SNAIL MAIL IDEA | ENVELOPE ADDRESSING: PLACEMENTS + WAVY ADDRESS TUTORIAL

Envelope Address Placement Ideas by Atiliay.com

An envelope is like a mini blank canvas and there’s so much that you can do with them! Here are a few placement ideas for when you are addressing envelopes as well as examples of where you can add brush lettering/a secondary style of text. Also, is anyone a fan of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before? :)

Envelope Address Placement Ideas by Atiliay.com

A) Staggered placement with just the first name in brush lettering

B) Staggered placement with just the last name in brush lettering

C) This placement utilized almost the entire envelope and follows a bit of a curve with all the text in brush lettering

D + E) Two examples of a wavy address placement with just the full name in brush lettering– if you’re interested in trying this out, I’ve included a step by step look at how to create it below!

I really like all of the placement ideas shown above because it’s very forgiving when it comes to centering–your addresses don’t need to be perfectly in the center at all! These are just some examples but you can also try left or right justifying and using up the space in different areas of the envelope. Just make sure the address is clear, legible, and can be easily read for our friends at the Post Office!

️Do you like the look of the example envelopes but don’t brush letter? That’s totally fine! Instead of using brush lettering for some of the words, substitute it with a different color, font style, or size—it can be as easy as going over your regular print with a marker, making block letters, or switching to a different marker that creates a larger sized stroke!

The wavy address placement was something I saw years ago and loved how fun it was and decided to try it–now it’s one of my favorite ways to make an envelope unique. This effect works best with longer names and addresses that fill up the entire line or most of it. Below are the instructions. It’s pretty straight forward but as a visual learner, it’s always easier for me to see it done before I try it so I wanted to share that just in case it’s helpful for you!

WAVY ADDRESS TUTORIAL

Wavy Address Envelope Tutorial by Atiliay.com

I start off by marking and writing everything in pencil.

If you are mailing your letter and need to put a stamp on it, start off by marking off the area for the stamp.

Draw 4 wavy lines across your envelope–this creates 3 spaces which is where your recipient’s name and address will go as well as the guideline for you to follow. You’ll be following this curve exactly as is so make sure you are happy with it! Here are a few tips for your wavy lines:

I have found that a wavy line with soft curves and less dips/humps make the final envelope easier to read.

Make sure the waves are parallel and each dip and hump matches the placement of the one above or below it.

Make sure the width in between each line is about equal distance apart.

Wavy Address Envelope Tutorial by Atiliay.com

Add your recipient’s name in the first section following the curved guideline. Remember to tilt the letters as needed to follow the curve.  Again, this effect works best for longer names or you can add more spacing between each letter and word so that the text fills in the entire line.

Wavy Address Envelope Tutorial by Atiliay.com

Add your recipient’s street address in the second section following the curved guideline. I like to switch to regular print writing for the address because I feel that it is easier to read, especially with the wave.

Wavy Address Envelope Tutorial by Atiliay.com

Add your recipient’s city, state, and zip code in the third section following the curved guideline.

The last step is to go over your pencil lines with ink! Let the ink dry completely (don’t rush it otherwise it may smear–you can test a tiny area first) then erase the pencil lines.

I hope you liked this idea and try it out on one of your pieces of mail! If you do, please send me a pic of it–I would love to see your interpretation of this!

PS: I am also sharing all my snail mail, video tutorials, and more on Instagram as well! If it’s easier for you to check out the info there, you can find me at @atiliay.

SNAIL MAIL IDEA | ABOUT ME FILL-IN SHEET FOR KIDS

Snail Mail Idea For Kids - Activity Sheet by Atiliay.com
Snail Mail Idea For Kids - Activity Sheet by Atiliay.com

I am sending Elijah and Brooklyn these about me fill-in sheets! I saw something similar on Pinterest before for adults and I thought it’d be fun to make some of these for kids! I used a regular marker and large pieces of paper (you can use whatever you have at home) for this so they have space to color, draw, or write in their answers–I can’t wait to see how they fill them in!

Here are some ideas of what you can put on your about me fill-in sheets for kids:

Name
Age
Grade
My birthday is
My favorite color is
My favorite animal is
My favorite food is
My favorite song is
My favorite book is
My favorite subject in school is
My favorite game is
My favorite sport is
My favorite TV show is
My favorite movie is
When I grow up I want to be
I am great at
I love to
My best friend is
Today I
Things I like
Things I don’t like
If I could have a super power it would be
If I could go anywhere it would be
Draw a self-portrait

I hope you liked this idea and if you try it, please send me a pic of it–especially after it is filled out! :)

PS: I am also sharing all my snail mail, video tutorials, and more on Instagram as well! If it’s easier for you to check out the info there, you can find me at @atiliay.

SNAIL MAIL IDEA | MULTI-COLOR NAME LETTERING TUTORIAL

Mutli Color Lettering Tutorial by Atiliay.com

I personally am a huge fan of the classic black and white color combo but every once in awhile I like adding some color too ;)

In this post I am sharing how you can add some color to your lettering, envelopes, and letters with this multi-color name lettering tutorial! Use whatever markers you have at home and try an ombre effect, changing colors every other letter, or a rainbow–it’s so much fun and there are tons of possibilities!

You can use your regular cursive writing or even print writing or if you want, you can add pressure on all the down strokes to give it that calligraphy look (here’s a tutorial on how to do just that).

I did one multi-colored lettered envelope for Eli and one for Brooklyn (my good friend’s kiddos) in their favorite colors!

All you need is an envelope or paper, whatever markers you have at home, and a pencil and eraser. Below is the video tutorial (you can also find this on my Instagram, @atiliay–I have a stories highlights for all the snail mail tutorials and ideas I am sharing this month!)

And if you’d like to see what I am putting inside these envelopes to send to Eli and Brooklyn, head over to this post to find out and make one for the little ones in your life!

I hope you try this out! And if you do, I love seeing photos of what you create so please feel free to email me or if you share it on social media, be sure to tag me!

HAPPY NATIONAL LETTER WRITING MONTH!

Brush lettered envelope for National Letter Writing Month by Olivia of Atiliay.com

“What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.”– Author Unknown

Happy April and National Letter Writing Month! I think this quote perfectly encapsulates why this is such a good time to write a letter and send some cards and mail to our loved ones. We might not be able to hang out in person right now, but we can still express our love, support, encouragement, and share joy, smiles, and laughter by communicating this way!

I’m excited to be participating in #write_on and will be writing as many letters as possible this month (goal- 15, stretch goal-30)! I’ll also be sharing snail mail ideas and tutorials every week and newsletter subscribers can find additional resources in the PDF Library (if you’d like to become a subscriber, sign up here and you’ll instantly get access to the PDFs as well as a special code for my online shop!)

Do you love snail mail as well? Will you be joining in on the fun? I hope so! :)

PS: I am also sharing all my snail mail, video tutorials, and more on Instagram as well! If it’s easier for you to check out the info there, you can find me at @atiliay.

PPS: Here’s a look at what’s on my letter board and #mygreytabletop for the month!

Letter board for National Letter Writing Month by Olivia of Atiliay.com

THE 100 DAY PROJECT

I’m participating in #The100DayProject this year and I wanted to invite you to join me! If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a free art project that takes place online–anyone can participate! Every spring, people from all over the world commit to 100 days of creating–your project can be anything you want from painting to writing to dancing and anything/everything in between. You can learn more by reading the FAQs section on their website.

The first day of #The100DayProject is Tuesday, April 7th, 2020!

My specific project is a way for me to practice both brush lettering and connecting letters at the same time! My project is: 100 days of alphabet connections!

100 Days of Alphabet Connections with Atiliay

This means I’ll be lettering the entire alphabet and connecting them with all the other letters of the alphabet throughout the 100 days–aa, ab, ac, ad, all the way to zz! It’ll be a good way to practice daily without taking up too much time and I love that I will be lettering things for the first time ever!

If you would like to join, I have made a few PDFs to make it super easy! The first one has all 100 days listed with the connections that are supposed to be done that day. The second one is more for fun–it’s a tracker so you can cross off or color in each day after you have completed it! Here are the PDFs:

100 DAYS OF ALPHABET CONNECTIONS

100 DAYS OF ALPHABET CONNECTIONS – TRACKER

If you aren’t sure of how certain letters connect, I will be sharing my connections every 3 ish days (or so) so you can refer to those. Or you can also find a calligraphy font in whatever word processing program you use or download one, and type out the connection you are having trouble with so you have a visual reference.

I know 100 days might seem daunting and to be honest, I have never done anything past 30 days, but we can try your best! I think there is something special that happens when doing something consistently for 100 whole days so I am excited to attempt this! However, I think we all need to remember not to be too hard on ourselves–if we miss a day, let’s just pick up where we left off and keep going!

I will be sharing my project both here on my blog as well as on Instagram! If you will be joining me, I’d love to see photos and hear updates on your project! You can always email me at hello@atiliay.com or if you’re posting on Instagram tag me @atiliay and use the hashtag #atiliayabc as well as the general project hashtag #the100dayproject.

I can’t wait to see your alphabet connections!

If you like this challenge and would like more brush lettering resources, here are a few you might be interested in:

The Better Letters in 15 Challenge– This is a free challenge complete with a set of worksheets that break down the phrase “practice makes perfect”. The idea is to practice for just 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks and it breaks down the phrase into letters, letter connections, and we also go over layout. The goal is for you to improve your lettering with 15 minutes of practice per day and end with a phrase you can put up in your space! Sign up by clicking here.

Upper and Lower Case Alphabet Exemplar + Worksheets– Learn the upper and lower case alphabet in my style of lettering! This package comes with a set of worksheets for every single letter of the alphabet, both upper and lower case. For all the details and to purchase, please click here.

Bounce Lettering Lesson + Workbook– Learn how to incorporate bounce (movement) into your lettering! This is a lesson that goes over the concept of bounce and how to apply it and includes reference sheets, examples, and worksheets. To learn more and to purchase, please click here.