How Did I Miss These?


Apparently they’ve been around for years. Where was I when the Friendship Book craze began? Oh, yeah. I probably lacked friends. That might explain it.

Anyway, I recently joined my first FB swap on Swap-bot and these five beauts are ones I received. My address info filled up the cute one with the kitty cats and it is my privilege to send it along to the person it was made for. What fun!


  • Patty Davidson (Just Letter Rip)

    Hello Faiza,
    Friendship Books are small books of any size with blank pages inside. They need to be small enough to be sent inside a letter size envelope. The front cover is usually decorated. Inside the front cover, there are two important pieces of info: 1) The name and address of the person the FB is made for and 2) the name and address of the person who made the book. As the FB is mailed from person to person, he or she enters their own address and some info about whether they would like to swap or if they are looking for new penpals, etc. Once the FB is full, it gets mailed back to Person #1, full of new contacts. Does that make sense? Google Friendship books and you will find a whole series of abbreviations used.
    By the way, I got your gorgeous purple letter yesterday. Stay tuned for a post about it.

  • phonelady

    Oh those things are fun sometimes but I m not really into that so anybody who is reading this I dont do friendship books okay ? glad you did this post thanks .

  • Sue

    I got your fun envelope and letter today. I bought myself a little purple journal to record outs and ins. I sent some today and wrote those down. And, I was able to write your name as my first "in" in my new little book. šŸ™‚


  • Cari Polena

    I received your letter today. Very exciting! I loved the explanation of your correspodence log. I'm planning on starting my own very soon.

    I have made friendship books before. They are fun to make and share. Enjoy them.


  • Vale

    Hi Patty!
    Vale here! Daphne and I have been emailing you with regards to the CJ RR. Could you let us both know the status of your CJ, Patty? I sure hope that everything is alright with you, my friend!
    With warm hugs as always from Vale šŸ™‚

  • PostMuse

    As with all forms of communication, there are caveats at play for friendship books, mainly that they are sometimes sold to prisoners or people with not so friendly intentions. FB participants sometimes get letters from losers looking for money, sex, drugs, etc. I'm sure those instances are rare, but it is something to consider when putting your name and address out there for anyone to see. Sure … many of us have our names and contact information online somewhere, but often it is a site that needs a membership in order to access contact information.

    I know the little books can be quite enchanting and fun, and when I was much younger I participated in a few. I never got a letter because of any of them, but I did enjoy decorating them with my rubberstamps šŸ™‚

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth

    Wow, Patty. I had a ton of catching up to do on your blog. I was embarrassed at how long it's been since I've been here to see your gorgeous art. The recycled materials you use for some of your envelopes are right up my alley, too.

    Happy, Happy, Happy Easter!

  • ayearofletters

    Afternoon Patty,

    Did you receive a letter from me about a month ago? I'm thinking I've had a postal delivery breakdown on some outgoing letters of mine. Let me know will you? Thanks.

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