Last week, on Facebook, we were chatting about hand writing sentiments on the cards we make. And I was really surprised at the number of us who dislike our handwriting enough that we will never write a sentiment on our cards. Most of us will write on the inside - but very few of us ever do on the outside. And it seems to be because we dislike our handwriting.
I don't mind mine. I don't particularly love it. But I don't dislike it enough that I will never hand write on anything I make. I have enough confidence in it to write my own titles for pages on the web site and here on the blog. And there are sentiments in the Boutique that I have written too : )
So I will, sometimes, hand write a sentiment on the outside of my cards. But I save it for very special cards, for very special occasions. And for very special people : )
And I do it, mainly, because my handwriting to me, isn't about how I feel about it. It's about how other people feel about it - the friends and family I have made a card for.
I know as card makers we already put an awful lot of love and an awful lot of ourselves into every card we make and give. And I think we always appreciate the love in every hand crafted card we receive. But have you ever received a card that included a handwritten sentiment on it too? Did it makes a difference? Didn’t you love it? It’s even more special isn't it? It makes for a very personal card.
And I think that by not doing it, avoiding doing it or never even trying it, we miss out on an opportunity to add an entirely different dimension to our cards.
So .... I bought a copy of 'Love Your Handwriting' by Heidi Swapp. It's a book that's been in print for several years now. And is, in my opinion, a classic on the subject in the papercrafting industry. It's a great book a handwriting workbook. I've never seen a bad review of it. And I'm going to give it waay : )
I'll choose the winner randomly, and announce who the lucky winner is here on the blog, next week, on Friday 4th May. Just one comment per person please!
Have fun with it!