I discovered from using this method for about 10 weeks that I am a "batch sender", which is to say, I write around 8 or 10 letters over a period of a couple of days and then send them all out at once, rather than write one or two a day and stick them in the mailbox in the mornings, a few days in a row. Although my post office is just 5 minutes down the road, it is actually past the interstate, so it's not really technically "on the way" when I am out and about. So I have to fit it into my day to remember to get over there. While this list does show what I'm sending and what I'm getting, the sending list is much longer than the getting list, since things take a while to arrive. It was getting... messy and confusing, very quickly.
Then I read The Pen Thief's Post About Her Mail Log and I fell in love with her idea of making it more like a daily journal than a list. (Go check it out and come back, I'll wait!) She's right that a computer generated list conflicts with hand-written letters. It just does.
I decided to give it a go. I found this awesome peacock journal at Ross:
I don't really have a good sample page to photo yet, but so far it is working MUCH better than my other method. Like The Pen Thief, I'm keeping track of the postage I'm spending so I can see what my hobby is running per year. (I'll tell you this- so far it is waaay cheaper than Civil War Reenacting! The gasoline!!!)
I also organized my actual mail. I got an accordion file and put the senders in alphabetical order by last name. I copy all of my letters before they go in the envelope so that I have both sides of the conversation and don't end up repeating myself. All of the letters to and from one person are paper clipped together. Right now it looks like this:
It's getting pretty full (Thank you!!!), so I'll have to go through and bundle some of the earliest ones and archive them in a storage box pretty soon.
I also have gotten so into making my own envelopes and such, that I have gone through all of my old boxes of art supplies and pulled out anything that can be used for letter writing:
|A lettering guide for envelope addressing|
and a rainbow of pens for coloring and embellishing!
|Lots and lots and lots of papers for making envelopes! :)|
|This pad of beautiful pages was procured at a 40% off sale.|
Half the pages have glitter! All are gorgeous, with or sans glitter.
|This is my FAV out of the pack. I love old sailing ships! :)|
I also got this guy around Christmastime, to keep watch over my shoulder as I write. He's not much good lighting by himself, but combined with other task lighting, he serves as a wonderful little muse. :)
What have you treated the Letter Writer in you to, lately? :)