The Habit of Writing Notes

Note: You all know I love cards, and I also love stationery. Both are wonderful ways to share greetings with those we care about. The other day I saw a project that Sara was working on--some personalized stationery--and fell in love with it. I knew you'd like it too, so I asked her to guest blog and share it. Enjoy!

I saw a book the other day, The Art of the Handwritten Note by Margaret Shepherd. I have a personal goal to try to do better at letting people know I appreciate them, and writing notes is a great way to do that, so I picked up the book.

I enjoyed reading it! It talked about the etiquette of writing notes, the content of different types of notes, and even the types of inks and papers available. One thing the book mentioned is that it’s important to establish a habit of writing notes, and part of that is making sure you have stationery readily available.

I totally got that—there have been so many times I’ve thought about writing a note to someone but didn’t follow through because I didn’t have a card or note handy.

So I’ve been thinking about this lately. Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry stationery, so I’ve been trying to be creative with my supplies and make some fun stationery that I could always have on hand. I knew what I wanted—a simple, eclectic, urban look and feel. I thought about doing something with our Crumb Cake Card Stock, but then I was talking to a friend (also a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator), who suggested I try to create something from the packing paper that comes in our Stampin’ Up! orders.

I looked at it, and it’s perfect! It’s actually perforated at 8-1/2 inches, so I just cut it at 5-1/2 inches. I stamped my monogram in the bottom right hand corner, and I have exactly what I was looking for! If I’m writing a longer note, I can write on an entire sheet; if I’m writing a shorter note, I can just fold the sheet over to create a note card.

Of course, I had to have a cool envelope too! So I took apart one of our Stampin’ Up! envelopes and made a template, then created several different envelopes from our Designer Series Paper! The notes and envelopes look great together, and I have very affordable, environmentally friendly stationery that I can carry around all the time, so I can follow through when I get a “write a note” impression!