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DIY Letter Writing Party Decor-Make These Floral Filled Envelopes

You may have seen my last post for how to make a handwritten table runner. Well, I just love the idea of hosting a letter-themed gathering of friends! When I was thinking about what to do for table decor for a letter writing party, flower stuffed envelopes came to mind!

Making these custom envelopes and filling them with flowers is so fun and makes a great place setting decoration!

 

You could make these lovely little arrangements large or small, use them as centerpieces, buffet decor, or sweet place setting favors for each of your guests to take home!

To make these beautiful snail mail florals you will need:

  • Envelopes in the size of your choosing or decorative paper as we did here!
  • Wire cutters
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Faux flowers (you can use real if you dry them well, but they will wilt quickly so be aware)

If you are making your own envelopes, you can changes the size and shape by using different sizes of square scrapbook paper or wrapping paper. For the envelope below I used a 17″ x 22″ sheet of scrapbook paper.

Fold your paper in half 2 times. Then cut this simple shape out of the folded corner of your paper.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

Open up your paper and fold up the bottom of the envelope, then fold both sides in toward the center. Tape or glue the inside of the envelope seams, but leave the top open so that you can fill it with beautiful flowers!

As you can see, with a little experimenting, you can make any style, size, and shape you desire!

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

It’s great to use scrapbook paper because you get fun patterns and colors on both sides of your envelope as pictured below.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

Now it’s time to fill your envelope with flowers! Choose blooms that match your party decor and make sure you have enough to fill all of your envelopes evenly. I love how these flowers match the envelope they are spilling out of!

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

If you want your creations to be favors that can be saved by your guests, then you will want to use a low-temperature hot glue gun to glue the flowers to the inside of your envelopes.

Start with some greens or other basic sprigs as a base for your arrangement. These should be your longest stems.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

Next, fill in with your medium length blooms, and finish it off with a few buds to fill in any blank spaces.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!

Try some different color and paper combinations to see all the possibilities!

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party! Making these custom envelopes and filling them with flowers is so fun and makes a great place setting decoration!

Add in some beautiful greeting cards for your guests to fill out at your Letter Writing Party. It is so fun to take some time to send sentiments to those you love.

Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party! Floral Envelope DIY for a letter writing party!
Happy Earth Day – New Print

Happy Earth Day, everyone! In honor of today, we decided to release this special print and canvas addition to our Spring 2018 Flora Collection!

Earth Laughs in Flowers Print

Bursting with fresh pops of color, this design celebrates the whimsy and organic wonder of nature’s blooms. Display it during the warmer months to brighten any space. We hope you love it as much as we do! xoxo

Earth Laughs in Flowers Artwork - Print and Canvas

Shop the print & canvas!

Earth Laughs in Flowers Print by Lily & Val
Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens Part 2

Friends, we are coming up on the last week of National Letter Writing Month and still so many ideas to share with you! Decorating envelopes is especially one of our favorite things about letter writing so I wanted to share even more envelope addressing and decorating inspiration using Tombow dual brush pens and their mono drawing pen! If you missed the first round of ideas, be sure to check them out too!

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Envelope 1:

Corner Embellishments

Opposing corners of your envelopes are perfect opportunities for some pretty embellishing! Green leaves work well or you could also try swirls or flower groupings! This will really frame in the recipient’s name and address!

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Envelope 2:

Hand-Drawn Plaid

The way Tombow Dual Brush Pens layer on each other makes them perfect for this technique! Start with a thick stripe vertically down the side. Then, add three horizontal stripes in varying thickness and colors across the bottom. I decided to add “please deliver to” in simple handwriting across the thick stripe. This is so simple, but I love the effect!

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Envelope 3:

Stripes

Instead of plaid, use the brush-side of the Tombow marker to create evenly spaced stripes. (You will want to use a lighter colored marker.) I used a copper sharpie to add the address boldly on top of the stripes so it would stand out.

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Envelope 4:

Airmail Stripe

Place your envelope on a piece of scrap paper so you can add an airmail stripe that will bleed off the edge. Alternate diagonal strokes using the brush side of your pen across the entire border of the envelope. Red and blue are traditional for an airmail stripe, but try different combinations like light blue and orange!

Use the same colors to add a border for the address and a little rectangle spot for the return address.

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A few more tips…

Don’t forget the backs! Decorating the backs of your envelopes to coordinate with the front will really tie your snail mail together and give the recipient a fun experience when they open it up!

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If you really want to make it special…

Vintage stamps never cease to impress! We especially love the stamps from our friends at Verde Studio on Etsy. We were lucky to have a custom stamp arrangement in our Snail Mail Surprise Boxes, but she has SO many lovely combinations of stamps to choose from.

Who could throw away an envelope that looks this pretty?!

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Find the cheers card as part of our 2018 Spring Flora Collection!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas! I’d love to see your snail mail! Be sure to tag us on instagram @lilyandval!

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92

Pretty Ordinary gives you a sneak peek into Lily & Val behind the scenes! On Lily & Val Living!

For this week’s Pretty Ordinary Friday #92, we’re documenting snapshots of our month. While our pictures may not be the prettiest or the most interesting, we enjoyed each instance and want to remember them! These are the behind-the-scenes, in-between moments – the small peeks that would otherwise be forgotten. Join us as we use this series to scrapbook the unedited, memorable happenings at Lily & Val and what is inspiring our team!

The team says:

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with Millie's Homemade Ice Cream, inspirations mint green pens and vintage rose art by mom

1. “The first trip of the season to Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream in Pittsburgh is worth documenting! I was really excited about the vegan chocolate especially.” – Valerie

2. “I love this green pen! So I drew it.” – Valerie

3“My mom painted this is 1982! Isn’t she so talented?” – Valerie 

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with Mister Rogers stamps, blush and mustard decor inspiration and blooming cherry blossoms

4“It took a visit to two post offices, but I found the Mister Rogers Stamp! Worth it!” – Valerie

5. “A blush and mustard color combo has my heart lately!” – Valerie

6. “It seems like overnight the blossoms came! They never last long enough!” – Valerie

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with bright yellow cone flowers, terrazzo bathroom flooring and the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas

7. “These shades of yellow and green were so beautiful! What flower is this?!” – Emily

8. “So in love with this terrazzo flooring…found on a bathroom floor! Oh well still pretty!” – Emily

9. “When in Vegas, skip everything and go directly to the Neon Boneyard! You will be so inspired!” – Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with renovation inspiration, diner breakfasts in Las Vegas and the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada

10. “Working on a remodeling project and this is my favorite part!” – Emily

11. “I found “my spot” on our Vegas trip. A street of antique stores and the best eggs ever! By the end of the week they were like “ oh your back!” And knew my order! I will be back Makers & Finders, I promise!” – Emily

12. “More Neon Boneyard inspiration that I believe has fueled my color schemes for the year!” – Emily

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with handsome husbands, Brownie Batter Hummus and snowy Spring days

13. “He’s my husband. He’s a photographer’s son. He hates when I find pretty places and make him get in my pictures! But I like his face.” – Emily

14. “A friend brought this brownie batter hummus over as a snack for our St. Patrick’s Day party and I think it is safe to say that I am addicted… and will never be buying it again… because I will eat it all in one day.” – Nicole

15. “The first day of Spring in Pittsburgh. Not quite what we had all hoped for.” – Nicole

Lily & Val Presents: Pretty Ordinary Friday #92 with PPG paint selections, people-watching Boxers and leafy wreath decor

16. “We’ve been in our newly built house for almost 2 years. I guess it’s time to get some color up on those walls! I’m totally stuck on this choice though.” – Nicole

17. “Ziggy truly believes that these window sills were placed at this height just for him to rest his head while people-watching.” – Nicole

18. “I nabbed this gorgeous wooden tray from the flagship store before it closed. It has taken me a while to figure out what to do with it, but I am pretty happy with my creation and the fact that I hand-made that wreath! *pats self on back*” – Nicole

Lily & Val Loves #5- Our Favorite Envelope Style Products

All this talk of snail mail has us thinking ENVELOPES!

Why are envelopes so inexplicably cute and well designed? Maybe it’s because they are a familiar shape that we associate with special new or event invites. Or maybe it’s just because they have great lines. Either way, there are so many great “envelope style” products out there so we thought we would share some of our absolute favorites!

Take for example these timeless and sophisticated vegan leather envelope clutches! They are handmade from a great Etsy shop and come in all of these beautiful classic colors. So chic!

These gorgeous envelope clutches are handmade and super affordable

One of my personal favorites is this botanical frame/stained glass style envelope wall pocket. The simple black lines of this wall hanging will have you actually wanting to sort your mail!

How beautiful is this Stained Glass, super sleek, envelope wall hanger!

These two earring styles are just too cute not to have on the list!  The bit of whimsy in the P.S. envelope earrings is so understated, but really shows off your love of snail mail. We also love the classic gold and simple style of these envelope drop earrings.

Beautiful P.S. Envelope earrings! Cutest envelope earrings ever!

Last but not least is another one of my personal favorites! I have one of these beautiful wool felt laptop sleeves, and I love everything about it. It protects my laptop from getting scratched and dirty in my tote or purse, and it is light enough that you hardly notice it’s in your bag. It’s just a simple classic look, I often want to carry it as a clutch too!

I Love my wool felted laptop sleeve. It's beautiful and so light weight!

I hope you enjoyed checking out all of the fun envelope products we love! Happy shopping!

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

What is better than gathering friends together for a pretty luncheon or dinner party?!

In honor of National Letter Writing Month we wanted to share a few DIY party ideas inspired by the timeless art of letter writing.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

Ask anyone who has come to my house for dinner, you’re not likely to see the same dishes twice. While antique china is an obsession of mine, I have equally love for vintage linens! At some point, you just can’t store or buy anymore tablescape decor, so I love to find ways to reuse or create simple table decorations that don’t have to become part of the collection and don’t cost too much to create.

This kraft paper runner idea is ideal for creating a table runner or cover that will have a large impact on your party decor. You can make the runner as specific to your party theme as you please and just toss it after the party. Simple!

For this table runner, I decided to create a “Letter Writing” theme! Everyone loves receiving a piece of snail mail with an uplifting message and a sweet salutation.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

For this project you will need:

  • A roll of kraft paper or white butcher paper the length you wish your runner to be
  • Various weight writing felt tip pens or markers. I used LePen drawing pens in .05 and .1 (make sure if you use sharpies or markers that could bleed through that you use paper behind your runner to protect your table while writing)
  • Chalk ink marker (black)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

You could choose to write anything on you table runner…

A favorite quotation, a famous love letter, words of wisdom, favorite words, words in other languages…the possibilities are endless!

I love different letter salutations, so I chose to use a variety mixed in together to create a sort of pattern to my table runner.

If you are writing letters at this party, the runner is also helpful inspiration to use a sign-off other than the classic “Sincerely”.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

You can use the pencil to write out your words first but don’t be too hard on yourself. The beauty of this runner comes from loose handwritten letters.  You can choose to write in scripts or just use your everyday printed handwriting. Use all caps or all lowercase… just have fun with it!

Use your different pens to write in the different salutations to create variety in your pattern.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

Once you have completed the length of the runner set your table! The beauty of this project is that once the flowers are out and the table is set, you don’t focus on the lettering, and I becomes a lovely backdrop to the party.

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner DIY Hand-Written Table Runner

Your guests will enjoy reading what is on your table runner, and they can be great conversation starters. If you throw a letter writing party, Let us know! We would love to see your pictures!

 

DIY Hand-Written Table Runner
Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

This week Lily & Val Snail Mail Surprise Boxes went on sale and sold out in just an hour! Ahh! We are so blown away by this and thrilled that you are loving them as much as we love putting them together for you! For this particular box, I was excited to partner with my friends at Tombow. Many of you know, they make my favorite pens – especially the dual brush pens!

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

As Lily & Val Snail Mail Surprise Boxes are beginning to hit doorsteps, I wanted to share envelope addressing and decorating inspiration using the Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen found in our box.

For those that didn’t receive a box, everything in the post can be created using a Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Blush, Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Yellow Gold, and a Tombow Mono Drawing Pen 01.

(Tombow also included an adhesive roller in the box – perfect for sealing envelopes!)

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

With these three pens, there are literally endless ideas and opportunities for decorating your envelopes! Here are just a few of my favorites…

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 1:

Mono drawing pen letters + dual brush open letters

Here, I added “open” downstrokes on the name of the recipient and filled in the space with the blush marker so it stands out. A few mustard and blush swirls are simple, but make the envelope look whimsical and fun!

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Envelope 2:

Floral Border 

Lay your envelope on a piece of scratch paper so that you can bleed off the top edge and truly create the look of a border.Gold-toned flowers and leaves are unexpected. The roses are created with simple “C-shaped” curves. Hint: When using the dual brush pen you can vary your pressure to create swirls with different thicknesses. I also used the mono pen on top to add some definition to the roses. Simple, thin handwriting keeps the focus on the pretty border.

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 3:

Color Wash 

This look is simple, but I LOVE it! Especially if you’re in a hurry, but want to add a creative detail to an envelope, this is perfect. The result looks like address stickers! How beautiful does the mono drawing pen lay on top of the wash?

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

Envelope 4:

Back Detail 

Who said the front of an envelope needs to have all the fun! This idea can be incorporated with the other addressing ideas. A blush rose is front and center (remember those C-curves with varied pressure to create the shape) Then, mustard gold little flowers are used for texture – no detail needed here! The beauty is in the looseness. Line drawn leaves give your florals interest. I just love the whole effect especially used here across the flap like an envelope seal.

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Envelope 5:

Brush Pen Names  

More of a “traditional” approach, this envelope showcases what Tombow Dual Brush Pens do best – brush lettering! When you vary your pressure on the downstroke you can achieve this gorgeous calligraphy look! Once I drew the initial lettering, I went back over the bottoms of the letters with a stroke to make it a bit darker on the bottom. This is a subtle detail that adds dimension.

I then used the “fine tip” side of the dual brush pen to draw the rest of the address in a thin line style so as to keep the focus on the brush-lettered name. A blush swirl is great for emphasizing the name but also filling in any empty spacing issues.

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Envelope 6:

Banner 

Yep, if you know me, you’ll know I had to use a banner on something! 🙂 With a pencil, first sketch out the banner shape. (For banner inspiration, be sure to check out my book The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering. It’s not just for chalk – but has inspiration for hand lettering in general!)

Then, I filled in the shape with strokes of my brush pen. The mono drawing pen was then used to outline the banner, write the name, and the rest of the address.

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Envelope 7:

Line-drawn wreath 

This idea is so delicate and elegant! Loosely sketch a wreath shape with your mono pen. Again, no precision needed here! I used the “fine tip” of the brush pen to add the name on the inside.

Envelope Addressing and Decorating Inspiration Using Tombow Dual Brush Pens & Mono Drawing Pen

A Little Bonus:

Add cute little floral details to the inside flap! The recipient will certainly love the surprise when they open your note!

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I hope you enjoyed these envelopes addressing ideas! Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

I would absolutely love to see how you’re decorating your envelopes! Be sure to tag @lilyandval on Instagram.

P.S. How pretty are these wax seals? They were part of our Surprise Box too!

Wax Seals from waxseals.com as part of the Lily & Val Surprise Box
My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

At the time we were starting our brick and mortar store, I had this dream of an antique letter writing desk fixture filled with all types of washi tapes, pens, stickers, and stamps – all my favorite supplies! These supplies could be used on Lily & Val cards to address and decorate the envelope right there in the store! I had never seen anything like that!

My dream came to life when we found this old desk, refurbished it, painted it pink, filled it up with snail mail goodies, and called it The Sign & Seal Station. It was my favorite part of the store! In February of this year, we made the tough decision to close our brick and mortar store in order to re-focus (you can read more about it here) and my heart couldn’t bear the idea of letting go of this piece!

My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

So… here it is. The Sign & Seal Station now part of my home in the living room. I treasure this piece because of the history and memories, but it’s also incredibly functional! As part of National Letter Writing Month, I wanted to share it with you plus give my tips and ideas for setting up your own version of a “Sign & Seal Station.”

My Antique Letter Writing Desk & Tips For Setting Up Your Own Letter Writing Station

An antique letter writing desk is not required for putting together a spot for your favorite letter writing supplies to live! Perhaps you have a spare drawer in your desk or even a wire basket.

Getting organized is one of my top tips for sending more handwritten cards and letters! Having all your supplies in one easily accessible place will help tremendously.

Once you have your designated area for supplies, here are some suggestions to fill it with:

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The Forgotten Extras:

You’ve got your cards and envelopes (the obvious things), but here are some of the little things that are often forgotten, but extremely helpful to have on hand.

  • Scratch paper: For testing pens and getting your wording just right before moving to the card
  • Extra envelopes: Mistakes are bound to happen!
  • White out: See above
  • Pencil, eraser, and mini sharpener: This is especially needed if you plan to get creative with your envelope addressing! You can sketch the layout then erase your guide marks.
  • Stamps: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve addressed my card only to realize I’m out of stamps!
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The Embellishments:

Stickers and washi tape are two easy things to have on hand to quickly dress up an envelope! I love them because you can use them as decoration or as an envelope seal. I’ve never liked licking the back of envelopes! An airmail stripe is one of my favorite tapes to use.

I keep my washi tape in mason jars because I think they’re so pretty and I want to display them!

I also have a few go-to rubber stamps that say things like “Vintage Email” and “Snail Mail Par Escargot” from Wit & Whistle.  I just use a black ink pad so it goes with everything. The designs are simple enough to not overpower the addressing but just add a cute touch.

My Tombow Dual Brush Pen Collection - great for Brush Lettering envelopes

The Pens:

Oh, pens! You can never have too many! My ultimate favorite is Tombow Dual Brush Pens. One end is a flexible brush point for creating brush lettering and the other end is a fine point. (For this reason, Tombow Dual Brush Pens will be included in our upcoming Snail Mail Surprise Box and I’ll be sharing more envelope addressing ideas using the pens later this month.)

I also keep my desk stocked with gelly roll pens. I use white and metallic the most. These are especially great for addressing dark colored envelopes.

For the interiors of my cards and letters, I like using Tombow Mono drawing pens, micron pens, and Le Pens.

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This station has already been so helpful to me when I’ve needed to send a card! Just having everything in one place has really helped make it more convenient and fun to use. I hope these tips and ideas inspire you to create a little station of your own!

For more snail mail goodies, check out our Lily & Val Loves post. 

Also, be sure to check out our 5 reasons for sending more handwritten letters! 

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Happy Letter Writing!

 

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook

Guys! I’m so excited to introduce you to my latest online class with Brit + Co: How To Design Your Wedding Invitations.  And the best news is… it’s a FREE class in partnership with my friends at Mixbook!

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

Lily & Val For Mixbook

When Mixbook and Brit + Co asked me to teach this class, I was thrilled for many reasons. First, you guys know how much I love using and working with Mixbook! My first collaboration with them was a series of photo cards this past holiday season and then last month we released L&V for Mixbook Custom Wedding Photo Books!  Their quality plus the ease of use of their design tools is truly wonderful.

How I Use My iPad Pro

Secondly, I’m excited about this class because we’ll be using the iPad Pro! If you guys have been following along with me recently, you’ll know I’ve developed quite a love for the Procreate app.

I’ll be the first to admit, I was apprehensive to use a digital drawing tool (I am used to chalk and chalkboard, after all) BUT the iPad and apple pencil feel so close to drawing with pen and paper. Although nothing will fully replace the real thing, you can’t beat these tools for drawing when digitizing is required of your lettering. Digitizing my hand lettering has always been somewhat of a struggle for me and extremely time-consuming. The iPad Pro solves all of this and saves you a ton of time! It’s totally worth it.

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

You Really Can Design Your Own Wedding Invitations

If you’ve been thinking about designing your own wedding invitation suite from scratch, but aren’t sure exactly where or how to get started, this class is for you!

I’m going to show you how starting with the basics, like finding your inspiration and how to develop a color palette for your wedding invites. I’ll teach you how to hand-draw loose florals (my favorite) and then we’ll put it all together on Mixbook!

You don’t have to be a graphic designer or a seasoned pro. Your wedding invites (and coordinated pieces) will all look professional and, the best part, completely unique to you!

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

Below is the invite suite we’ll be working through step-by-step in the class! I’ll show you how to change up the elements to your specific palette and style.

FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

STUDENTS WILL ALSO GET:

  • A overview of the principles of design.
  • A sketched invitation layout you can use as inspiration
  • Steps on hand painting florals on your iPad Pro.
  • Steps on how to hand letter with the Apple Pencil.
  • An overview of how to use Mixbook’s editor tool to bring your designs together.
  • 50% percent off the entire Wedding Card Collection on Mixbook.com.
FREE Online Class! How to Design Your Wedding Invitations Using Mixbook Taught By Valerie McKeehan of Lily & Val

I hope you will join me in the class and I can’t wait to hear what you think!!

For those who love these invites as-is, Mixbook has made them available on their site! Just insert your information and you’ll have a lovely set with a handmade feel.  XOXO

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

Friends, we are in the midst of National Letter Writing Month and if you couldn’t already tell, we’re big fans of handwritten notes here at Lily & Val.

Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and the ease at which we can keep in touch and communicate with loved ones (and acquaintances we’ve never met) via social media, email, and texting. I wouldn’t want to trade that by any means, but I think it’s nice, perhaps important, to also bring some good old-fashioned communication into our lives. In a world filled with fast-paced, instant gratification technology, there’s something to be said for slowing down with thoughtfulness and intention. Letter writing is an amazing way to do this! Here are 5 reasons why I think we should send more handwritten letters…

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

1. It allows you to communicate visually

There’s not much that can be creatively or aesthetically done to an email or text message. Sure you can send a bitmoji, but that’s about it! With letter writing, there are endless options! You can choose the type of paper to write on, pick out a cute card, use your favorite pen, add colorful stickers or tapes, and decorate it with vintage stamps! Take the opportunity to use it as creative expression and explore hand lettering or calligraphy!

I think back to my days of passing notes in elementary school and junior high! Part of the fun of it was doodling on the note (did anyone else add dots to the ends of their letters?) and folding it up in fun ways.  No other form of communication allows you to show your individual personality visually like that! Your letters can become little pieces of art.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

2. It forces you to slow down

Let’s be completely honest, how often are our day-to-day communication with loved ones hurried and even hollow? We’re usually texting because we need an answer to something as opposed to deliberately pausing to write something on your heart. Writing a letter is intentional. It forces you to slow down, communicate meaningfully, and recognize what’s important.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

3. It brings a special type of closeness to faraway relationships

There’s a special closeness that happens in receiving a letter and knowing it originated in the hands of someone you love. They actually touched it and wrote on it. Holding someone’s handwriting is inexplicably one of the ways we can feel closer to someone. It’s a little piece of them there with you, something we can hold on to and cherish.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

4. It’s rare, memorable and tangible

The fact that letter writing is no longer the norm makes it extremely special when you receive a handwritten note. There’s something particularly memorable about a message that someone took time to write, seal, address, and stamp. Not to mention, having a special note live forever in your inbox just doesn’t seem like enough. Having a tangible expression of someone’s thoughts and feelings is rare and worth holding on to.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

5. It’s powerful

I’m a firm believer in the simple, small things of life becoming the big things. To me, there’s no greater example of this than with writing a letter. If you think about it, with a few strokes of handwriting, your letter has the opportunity to have a huge impact on someone’s life. You have the power to encourage, uplift, speak life, and let someone know they matter to you. Letters from my husband when we were dating and my Mom when I was in college, are some of my most treasured possessions. As opposed to a fleeting text message, your letter could be something the recipient cherishes for many years.

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters 5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters

Who’s on your heart right now? Did someone pop into your head as you were reading this? National Letter Writing Month is the perfect chance to send that card or letter!

And if you need some help getting started this letter writing post is a great read. I think Tip #3 is the most important thing! Happy writing!

5 Reasons Why We Should Send More Handwritten Letters