LetterMo is just around the corner! Crack those knuckles, dust off your paper, and prep your pens. It's a month-long scribble fest. To help you get organized download this calendar to keep you motivated and on track with counting your outgoing and incoming mail. Don't underestimate the satisfaction of checking off your "CRUSHED IT" box each day. It's like maaagic... magic.. magic. (echo)
The clock ticks letting us know that 2016's 12 Days of Love Letters is only THREE days away! What are the 12 Days of Love Letters? I hear you asking. Well, it's exactly what it sounds like. Writing at least one letter to someone who could use a love letter. The best part is you don't have to go looking for the needy (although that's totally allowed and encouraged), they will come to you courtesy of The World Needs More Love Letters (MLL).
MLL began in 2011 when Hannah Brencher was suffering from depression. Away from home studying, she came across a woman on the subway who looked worse than Hannah felt. Instinctively from nowhere Hannah wrote this woman an anonymous love letter to lift her spirits. What happened next is astounding...
A Scribblers Social is a Letter Writing Social. It's actually exactly what it sounds like. It's a short time where people who enjoy the art of tangible written correspondence come together unplug from digital devices, sit, and scribble. They scribble letters, cards, missives, and notes. It's an enjoyable time where this wonderful form of communication is shared and practiced for its tactile and special inherent qualities.
Writing is usually a solitary practice. I figure, folks will not discover how wonderful it is if it remains behind closed doors. Thus the "Social". It's not the chattiest of socials but there is comradery and great fun. It's communal.
There is little you need to bring. There are three things you should bring:
IQS Scribblers Social details here.
Don't forget your address book.
If this is the first you've heard of "letter writing socials"... Welcome! So glad to have you here. I could offer a long explanation of the fun, the delightful stationery, the oodles of card selection. Or the fact that you'll be with others who enjoy fountain pens, washi tape, vintage postage stamps, modern calligraphy... did I mention tea & coffee? But you actually have to experience it for yourself.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. These snap shots should help. Sign Up. Hope to see you there.
If Letter Writing Socials (LWS)are new to you, you may be wondering, "Who do I write to?" —In short, to anyone. Write to your dentist, a mentor, or an army buddy. Write to your senator. Write your grandma, your brother, or Mrs. Clause (yeah, she needs letters too). There is no wrong person to write to when you're saying, 'Hello", "Miss you", Thank you", "It'll get better"... or "I love you".
LWS allow you to get away from all the devices, the chaos (ahem , election hoohah), and gather with others who are taking just an hour or two to put pen to paper and scribble a note. You can do this!
Sign up. The minimal cost gives you access to stationery, note cards, envelops, and the stamp. We'll even take all the outgoing mail to the post office for you! C'mon, it's too easy.
First one is Nov 8th. Perfect day to keep things in perspective!
Whether you're a constant scribbler or not, this is the time of year we start to feel the itch with the holidays approaching. THUS we have the Letter Writing Socials. Why go it alone?
Get your paper and pens ready!
4 TUESDAYS in November @ Panera Bread
Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 22, Nov 29
10am - Noon
1196 Rt. 22, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
More info HERE.
One would think this is the reason why I've plunged myself head long into fountain pens, ink, and paper! But no, (hangs head in shame), this is a new one on me. I'm so glad to discover more and more wonderful things that advance the art of written correspondence.
Ready those nibs and cartridges! Approach your starting lines.... Go man GO!
A busy 'house season' this summer has kept me away. I currently have 10 letters on my desk awaiting my scribble! The autumn leaves have me scurrying around today... one of the last days in the 70ºs....to tidy up some outdoor project and chores.
Oh I wrote a few letters this summer,
but I was hard pressed to do them while
all of nature beckoned me outside.
I just got a letter from Algeria yesterday. That is motivation indeed! But I do respect my correspondents by answering them in order. I have 9 to get to before my new friend will hear from me. I better get cracking on my outdoor chores, but —I will write one letter today if it kills me!
Attend to your scribble supplies... soon it will be high scribble season!
Let's be honest, without mailboxes, mailing missives would be... chaotic? Not sure I really want to find out. As a Jane Austen fan, the thought of thick folded paper packets sealed with wax and carried by non-curious horseman is quite the romantic notion I would favorably vote to have reinstated in society.
However, that would put an end to the thousands of creative letterboxes across the globe. Not sure I could choose between the two. I am an artist after all. Isn't this one lovely?
I'm due for a new letterbox!
Come take a look at what I've come up with...
Howdy. The stationery downloads are growing, thus they now have their very own page. I've also made the page simpler to use....
As promised, I have Murph's new mailing address for you to place your Face Value Vintage Stamp orders. I have also updated the mailing address in the original Interview Post here, where you can read more about Murph himself, where the stamps come from, the services he offers, and how to pay by check.
Orders are placed via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Payments are made out to: Errol Murphy
Mail to: 1601 S. Rainbow Ranch Rd.
Wimberley, TX 78676
If you're good with a pencil and not design sotfware, you can do this. Although I finished this one off in Photoshop you still have other options. (See the end of my last post for some ideas.) I'm including this stamp in the IQS rubber stamp series although it was the 2nd rubber stamp I ever started working on quite a while back.
I work in several creative disciplines and take my work seriously. Too seriously sometimes so I try to mix in a few silly things now and then to keep myself balanced. I'm a bit of a perfectionist but vowed to myself to
keep correspondence fun!
I still can't believe I juggle over 20 pen friends. I do think this will not be forever. (I don't fancy that I can be that interesting to this many people.) With time being so limited for me I took my concept for this stamp to a fellow artist. One of my very own pen friends who's an animator! See the process sketches from concept to completion.
Once you've created, ordered and received your first rubber stamp you're over the "customizing" hump. No more fear of the unknown. You can then begin moving into "personalizing" your stamps.
With the big unknown out of the way
you will find yourself able to be more
creatively personal in your designing.
Whether as a gift or to add to your repertoire, it can now become really fun and satisfying. Here are two of my own designs, one a gift and the other for me. See how they came to life.
Now that I've introduced you to custom creating Rubber Stamps allow me to edge you in a little further to some other convenient options. Not all of us care to dabble about with ink pads and such. Thus the self-inking stamp was created. The ink source is INSIDE the stamp.
These are perfect for repetitive tasks
such as return addresses,
small forms, or check lists.
I recently created one of these as a gift for someone I know who will love the convenience of a built-in ink pad, putting it at the-ready whenever needed. No searching for an ink pad and no wiping the stamp clean. Let's take a quick closer look.
I do not consider myself a rubber stamper. I have a few small themed-sets for MailArt purposes that are available at just about any arts and crafts store, but I'm not huge about them. I proved this to myself when I recently attended a Rubber Stamp show. I came out saying,
"These folks are serious!" LOL.
I had oodles of fun meandering about and enjoying how much Rubber Stampers really do adore their stamps. I can respect their enthusiasm and tip my hat to all they create with them!
That being said, I have a ton on my plate! I must save time. So I started with a custom rubber stamp of my return address. I figured it would help me not have to turn my computer on just to print my logo on an envelope. Many months later I now have to admit I'm a little more addicted to custom designing my rubber stamps then I could have imagined. So I thought I'd introduce this concept to you on the IQS blog. It's easier and not as pricy as you might think. They can be practical and fun!
If you live in the US then your missives will cost you less to send beginning tomorrow (but seriously, the post office is closed on Sundays. Meh). Your International letterbox-counterparts might feel a little green with envy so cut them some slack and send them something nice. =)
The reductions are really not huge, but you should be in-the-know if you tend to use vintage stamps to make up the postage sums, or at the very
I found these cards at a local paper shop. The cards are from a company called "EASY. TIGER". The cards are smaller than you might expect. There are quite a variety for just about every temperament or thought. I only found two I can use but still think the quality is very good.
The punch line for this card was just great for my pal and I. We love to joke...
Creating awesome works of art is a wonderful thing. But for all the time spent, why not get more mileage out of them by reproducing it? This is not a new concept. Pen-pallers have been "photo copying" such things and adding them to their letters since Xerox came on the scene in 1959. The above two pieces are not the original, but reproductions done on a home printer. (They look a little different in color because the papers used are different from one another.)
With today's technology, you have more options than just a photocopy...
At a young age the power of the written and spoken word was brought to my conscience (Thanks to my late uncle, David). Music for me was also a language. It's communication, isn't it?
Some years back I because familiar with Dr. Emoto's work. I won't attempt to explain it; as the debate of science, study, and double-blind trials hold no attraction for me. I'm only a lover of new information for possible growth in life's journey.
If you love the written word, then perhaps you'll allow the information in this video to add a perspective to your admiration. Discover how WATER unveils the power of words. Extraordinary. Enjoy...
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
• More Love Letters
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• A Month of Letters
• Post Card Exchange
• Snail Mail Ideas
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