Sunday, March 22, 2009

The guts of my letter journal

The guts of my letter journal

I keep track of all the letters I write in this letter journal. The right side of the page lists letters written to whom and on what stationery, and left side lists one of the pens and inks used (usually the last one used in a letter, as I log the letter just before I seal the envelope). I started listing the pens and inks because over time some of them fade, and I've gone back to old pages and said, "now what ink color was that?"

I don't keep a record of letters I receive, but since I write back to every letter, I can sort of deduce that. I've toyed around with listing letters received on what date as well... might start that up with the next journal.

The outside of the journal is shown here in the bottom left, with my letter opener resting on top of it:

A lovely way to spend an evening

5 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I've been using just a utilitarian list of who I'm writing and when, but your journal is so much more creative! I love it! I'll have to work on starting a letter-writing journal instead of a list.

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  2. Thanks! I started it a year ago when I got into writing letters like crazy again. Previously I'd written a few every month, but then I got totally addicted and more into my current habits of many per week. This really helps me keep track of when letters were sent, and also what stationery I've used so I don't repeat a paper choice in the next letter. (This is fun for me. I have so darn much stationery that it's a good reminder to mix it all up.)

    But yeah... I'm also a little OCD about it. :-)

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  3. I am loving your blog! What a nice thing to write about in the age of the internets. I just use the same 2 pens all of the time so there's never any question. ;) It's a little OCD but I like the consistency of it.

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  4. Thanks much!

    Same 2 pens, I wonder - same 2 inks?

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