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Why A Letter A Week?

A Letter A Week was created to inspire myself and others to write someone at least once a week.  The possibilities are endless of who we can write.

Though many consider it a lost art, I will forever write as long as I’m able.  There’s a simple yet, most personal connection with one’s own writing, sealing an envelope and dropping the letter in a mailbox.  Once a letter leaves us it is up to the receiver to let the gift of the letter carry on.

Some friends drone on to me about how there’s no need to write when we have instant communication through texting and social media.  I don’t care.  It’s classy, it’s timeless, and many still enjoy receiving a handwritten letter.

I’ll be updating this site regularly as I will speaking at Tedx Camarillo about letter writing next month.  Until then, grab some personalized stationery and let me know who you write!

~Julie

You’ll want in on this deal …

This is why I love Embossed Graphics Stationery:  For the month of January, you can get TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE  (or if you prefer the word BOGO) of note cards, folded notes, letter sheets or gift enclosures.

These are the current correspondence cards that I’m using. They are perfect for a thank you thinking of you or a short letter.

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A letter a week on Instagram

I’ve decided to just have an Instagram account for all things letter writing for now.  When my book is ready I’ll definitely be back on this site as the name of the book is … A letter a week.

So, if you are reading this please jump over to Instagram and follow me at @aletteraweek.

April 1 started the #write_on 30 letters in 30 days challenge so I encourage you to dive in–even if it’s only a letter or two.

Writeoncampaign.com is full of ideas on who you can write to over the month.

Happy National Letter Writing Month and I’ll see you over on Instagram.

-Julie

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Letters from a president

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I’m not one to watch funeral services online, but today I listened to former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s.  How wonderful to hear about the handwritten letters that President Reagan wrote to her over the years.   Even better was to hear that she kept all the in a shopping bag in her closet.  I’m working on writing a book about letter writing and when I did a survey for family and friends, one of my questions was do you keep letters.  Do you keep them in a special place?

If you google Ronald Reagan letters you’ll see many from the former President.  He had a way of expressing himself that was simple, funny, and honest, yet caring and genuine.  May they both rest in peace.

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“I believe in the handwritten note.”

I haven’t been blogging much, but that doesn’t mean I’m not writing and sending cards.  I don’t even know where to start with some of the cute stationery I’ve mailed recently so I’ll just feature one here today.

Carde Blanche has been one of my favorites with these cute Namaste and Best Wrapped Gold Foil Cards.  Anyone who starts their about me page with “I believe in the handwritten note.”, is already a fan of mine.

Go to this site and I bet you’ll order something.  The quality of the paper and envelopes is very good.   She sells a lot of kraft enveoples, but color always adds a little brightness when opening the mailbox and their colored envelopes do that.  The Best Wrapped Foil cards are perfect because you can write a salutation in the small box.  So far I’ve written “Happy Birthday”, “Feel Better” and “Hey you!” on them.  A good choice to send a male a card with these.  Not feminine or masculine, again, just perfect.  🙂

They also sell a Grab Bag Surprise.  This is a fantastic deal for 10 cards for only $22.00 right now.  It is normally $32.00, which is still a great deal.  She also throws in a few pens and a surprise.  I ordered this and can’t tell you how perfect all the cards were.  The packaging and presentation–lovely!

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Off to buy some Halloween candy for the kiddos.  I’d much rather give them stationery, but doubt that would go over well.  Hee, hee!

Post Script: LA Pen Pal Club Founders Margaret and Victoria

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Meet Margaret Haas and Victoria Vu, founders of the LA Pen Pal Club. The two stationery enthusiasts host the monthly meetup, during which guests can talk correspondence, share interesting letters they’ve received, saddle up to a typewriter or take pen to paper. Here, they talk about postcards from Italy and the pen pal who wouldn’t have to write anything at all.

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When did your interest in the epistolary world begin?
I was making birthday cards for family members when I was very young, around kindergarten10832300_895321993813553_338458302_n of first grade. They were mostly decorated with stickers, but a heartfelt message was always the center of attention and what I’d spend most time on. I’m sure there were a lot of typos, but you got the general idea. Picking out just the right postage stamp for the envelope was always the cherry on top.

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Do you save cards and letters?

Long time no blog!

Here are photos of my bulletin board before and after from this afternoon.  I enjoy having them up on my board to remind me of the wonderful friends and family I have and those who like to keep in touch through written correspondence.   Every couple months I take down cards that I put up and put in a file.  At the end of the year I’ll go back through them and either toss them or hang on to them.  All mood driven.  I’m a big fan of  The Minimalists, but believe you can still have the memory of something even though you no longer have the tangible item (sorry mom, I tossed the peacock glass Christmas display thingy you made for me years ago–but see, I still remember it).  😉

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I went to Europe last month and enjoyed sending postcards from the Netherlands and Belgium.  One afternoon friends had to wait for me to go to the post office to get stamps.  They couldn’t believe how much I spent on postage, but I figure if I didn’t spend it on that it would have been for some meaningless souvenir…Here is a photo of my postcard and stamps.  The other photo is from the post office where I think the USPS could increase revenues if they had a number system like they did in Belgium.  So, I picked # 301.  When I looked up at the screen it was #290 so I perused through the stationery racks and supplies they had there.  Let’s just say I purchased more than just postcard stamps.

Of course I thought the stamps were lovely.  In Belgium they were beautiful butterflies and in the Netherlands they were of bikes, cows and tulips.    I know I returned home before these arrived, but it’s still fun for me to send to friends and relatives.

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Happy June!  I’ll be posting more soon.   Until then, I’m just wondering–do you purchase postcards when you travel?  Do you save cards and letters?  Regardless, I hope you find time to write someone even if it’s just to say hello.