The lost art of stationery

RECENTLY I was in a restaurant where the back of the menus were hand-drawn illustrations done by the local school children.

It was really well done and it made me realize how lost the art of handwritten notes and stationery has become.

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It seems handwritten correspondence has been replaced by the cyber world. As convenient as this is for us, there really is something special about receiving a handwritten note or card.

These are the ones we tend to tuck away in our closets and read over again later.

We don't always have the time to put together something creative for a recipient but if you have a few of the supplies on hand you may be able to put something together in a pinch.

Here is an idea that's easy to do and adds that little bit of a homemade touch to a gift or card.

Materials:

Coloured envelopes

Assorted multicoloured tags

White craft glue

This idea is great if you plan to hand-deliver your card. If you would like to mail it then be sure to adhere the tag to the envelope quite firmly and remove the white string.

Simply write your recipient's name and address on the front of the tag and place it on an angle on the front side of the envelope. Glue the tag to the envelope and card.

Another cute idea for a handmade note is to use a decorative hole punch, available in the scrapbooking section of craft stores. These hole punches come in all different sizes and patterns.

Purchase a package of blank note cards with envelopes. Use your hole punch to cut out the various shapes on the front side of the card. Remove the solid portion.

On the inside front of the card, glue either coloured tissue paper or a vellum sheet in a different colour. The coloured paper will be visible through the patterned hole punch on the front side of the card. Use the inside of the card to write your personalized message.

Barb Lunter is a freelance writer with a passion for home decor, entertaining and floral design. Contact Barb at barb@lunter. ca or follow her on her blog at lunter.ca.

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