April is National Letter Writing Month. In the last few years, momentum has grown quite a bit in observing the month by taking a Letter Writing Challenge. The goal is to write 30 letters in 30 days. The total needs to be 30, but you don’t have to write one each day – all that matters is that you have reached 30 by April 30th.
Letter Writing is an art and with crafters like us, the card or letter can also be a piece of art. Whether it’s a pretty card made with die cuts and stamps or a plain white sheet of paper with beautiful calligraphy or a doodled note made with scrap remnants – all forms of letter writing are by definition expressive and always a treat for the recipient to find in the mailbox.
So, in honor of Happy Mail and Letter Writing Month we encourage you to take the 30 Letters in 30 Days Challenge. To make it more fun we have some fun letter and card making supplies on sale this month, including things like the Address-a-Lope, Card and Envelope Sets, Nuvo Crystal Drops, and much more on sale through April 17th. Also, check your location for events this month. We’ll have many related to creating Happy Mail.
Thinking it might be hard to find 30 people to write to? Realizing you don’t have anyone’s address anymore? No problem. Here are some tips to help you complete the Letter Writing Challenge.
- Do a shout out on social media that you’re taking the challenge and ask people who would like letters to submit their address. They can either private message you the address or you can use an online address book like Postables Address Book. It’s private and secure and you can just post a link for all people to use.
- Write someone more than once. You can write a letter to the same person more than once. In fact, you could use the whole month’s challenge to only write one person.
- Write a letter to a child. Chances are most children seldom receive fun mail these days. Send a card to a kid you know and ask them to write back.
- Write a letter to someone who lives in the house with you, but write it as if you live far away. What would you tell them about your life?
- Write a letter to your future self. Document an average day and file it away to not open for ten years.
- Write a letter to someone you don’t know well, but who you really admire. Let them know why. If it helps explain to them the challenge and why you’re writing.
- Write a letter to a family friend you only correspond with at Christmas. They’ll love finding something unexpected from you.
- Get your kids writing letters! Lots of children may not know the way letter writing works. This is a great way to introduce them to the basics of letter writing and the postal system. Plus how much would the relatives love letters from the little ones!
- Write to a service man or woman and thank them for their service. If you don’t know anyone serving you can find an address here.
- Join a Letter Writing Group on Facebook. Most of them are private and people will often share addresses there.
- Follow some hashtags on Instagram and Facebook to see inspirations from others. #30lettersin30days and #nationalletterwritingmonth are two to follow.