Let the Happy Mail Movement Begin …

Yay!! The Big Idea Festival opened today …
and I finally get to unveil my BIG idea to start a year-long “pay-it-forward”  Happy Mail campaign centered at Big Picture Classes.

Layout I created about Happy Mail, for my class, Twelve.

This idea was conceived in January at CHA, when I first saw the Doodlebug Card Tower, I had been thinking about handwritten cards and letters and the personal impact they convey, so my brain quickly set to work on how I could get that tower in my studio and what I could do with it and YOU that would make a difference …

I’m delighted to finally announce that I have joined forces with Doodlebug Designs in a very  Happy mail campaign.

Beginning next week, I will write a weekly “In Monday’s Mail” post, which will reveal the recipients of seven homemade cards, and remind you to check in on the BPC blog to see the cards and participate with challenges, prizes and more!  These cards will arrive with a challenge to “pay it forward” and a request to report back with a link to a blog or Facebook post that documents Happy Mail of their own. You can also follow our Happy Mail Pinterest Board. Together we can fill mailboxes across the world with encouragement, love and some good old fashioned fun!

NOTE: I will be sending these and all cards to students at Big Picture Classes, with a completed profile!

p.s. Check out the CUTE postage that Cynthea, (Doodlebug’s founder) designed!

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  1. I like the idea of Happy Mail very much- and those Doodlebug cards are darling! Thanks for getting the Big Idea Festival off to an exciting start.

  2. This sounds wonderful and a great incentive to get me back into stamping now that the travels of summer has ended and I’m ready to get cozy and get my craft on!!

  3. carol in seattle :) says:

    Today has been such a FANTASTIC news day! So happy to hear about this new venture – so apropros that Cynthea and Doodlebug are involved. :) I’m also so excited about the BPC/Ella mashup! Things are SO GOOD in my scrappy world today!!!!!

  4. So excited to see the Happy Mail Campaign get underway! And what an awesome start to the Big Idea Festival today.

  5. Karen Freeman says:

    So so glad you were able to make this happen – it is awesome. Thank you.

  6. I LOVE this idea! Very cool and easy way to make someone’s day.

    I’m wondering if there is a way I could adapt this idea for where I work. I work in a huge cinder block building with about 45 people. It is a state agency and due to budget cuts, etc. it seems to be very stressful around the building right now. This would be a perfect and again, easy, way to bring a little brightness to the workplace.
    Off to see how I can make this happen – thanks for the wonderful idea!

  7. oh happy day! I love snailmail, even getting the mail, junk mail makes me smile. I just like things in my mailbox, can’t wait to send my 3 cards today! One was to a little boy from our school who is fighting for his life, he got hit by a car riding his bike at the end of the summer, he’s still in a coma…we are praying for a miracle! My kids and I made cards for him and his parents and brother. I also sent a card randomly to a friend. And I had a free subscription to gift to someone for Rachael Ray Magazine, so I sent that. Oh happy mail day! Thanks for the inspiration of happiness…as always SJ…hats off to you for such love spreading! YAY!

  8. Hi Stacy!

    Congratulations on the combination of BPC and Ella! How cool!

    I love the idea of happy mail- a handwritten card/note is so awesome and I totally want to participate. You mentioned a complete BPC profile- what if you don’t have a website or blog or on facebook? Can it still be complete? Thanks!! :-)

  9. I SO LOVE the concept of the Happy Mail Movement! Thank you for sharing the idea and providing a much needed nudge to take the time to connect with those we care about. Can’t wait to see what you have in store and even more so, to begin sending my own happy mail! Any chance the happy mail postage stamp will be made available via Zazzle or perhaps as a digital image? Either would be such a great addition to my happy mail envelope!!! Thanks Stacy!

  10. Between all the bills, flyers and junk a person gets in the mail it certainly is nice when you get that rare piece of happy mail in your box. Better yet when it’s a handmade card with a note.

  11. I love this idea but I am wondering how you communicate the idea of ‘pay it forward’? You may have said it somewhere but I can’t seem to find it.

  12. Oh Stacy, there is so much happiness and good news all wrapped up in this one email. Who does not love receiving a card or letter in the mail? Something to hold that is real; something that can become a treasure because a friend cared enough to mail a real card. We just received a sympathy card for my mil’s passing. I appreciate all the comments in fb, but I treasure the thought that our friend took the time to send a card.
    Yes, let the Happy Mail begin. It is long overdue.

  13. Allison M. says:

    How awesome! I’ll be checking my BPC profile today to ensure it’s filled out in full. This is a fabulous idea!

  14. great movement, love how you did the title, and that background paper, that to me is Stacy paper.

  15. What a wonderful idea – I love getting mail. I’ve only recently become a card maker (some scraps are just too small for a 12×12 LO!) and I love sending the cards I have made. I’ll be keen to participate in the challenges – but away in this corner of the globe I will be sending cards anyway!

  16. Love the LO and LOVE LOVE LOVE the Happy Mail Movement. And the DB cards are adorable! I’m in! Thanks for inspiring us….again….. :-)

  17. That is really attention-grabbing, You are an excessively skilled blogger. I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks

  18. You might find this movement interesting as you do more snail mail: http://16sparrows.typepad.com/letterwritersalliance/

  19. I love your idea Stacy! I made a goal this year to send birthday and anniversary cards to all my family, extended family (on one side), my husband’s family and close friends. I am happy to say that this goal will be met easily!! AND I have enough cards made to get most of next year ready to mail!! My oldest son is graduating from high school this year and I already have most of the cards made to give to his friends. I love sending homemade cards! It is just so rewarding. Next is planning my Christmas cards for this year!!

  20. Sent off four cards today – and FORGOT to take a photo!

    Ah well, I bet the recipients will be happy… Hmm, one of whom is turning one on Tuesday so I suspect he’ll be indifferent but his parents will be happy right? :lol:

    Thanks for the inspiration. Not planning on aiming for 365 but I figured a dozen a month (it being I’m in TWELVE and doing 12 on the 12th) would be a good goal.

  21. I just love that the Simple family has come full circle to something even bigger and better! I need to hear things like this as my faith in life and humanity has been really lacking of late.

    Long and loyal member of BPS/BPC. Six years, WOW!

  22. “If that’s.. what you’re into… you can.” That killed me. How he managed to finish that is beyond me.

  23. Thanks! nice review I shared it

  24. I was lucky to receive one today. How do I pay it forward? Do I make one and send to you, Stacy?? Or just send to some other random person?

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