La Paper Lover is an Etsy shop that produces a line of Snail Mail Kits as well as a variety of other paper products. The Snail Mail Kits all feature foil stamping and/or screenprinting for vibrant looks. There are three designs available: Pansies, Air Mail and Telegram. Each style comes in a variety of color choices though the owner of the shop recommends the lighter paper stock colors for use with fountain pens. The darker paper colors work better with gel pens or other tools.
The Not Your Granny’s Air Mail Stationery Kits are available in a dizzying array of colors. The owner of LA Paper Lover, Esmeralda sent me a few sheets of paper and an envelope for the colors she thought would most appeal to the fountain pen community: white paper with pink & blue foil, yellow paper with blue & white foil, pale pink with white and gold foil and the classic white with red & blue foil (white or kraft envelope options). The Air Mail Stationery Kits feature three A6 envelopes (US A6 envelope size which does not relate to European paper sizes AT ALL. It measures 4 3/4″ x 6 1/2″) and nine sheets of 6″ x 8.5″ paper that can be folded in half to fit into the envelopes. Each set is $15 each and shipping is free in the US.
The Pansies set features three, large A7 (US A7 envelope sized — not EU A7 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″. I know, it’s all so confusing!) envelope with 12 flat sheets of writing paper. The Pansies Set is $14.50 with free shipping in the US too.
The Telegram sets also feature all feature three, large A7 (US A7 envelope sized — not EU A7 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″. I know, it’s all so confusing!) envelope with 12 flat sheets of writing paper. The paper in all the Telegram sets is white but shoppers can choose envelope colors from the available inventory. Current colors listed are lavender, red, and turquoise. Each set sells for $14.50 and includes free shipping in the US.
All sets use paper that is 70# text weight. Esmeralda sent along some gorgeous writing samples — far nicer than anything I could do.
There was ZERO show through or bleed through on the reverse of the samples that Esmeralda sent.
Esmeralda’s penmanship is top notch! I wonder if she does a lot of work for weddings?
I just think the LA Paper Lover Snail Mail Kits are excellent — the packaging, the foil stamping, the typography— and I am a TYPE SNOB so that’s saying something. These are worth the investment and will make your correspondence extra special! I can’t wait to send these to my favorite pen pals.
Prices for envelope sets start at $5 and Snail Mail letter kits start as $14.50.