Today’s missive comes a great friend of The Paper Chronicles, Nina Jones of Jonesy, who has actually already sponsored this campaign. This, however, is her first letter to us. Tucked inside a classic Sandra Boynton card, sent from Toronto, was a rather lengthy missive. I haven’t received a card like this in a really long time, it reminds me of the letters I’d get from friends who were at home while I was at camp.

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It reads:

Hello Sarah! My favourite stationery … this was a hard one! How could I choose? Too many choices!

In the end, it was easy. I kept coming back to my childhood love for Boynton — perhaps one of the reasons why I am in this business today.

I have always loved Sandra Boynton’s illustrations and collected her notecards, stickers and greeting cards at a very early age.

I would start writing in the card, then move to pages of loose leaf because I would have so much to say. When finished I would fold it up and off went a small diary to my friends far away.

So upon my realization, I set out to find a Boynton card — this isn’t as easy as it used to be! Thankfully technology like Zazzle made this possible for me.

One of my all-time favourite Boynton illustrations + cards is this one I am sending you. I love this little cat! Although you and I don’t love each other 🙂 I do love paper and a handwritten note.With everything moving so quickly around me, I like to stop and take a second to sen a random hello to a friend, colleague or client.

Step two — loose leaf. I have graduated to a more sophisticated Fabriano version. So although technology has changed and tastes evolve, my roots are intact and are as strong as ever. Congratulations on your amazing blog — I absolutely love every post. You have my undying support. Sincerely, Nina

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Thank you so much, Nina! I am so glad you enjoy the blog & I really appreciate the support! And, I love your “small diary!”

I gave some thought to who would be a good fit for you, and I think these donations I received back in November 2014 from CardNest are perfect for you.While nothing can replace a favorite, familiar artist one grew up with — and really, who would want to? — maybe you will find a new one to love here.

The subscription service, based in the U.K., sends subscribers to three exclusively designed greetings cards every month by independent artists from across the globe — and there is an international membership for £10/month (about $12.55). You can stop or start anytime.

The three cards arrived wrapped in a bellyband with a bit of info about each artist. From left, they’re from Anna Hurley (from San Francisco), Jacqui Lee (from Calgary) and Blanca Gómez (from Madrid).

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Thank you both so much for supporting TPC’s Letter-Writing Campaign!

Getting involved (and getting some free stationery) is so easy. Just send me a letter, card or postcard on your favorite paper (which is most likely gathering dust) 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. And if you are interested in being a sponsor, please reach out … I’d love to hear from you too!

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