Making Your Letters More Autumnal // + A Mini Photoshoot

HI THERE! 

I was starting to write a letter today after I bought a few things at Hobby Lobby (“the Hob Lob” as we call it) and I wanted to make it very fallish. It seems like Christmas is just around the corner, a few people I know have decorated! So I definitely want to squeeze as much fall in as I can.

Letter writing is a great way to do that!

I though I would share with y’all some of the small things that make your letters pop with the seasons in simple ways.

NO. 1 Toned card + envelopes

Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite places, has a nice selection of packeted cards and envelopes. They have these nice rectangular brown ones there now (50%, too!) that I got earlier. They’re a nice difference from the regular white, and when you do reds and oranges on them, the brown looks so nice and fallish!

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NO. 2 Colored pens

these are a great way to make your cards and envelopes pop and immediately remind you of fall. I always go for reds, oranges, browns and greens.

Below: Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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I made a quick, simple card using the bullet end of a dual brush pen for the words and the brush end for the leaves.

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Sorry this is blurry! My back screen wouldn’t show that well before I put it in the envelope!

I got those two front plaid wash tapes at Hobby Lobby earlier. I thought the would be fun to use through the fall and winter months in my bullet journal and on letters.

NO. 3 Tapes or stickers

These are affordable, long-lasting touches for your letters. The fun patterns and widths are just so fun to see on envelopes in the mailbox, and they’re fun to put on everything.

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NO. 4 Tiny tidbits and fun things

Fall themed stickers, papers, poems, Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s), paintings, cutouts, etc. are fun touches to put inside a letter when it doesn’t seem like enough. There is usually always some fun little thing to add a little more joy to the letter when it is opened.

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NO. 5 Colorful envelopes

I kept the envelope pretty simple, but the reds and the plaid make it stand out. You can draw a box around the address in bright colors, paint, sketch, anything. It’s so fun to personalize the mail!

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The last thing I got from the good ‘ole Hob Lob was a new wax seal stamp. The whole stamp pin came off of my old one, so I figured I should upgrade(: I got the heart stamp, and I really like it!

NO. 6 Wax seals

These are my favorite part. I don’t do it every time, but I really enjoy choosing the colors. (I bought this from Amazon. Great buy!)

I used a gold over the wide plaid washout tape I got. It turned out pretty! A very simple and easy way to make your envelope fancy and pretty.

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I hope y’all enjoyed that! It was something I had on my mind to share, it was fun!

Now, I attempted to take some portrait photography for my blog for a new Gravatar image and such, but I ended up having to recruit my brother. It’s really hard to get it to be focused perfectly on a tripod and ten-second timer!

This was one I took by myself. It turned out good, but I kept getting the washed-out background (upper left), so I called good ‘ole Evan.

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I think he did pretty good! It was a frigid windy day, so camera shake and all was hard to avoid, BUT THE LIGHT! ♥

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This one probably turnout the best out of all of them. My hair was being wiped all ’round!

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These leaves were so pretty!

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He attempted to catch me mid-hairflip, but alas, no good….

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…AH! There we go. XD *applauds brother generously*

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Oh, you know, just your every-day stride in the midst a field. (;

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Is it a bird? no, a plane! It’s AUDREY KATE! The severely ungraceful land-skater! 😂

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Maisy trudged through the woods to join us when we were walking back. She didn’t know she would be in a picture, though! Hehe. (She wasn’t that grateful…)

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I hope you all are having a DEEElightful evening!

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What was your favorite part about the letter? Do you use wax? What photo was your favorite? Di Evan do a good job?

Fun Things To Send Your Pen-Pal/Tips For Conversation

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Hidey! (That’s how my family says “howdy” 😜)

I hope everyone is well on this actually not raining day!

I have always, since I’ve been able to write, had a pen-pal. I learned to write when I was six (decently, at least), and my two friends were also at that point. I remember watching “Anne of Green Gables” I do believe and seeing Anne and Diana write letters made me want to! Over the years since then I have asked people I meet and my friends if they’d like to write. It’s a great way to get to know someone, and if your like me, tech-less, then it’s a great way to communicate, and it’s also really fun to get mail! My Mom says I get more mail then she does. XD

At first I used to send and receive super short letters. They might’ve been something like this, “Hi! How are you? I’m good. I have been playing outside a lot lately. It’s really hot out! Have you been to the pool lately? Your Friend, AK.”

Not really much there!

I am one for a long letter. I enjoy reading them, hearing about my friends’ day and what they’ve been doing, what they’re into at the time, what they’re learning in school, etc.

I also like to send fun things with the letter, such as stickers, a photo, an ATC (Artist Trading Card), some artwork, a postcard you got on recent journeys, a poem, a quote, bible verse, and such. I have also gotten some things with my letters before and it’s always so fun to open up and see everything.

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My Pen-Pal Supplies drawer

It’s fun to have things prepared for letters as well. I love to get right on the reply when I get a letter so it goes out in the mail the next day, and I like to have things prepared to send.

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I have some questions written down on a little piece of paper I can refer to if I’m in a rut on things to say. (And that’s especially if it’s a first time letter, sometimes questions can break the ice.) Some include:

  1. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? (That’s a fun one. There’s always different answers to that!)
  2. Do you like to cook or bake more?
  3. What is your favorite flower(s)?
  4. If you could have any kind of superpower, what would it be?
  5. What is one of your favorite things?

Those are just a few. It’s nice to have this if you get stuck not knowing what to say. It seems that if you ask questions like these you get the ball rolling and then you learn you have many things in common and you become great friends over time. It’s amazing, because one of my best friends is a pen-pal, and I’ve only ever seen her in person about 3 or 4 times. We’ve gotten to know each other very well over the past little while. Sometimes it seems that you can tell each other anything in a letter!

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Washi tape or decorative tape is always fun to include in a letter. (Or on the outside to seal the envelope!) A looong time ago (my wee little blog was still new!) I made a post about things you can do with it. (You can see that here) I like to decorate the envelope with it, too.

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Speaking of decorating envelopes, that is one fun way to add a personal touch to your letter, and it is really fun! I love receiving decorated envelopes in the mail. (And decorating them myself! See some here)

Tea is one thing I enjoy sending to pen-pals. (Although that’s one of the questions I always ask, “Do you like tea?” just randomly😉) It’s fun to send your friends your new favorite teas and to see how they like them. (I especially like to send this green tea😁)

It’s also fun to write a note on the back, or just to tell them why you like that blend.

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One thing some of my friends did was to get a piece of paper, one person writes about 4 or 5 things that we’ve done together/things we’re going to do and pass it back and forth until, well, it’s done! It’s fun to do lettering and artwork on that piece of paper. When you’re done, you can copy it and send your friend one and you keep one. We do one once a year, and it’s fun to look back on what you were doing/looking forward to at that time. (And to see how well your penmanship has changed😆)

I love to send Artist Trading Cards to pen-pals. I like sending my recent artwork on them. I get some from my pen-pals, too, and I love seeing their artwork/recent doodles and such.

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Little works of art are fun to include as well. I like to send little watercolor works or illustrations. I like make them various shapes as well.

Something a few of my pen-pals and I did were make “knick-knacks” as we called them. We just made bunches of little pieces of paper with art, bible verses, quotes, etc. and it was fun to receive them in the mail each letter!

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Fun stamps always make letter art that much more fun! My Grandaddy got me these for Christmas. They’re so cute! But if you go to USPS.com you can see all of there stamp collections. (You can also order them) They have floral designs, celebrities, seasons, etc. on stamps that you can choose from. You can see them all here.

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Wax seals! These are one of my favorite things for envelopes. I love to melt different colors together to create a marbled look, and to just melt solid colors. You can find these anywhere online, Amazon, Etsy; They’re there for ya! There are also different stamps you can buy, and different colored wax. They just add a little “pop” to your envelope. (And they also seal the letter quite well!)

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Photos are alway a good option, too. If you can print photos, send one in your next letter! They’re fun to receive, and it’s a good way to share a memory!

Also, if you’re interested in becoming a pen-pal with someone, don’t be afraid to ask! Writing letters is so much fun, and I’m sure the other person would say yes, with permission!


 

Well my dears, that is the conclusion of this fun post. I have really enjoyed writing this, (I bet all the word you read explained that! heh, 1,059 words!) it was fun to do!

I hope you enjoyed. Let me know if this was helpful for your and if you will be using any of these tips! I’ll be happy to answer any questions as well.

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Have you ever seen Anne of Green Gables before? Do you write letters? Do you use any of these thing in your letter? Would you like more of these posts soon? What is your favorite day of the week?

Some Recent Art

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HEY! Are you well?

I have been busy doing lots of art over the past week, and I wanted to show you all! I have been trying to get into illustrations lately, because I like a certain style, and hey, why not try it out? Hehe. Alrighty, lets get to it, shall we?

And more ATC’s. (I have a post with more here(: ) I really like making these!

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I made a birthday card for one of my Mom’s friends. (It seems like there are a lot of birthdays in February for me…🤔)

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Then there’s this oddly lighted and angled photo of one of my illustrations. (Heh!) I like this one. (It oddly resembles my cousin…) I have more illustrations, but for some reason I didn’t take a picture of them):

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Hehe. Then, of course I had to take some super aesthetic photos! (AHEM. WHY IS MY FOOT IN THERE? 😂)

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I haven’t “watercolored” in a while, so I quickly sketched something out…

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Voila! I like this one. (Hehe, whenever I paint/draw a house it has a red door!)

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Yet another quick sketch…

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I like how this one turned out, too. The first one was supposedly a mountains cape, and this one is a farm scape. (I didn’t use any references, so I don’t know how accurate these are🤣)

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Then I started lining out another illustration. I found this piece of paper and decided to put it to good use!

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TAA DAA! I like how she turned out okay. I think I’ll remember next time not to use Tombow brush pens, though.

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These were the thumbnails I used.

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I think I’ll use this one for later. (: I like it((:

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And then this. ((: Hehe. I like this random girl on a chair! (;

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The Supermoon tonight(:

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post! I really enjoyed making all the art.  Thank y’all so much for reading! I hope your day is great!

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Would you like to see more art in the future? Do you have a favorite piece? Can you see the supermoon tonight? Do you like illustrations?

5 things to do with Washi Tape

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Hello everyone! I’m so excited about this post! (as you can tell, i’m using Canva, upon recommendation I really like it! what do you guys think?) I used to get washing tape for Christmas a few years ago and it would just sit on my desk, and i wouldn’t know what to do with it. It doesn’t really stick as well as Scotch tape, or any clear tape, because it’s a Paper tape. Today, If you’re like i was and don’t know what to do with it, I’ll show you 5 things to do with Washi tape.

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Seal letters with it! I Write a lot of letters to Friends, and sometimes just a plain Envelope seems a little boring, so I use Washi Tape! Besides, it adds a little color, and it helps hold your letter in better, so it’s sort of a Win – Win!

 

You can also use the coloring tape. (Sorry, i’m not quite sure what it’s called, but  you can get it at Target) I used my Gold oil Pen on this one, But if you don’t have anything like that, I would used a sharpie. Some markers and things don’t work.

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Make Cards with it. I found that if you ever run out of postcards, Notecards, or want something different that just paper, Washi Tape Postcards and Notecards are cute, too! I put clear Tape over this to make sure the Washington Tape would stick. But I’m probably not going to do that again because you ca- HAHAHA! I just realized Auto-Correct said “Washington Tape”! I would’ve just erased that, but it was to funny ((: Anyway… As I was saying: Clear Tape sort of (even though it’s clear) It sot of muffled-out the color (Bottom left pink tape)

This is the back of the Postcard. I like how it turned out. (My lines ittle crooked, though.)I’m, pretty soon, Going to try a Notecard or something like that. (The difference in a Post card and A Notecard is that a Postcard is just the front and the back, and you don’t put it in an envelope and a Notecard is Folded and it does go in and envelope.)

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Write names with it. I like to do this and send it to Friends. (this isn’t the way i spell Ally, By the way. That’s as far as I could get with the little piece of paper I had(:  )

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Underlining with it. I love to use it for Bullet Journaling and such. Instead of I like to underline the upcoming things with it. It’s also fun for Calendars!

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This is one of my favorites. Bookmarks! If you read a lot, like I do, you love bookmarks. I was playing around with my Washi tape the other day and came up with this. They’re cute and easy.

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I used watercolor paper, so it wouldn’t bend, but you can use construction paper or something like that.

You can cut it into whatever shape you want, but I chose to cut it on the smaller side.

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You pick which tape you want. (I guess you could to multiple ones, if you want.)

Here it is!

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If you want, when you’re finished with one, you can cut a design.

Here’s some with designs.

I used the Hot-Glue gun to glue on some studs and stuff.

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These are all the ones that I made.

I hope you liked this post! Stay tuned for more! Bye!

~theJunebugblog