April is officially national card and letter writing month! You’re probably wondering what the hell I’m talking about.
What is National Card and Letter Writing Month?
The U.S. Postal Service officially designated April National Card and Letter Writing Month in 2001 “to raise awareness of the importance and historical significance of card and letter writing.” A whole month dedicated to cards and letters sounds like it was just made for us, right?
A lot of you may not realise that my business originally started out as a card making company. It was called Hand Prints and it started as a side income for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation cards while I was in college. It didn’t last very long, but I had a lot of fun making those cards.
Everything about a card or letter screams “somebody cares”: the name and address in familiar handwriting, the knowledge someone took the time to sit down and write to you and then find a stamp and send it, the fancy paper. So when you write someone a letter, you’re literally sending happiness into the world. I chose to celebrate by writing my boyfriend a series of love letters. I’m old school like that and love the idea of a tangible love letter. Especially in a long distance relationship, it really helps to have something physical to look at to remind yourself of that person’s love and affection for you. So I thought a personal note with my handwriting would be a nice gesture.
So clear off a space on your desk. Fill a mug with your best pens. Stock up on stickers and washi tape (I just bought some from JoAnn’s yesterday). And grab some cool stamps. Let’s get ready to write.
While there is no ‘official’ way to celebrate National Letter Writing Month, besides sending letters of course, there are a few specific ways you can get involved, like the Write_On Challenge. The Write_On campaign is a “mission-driven campaign to promote joy, creativity, expression, and connection through hand-written correspondence” that was brought to us by the stationery shops Eggpress and Hello!Lucky in 2014. Now, five years later, this 30 day challenge has grown into a global movement with the Write_On blogdedicated to sharing writing inspiration and tips.
This challenge is based around the idea that if we spend 10-15 minutes a day writing for 5 days, we can make deeper connections and remind our loved ones how much they mean to us. When you put it in that context, it sounds totally manageable!
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Still stuck on where to start? Check out these writing prompts, tips for Prepping for a Successful Month of Letter Writing as well as this guide to Writing a Great Penpal Letter. and tons of free snail mail printables including our 2019 Compilation of Free Printable Stationery and a list of our favourite Free Printable Envelope Liners to help inspire you!
And if you want to share your stories, show off your photos, or even commiserate about your frustrations (WHY can’t you ever find your favourite pen when you really need it?!), I’m here for you. Just be sure to tag your photos #lifebyolivia on Instagram. And you can always chat with us on Facebook or in the comments below!