DAILY DOSE OF ART

As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Spring into Writing

In some parts of the world, Easter time marks the start of Spring. So I thought I’ll play around with the Spring theme.  This week, April 9-15, I have some ideas and projects we can try  out that will help perk up the spirit.

Today’s topic is “Spring into Writing” and our project: “KleeNEXT Stationery”(Repurposed Kleenex box)

KLEENext Stationery
An afterlife for your Kleenex boxes


What is Spring? There are numerous definitions out there but today there are three from the Free Dictionary dot com that i’d like to use:

  1. “to develop or originate” (The idea sprang from a chance meeting.)
  2. (intr; often foll by up) to come into being or appear suddenly factories springing up
  3. the act or an instance of jumping or leaping

Why these three choices? Because I wish to share with you that Springing into Writing means:
-it is a marvellous idea to develop the habit of writing a letter to your friends especially those who are geographically distant
-that the sudden appearance of a mail from you will bring joy to somebody’s life and may even cause…
– some jumping and leaping on the part of the receiver… hahahaha


What Makes Snail Mail More Special than Email?
Source: Dispatchthem

These days, it seems that almost everyone has forgotten the art of writing letters – especially in large cities where almost everything runs on computers. Instead, the e-mail has taken its place and become so popular, and even a necessity for business due to its speed and convenience. However, e-mail simply does not have the same “je ne sai quoi” that the written letter has. Even if you send the most passionate lines, there is still something about an e-mail that seems a tad impersonal.

For busy people, sending birthday cards and Valentine greetings are easier through e-mail. You just pick an e-card and press the send button. But if you really want to show someone how special they are, write them a letter. Pick out a beautiful stationery set, use your best pen, and write down what you want to say in clear, neat penmanship. 

A handwritten letter sends the message that you took time out of your busy schedule to sit down and make an effort to tell someone how you feel in a special and personal way. Let us face it – seeing the handwriting of our beloved and holding a piece of paper that we know they had touched makes us feel that they are with us in spirit. Letters from friends and loved ones can become cherished mementos that some people collect and even keep for a lifetime. So the next time you want to say something special, take a moment before you press that send button. Take out your trusty pen and write a letter instead.

In case the article above doesn’t sound convincing enough to grab pen and paper to write to a friend, please take the time to read this beautiful poem:

If you have a tender message,
Or a loving word to say,
Don’t wait ’til you forget it,
But whisper it today!


The tender words unspoken,
The letter never sent,
The long-forgotten messages,
The wealth of love unspent…


For these some hearts are breaking,
For these some loved ones wait,
Then give them what they’re needing,
Before it is too late!


-Say It Now-
Author Unknown

Today’s Project: 
Making Your Own KLEENext Stationery

You’ll Need:
empty box of Kleenex
double sided tape
scissors
nice paper (linen or card stock, your choice)
self-adhesive Velcro tabs


Here are the Steps:


Step 1
Cut the parts of the box that you want to use. 
I have cut 4 images. 
Step 2
Make a mini accordion writing card. 
You will need an extra image if you want to follow my sample which has another image at the other end of the card.
Step 3
Make a 3-panel writing card 
with self-adhesive Velcro
Tip: use a strip of matching paper to accent image
Step 4
Make an envelope writing paper 
with self-adhesive velcro
Tip: attach an image atop the velcro
Step 5
Make a multi-page writing card
Tip: use matching colour paper to 
create a border effect around your image
Step 6 
Think of 4 friends you haven’t spoken 
or written to in a while and start writing.
Here it is-your Complete Line of KLEENext Stationery
And by the way, in case you have forgotten how snail mail works, you do have to go to a post office, pay for the stamps you need and drop it in the post box. Too much trouble? I don’t think so..if you can only see the smile you put on that friend’s face when he gets your mail. Priceless!




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