International Correspondence Writing Month. One a day. Every day. February. That's the tag line that got me interested last year :) Are you ready to take on the challenge and put pen to paper?
What to write always seems to be the hardest thing about Incowrimo. The good news is that it's actually easier than you think. Reconnect with people - find something you have in common. Write about something nice :) Be kind, ask questions, or just one :) Keep it light.
I always mention pen and ink combo and then decorate remaining space with doodles, ink splats, stamps, washi tape, stickers, etc.
Plan your incowrimo - it's perfectly fine to start with few quick thank you notes, postcards, Valentine's card and slowly build up to letters.
In this second part of our letter writing series, we will be looking at paper and filling those envelopes.
My recommendation for a more sophisticated writing experience are the Original Crown Mill sets. Each box comes with enough stationery to get you through a month of incowrimo, easy. The laid paper in these sets are the reason why this feels luxurious. Ordinary copier paper is no match for the ribbed texture here which looks and feels more personal. That is the tone we want for Incowrimo :)
The Crown Mill comes in two different sets. The gold box comes with cream coloured materials. Silver box contains white paper and envelopes.
When I talk about writing letters I have to mention Triomphe. It is a brand of pads and envelopes by Clairefontaine - famous for its glassy smooth 90gsm bright white paper. These pads have plain paper in them and come with a ruled cheat sheet which will magically help you write in neat, straight lines. Simply genius :) Envelopes are lined with white paper and the seal is diamond shaped which makes them perfect contestants for wax seals. They certainly do look classy and are fantastic value for money.
We had these pads reviewed by the wonderful Azizah on her blog. Have a look - there are some fantastic photos which will inspire you :) Perfect incowrimo cue.
My go-to is Rhodia R pad. Some may consider it as a budget option because it is just a pad. Don't be fooled - it is gorgeous 90gsm buttery smooth ivory paper. We sell them in plain or lined paper. I pick lined over plain because when writing, I can anchor the letters to the lines and find it makes my handwriting look neater. Certain fountain pen inks 'shine' on ivory paper, others look great on bright white paper. My top 3 inks for ivory paper are KWZ Honey, Diamine Syrah and J Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre. Pages tear out easily, one by one, and it does look rather smart :)
Next week we'll be helping you out with some ideas and creations we've been prepping for our own contribution to Incowrimo 2017 :) See you soon!