Saturday, April 14, 2012

L is for Letterboxing

Another one of my favorite pass times is Letterboxing. It is the reason I started carving stamps. The basic concept is that there are thousands of little containers (Lock N' Locks are my favorite) all over the world. In these containers are a stamp and a book. You also have a stamp and a book. You follow the directions, hopefully finding the prize which is the stamp. First you stamp the boxes stamp in your book. Then stamp your stamp in the boxes book. If you like it you repeat the process. Some of the stamps I have found are simply amazing. Most have been hand carved, which I prefer. The best place I have found to get the directions and discuss the finer points of the hobby is Atlas Quest. They have a great section for beginners and information on how the hobby started. I would like to share some of my favorite pages out of my book with you all.

This one is my favorite because Gwen carved them when she was 6 and 7.

These were from a Renaissance event.

L is also for LTC

LTCs or Letterbox Trading Cards are a branch off from letterboxing. They are 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 and contain a hand carved stamp. Other than that you there aren't other rules. Sometimes the swaps focus on a certain theme and those are my favorite. These are a few of the cards I made.

Morning Star

Hugin and Munin



Yellow Trumpet Tree Blossom

Hey Diddle Diddle

Gwen made this one it is Epona from Zelda.

Follow your craft,


  1. I'd never heard of this but it sounds fun. I need to find out if there are any events around where I live. Good luck with A-Z!

  2. This sort of sounds like geocaching?

    1. Yes very close, but you don't take anything from the box and it is more subjective. We tried 2 times to get a box. Then we met the planter and realized she was 5 foot 10 with lots of leg. We went back with my hubby who is 6 foot 2 and he walked right to it. When we only had short people we were so far off.

  3. I found out about letterboxing about six years ago but couldn't really get the family on board. Then last year, I downloaded an app for geocaching. After a couple of times, my kids decided they would join me.

  4. What a neat hobby. I've never heard of it before.

    Carol's Notebook

  5. When my wife and I were in college we went letterboxing a lot and really got into it. Life got in the way and we haven't been in years. Your post made me want to start again! Thanks!