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National Card and Letter Writing Month | Scrapbook Supply Style

Card and Letter Writing Ideas with Scrapbook Supplies by Jamie Pate

National Card and Letter Writing Month | Scrapbook Supply Style

Welcome to a new month and something to celebrate.

 

Card and Letter Writing Ideas with Scrapbook Supplies by Jamie Pate

 

April is National Card and Letter Writing Month. And while one may be asking, ‘what does that have to do with scrapbook supplies and story telling?’, my reply would be: “A lot!”. For you see, any kind of writing is story telling. Whether this is found in your personal journal. On your scrapbook page. Or in a card or letter to a friend. It all counts. It’s story telling.

 

Card and Letter Writing Ideas with Scrapbook Supplies by Jamie Pate

 

Recently I was reading to my son. Yes. At 11 years old he still loves to be read to. And I am more than happy to oblige. We were reading a letter from F Scott Fitzgerald to his daughter. It was published in an anthology of short stories we own here at the house. My son was a little taken back that we were reading someone’s personal letter. I found myself reminding him how much history we know because of letters. Think about it. How often have you read one’s biography or autobiography, containing letters to another as a way of telling part of the narrative of that person’s life or time in history?

Why have we stopped doing that?

So. Here’s what I am doing right now in my little o’ creative space: as I do most days, I gathered supplies that included pattern paper, stamps, ink, and even the WeRMemoryKeepers Envelope Punch board. And I took some time to make a few simple, stationery inspired envelopes and cards.

 

Card and Letter Writing Ideas with Scrapbook Supplies by Jamie Pate

 

For this little crafty session here’s what I did:

I took scraps of pattern paper, I am using Heidi Swapp’s Care Free Collection, and I cut single papers out to about 4×6 inches. You can see I used the Minc Sentiment Stamps and stamped the word HELLO, you know…an obvious greeting. Then on a separate piece of scrap pattern paper I stamped the word FRIEND and trimmed that out to be stapled to this piece of handmade stationery. It was that easy. Let’s not complicate this friends. Let’s just get our notes written.

 

Card and Letter Writing Ideas with Scrapbook Supplies by Jamie Pate

 

Then, using the WRMK Envelope Punch Board, I made envelopes from pattern paper as well. Isn’t it so pretty to get an envelope in the mail other than a white one with a clear window saying you owe money? That’s called a bill, friends. Let’s change it all up a bit and send our letters, our stories to another, in a pretty envelope instead.

 

Card and Letter Writing Ideas with Scrapbook Supplies by Jamie Pate

I’m all for keeping things simple, and this is about as simple as it gets. National Letter Writing Month encompasses many things for us paper crafters. Handmade paper crafts. Story telling. And then the most wonderful aspect of all: sending that to someone as an act of kindness, love, or even gratitude. It’s giving it away. It’s giving up some time, setting it aside for another, and sharing our story.

You can find Heidi Swapp Care Free Collection as well as a selection of stamps at JoAnn Stores

author: Jamie Pate

 

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