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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Letterboxing


Have you ever gone letterboxing?  Ever even heard of it? It's the predecessor to geo-caching. It started a long time ago and doesn't require technology. Well, it does now. Let me explain. Letterboxing is a fun activity that combines mystery and puzzle solving with hiking and enjoying the outdoors.  You go online (there's the technology) and gain clues to find letterboxes in your area (or where you are traveling to). And then you set out to find them.  Here are some great sites to find out more about letterboxing, gather clues to letterboxes and get started on this fun hobby yourself: Atlas Quest, Letterboxing North America.

Inside the box you will find a stamp. Not a postage stamp, a rubber stamp.  One that you can make an imprint from. Typically they are hand carved.  You collect the image of the stamp in your logbook. In return, you leave a stamped image of your stamp in the log book of the host letterbox as well as your trail name and where you are from. It's pretty neat to see all the places that people have come from and discovered the same box. Then you repack the box and hide it for the next letterboxer. The only thing you take with you is the stamped image and the fun that you had in solving the clues to find the box.

This scrapbook page that I created has photos from one of our letterboxing treks. I love this activity as it gets us outside enjoying the fresh air, exercising and thinking through the clues. A great thing to do on a summer day.







Shared at:
Anything Goes Challenge
Deep Ocean Challenge
Jackson's Digital Expressions
Lady Bug Crafts Ink
Papertake Weekly 
Sassy Cheryl's
Art with No Boundaries
Craft Your Passion
Make It Monday
Totally Stampalicious
Truly Madly Crafty

25 comments:

  1. A nice layout and interesting information - thanks for joining in with this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge. Mary G x

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  2. This layout is so inviting, I just wanted to read the story of your letter boxing experience(s). The details, trim, earthy feel, is so delightful and I think this is the perfect design too. Love it!

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  3. Great LO and fab embellishments,detail.

    Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes.

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  4. I've never heard of letter boxing, thanks for the links! Beautiful page.

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  5. Thanks for all the letterboxing info! it sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing with us at Totally Stampalicious!

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  6. Very nice layout! Letter boxing sounds like it might provide a lot of inspiration for design! Thanks for sharing this wonderful LO with us at Jackson's Digital Expressions! We hope you will become one of our regulars!
    Hugz,
    Chana, DT Coordinator
    JDE

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  7. Lovely layout! I like the letterboxing. Thanks for playing along with us at Jacksons Digital Expressions.

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  8. Great LO. Love the wooden letters.
    Thanks for joining us at CYP.
    LG Michelle

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  9. What a beautiful scrapbook page. It's super creative and gorgeous. What great pics!
    So glad you joined us this week in the FOR THE BOYS challenge this week at Sassy Cheryl's!

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  10. Very nice layout, and thanks for the info. I hadn't heard of letterboxing. It's nice to see your work at Jackson's Digital Expressions.

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  11. This scapbook page is awesome. I love all of the layers and nature references in you embellies. Great layout. It draws your eye through the whole page. Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries. Letter boxing sounds fun.

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  12. I had never heard of letterboxing! That's a really cool activity!

    Love the wonderful layout that you have done.

    Thanks for joining us as Jackson’s Digital Expressions this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

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  13. Fabulous layout Cathy, love the details and great photos.

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

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  14. What a great hobby for your boys. Love your scrapbook page showing so much love of nature and art. Thanks for entering at Art With No Boundaries.

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  15. fabulous page! I love you letterbox!

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  16. Love this page!! My family does Geocaching and every once in a while we come across one that has the stamps in it. We never knew what they were for, but now I do!! Thank you so much for explaining!
    If you don't do geocaching, you should! It's the same idea, but you sign the log with your username instead of stamps, and there are little things in the caches that you can trade. And if you have a smartphone, you're already set to go! Lots of fun for all ages! :)
    ~Krista
    (kc71595)

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  17. What a fabulous layout, gorgeous colours and a real feel of the outdoors in summer! Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes this week, hope to see you again soon! x

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  18. Wow....this is fantastic! Love the layout and all the detail.
    Thanks for joining us at LCI Challenge this month.
    Diane xx

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  19. OMgosh! this is a work of art! Fantastic design! love it!
    thanks for joining us for the Sassy Cheryl-For The Boys challenge this week!
    judy

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  20. Fabulous layout. Thanks for joining in on the fun at JDE
    Berni,DT

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  21. I love your layout Cathy!! Great job!! Saw this on Art with no Boundaries. I am your newest follower. Hugs, Gloria

    http://purpleglocreations.blogspot.com

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  22. Fantastic layout and great details, sounds like a very fun thing to do! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Art With No Boundaries! =)
    Hugs, Elenor DT

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  23. fab project - thank so much for playing with craftyourpassionchallenges - hugs Joanna

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  24. Your layout is wonderful - love all the nature elements! So enjoyed reading about letterboxing - got to try it! So glad you linked up at Art With No Boundaries!

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  25. What a great layout and loved reading your post. I have never heard of Letter-boxing, but have heard of something similar done as Random Acts of Kindness where things are hidden for people to fin, or as a pay it forward. Thank you for sharing this with us on Art With No Boundaries, I will definitely go check out the Letter-boxing.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

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