about the best snail mail you’ve ever received.
This giveaway has now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered, the winner has been announced.
This is an edited extract from Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh published by Hardie Grant RRP $29.95 available in stores nationally.
Prize pack photography by Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout.