Reviving the Art of Handwritten Notes
In a day and age where long distance communication with others is primarily through email, texting, and Snapchat; we often forget the power of a handwritten note. A letter written by hand is much more personal because you have taken the time to find stationery and an envelope; you take time to write the note, seal, address and stamp the envelope, and eventually, run the envelope out to your mailbox before the mailman makes his rounds. All those steps require much more effort in comparison to hitting the send button on an email or text.
With our fast-paced day to day lives, it’s often hard to focus on the little things. Taking time out of your day to write a letter should be thought of as a relaxing break, not a burden. Set aside a half an hour, grab a cup of tea, some monogrammed stationery, and a fountain pen then start writing. Quite honestly, the letter doesn’t even have to be sent. You can write a love letter to yourself or a hate letter to an ex-boyfriend (I support you if you decided the hate letter needs to be sent.)
On the other hand, if you choose to write a letter that will be sent in the mail it’s nice to make it as personal as possible. I like to decorate my stationary and make my own cards, and sometimes I even embellish the envelope. It’s much more affordable to customize your own notes and trust me those who receive your letters will appreciate the extra effort.
Below are my favorite supplies for decorating.
You can use letter stamps to monogram your own stationery.
Watercolors are a great way to decorate cards, have fun playing with the design, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
While making your own stationery and writing handwritten notes takes more time, it will be much more sentimental to the person who receives it. A letter or card can be saved and cherished for years to come, unlike a text that reads, “Happy B-day, LUV U!” So next time you’re thinking of someone, or want to let them know you care, consider sending something that can be signed, sealed and delivered.