Envelopes: the first impression

In this modern age, technology has overtaken almost every aspect of our lives. Don’t get me wrong, I love the ease of email, facebook, texting, and twitter. But it’s always nice and refreshing to see a handwritten note in the mail…or the spontaneous “I love you” post it note from your husband on the door (yep, he’s done that before). There’s something about the pen that connects people together. It automatically makes the card, note, post it, so personal.

So it’s also no secret that I LOVE a hand addressed envelope. It’s the first thing that your recipient sees and it really sets the mood for what’s inside. A lot of times, we focus so much on the invitations and what goes inside of the envelope and forget about the envelope. Yes, most people throw away the envelope or it gets beat up in the mail, but that’s no reason to ignore it. The envelope really can become a piece of art. You get to orchestrate the swirls and loops that dance across the page. And calligraphy is not just for wedding invitations anymore–remember our Christmas cards? We paired cursive and print for a fun and whimsical feel.

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As an adult, I’ve always been told I have nice handwriting. That hasn’t always been the case. When I was little, my parents used to make me sit and practice my handwriting for an hour each day to improve my penmanship. Well, I guess that practice paid off in the end. And as an architect, I relied on printing everything and never really used cursive writing in my daily life. So last year, I decided to take a calligraphy course online to help me with my cursive writing. I felt like I was 10 again, sitting at my desk and practicing my alphabet for hours a day–literally hours. But I loved doing it. And now, I’m slowly creating a style of my own and it’s so cool that you can still tell it’s my handwriting…apparently, my husband tells me that all of my handwriting has a distinct character.

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Now that I’m finally getting comfortable with my cursive penmanship, I’d love to develop a few variations and styles. Goal for 2013: traditional to modern and everything in between! A girl can dream, can’t she?

 

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