Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekends: The Handwritten Note

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This weekend, it's time to slow down a bit and re-discover a lost art, the handwritten note. I'll be the first to admit that I'm horrible at writing notes. I'd love to be better at it, so I thought I'd help myself along. For inspiration, I found the book The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication by Margaret Shepherd. The book talks about the many reasons why it's important to write a note and talks about the different types of notes you may find yourself writing. It touches on the thank you note, condolence note, congratulations note, the love note, and many others.   




To help get inspired to write, I made some pretty note cards. I don't have step-by-step photos to show you the process, but it was very easy. I trimmed the front edge with my fancy-edged scissors, then cut some thin grosgrain ribbon to run across the bottom. I applied it with regular white glue. So easy and so cute!



I feel a little bit more equipped to write a handwritten note now. But, I wanted to make this as easy on myself as possible. After I saw this post on The Sleepy Time Gal, I knew I needed a writing basket. I filled it with various note cards. I have thank you cards, blank cards, and even small pieces of card stock just in case the mood strikes to be artistic. I found a small notebook and turned it into an address book, so I wouldn't have the excuse of not having an address. I also keep pens and pretty stamps in here, so I'm all ready to go.

The writing basket sits on my bedside table as reminder to sit down and write a note. It's a nice reminder and something I hope I make more of an effort to do.


I'll leave you with a quote I found in the book:

"Behold me going to write you as handsome a letter as I can. Wish me luck."
Jane Austen to Francis Austen 1813

What are you doing this weekend?

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