One of the things my daughter loves to do is write notes and letters to people and one of the ways she drives me crazy is digging around the house for paper, envelopes etc in order to do that. So for Christmas this year I decided to put together a letter writing box for her. A box all her own that she could keep all her supplies at the ready – complete with a customized address book filled with the addresses of friends and family.
I did a little research on Pinterest and other places and my dream box would have been one of these cute suitcases from Land of Nod. While they are actually a fair price, I really didn’t need all 3 and I was trying to keep this as low budget as I could. I lucked out and found a cute mustache photo box at Hobby Lobby for 50% off and just went from there.
I filled the box with
- a set of stamps with little stamp pads (all from Michael’s)
- some plain stationary cards and envelopes in various sizes and styles (50% off at Hobby Lobby)
- and also one set of her own personalized stationary (from this shop on etsy)
- washi tape (from Michael’s)
- half a set of these amazing pens (Staples)
- some word stickers (Michael’s)
- her own address book (see below for instructions)
For the address book, I got some great tips from my friend Monica and modeled it after her date night book.
First I used a sheet of card stock, folded it in half and then used my scissors to round the edges. I added some washi tape from my stash to the top and then used some mini letter stickers for the label.
For the address pages, I searched around the net until I found some fake notebook paper. I sized it down to fit and then used Pages to add my text. There are plenty of free downloads of address book pages, but I didn’t want all these extra blanks for her to deal with. All she needed to have was the name, address and birthday of her friends. If you are interested in my printable, let me know and I will be happy to email it to you (if I can find it on the computer!)
I took a brown envelope and folded it in half and added it to the outside of my pages. Then I stacked them all up on top of each other with the cover and used my sewing machine to sew the pages down the middle. I did a couple lines of stitches. I added this little envelope to the inside cover for stamps. I attached it first with double sided tape and then added a few stitches with the machine to help hold that down too. Just make sure you don’t go too high up or you won’t have enough space to put anything in the little envelope. This is for stamps and I threw in 10 forever stamps for her to start with. (The idea is that as she needs more, she has to save her money to get more!)
The brown envelope holds a mess of stickers that she can use for making cards etc. For the ABC sections I cut out a little round circle with a punch that I have and then cut it in half. I used some more of those mini letter stickers and some double sided take to attach them to pages throughout the book. I don’t have a photo (geez!), but the back half of the brown envelope I slit open and gave her a few stamped postcards that the post office sells that are ready to mail.
I can’t tell you what a hit this has been! She was at the table writing letters after she opened all the rest of her Christmas gifts on Christmas Day! And she is still writing notes to people. It’s probably been one of the smartest gifts I’ve ever given to her and it saves me the stress of her piddling around the house looking for paper, envelopes and stamps! Another tip was not giving her all the stationary and all the stickers at the same time. I’ve set aside about half of everything to gift her with for Valentine’s Day or any other special days that come up. It’s the gift that keeps on giving…to her and to others mailboxes!