Who doesn’t love to receive little unexpected notes of encouragement? Years ago, I received a beautiful Paper Coterie desk calendar from a conference and could not bear to dispose of it after the year had passed and the calendar had been rendered irrelevant. Now to some, this might seem frivolous or maybe even verging on hording…but to me, I knew there would be an opportunity for me to use the adorable and uplifting illustrations included in the calendar. Since the calendar ended in July, I’ve been rolling over a few ideas of what to do with the left-overs – I’d most recently considered framing them in a large collage for the office and admittedly, that is a pretty great use but I think I’ve found a way to breathe new life into this calendar.
I love to think of ways I could spread a little joy and positivity to my friends and family scattered around the world and that’s when it hit me. These calendar illustrations are the perfect first step! On the back of each month is a lined area for writing notes about the month, which I hadn’t used (I blog and am a social media addict, trust me it’s all documented already) but which made the perfect spot for a kind note or uplifting thought. I quickly pulled out my desk scissors and snipped off the calendar section of the card and set to work making my first note.
The cards have just enough room to send a short note while still having room to address it so you can mail a note to a friend far a way and the quality of card stock is perfectly suited for note writing as well. I had so much fun thinking of nice things to write to my friends and family and will be sending these out sporadically throughout the year to those who need to hear it. I’m hoping it’ll be a blessing to them, as they have been a blessing to me.
How do you show your friends and family you care?