Handwriting Matters

The "Handwriting Matters" Campaign from Pen Heaven

Pen Heaven’s “Handwriting Matters” campaign encourages people to “take a moment to put away their smartphone, laptop, or tablet and write by hand instead”. And, as someone who would have a very hard time without handwritten to do lists, grocery lists, and notes to self, I give two enthusiastic thumbs up to any person or organization that encourages writing by hand.

In support of the recently launched campaign, I thought I’d give you a short history of my experience with handwriting and share my belief that it does matter and will continue to matter, no matter how many electronic gadget there are.

Handwriting and I have had a rocky relationship over the years. It all started out well. I remember learning cursive in first grade and being completely fascinated by everything from the super cool, multi-chalk tool that the teacher used to make the practice lines on the chalkboard to the lovely and loopy letters that we were learning to make. The cursive capital “D” did and still does give me problems, but I’ve made my peace with it.

Over the next few years, my handwriting started to deteriorate and became ever smaller. Laziness? Boredom? I don’t know why it became worse or why I tried to write as small as I could, but I had several teachers tell me that, because I was left-handed, I was never going to have nice handwriting. So, I accepted my fate.

Thankfully, my sixth grade teacher, a fellow southpaw, explained to me that good handwriting wasn’t just for right-handed people. And I am ever grateful to him for that because he allowed me to believe that I, too, could have good handwriting.

Soon after, I began to enjoy handwriting again. My letters became larger and more legible, and I really got into writing everything in a puffy, balloon style which, while not necessarily practical OR legible, was a move in the right direction because I was having fun with letters!

I have to admit that I still don’t have the best handwriting, but the recent hand lettering craze has me hooked. I love playing around and practicing different lettering styles, and this practice has definitely helped my everyday handwriting, which I hope will continue to improve.

The current popularity of paper notebooks, notepads, and planners exemplifies the renewed interest in writing by hand, and it gives me hope that younger generations will continue to appreciate the practicality and tactile enjoyment that comes from picking up a pen or pencil and writing things down.

Does handwriting matter to you? Join the debate on Twitter #handwritingmatters.

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Foil Stamped Stationery from Smitten on Paper

Why, hello, lovely paper! Smitten on Paper just launched a brand new collection of stationery and paper goods, and the rose gold and holographic foil stamped notepads and greeting cards in the collection are calling my name. That neon yellow “Stuff to Do” notepad? Awesome.

Be sure to head on over to Smitten on Paper to see all of their new and craveable, foil stamped paper goodies.

Rose Gold and Holographic Foil Stamped Stationery from Smitten on Paper

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Edge Notebooks from Knock Knock

I am totally digging the fun and clever edge painting, not to mention the bright and vivid color combos, on this trio of very cool Edge Notebooks from Knock Knock. The notebooks measure 4.5 x 6.5 inches, contain 160 pages, and would make great gifts for writers, list makers, and note takers with a bit of an edgy (see what I did there?) sense of humor.

Knock Knock Ideas Edge Notebook

Knock Knock Blah Edge Notebook

Knock Knock Whatever Edge Notebook

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Quick Picks : 7.30.15

Hand Lettered "Feel Your Feelings" Stickers by Frances MacLeod

Hand Lettered “Feel Your Feelings” Stickers by Frances MacLeod

This Week’s Picks

♥ The beautiful packaging alone puts these on my wishlist. Plus, rainbow colors!

♥ The Tooth Fairy Box by Elizabeth Evans of Wildhorse Press for Chronicle is super fun.

♥ These paper weaving “sketches” by Helle Gråbæk and Maria Kirk Mikkelsen are so inspiring. – via

♥ And these copper foil notepads by Bespoke Press are divine.

♥ I’m lovin’ all of the sweet, monoline script fonts that are coming out lately! My latest craving: Chesapeake.