This special handmade traveled all the way from San Francisco. Lovingly crafted, and cleverly coordinated to the envelope, the maker spent a lot of time making this gorgeous!

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The card you see on the left is actually comprised of four layers of cardstock — the letter itself was a separate type-written sheet (but still coordinated to the card).

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It reads:

Dear Sarah,

When I read about your Letter Writing Campaign on The Paper Chronicles, I was so excited because I immediately felt I had the opportunity to make something and channel my creativity into a project (however small it was) that would be looked at by an individual whose taste and work I admire!

I am an art history major at a liberal arts college in California, where I just finished my junior year. Art History is something I became passionate about in high school, and I think one of the things that contributed to my immediate attraction to the subject was the strong creative drive and love of crafting that has been a significant part of my personality and hobby set ever since I can remember. I absolutely love any type of crafting project. After discovering The Paper Chronicles and other similar blogs that showcase and discuss beautiful, unique craftsmanship, and the careers that can grow from such a passion, I have been inspired to not only make paper crafts and cards for freinds and family, but also to learn more about and explore the gorgeous “world of paper!”

I know this is a really long-winded letter, but I just wanted to let you know how happy I was to learn about your blog and this project you are doing, because it truly inspired me to indulge my creative side, which I sometimes pushed back in order to focus on my academic pursuits and aspirations.

Thank you so much for doing this project; I hope you like what I made!

Best, Annie Shapiro

Thank you so much for writing in & your kind words, Annie. I absolutely love your meticulous work — and I am so glad to have given you the impetus to make something! I always think that most people are creative, it can get just blocked for one reason or another. In this day & age, it’s definitely possible to build a career that integrates both creative & traditional elements. In fact, for four days in May, Javits Center is full of people who have found ways to do just that. (I actually took a few Art History classes at NYU and contemplated making it my minor —  but could never keep an apse and a nave straight.)

Annie is getting something really special from TPC’s latest sponsor, the very talented & generous Andrea Ciske of aciskedesign, who will be sending you a set of four ‘a’ cards. I love the turquoise & tangerine combo — so summery! Thank you so much Andrea, and it looks like you’ve got some new designs up in your shop, I am loving your mid-century modern take on peacock feathers!

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I can’t tell a lie — it has taken me a while to get letters up here, but my pile is diminishing & I do want everyone reading this blog to write in! Participating is so easy. Just send me a letter, card or postcard on your favorite paper and tell me what makes it so. My address is: P.O. Box 22133, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. I will share it here, and then send you even more stationery for your efforts. And to anyone else who is interested in donating, please reach out — I definitely want to hear from you too!

Yesterday I also got an email from Patti Stracher, show director of National Stationery Show, sharing this link about Danny Nickerson, of Foxboro, Massachusetts, will turn six on tomorrow, July 25. Danny has an inoperable brain tumor — and all he wants for his birthday is cards with his name written on them.

I feel like belated birthday wishes are always well-received too, so it’s not too late to drop a card in the post! His address is: Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035. Thank you so much Patti for sending that my way! I’m sending him one today.

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