The Art of a Hand Written Note

The Art of a Thank You Note featuring Lela Rose x Papyrus Stationary

Call me old school but I miss hand written notes. Isn’t there something wonderful about receiving a letter or a hand written note in the mail? I always love receiving a birthday card or a thank you card, so that was one of my new year’s resolutions this year — to send more cards this year. It seems like such a small gesture but I think such an important one. We tend to forget how small things can make a big impact on our day and on others.

When we had the shop, my grandmother would send a letter of encouragement every single month. Every. single. month. You guys, how thoughtful is that? It was never lost on me that she took the time out of her day to put sweet thoughts to paper. I kept almost every single one of those letters, they meant so much. Such a small gesture from my grandmother went such a long way.

So that got me thinking, as I am notoriously bad at remembering birthdays — my sweet nephews are very gracious with my belated cards — this is such a small habit that I can start to incorporate in my everyday life. Sending thank you notes, birthday cards, small letters of encouragement takes just a few minutes for me but can be such a sweet surprise for a friend or loved one. As I’ve been working to be better at this habit, I’ve come across a few ways that might help you incorporate it, too!

Have them in-stock and ready!

The Art of a Thank You Note featuring Lela Rose x Papyrus Stationary

I’ve found that if I have a stack of pre-purchased cards for different occasions — thank you, sympathy, birthday, etc. or just plain cards that I can write my own message in — I am more likely to get that card in the mail than if I have to go to the store and purchase it. Sometimes my to-do list items get pushed and pushed and before I know it, I’ve missed a date or forgotten completely.

The Art of a Thank You Note featuring Lela Rose x Papyrus Stationary

I love to keep cards that show my style (or humor!) so that it really feels like it’s from my desk personally. I was SO excited when I learned that Lela Rose partnered with Papyrus to create a whole line of cards. I’ve long been a fan of Papyrus cards because they always feel like I’ve taken that extra mile (and because yes I’m always late!). The weight of the cards always feel like it’s a piece of art, or something I could frame. Especially these from Lela Rose, one of my favorite brands I love to dream about. She’s such an icon to me with her feminine pieces, season after season — I’ve long dreamed of owning one of her pieces. So being able to send fashion forward greetings cards is right up my heel-friendly alley.

Pre-write and stamp them!

The Art of a Thank You Note featuring Lela Rose x Papyrus Stationary

Obviously you can’t predict thank you notes or sympathy cards or encouragement notes, but birthdays and holiday cards are bound to happen once a year. You can easily get ahead of the game by selecting your birthday cards for the year, writing a sweet note, addressing and stamping the card and placing aside until it’s ready to send. I am queen of gift cards, so I like to go ahead and stuff one with a gift card or if I know it needs a different gift I’ll place a small post-it on the envelope so I know to grab something to go with this card.

Pre-stamped cards have been a life saver because I never remember to buy stamps which again goes into the to-do task abyss. Now I can set one afternoon aside and make all of my cards and stamp them and I’m done. Thoughtfulness organized.

Use your calendar!

The Art of a Thank You Note featuring Lela Rose x Papyrus Stationary

There is no way you are going to remember everyone’s everything. (Unless you are my husband who is some kind of birthday robot. He amazes me with the information he retains — names, birthdays, address. Genius!) Since I don’t possess that same natural recall, why not use the technology I constantly have at my fingertips? My calendar is filled with birthdays, anniversaries, etc. so that not only can I remember but I can get my notes in the mail. I go a step further and set my alarm to alert be a few days before so I can pop the note in the mail and finally be on time to a party.

Write thank you notes!

The Art of a Thank You Note featuring Lela Rose x Papyrus Stationary

One of the best pieces of advice I received after graduating college was to send thank you notes the day you were interviewed. It didn’t have to be much, just enough to thank the interviewer for their time and tell them how excited you’d be to work for their company. This obviously wasn’t a magic wand that granted me the first job I sent a thank you card to but it was a gesture to show that I was grateful for the opportunity. Plus it’s always nice to be nice. I’ve never once regretted being kind.

Thank you cards do not have to be long. I learned this when writing thank you notes for our wedding gifts. Simply saying thank you is quite enough with a personal anecdote about the gift or action someone did for you. Thank you’s always go a long, long way.

(This is another card you can have stamped and ready for your message and address! Pre-stamping is the best.)

Get personal!

The Art of a Thank You Note featuring Lela Rose x Papyrus Stationary

I love sending cards that reflect my personal style. That’s what I love about the Lela Rose collection, it doesn’t feel like I was rushed at the drug store and just picked up the first card I could find. She really took her time designing these cards with her prints and embellishments and I love being able to send my style of card. (And I really do think you could frame these cards! That’s a win-win for your recipient!)

Sending cards that represent your personal style, humor, or brand is another way to reach out to a long distance friend or loved one.

Celebrate the small things!

The Art of a Thank You Note featuring Lela Rose x Papyrus Stationary

A friend’s new job or promotion, a new home, or heck — even just a Tuesday afternoon! Recognizing things that sometimes we overlook as steps in life can be celebrated with just a little card to your friend or loved one. I think everyone can agree that sometimes it’s just nice to be remembered, and we all want our friends to feel loved. A sweet little note can always brighten a day, especially on a pretty card.

I like to keep blank cards around for this purpose. I have the biggest bulk collection of blank cards. The Lela Rose x Papyrus collection has the prettiest yellow floral that works year round. Plus it feels like I’m sending a one of a kind card. It’s like sending a bouquet through the mail. Just a little bit of happiness with a stamp on it.

The Art of a Thank You Note featuring Lela Rose x Papyrus Stationary

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What are your favorite tips for writing notes? Share below!

*This post was brought to you in collaboration with Lela Rose x Papyrus! Thank you for supporting the brands that support KE!

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  1. Briel K. says:

    I’m pretty bad at getting cards in the mail on time too. It definitely helps to have them on hand so you don’t have to run out to buy one when something comes up! I like the idea of pre-addressing and stamping the envelope but I myself would wait to write the message in the card until right when I want to send it.

    Where did you get that cute pink box with the polka dots inside? 🙂

    09.21.16 · Reply
  2. sasa says:

    These notes are so pretty:P

    Shall We Sasa

    09.21.16 · Reply
  3. I think the art of the thank you card has been lost so I love this post!! It really is so important to take time to thank someone, or send encouraging words. These Lela Rose cards are soo pretty! I need some!

    xo Bryn
    http://www.waketonroad.com

    09.21.16 · Reply
    • Kendi Everyday says:

      Thank you sister! I agree — I just love getting notes / cards in the mail and it has been something that’s been lost! 🙂 Let’s bring it back, shall we??

      09.23.16 · Reply
  4. Cute cards!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

    09.21.16 · Reply
  5. Mireia says:

    I love those!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/

    09.21.16 · Reply
  6. Sarah says:

    Love the cards and the dress! Where is your pink dress from?

    09.21.16 · Reply
  7. First of all, those cards are so cute! Secondly, I love the idea of pre-writing birthday cards! You’re a genius!!!

    https://elementsofellis.com/

    09.21.16 · Reply
    • Kendi Everyday says:

      Isn’t that the smartest? No I’m only a genius if I start doing it regularly!! 🙂 Still trying to be on time more!

      09.23.16 · Reply
  8. Kristian says:

    I love handwritten mail (when I used to blog, it was one of the main things I wrote about actually), but the best tip, I think, is to have at the very least, sympathy cards at hand. No one really minds belated birthday cards, but the quicker a sympathy card goes out the better! I also found that a) having an online address book (we used a google doc and also used it to record who sent what gift) helps, because it was easy to update, and putting birthdays on google calendar. Lastly, I still struggle to remember important dates, even those these help, but getting a card out of the blue- to encourage you, or just say “thinking of you”- is a powerful thing too, I think!

    09.21.16 · Reply
    • Kendi Everyday says:

      I totally agree — thinking of you cards are the best!

      And YES on the sympathy cards. You are so write. Thanks for the thoughts!

      09.23.16 · Reply
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  10. LP says:

    K:
    Long time reader (and fan!) and I was so excited to see this post. As a fellow Mail Nerd, I’m always on a mission to #sendmoremail. I’d love to send you a lil set of stationery if you’re interested! [I make my own!]

    Write on. Write on.
    xo-LP

    09.21.16 · Reply
    • Kendi Everyday says:

      #sendmoremail it is!!

      09.23.16 · Reply
  11. Williams says:

    I think the specialty of the note to say thanks has been lost so I adore this post!! It truly is so vital to require some serious energy to thank somebody, or send empowering words. These Lela Rose cards are soo beautiful! I require a few!

    09.22.16 · Reply
  12. Kristie says:

    Definitely agree about the impact of a handwritten note. I sometimes send them to my customers and the feedback has been great!

    http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com
    http://www.fashionnotfear.wordpress.com

    09.22.16 · Reply
  13. Paula says:

    I loved this post! I have some of the cards my grandmother wrote me as well and I will always cherish them.

    Paula- http://www.livingpaula.com

    09.22.16 · Reply
    • Kendi Everyday says:

      Same here! Isn’t it the sweetest?

      09.23.16 · Reply
  14. Alison says:

    One of the things I learned during a Marie Kondo de-cluttering spree is that I am a card hoarder — I probably have 30 or 40 SUPER cute ones that are just waiting for the perfect occasion. I was surprised at how many I have, but they spark joy so they are keepers!

    This Lela Rose line is pretty, I might need to check it out once I’ve made a dent in the current stock. My favorite secret card source is TJ Maxx/Marshalls/Home Goods — they have great options for just a dollar or two. I’m also spoiled because I live near Rifle Paper Company’s HQ and they have a sample sale a few times a year. So good!

    09.23.16 · Reply
  15. Che says:

    Hello Kendi! I really love posts like this one other than fashion related (though I love love love your fashion taste and check your IG daily 😬). You can write, you are so engaging and I feel like even when it is a sponsored post you remain real. More of this please 💕💕

    09.30.16 · Reply
  16. Catherine says:

    I loved this post! I have some of the cards my mother wrote me as well and I will always cherish them.

    10.02.16 · Reply