Head Games

TypewriterLetterhead and Envelopes may be the first encounter that someone has with you and first impressions can be very important. The look and feel of your stationery should have a subtle but powerful impact. You should have a clean, impressive design that will leave an impression.¹

We were just about ready to start our creative writing assignment, when we got an inspiration! Our characters needed their own stationery. This would help us to set the stage and urge us to get started.Letterhead

Each of us got to work; some on the computer, some in the crafting area, and some in the backyard. The kids were encouraged to be creative and have fun! Here are some of the fun ideas we came up with.

My husband, his character being a detective, decided on formal letterhead that even included an image of a typewriter! My character being a young student/socialite whose father is a spy, I went with a hummingbird and a flower.

LetterheadOur oldest daughter has decided to be a Kingdom Keeper DHI, so her letterhead contains a Mickey Mouse Silhouette. Our second daughter chose to really think outside the box. She is a faerie and her letters are composed on paper that she has “stained” to look old and worn. She’s attached fresh flowers and written her notes with a fountain pen. Our littlest lady chooses to also be a fairy, but writes her notes on the smallest scraps of paper that she kind find, writing with miniscule print.

While these little details may be lost on some (after all, it is only a note, right?), they make the writing an adventure. Being artistic and creative helps to lessen the pressure of needing to compose the “perfect note”. Instead, we are focused on the overall presentation and the imagery. Letterhead

The writing now becomes a joy, as we are adding to the atmosphere and the magic of the moment. These fine points help us to delve into our characters, allowing ourselves to be immersed in the adventure.

It seemed that all of the background work for our characters was done, thanks to the great ideas listed on Dante’s Wardrobe! Now all we needed to do was get started! The first day of school was coming up quick (as we did this project right before school started) and we were all excited to get busy.

The first morning of school, my mailbox was packed to the gills with mail. Oh, my! It seemed our anxious kids couldn’t even wait for the first day of school to begin… we were already starting!

Do you have a stationary just for you? Did you design the letterhead yourself? If so, what was your inspiration?

Mail Call!

Getting StartedMail remains a critical morale booster for military personnel, but did you know it has the same effect on kids? Children are often overlooked in postal exchange, so when envelopes bearing their name suddenly appear… their eyes light up like Christmas!

If we planned to do this right (which, being OCD, wasn’t an option), we were going to be sending “mail” to each other all the time. It just didn’t seem right to leave mail for other people lying around the house or on the end of the beds. No, we needed mailboxes. Dante’s Wardrobe had some great ideas; so using the their inspiration, we got busy!Boy Painting

My first thought was to purchase mailboxes at the local hardware store, nothing large but something that would be more formal and would hang on a wall as decor perhaps? Seeing as our budget is very thin; that wasn’t an option. My husband and I put our heads together and finally came up with a creative solution.

Showing OffOn a recent trip to the grocery store, I made sure to purchase a few boxes of snack items (which could be used for future field trips) and we got to work. We cut the boxes to have an opening on the top and then began to decorate.

Some of us chose decorative paper, some paint; either way we had loads of fun. Once we had the basics down, we spent some time adding details; we used flowers, brads, beads, buttons, and more!Picking Paper

The end results were very unique to our characters, which was a fun change from my more formal ideas. We admired each other’s work and then set about finding a place to hang them. We finally decided on the inside of our homeschool closet. It is an easy place for the kids to access, but isn’t going to take up our limited space.

MailboxesWe’re almost ready but we had one more step to go before school was ready to begin…

Do your children get mail very often? What are some neat things they have received?