NATIONAL LETTER WRITING MONTH–IT’S A WRAP!

Snail Mail Ideas by Atiliay.com

Wow, April seemed to fly right by and it’s already the last day of National Letter Writing Month and Write On! It was so fun to participate in both and I loved sitting down to create snail mail this past month. It was just the inspiration that I needed and it was fun to think of what to send to each person and how I’d decorate their envelopes.

My goal was to send 15 letters out and I had a stretch goal of 30–my final total was…22 pieces of mail! Not too bad considering I sent about 5 last year lol. I hit my original goal and next year I hope to get to 30! I think the trick is planning ahead which helped me get organized. But since I enjoy making snail mail, I can work on something for quite a long time which can hold me back a little! But I also feel like if I am enjoying it, why stop? Keep going and keep on enjoying it :)

I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite snail mail photos from this past month! And although it’s not April anymore, I will continue to send out mail throughout the year!

Snail Mail Ideas by Atiliay.com
Snail Mail Ideas by Atiliay.com
Snail Mail Ideas by Atiliay.com
Snail Mail Ideas by Atiliay.com
Snail Mail Ideas by Atiliay.com
Snail Mail Ideas by Atiliay.com
Snail Mail Ideas by Atiliay.com
Snail Mail Ideas by Atiliay.com

SNAIL MAIL FUN | A CARD FOR MY FAVORITE BUNNY

Snail mail fun by Atiliay.com

It was my favorite bunny Lou Lou’s birthday last Sunday! Lou Lou’s mom is my card bestie and fellow animal lover, Jenna of The Paper Wilderness, and I just had to help celebrate Lou Lou’s 7th birthday! As I started thinking about this snail mail, I got more and more excited with all the ideas that I had!

Lou Lou’s birthday snail mail included a mini bunny pinata (that pom pom tail!), a postcard of lettuce (one of her favorite foods), bunny paperclips, and a card I created from hand carved stamps that included candles, carrots, and hearts :)

Snail mail fun by Atiliay.com

Jenna and Lou Lou actually live not too far away so I decided to do a secret-covert-social-distancing-contactless-birthday-delivery! I strung the card and pinata through ribbon so I could tie it on their door. I felt like a ninja when I was leaving it at the front door without making too much sound lol. It was a success!

Snail mail fun by Atiliay.com

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LOU LOU!

Happy Birthday, Lou Lou!

PS: I also share more snail mail ideas, 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 | DIY EASTER CARD

DIY Cute Chick Easter Card by Atiliay.com

Easter is just around the corner and I wanted to share this easy tutorial for a fun and creative DIY Easter Card with you! It features an egg with a fun surprise when you open the flap–a cute chick! :) You can also switch up the text and turn it into a “Happy Spring!” card or add a chick/chicken pun–whatever you think your recipient would enjoy most! :) This is a card I created years ago and used to sell and it still gets a lot of Pinterest love so I thought I would show you how you can make this at home! This is a fun project to do with the kids as well!

SUPPLIES YOU’LL NEED:

White Cardstock (will be cut down to 5 1/2″ wide and 6″ tall)
Colored Cardstock of your choice (this is for the egg–I like pastel colors!)
Scissors (and paper cutter if you have one)
Pencil
Ruler
Glue stick
Markers (yellow, orange, and pink for your chick)
Pen (ball point, gel, or brush pen–this is for your text and your chick’s eyes)
A2 Envelope
Bone Folder and Score Board (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

DIY Cute Chick Easter Card Tutorial by Atiliay.com

1) Prep your white cardstock. Cut your card stock into a rectangle that is 5 1/2″ wide and 6″ long. You can use scissors or I prefer a paper cutter if you have one.

DIY Cute Chick Easter Card Tutorial by Atiliay.com

2. Make a tiny pencil mark 2″ down on both sides of your rectangle and fold the paper at this 2″ mark. Make sure you are marking on the long side where it measures 6″. If you have a bone folder and a score board available, you can use those tools for this step.

DIY Cute Chick Easter Card Tutorial by Atiliay.com

3. Make your egg. Using a pencil, trace an oval egg shape on colored paper. Cut it out. Then draw a line at the enter of the egg (dividing it in half horizontally) and cut your egg in half. My egg is 3″ tall and 2 1/4″ wide at the widest point.

DIY Cute Chick Easter Card Tutorial by Atiliay.com

4. Glue the top half of your egg at the center of the folded flap.

DIY Cute Chick Easter Card Tutorial by Atiliay.com

5. Glue the bottom half of your egg at the center of the cardstock to match the top half of the egg. You can place the bottom half of the egg so that the flap covers it a little bit, about 1/16″–this helps to ensure when the card is folded all you see is the egg and not what is underneath the flap.

DIY Cute Chick Easter Card Tutorial by Atiliay.com

6. Add a chick to the inside of your card. You can draw in your chick or use a stamp (which is what I did). I gave my chick an orange triangle beak, 2 black dots for the eyes, and 2 light pink circles for the cheeks.

DIY Cute Chick Easter Card Tutorial by Atiliay.com

7. Add your message to the card on the inside flap above the chick. Make sure the pen/marker you are using doesn’t bleed through the cardstock. Test on a scrap piece of cardstock if needed.

I hope you liked this idea and will try this DIY Easter Card Tutorial this spring! This is also a fun project to do with little one! If you try it, please send me a pic of it–I would love to see your cards!

PS: I also share all my 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 | 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!