We all have our own letter writing habits and styles, but one thing we've learned is that having the right tools you want when you want them is KEY to creating a lasting letter writing habit. The Write_On Team is excited to share a few of our own with you today. What's in your own letter writing kit?
Vintage Zion National Park Pencil case with built-in eraser pouch
Found Astoria High School Girl’s League pencils
Social Preparedness Kit Dream Day Notepad for making a list of who to write and why
Milan triangular eraser
Brass pencil sharpener
Plants (dried flowers, whole plant, plant parts)
Canvas paint-splotched pouch from Hello! Good Morning! in Portland, Oregon
Red bonsai scissors for clipping plants for inspiration on the go
Water color pencils and brush
Tea bags, because you can usually get a hold of hot water while traveling, but that’s not always the case for good tea
SPK Staples document pouch - big enough for everything!
SPK Dot Triangle pencil pouch - my fave! (I also use one to store knitting needles.)
Japanese stationery, with lots of colored envelopes
Petit Deco stickers from Mochithings
Write-On-Velopes for longer letters
Unused vintage stamps - they just need to add up to the current postage rate to be used!
Pens! My favorites are my white Gellyroll (My fave for addressing colored envelopes), Sakura Souffle pens, Pentel sign pens, Le Pen in every bright color, and Itoya double tipped calligraphy pens. Not pictured is my Hi-Tec-C pen, which is my favorite for writing.
This year I treated myself big time to a letterpress personal stationery suite from Egg Press. I LOVE it so much and it inspires me to send more letters. I have postcards for penning quick notes, thank yous, or invites. Personal stationery because I really love to write long letters. Personalized seed packets because I’m a gardening enthusiast and it’s fun to share seeds from my garden with friends and family--they always have a story to tell in themselves.
I use the Social Preparedness Kit pencil pouches to hold my favorite pens and paintbrushes. They are just so handy. The card pouch is small enough to fit everything I need and still be able to fit in my purse or car glove box.
I think I’m becoming a stamp-collecting nerd! I recently attended our country’s largest stamp show and really caught the bug and began adding a few things to my personal stash. Not only can you create a pleasing-looking envelope with stamps but it’s also a way to customize your message to the recipient. I have inside joke stamps, botanical stamps that appeal to my fellow plant lovers, and stamps that my design wonk friends will appreciate. Plus, I use a lot of the current Janis Joplin stamps because that’s my mother’s maiden name so anyone in my Joplin clan gets that stamp.
Of course I had to get some new pens to coordinate with my new personal stationery. I think I ordered every single orange, navy, and mint colored pen that Jet Pens sells to try them all out. They have the biggest assortment of Japanese pens online.
I’ve been having fun with watercolor lately. I’m really lousy at it but the colors make me so happy so I can’t resist. I bought some fun sets at Hello! Good Morning! in Portland, as well as my favorite Japanese brush. I saw some incredible watercolor envelopes in the #write_on feed on Instagram and it’s got me inspired to give that a try.