February, the shortest month of the year is almost here... For many stationery geeks this is the time when we sit down and write one letter a day to someone. INternational COrrespondence WRIting MOnth aka Incowrimo here we go...
In the beginning it was a simple idea - write more letters. Vintage social media beats email/text every time. It is without a doubt more romantic and personal.
February was picked because it is the shortest month of the year. So if you commit, you will only need to write 28 (29 during leap year) letters, cards, postcards, notes, post-its, napkins...
Who you write to is up to you, of course. This is a fantastic way to reconnect with old friends and family. Write to loved ones, write to strangers...or write to us if you like :)
To start off Incowrimo, I make a list of 28 souls :) Next step is my favourite one - grab all the stationery which I can find around the house/office and start brainstorming :) The usual ingredients are: envelopes, paper, cards, postcards and stamps. Extras like shimmering inks, washi tape, wax seals, stamps are the cherries on top.
In part one of this letter writing series, we will be looking at envelopes.
Envelopes are the first thing that your recipient will see, so I try to make them stand out.
Colour usually does the trick - your bank would not send you statements in pink envelopes :) Silver and gold envelopes catch the eye and say "you are special." Plain envelopes are okay - Decorate! Why not recycle any old ones too? Incowrimo is prime time to open that stationery drawer grab the cute stuff which is too good for use in your journals.
Check carefully that you have the correct address and also write a return address - you never know, one letter can be the beginning of beautiful pen-pal friendship :)
Make sure you use some kind of waterproof ink - this goes especially for fountain pen users in UK where we get a lot of rain. Iron Galls should do the trick, if you don't have such inks, hack it with clear tape over the address or use clear wax to make it waterproof :)
I participated in Incowrimo 2016 while I was working on improving my handwriting. Those two go hand in hand and it was really rewarding to put all those hours of practice to some good use. Commiting to do something for a month became a lot easier as soon as I put my mobile away. Go offline and take time to unwind. Sit down, surround yourself with stationery, put nice music on and focus on someone and then just write... It is a very happy place, trust me :) What are the chances that you will start a new hobby after writing 28 letters?
One last piece of advice. If you think that 28 letters is a lot and you will struggle, set yourself some kind of reward - a beautiful pen or new ink works for me every time :)
If you would like to join and pledge to write one letter/card/note a day please head over to www.incowrimo.org
In Part 2 of Writing Letters for Incowrimo we'll focus a bit more on what goes in the envelope... (Hint: It's paper!)