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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Put Pen to Paper for Letter Writing Month

I'll be the first to admit I've fallen "victim" to the call of the keyboard. Its melody swirls around me and forces me to text, email or send a Facebook message. You  know, much like how a mermaid's siren song lures fishermen from their vessels. 

It's easy to give into it; it's convenient, quick and oftentimes succinct. In my case, it allows me to continue what I'm doing without interruption but to also stay in touch... Sometimes having complete conversations. (it really only works well if both people are good at that form of communication.) 

When I was an adolescent and even into my early 20s, I got immense pleasure from writing and receiving letters. I couldn't wait for the mail to be delivered because there would be a letter from my first love (I was 14) or my grandmother. As I got older, life got busier and technology more commonplace, letter writing was one of the first things to let go. 

Let's try to change that. Well, for this month at least then we'll see where it takes us. Pick up your paper, markers,gel pens, colored pencils, stickers, postcards and stationary (or just the regular stuff, if you like) and hand write some letters and notes to those who are too far away for frequent visits. There's still something special and even magical - when it's not a bill - in sending and receiving mail. 




I almost always have some type of pretty paper stashed for just such an occasion. Here are a few of my choices:


Scrapbooking paper can be made into
 the prettiest cards and stationary. 
In addition to using scrapbook paper for its intended purpose, I use it for greeting cards, projects, and stationary. It has a nice heavy weight so your cards or letters aren't flimsy, which makes it even better for adding stickers and other embellishments.

When I'm in a hurry, notecards are perfect. You can get them with pre-written messages or blank to make them even more personalized. When you use the pre-written ones be sure to still include a personal note.

Stickers can be expensive so I often purchase them on sale. A stroll through your favorite craft, fabric or paper store will lead thou to goodies on clearance. Stock up so when you want to make something you may have exactly what you need. 

Now, all you have to do is make a list of people you haven't been in touch with lately and send them a nice letter or card. Will you celebrate Letter Writing Month? 


I adore using notecards especially bright colors.
Don't you just love the puppy 🐶 cards I found for my
 children to use? 

One never had enough stickers! 

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