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  1. New Book: Snail Mail + WIN! Prize Pack

    Snail Mail by Michelle MackIntosh published by Hardie Grant RRP .95 available in stores nationally. Via We-are-Scout.com.

    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.

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    Snail Mail author Michelle MackIntosh.

    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.

    This is an edited extract from Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh published by Hardie Grant RRP .95 available in stores nationally. Via We-are-Scout.com.

    This is an edited extract from Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh published by Hardie Grant RRP .95 available in stores nationally. Via We-are-Scout.com.

    This is an edited extract from Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh published by Hardie Grant RRP .95 available in stores nationally. Via We-are-Scout.com.

    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.

    This is an edited extract from Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh published by Hardie Grant RRP .95 available in stores nationally. Via We-are-Scout.com.

    This is an edited extract from Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh published by Hardie Grant RRP .95 available in stores nationally. Via We-are-Scout.com.

    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.

    This is an edited extract from Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh published by Hardie Grant RRP .95 available in stores nationally. Via We-are-Scout.com.

    This is an edited extract from Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh published by Hardie Grant RRP .95 available in stores nationally. Via We-are-Scout.com.

    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

    Snail Mail giveaway via We-are-Scout.com.

    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. 

    • Shay Fagg

      The best snail mail I’ve ever received was from a pen pal in
      Peru. It’s amazing to connect with someone across the world.

    • Dee

      I went to Germany when I was 18 on my own for a Summer, no internet back then! A friend sent me a letter with all the gossip and an Irish tea bag 🙂 Best.

    • http://www.kobiyashi.wordpress.com Mary Cheng

      Would love to send snail mail, and not just special cards like birthdays, Christmas etc. Keeps the skill of artful creativity and letter writing alive.

    • Melanie Klassen

      As a teenager I was a HUGE Pearl Jam fan and got pretty darn excited when their first Australian tour was announced. Despite my very best efforts a number of complications arose and I missed out on tickets to the Entertainment Centre show. A deep funk set in. A few weeks later a letter arrived in the post offering me two tickets to the show. I literally jumped for joy; in that moment I was the most ecstatic I have ever been. I still get goosebumps thinking back on it.

    • Ro Bailey

      My most long standing friend was working as visiting professor at the Hong Kong university. Our birthdays are one month apart, mine on 25/5, hers on 26/6. She sent me a card with a sprig from the bodi tree, under which Buddha obtained enlightenment. Upon arriving in Australia it was opened by customs and the front page torn off. I received it with the envelope all stuck together with tape with the front page missing. The most unusual birthday card ever, from a loving friend.

    • http://kraftmint.com/ Ursula Rosien

      When I moved to the states from Peru to go to school, my mom would send me beautiful cards made by artisans from Peru. The front of the card had a miniature doll, sewed with the most colorful thread. I’ve saved them all!

    • Emily

      The snail mail that comes to mind first are the letters I received from my great grandmother when I was a little girl. She would send notes from New York to Florida on colorful stationery with $1 enclosed for a trip to the Dollar Store on her. So sweet.

    • Monique Smith

      My sister sent a postcard from Italy of a screaming child and upturned pasta bowl on her head. She then proceeded to regale a funny tale of ordering food and the argument she caused between the waiter and chef by asking for cold prawns, people stopped in from the street to listen. She received hot prawns. Never one to worry she ignored it and ordered dessert by dropping a toothpick on the menu. She never said what happened to the waiter!

    • Kristy Lade

      Any of the letters my best friend has sent me. We have been pen pals since we were 8…long before the internet was invented!

    • Liesl

      My Uncle George and I were pen pals and every year he would go to the Ekka and post me show bag – Heaven!

    • sylvie

      I am a calligrapher. So glad to see this hapeneing. At Christmas, we send a receive great mail! Every Christmas is always a treat! The Best was when my daughter was born and received a card with her name in gold leaf. Still have it!

    • Harriet Wimsey

      Looks beautiful! I am trying hard to hand write a letter every week and this looks inspirational. I have every letter my father wrote me weekly from when I went to grad school in 1982 through to moving to Australia in 1995. Sadly, he switched to fax thereafter and the type faded and were discarded. He died a couple of years ago and I still go back and read them to hear his voice.

    • Sara Burgess

      i always loved getting cards and letters from my nana.

    • Jo

      I remember having Japanese pen friends when I was at school and I loved their writing paper, stickers, writing and stamps!

    • Kelpad

      My gran was a great traveller, and right up until she died she sent postcards from every destination on every trip. 30 years of traveling the world through her eyes.

    • Sarah

      This reminds me of the precious letters my Mum has sent me throughout my life – as a school kid waiting for me at school camp, to poste restante as I backpacked around the world, and finally as a new Mum to encourage and light my days.

    • Emily

      Letters from my (then) very new boyfriend, who was teaching in Japan. Handwritten letters back and forth for 7 months deepened our relationship (and friendship) – nine years later, still together, baby on the way!