The first thing my grandsons do once they leap from the car is check the letterbox; although these days, there's very little to be found there other than advertising leaflets. But there's something exciting about opening the letterbox and peeking inside that never seems to dim.
Snail mail for kids
Regardless of age, finding something in the letterbox personally addressed is a wonderful way to connect with your grandchildren and build memories. Yes, email is faster with little expense, but snail mail has its own appeal.
Continuing a tradition
My father used to send regular notes and cards to my children when they were young and they would dance around with excitement. He'd often add little pen-drawn illustrations on the envelopes and include cryptic addressee titles along with the formal address. We'd frequently find missives addressed to 'The Moby Dick fisherman' (after my son caught his first fish) or perhaps 'Australia's best chef' (my daughter had baked a cake), and other interesting titles. The letters created plenty of comment and discussion with our postman. too.
So now, as a grandma, I try to send my own whimsical notes and letters to my grandchildren. Sometimes, I try to slip some stickers inside the envelope as an extra highlight. The letters are more highly anticipated than ever by my oldest grand-daughter since she's taken up philately. I try and use the most beautiful stamps when I post cards to Rachael.
So... what do you need to create exciting letters that will keep your grandkids eagerly watching for mail?
* fun cards and stationery.You can buy some or download and print your own. Check out these examples here..
* Try embellishing the envelopes with quirky designs or images or use stickers. They can be quite simple and your grandchildren will still love them.
* Some stickers are also great to include in your letters or vouchers that your grandkids would enjoy using.
* Be creative in how you write your messages. It doesn't have to be a long note but make it relevant. Send a card when you know they've had a rough week or been sick. Send a funny card when they've done something special or perhaps they're worried about something at school. They will love knowing that you've been thinking o them.
Download, print and create your own mailbox for those times when your grandkids visit.
Pop some letters in the letterbox for them to find when they arrive. And, you could prepare some stationery for them to use and then post in the letterbox for themselves. You'll find this wonderful letterbox and stationery set from TinyMe here... You'll also find full instructions for creating this set.
Enjoy yourself with these great resources and build some memories with your grandkids.
"Memories light the corners of my mind;
Misty watercolour memories of the way we were."
Our lives, our todays, are coloured by our memories. And how treasured those memories are- the look of triumph as a toddler takes their first step, the joy in the eyes of a newly married couple, a child's surprise and delight of a fireworks display.
Home fire victims often relate how they rushed to grab photos and albums before fleeing their burning homes, for those items hold the greatest value.
But how often do you take the time to open those photo albums? How frequently do you sort through those special moments stored on disk or on your computer/ cloud storage?
PicStick have a great solution.... beautiful photographic magnets of your special memories to display proudly on your refrigerator or magnetic memo board.
How can you best display these memories?
I eagerly awaited the arrival of my first set of 9 photos. And yes, they're lovely. The couple of grey-scale images I included look as beautiful as the full-colour photos. They look so good, I wanted to display them so they would instantly grab attention. So I designed a framed display board. You can find the instructions below, as well as more information about ordering your own photo magnets,,, PLUS, there's a special discount to use for your own order. See below.
Ordering your set of photo magnets from Pic Stick
You'll find that ordering couldn't be any easier. Probably the hardest part will be choosing which of your beautiful photo memories to order as your first set of photo magnets. They're prepared as a sheet of 9 pull-apart magnets.
A special discount for you
With this 25% discount, you can afford to order a couple of sets. The set of 9 photo magnets costs $14.99. And.. postage is free worldwide.
Discount code: NEWCHAPTER25
So.. choose your photos.. upload them to PicStick from your computer, Facebook, Dropbox or wherever. You'll find a grid of 9. Drag across the choice of photos you want to create your first set of 9. Then process your order. Don't forget to include the discount code.
How long does it take?
PicStick will send confirmation of your order and will notify you when they have been processed and posted. Mine took two days to process and send and another 12 days for them to arrive. So you should have them within 2 weeks.
Creating a framed display board
If you'd like to create your own display board, I've included the instructions below. I've also included a downloadable file to print and use in your design. You'll find it below. And.. if you wanted to use the printed design on a magnetic strip bulletin board, you'll find that on the downloadable file, too.
I found a picture frame for three (6x4) photos. Remove the cardboard mounting sheet and cut out the white vertical dividers to create one large rectangle. Remove the glass from the frame.
Print the downloadable file; the A3 version, if possible. It requires fewer joins. Cut out.
Cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the mounting board. Firmly glue a metal ruler down the centre of the card. This provides the metal surface to which your photo magnets will adhere. Arrange the printed strips on the cardboard covering the ruler. Check the positioning by resting the mounting board on top. When you're happy with the positions of the printed strips, glue them in position using stick glue. Slip this and the mounting board back inside the frame and reattach the backing board.
I found some small white drawer knobs and attached them to the base of the frame.
Now, you can hang the framed display board with pride. Replace your photo magnets regularly for variety and to refresh your memories of those special moments.
Financial compensation was not received for this post.
A sample product was kindly gifted from PicStick. Opinions expressed here are my own.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.