I have always had an obsession with stationery. The best part of going back to school after the summer holidays was the annual trip to WHSmith or Staples to buy a new set of pens and pencils (which I’d use to doodle all over my maths book!) and notepads and the like. I’m now in my late-twenties and the same things excite me, although now I’m a little more interested in the paper and design, than the multi-coloured pens*.
*who am I kidding, I still love the multi-coloured pens…
This week I’ve been assembling our wedding invitations and I’ve loved every minute of it! As an ex-stationery designer, I am totally in my element surrounded by paper, paint, calligraphy, ribbon, labels etc. but it’s so much more special doing my own and personally addressing them to my loved ones, and I’m really enjoying putting all the pieces together. It’s taking me a while, but it’s totally worth it knowing how rare it is that people get anything other than bills and junk through the mail these days. I enjoy putting the time and care into hand crafting each one as it’s become so unusual and there’s not much better than a handwritten envelope coming through the letterbox in my opinion. If it makes just one or two of our guests go ‘ooooh’, I’ll be a happy gal.
Being absorbed by invitation making has really made me miss the personal touch that snail mail has over email. Handwritten letters can really be a piece of art worth treasuring for years.
When I was young I would write to friends all the time, and even had one pen-pal in Austria. We would put so much effort and time into each letter, covering it in doodles and cutesy stickers, making little packages of mix-tapes and sweeties and wrapping them in hand decorated paper. Some days I long for those simpler times. I’m pretty sure I’ve kept a lot of these letters as memories from long ago, can’t say the same for emails and Facebook messages.
So, with Valentine’s day right around the corner, why not take the time to hand make a card, or write a letter to a loved one? Unleash your inner crafty-beast and cover it in doodles and stickers, multi-coloured ink, stamps and washi tape, or just collage the fudge out of it. I can promise you one thing – they’re gonna love it!
Letters are even wonderful in quilt form – check out this gorgeous wall quilt from Hyacinth Quilt Designs. Love it, love it, love it!
Tell me you wouldn’t be excited to receive any of the letters above. Anyone fancy being my pen-pal?