In the age of text messaging and social media updates, many people have given up on the ancient art of letter writing. But there are many good reasons to write letters by hand.
It’s not only meaningful to receive a handwritten letter, it’s good for people to write them. Expressive writing is linked to better moods, reduced stress levels, and better logical processing. Expressing gratitude in writing is particularly good for you. In one study, people who wrote someone a letter of gratitude once a week for three weeks reported significantly greater life satisfaction and happiness levels afterward. In addition, writing by hand has been shown to facilitate learning and exercise different areas of the brain than typing does.
Bottom line? You’ll make someone’s day and improve your own well-being by sending letters, invitations, and thank-you notes the old-fashioned way. You don’t need to buy expensive cards or paper to keep in touch with friends, family, colleagues, or clients. Keep reading to learn how to create your own beautiful stationery for any occasion.
Make your own stationery
When it comes to writing letters, any paper will do. But it’s fun and easy to transform plain pieces of paper or cardstock into stunning stationery. Don’t worry if you’re not the artistic or crafty type. Stationery is simple to make, and even first-time projects can have a professional look.
It’s easy to put off craft projects for a rainy day. But why not gather some tools and supplies and let your creativity run wild? Not sure where to start? We’ll guide you through three simple and stylish stationery projects you’ll be proud to sign your name on. But first, follow these tips to craft professional-quality cards and letters.
Use high-quality paper
Size it right
Follow proper stationery etiquette
Personal correspondence between John and Abigail Adams, Civil War and World War II families, and thousands of other people provide a window into history. Unfortunately, letters don’t last long if you use the wrong supplies. Invest in high-quality, acid-free paper, and maybe your great grandchildren will read your letters someday.
In the U.S., business letterhead is usually 8.5 inches by 11 inches. Personal stationery is usually 5.75 inches by 7.75 inches. And cards are often 4 inches by 6 inches.
When you stuff the envelope, face the print outward so the recipient sees it when they open the envelope without having to turn the card over. In formal correspondence, spell out words instead of abbreviating.
Long live the handwritten letter
Personalized letters are a powerful way to show someone you care, and what could be better than sending a handwritten note on handmade stationery? You won’t sacrifice style or elegance with these budget-friendly, custom-made DIY stationery projects.