Thursday, July 12, 2012

Guest Post | Miki of Miki's Scrapbook

Hello, Letter Love followers! I am Miki from Miki's Scrapbook and it's a pleasure to be guest posting here today, basically for two reasons. 1) I met Anne not so long ago, but I became friends with her very easily (because let's face it, she's totally loveable!); 2) I love snail mail! So it's cool to have the opportunity to share my mailing experiences here with you :).

First and foremost, let me just say that I'm totally delighted with the way USPS works! I am originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina (have been living in California for over a year now) and the postal service there is ... how can I put it? Really far from perfect! They don't let you use tape on envelopes, letters get mysteriously lost, they charge you taxes if you get a package, oh, and the postmen and employees at the Customs have the right to ask you to open your package in front of them ... But anyway, here in America my experience so far has been 100% satisfactory. I'm currently into sending packages in unconventional and unwrapped containers such as bottles, food boxes and balls and so far I have never had any problem.

My first experiment was the Easter eggs you can see in the pic above. I was not sure whether they were going to accept them at the post office, so I opted to get the stamps and throw them in the mailbox. Fortunately, they reached my recipients with no trouble! :)

I also like using water balloons instead of packing peanuts. They hold up ok for about 3 days, which is how long it usually takes for packages to get delivered. I don't think I'd use balloons for international shipping, though. Oh, and in case you're wondering where I got the plastic balls, they're 99c over at Party City.

Some considerations to take into account:
When you use an unwrapped container, always cover the bar code if it's exposed. I learned that when I took the tin foil box above; the employee had to use black permanent marker to cover it.

If you prefer to skip the post office and print the labels at home or use stamps, check USPS First Class price list (packages) and be aware of the fact that prices vary according to the measurements and shape of your container.

If you pay an extra 85c you can track where your package is on the USPS website. I bought an app that's called Package Tracker so I get the updates on my phone. This app costs $1 and works with many different shipping companies.

Thanks a lot, Anne for letting be here today!

Hope you all have a great day! ;D



  1. Miki, I can't tell you how much I love your wonderful packages! Your creativity is so inspiring! And yay for USPS!

  2. Thanks for the inspiration Miki! I sent you a somewhat unconventional package this week, so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that it reaches you!

  3. Buenísimo Miki! Adhiero al punto que cuenta la experiencia del correo en argentina :(
    Mi Miki-paquete no ha arribado aún! Le podés hacer tracking a ese o cuando llega al país se perdió?

    Saludo y qué bien que te estés repartiendo por otros blogs! Tu experiencia debe ser contada! jajaja

    Lo de las bombuchas no lo sabía! muy original :D

  4. Bravo Miki!
    USPS users: enjoy it! I live in Argentina and all Miki said about our postal service is just so :(

  5. I totally love this, as I've already said somewhere else!
    The stuffed bear is my favourite!

  6. Nice to read your guest post here Miki! I love all your packaging ideas. I'm totally going to try doing this - thanks always for your tips! I also am glad to find this new blog through your guest post!