Happy Mail: Further Explorations
Instructors Jennifer Isham &
Jeff Ursillo

Saturday May 12, 2018
9:30 AM to 4 PM
JCBA Bindery 350C (in the Wimberly Library)
Class Limit: 12

Take your happy mail to the next level as you learn to embroider, collage, create unique envelopes, make envelope art with watercolor, paint, and stamps, and learn to make creative and simple stamps out of household and inexpensive store bought items to make your own stationery, decorated envelopes, and even wrapping paper. The stamps you’ll make are also suitable for use in art journaling. All materials provided, although participants will be asked to bring some basic things, most likely items you already have in your home.

Tuition Schedule

General Public: $70
FAU Faculty & Staff, Students from other Institutions: $65
FAU Students: $60


One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student for just the cost of materials ($20) thanks to funds raised in memory of Dorothy Hamilton, who loved JCBA’s monthly Real Mail Fridays letter writing socials. To be considered for this seat, you must be a current FAU student and send an email to jcutrone@fau.edu explaining what it would mean to you to have the opportunity to take this workshop. Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through May 1, 2018.


Jeff Ursillo and Jennifer Isham are both longtime and accomplished paper artists, not to mention longtime participants in Jaffe Center for Book Arts classes and activities. Jennifer has been an avid and creative mail lover since the age of nine. She currently corresponds with over 40 penpals in the States and internationally on a regular basis. A crafter since childhood, she has been making cards, journals, collages, and scrapbooks since her children were very young. She's a regular at JCBA's Real Mail Fridays, and also facilitiates her own letter writing socials.

Jeff's love of handmade crafts goes back to childhood. He has been making handcrafted journals and greeting cards for a number of years, and particularly enjoys making ones that require precise measuring and paper manipulation. Three dimensional papercrafting projects and bookbinding are also favorites of his. In addition to his skills as a paper artist, Jeff is also a mineralogist who has been cutting cabochons for jewelry for over 20 years.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone jcutrone@fau.edu. Sending your email will begin the registration process.