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Friday, July 20, 2012

Letter Play, Literally!

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It’s time for Letter Play - Where DIY activities, cinema and life offline collide!
Letters come in handy when you don’t have the time, money or interest in shopping for greeting cards for birthdays and other special occasions. For today’s Letter Play tutorial, I set out to create a birthday letter that resembled a colorful ransom note. Time got the best of me, so I put something together that sorta illustrates the idea but didn’t turn out exactly the way I hoped.

I used markers, glue and cardstock to create a colorful birthday letter to a fictitious person whose name starts with the Letter L. So instead of offering a tutorial for one activity, here are three ideas that you can use as alternatives to birthday (or other occasion) greeting cards.

The Birthday Ransom Letter
Cut out letters from newspapers, magazines or your own written alphabet on paper and then assemble them into a funny joke, sentimental message or inspirational quote. Glue the message onto a colorful piece of 8.5x11 inch cardstock paper and fold it into three parts after the glue dries. Sign the bottom of the letter, put it in an envelope and mail away!

The Birthday Postcard Letter
Write a short form letter on a postcard that represents a place where the birthday boy or girl has either been or expressed interest in visiting. This can either incite fond memories of vacations that passed or ignite enthusiasm for future trips to explore. Double the fun by adding some travel vouchers, tickets or gear to this postcard, which will help the birthday recipient get a head start on their route.

The Birthday Photo Story Letter
Photos are some of the easiest items that you can use to send someone warm wishes for his or her birthday, when you don’t have a greeting card. Gather several photos featuring you with the recipient or old images of him/her at different stages in life. Flip the photos over and write a letter to this person, making sure to number the backside if necessary so that he or she will know where to pick-up reading from the previous image.

Until next week...have fun playing with letters!

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Lynn Proctor said...

i love this--the movie discussion sounds fun :)

Arlee Bird said...

This could be fun and rather unique. Another creative idea.

Tossing It Out

JoJo said...

I love making homemade cards. A few years back I was seeing comments on Facebook and the blogosphere about some people saying it's a cheap thing to do, making cards instead of buying one. I'd like to point out that between the cost of the materials (cardstock, ribbons, brads and other decorations), plus the time it takes to design & assemble, homemade cards are more expensive than store ones!

Elizabeth said...

This is great, I'll have to remember this when either I don't have a birthday card on hand, or I'm feeling particularly creative.

J.L. Campbell said...

I think my youngun would enjoy receiving the photo story letter.