Junk Journal covers

One of my favorite things to make is Junk Journals. It combines my love of paper along with creativity and finding ways to use these items without just keeping them in a box or folder. Think of all the free address labels most of us receive after having donated to some nonprofit. Appealing magazine images.…

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uncle sam on bicycle stamp

I’ve started a new hobby: Stamp Collecting. I love seeing fun, different stamps on all of the mail I receive and I make an effort to use stamps that I think the recipient might enjoy. I’ve saved stamps for a long time, mostly by color, some by theme, to use them in my zines, artist…

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rose gold TWSBI eco fountain pen

I happened across this YouTube video late last year and became infatuated with the TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen Rose Gold Golden Horse Awards Limited Edition pen. It was amazingly hard to find, but my persistence paid off when I was able to order from the German website, FountainFeeder. Granted, it cost me $120 (99 Euros),…

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B&W illustration of a collection of letters

Are you ready for InCoWriMo 2021? Every February people from around the world send mail to each other via this website. There are usually hundreds of participants leaving their name and address in the comment field hoping to connect with others through a one-time correspondence or, in some cases, regular correspondence. If you’re new to…

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mailed envelope with calligraphy and christmas stamp

I received this unexpected delight in my mailbox recently. It was sent by Stefan from England. I just love the colors, the calligraphy, and the beautiful design. I took a calligraphy class years ago. I think we met for an hour once a week for four to six weeks with lots of practice in between.…

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photo of large bulletin board covered in mail

I would estimate that I have over 700 postcards that I have received over the last 20 years. Some came through Postcrossing, Swap-bot, and SendSomething, while others came from pen friends, local friends, and family. Some of them I inherited through family members and some through friends who passed on some cards in their possession.…

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illustration of notebook and pen

What do you do with a new notebook? I love perusing them, finding just the right kind, and adding more to my collection. Some I use. Some I plan to use but never do. Maybe one day. The comprehensive list below is from Ryan Hart. I found his list on Pinterest while I was working…

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green moleskin weekly

I love the Moleskin Weekly and have been using them the last few  years. In 2020 I used the Sapphire Blue one and for 2021 I will be using the Myrtle Green 5×8 Moleskin Weekly. On the left side in each date box, I write down highlights of what I did that day. And on…

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b&w illustration of simple chair and desk

Part of the charm, for me, of writing letters, is having a favorite writing area where I can get comfy, settle in, and write (or type) postcards and missives to friends, family, and online partners (this includes Postcrossing, SendSomething, and Swap-bot). I am always fascinated to see other people’s writing areas and thought it would…

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woman holding a letter on at desk

After years of dreaming and planning, the premiere issue of Letters & Journals magazine is here! It went through more than a few revisions these past few years, and, while I envisioned a print magazine, that just wasn’t feasible at this time (hopefully, the future will see the print edition of Letters & Journals). Currently,…

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