10 Reasons Why You Should Write A Hand Written Letter

Posted on July 12, 2016 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

10 Reasons Why You Should Write A Hand Written Letter

1. It’s a memorable way to touch the people you love.

A thoughtful letter can be treasured for years. Visit just about any history museum and you’ll be struck by the impact a letter can have. Countless possessions throughout history have decayed into dust, but fragile pieces of paper have been protected for generations because powerful words are worth reading again and again.

2. Research says it can actually make you happier.

Steve Toepfer from Kent State University studies “author benefits” – the perks you get from penning letters. Toepfer says "making a habit of writing thoughtful letters of gratitude, “you’ll feel happier, you’ll feel more satisfied, and if you’re suffering from depressive symptoms, your symptoms will decrease.” This isn’t as strange as it sounds. Telling your friends how much you appreciate them helps you count your blessings and notice some of the beauty in your life.

3. It confirms the importance of a relationship.

Taking the time to send a thoughtful note shows you cherish a relationship and want to invest in it. This can not only strengthen a friendship or a marriage, it’s also a clever way to grow loyalty with clients and business partners.

4. It’s a classy thing to do.

We write to remind people they’re special; but let’s face it, letters make us look pretty special too. Handwritten letters are a classy friend’s game. Set yourself apart as a lady or gentleman by sticking a stamp to your words of encouragement. You don't even have to have nice hand writing :)

5. It helps you pause long enough to say things that matter.

Texting and email are mostly reactionary. You need information, so you reach out. Writing letters is much more deliberate. You do it to give, not to receive. You write because there’s something you need to say, not something you need to know.

6. It creates a wonderful surprise.

Remember when getting mail was fun? You never knew what you might find. Now, it’s mostly a pile of bills and junk. You can be the girl who rescues her friends from the drudgery of modern mail! Put something fun in their mailbox and you just might make their day.

7. It’s a tried and true tradition.

When you send handwritten letters, you’re participating in one of history’s finest rituals. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” captured the spirit of the American Civil Rights Movement. Major Sullivan Ballou’s letter to Sarah revealed the conflicted emotions of a soldier who loved his country and a husband who loved his wife. It’s even said that a letter from a young girl convinced U.S. President Abraham Lincoln to grow his iconic beard. Our ancestors recognized the importance of writing letters, and so should we.

8. It speaks to older friends and relatives in a medium they cherish.

To some young people, mail can seem outdated or boring; but for mature generations, it’s a tradition rich in sentiment. Even if your older relatives know how to text, they still love slicing open a handwritten letter.

9. It’s a chance to show off (or improve) your handwriting

Most of us spent hours in school practicing our printing and cursive; but now that we’re “grown ups,” we never get to show off our skills! For you talented calligraphers, handwritten letters are your 15 minutes of fame. Or, if you’re like me, writing letters gives you a chance to improve your lovable scribbling.

10. It’s easier than you think.

Well-written cards can be some of the least expensive and most meaningful gifts you will ever give. With a few strokes of the pen, you have the power to encourage a loved one, inspire a friend, or kindle a romance. The hardest part is getting started, so let’s make it simple. Who do you appreciate most in life? If you could only speak to them one more time, what would you tell them? Write that down right now. Don’t worry about penmanship. Afterwards, all you’ll need to do is find the right card, transcribe your message, slap on a stamp, and remind that bored little flag on your mailbox that it was made for a purpose. Need a little inspiration? Here's a little Letter Writing 101.

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NEW Personalized Stationery Designs For Everyone!

Posted on May 11, 2016 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

NEW Personalized Stationery Designs For Everyone!
We've been BUSY! Getting creative and designing a bunch of colorful and sparkly personalized stationery just for you. Included are some new "manly man" designs in time for Father's Day, as well as some kid's stationery for your camper this summer!

Posted in chic, colorful, custom, foil, gold foil, inkspot workshop, new, new designs, note cards, pen pal, personalized stationery, simple, snail mail, spring

NEW! Gold Rush for the foil OBSESSED

Posted on October 18, 2013 by Stacy Altiery | 0 comments

NEW! Gold Rush for the foil OBSESSED

1. Foil Stickers 2. Foil Hey Note Card 3. Foil Heart Initial Card 4. Foil Thanks Card

There's gold in them hills! or should I say gold foil?  If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest, you've probably seen a few of my sneak peeks from the workshop. Ever since I caught the "foil fever" I've been feverishly coming up with all sorts of fun ways to incorporate foil into my everyday designs. My favorite so far has been the Botanical inspired colorful line where we have taken a gorgeous color palette and hand pressed gold foil into folded note cards, shown above.

How about adding a little sparkle to your plain old walls? We're continuing the foil feeding frenzy with Dog Breed Prints, why not show off your family's best friend in style? Or how about a precious Personalized Name Print for the nursery or kid's room? Envelopes and packages just got cuter with a set of foil stickers featuring your pup or initial in silver or gold foil.


Gold Foil Dog Breed Note Cards from Fire Hydrant Press

We always have dogs on the mind and from Fire Hydrant Press (the other side of my design brain) we're treating the foil addicted dog lover to a dose of gold (or silver foil) on pastel folded note cards. We offer hundreds of dog breed silhouettes. Got Mutt? No worries here, try a custom designed silhouette where I will make you one from your photograph.


Gold Foil Dog Silhouette on Kraft Paper Notes

Foil sure does sparkle when it's hand pressed onto kraft paper with this set of folded note cards. Did I mention each set of gold foil note cards arrives in it's own gold foil box? Sure makes gift giving a cinch this year!

Speaking of making it easy to give gifts.... I have a super special offer just for my blog readers..

Use Code GOLDRUSH at checkout from InkSpot Workshop and receive FREE Shipping!

Hope you've had fun in my gold rush :)

All pretty product pictures are from our own Creative Coordinator, Joleen Pete.

Posted in Fire Hydrant Press, Hot New Products, Inkspot Workshop, Note Cards, Pets