Saturday, January 28, 2017

Par Avion | The Art of the Handwritten Letter

Handwritten letters are a lost art form and today I'm sharing a project I'm working on to bring this art back to life. - Par Avion | The Art of the Handwritten Letter

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When I was in junior high, I used to go to a summer camp in upstate New York, hundreds of miles away from home. I don't remember most of the people I met at camp, except this one girl. Jennifer was a little older than me and she spent her mid-morning quiet time up in her bunk, writing letters to her family and friends. She had this beautiful, handmade paper that she wrote on and her penmanship was impeccable - all perfectly spaced lower-case letters that leaned slightly to the right.

Jennifer had pen pals all over the country and with her, to camp, she brought a box filled with her stationery collection. Her Par Avion box, she called it. I was thrilled when, on the last day of camp, she asked for my address. I'd made it onto her mailing list.

Over the next few months, we wrote letters back and forth and I got to know Jennifer pretty well. In one letter, I posed a question to her. "Why do you like writing letters so much?" In her response, she said, "One day, people won't write letters anymore. I like writing them because it was how my grandparents communicated during World War II and it was how my parents kept in touch when my father had to go to Vietnam. I like tradition."

Handwritten letters are a lost art form and today I'm sharing a project I'm working on to bring this art back to life. - Par Avion | The Art of the Handwritten Letter

Little did Jennifer know that in just a few decades, handwritten letters would nearly become extinct. In this era, we have email and smart phones and people across the world are just a click away. Gone are the days when pen and paper were the primary mediums of communication. I had always been inspired by Jennifer's diligence to keep letter writing alive. This is why it has been one of my goals to start the Par Avion project. To bring life to letter writing again.

Handwritten letters are a lost art form and today I'm sharing a project I'm working on to bring this art back to life. - Par Avion | The Art of the Handwritten Letter

With the help of Minted*, I am setting out on a twelve-month letter writing journey. Each month in 2017, I will write a letter (or several) and mail them to friends all over the globe. I don't have pretty, handmade paper, but I did find some beautiful stationery that I fell in love with. I chose "Dry Petals" from GLEAUX Art Photo Design.

Handwritten letters are a lost art form and today I'm sharing a project I'm working on to bring this art back to life. - Par Avion | The Art of the Handwritten Letter

One thing I love about shopping with Minted* is the card with information about the artist who designed your product that comes with your shipment. With every stationery order, you get complimentary envelopes and you can order custom address labels that match your cards or have the addresses pre-printed. The personalization process is so easy to set up and everything comes in a gorgeous box that makes it perfect for gifting.

Handwritten letters are a lost art form and today I'm sharing a project I'm working on to bring this art back to life. - Par Avion | The Art of the Handwritten Letter

Having these beautiful cards has inspired me to get started on my Par Avion project. My first letter has been written and I'm dropping it in the post this weekend. I'm so excited to do my part to bring the art of the handwritten letter back and I would encourage you to think about writing a letter to someone you care about. Find the "Dry Petals" personalized stationery and so much more on Minted*.

Do you enjoy old-fashioned snail mail? What is your favorite thing about receiving a handwritten letter?

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6 comments:

  1. I LOVE this idea!!! I adore writing letters, although I do it far less than I'd like to, but I'd love to instill the love in my children too. :)

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  2. Thanks, Kayla! I also love writing (and getting) letters. I think it's a great thing to teach kids - especially the lesson of sending thank you notes for gifts, etc. :)

    P.S. Check your mailbox soon! :D

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  3. I have always enjoyed writing letters-because I love getting letters. It rarely happens anymore but it is so delightful to do so. I have kept all of my letters over the years too.
    I love your stationary and wish you luck on your 1w month journey.
    Do you and Jennifer still write?

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  4. I wish I had kept some of the letters I've received over the years. Unfortunately, Jennifer and I lost touch about a year after we began writing. I'd love to reconnect with her if I could find her though. :)

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  5. I have always cherished a hand written letter! It is a lost art in this technology filled world

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  6. So true! It always makes you feel special when someone takes the time to sit down and hand-write a note to you. ;)

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