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December 29, 2009

Write…the preparation phase part two…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings, stationary — jackie @ 12:09 pm

Good morning readers…

So…I’ve picked my pens, still need to decide on my basic ink color (possibly dark blue) now it’s time to decide on the type of paper I want to use. Paper can be as simple as a lined pad from the stationery section of the grocery store or as fancy as specially monogramed paper from a fine stationery store.

Paper is definately a personal choice. Me? For general correspondence I love Crane’s paper. I’ve been using it for many years. It’s 100% cotton, has a nice smooth finish, comes in many colors and styles and fountain pens write like a dream on it. It’s not too horribly expensive. I think I’ve paid between about $8.00 for a set of 25 plain notecards and I think a box of paper without envelopes is between $12 and $18.

For a more cost effective stationery, I like to buy various 8.5″x11″ papers from our local business paper supplier. They have a lovely paper called Via natural that has a nice smooth writing surface. It’s fun to setup and print my own letterhead on them using the Inkjet printer. I also make my own cards out of art papers or card stock sheets cut in half and folded.  I glue pretty photos to the front or sometimes draw, paint or collage on then.

For friends or family, and even strangers, it’s sometimes fun to send decorated mail. I recently purchased a book called Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art. It’s definately a fun book to look at and a good source of ideas for your own decorated letters and envelopes.

For those of you that write letters. What type of papers do you like to use?

I’m thinking about having a little New Years’ giveaway here on the blog. It will be writing related. Please check back during the week for more details.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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3 Comments »

  1. Jackie, I use “everything”….. I have a box with scraps and leftovers from other projects which I use to create my letters; sometimes I make little books out of those which I then use as a letter. I love the “raw” look and I’m not very mucg the “cute” type.
    best, Annie

    Comment by Annie — December 30, 2009 @ 1:14 pm
  2. Thank you for your encouragement to write letters…
    I think it’s just the thing I would like to do with this New Year!

    Happiest of New Years to you!

    Comment by jacky — January 1, 2010 @ 5:03 pm
  3. Jacky, I’m always happy to be an enabler get someone interested in writing again.

    Comment by jackie — January 2, 2010 @ 9:56 am

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