the lost art of letter writing

you might remember this post about urban girl office supply thanking me for purchasing a stapler. opening and reading that handwritten note made my heart all sorts of warm and fuzzy, and it got me thinking…we don’t write letters anymore. our mailbox overflows with catalogs, offers for credit cards and bills daily…however, if i’ve signed up for electronic payments, not even visa wants to write me these days. sure, i get texts and occasional emails from friends, but hardly a letter, unless i’m invited to a wedding…and i’ve even received e-vites for those. technology just can’t match the poignancy of a handwritten letter…and in some situations, there’s no substitute for one.

you know the letters i’m talking about, mainly because they stick in your head…you remember who sent them and why…that person took the time to pick up a pen, sat down and thought about the message they wanted to send you. they thought about how to word each sentence and wrote it slow enough that it was legible. you might still have it tucked away in a drawer.

being a graphic designer, i’m drawn to pretty and interesting designs that stand out…and much to the boy’s dismay, i refuse to pick up a box of boring, plain thank yous because they need to be written, we don’t have time to be picky and we’re already 2 weeks late. but i can’t help myself, i have to buy unique cards. besides, if i’m going to take the time to write them, they are going to look pretty damn it. in my mind, a unique card can matter just as much as the message inside. my goal is to make the recipient feel special and tell them why they are special to me.

below is roundup (yes, i know i just gave you a roundup of backpacks i couldn’t help myself) of cards i think are beautiful, unique and pretty. and that tom hanks t.hanks card cracks me up every time! just the thought of sending these out takes me back to the 1980’s. that time before we twittered and facebooked. they make me want to know my postal carrier’s name. i hope you enjoy them and as always, the sources are at the bottom in case you need them. you can also see more that i’ve pinned here!

yes ma'am hello cardyes ma'am hello cardpretty thank you cards from paper sourcepaper cookie hello cardyellow owl workshop chevron thank you cardthank you cards by yellow owl workshop and rifle paper corifle paper co thank you cardstom hanks t.hanks thank you cardthree insets of thank you cardsmerci beaucoup thank you cardyellow-owl-workshop-11

hello /// yes ma’am
neon pink letterpress thank you /// paper source
chalkboard thank you /// paper source
baby shower thank you /// paper source
a simple hello greeting card /// paper cookie
black and white chevron thank you /// yellow owl workshop
floral thanks ///rifle paper co.
certificate of awesome ///rifle paper co.
floral thank you /// rifle paper co.
floral temporary tattoos /// rifle paper co.
tom hanks t.hanks thank you /// paper source
you are so freaking awesome /// paper cookie
turquoise ombré thank you /// jp stationary
just a little note /// sugar paper
merci beaucoup thank you /// yellow owl workshop


  1. laura irion June 21, 2014

    ohmugdness this is awesome. paper nerds unite!! i actually bought the hello notecards from yes ma’am, and not only are they such nice (heavy!) cards but the shop owner, erika, is so sweet. she does the #yesmaamregram so you can show off and style the cards (and how easy are those things to style, anyway!?) which is so fun, but then on my second order she actually sent me a handwritten thank you for participating! talk about someone who totally gets it! so yeah, i’m like her most loyal fan (stalker) now…and all because of the power of a handwritten note.

  2. kyla June 21, 2014

    well, i saw them on your instagram the other day lady and i just LOVE them…they are too cool for school!

  3. Brandy Lea June 24, 2014

    My mom to this day prefers to send a handwritten letter than an email. She will debate this topic with anyone. And she will win! She sends my high school friends birthday cards with a handwritten note int each one. This is expected and they all say if the card does not arrive they know something is wrong. Her holiday cards are started in early November. Many have a “book” written in them–all handwritten (no printed holiday letters for her.) Each letter is meticulously written–you can see her love of writing in each card sent. A receiver of one of her cards feels her love and care in each one. And many keep them. It is a lost art and my mom is trying her best to keep it going. Thank you notes, birthday cards, holiday cards, and the “just because” notes are her masterpieces. She is an inspiration to all!

  4. kyla June 24, 2014

    i love that your mom still writes handwritten letters! i remember as a kid, watching my mom spend weeks writing special notes in christmas cards by hand…i can’t even imagine!

    it’s true though…when you receive a letter like that, it is special…so here’s to our moms and let’s follow in their footsteps.

  5. June 9, 2016

    I only just found your site Kyla and I’m totally obsessed with your adorable branding!! Such a beautiful site! Keep up the great work! 🙂 🙂


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