Letter writing

Jeeves and Co Personalised Stationery

In mid February I was contacted by Jeeves and Co asking if I would like to take a look at a few of their products. This was perfect timing as I was in the thick of InCoWriMo and I could instantly put them to good use. Although Jeeves and Co kindly sent me these items for the purpose of this review the thoughts below are entirely my own. On with the review!

First thing I noticed with Jeeves and Co’s products is that I liked the majority of their designs. I actually had trouble trying to make my final choices. I have searched for personalised correspondence cards in the past and the designs can be too traditional or too expensive and I have not been able to find something that really caught me eye. Jeeves and Co’s designs are the perfect solution to this problem.

Lovely packaging from Jeeves and Co.

Lovely packaging from Jeeves and Co.

I finally settled on the Sweet Dreams correspondence cards. This design plays on sweets and chocolates and comes with a few different designs in the pack. I love the style and colours used. The font used for your name is really nice and works well with the overall design.

The different designs in the Sweet Dreams series

The different designs in the Sweet Dreams series

For the writing paper I chose the owl design in the Cosmic Forest series. The design is really pretty and doesn’t impose on the page too much giving me plenty of writing room.

Cosmic Forest writing paper featuring the swooping owl

Cosmic Forest writing paper featuring the swooping owl

Whilst you want a nice design from your correspondence paper the really important thing is how well it can handle pen and ink. I used both of these sets during InCoWriMo and I found the quality of the paper really good. The paper weights are high, 120gsm for the writing paper and 270gsm for the correspondence cards. I had no issues using any of my fountain pens so a big win right there.

I am really impressed with the items I have used from Jeeves and Co. The designs they have available are modern and fun. For less than £15 they are really well priced. Jeeves and Co have made personalised stationery affordable without compromising on the quality.

I would like to thank Jeeves and Co for sending me a sample of their stationery to use.

InCoWriMo - The Aftermath

February has been and gone which means InCoWriMo has come to an end. This has been my first year taking part and it has been enjoyable spending time sending letters, cards and postcards to people.

A note and a small gift

A note and a small gift

I didn't complete the task of sending one letter per day. I managed to send 20 pieces of correspondence this month. There were days I just couldn’t find the time and other days where I wrote multiple letters. I may have not fulfilled the InCoWriMo challenge but by participating I have written 20 letters more than a usual month. Today I will share some highlights and learnings with you from my first InCoWriMo experience.

The planning process

I didn’t really have a plan. I had a small list of people I wanted to send letters to, I checked February birthdays and included them in the challenge. I kept track of who I had sent something too in my Hobonichi Techo using the monthly calendar. I also included the type of correspondence I had sent. This worked really well for me because it was easy to keep on top of and easy to reference.

My InCoWriMo tracking tool

My InCoWriMo tracking tool

What I sent

To add to the fun I decided to make my own cards during this month. I spent a little bit of time thinking about different designs and then sketched them out in a notebook before drawing anything up on the card stock.

Doodles in my notebook

Doodles in my notebook

I referenced Pinterest a lot looking at how to guides and images that I could copy. I actually really enjoyed doing this. I got to play with lots of my stationery and it was a simple creative outlet. Some of my drawings and designs are questionable but others came out better than I expected.

I was pleased with some of my card efforts

I was pleased with some of my card efforts

I got to play with watercolours and drawing pens

I got to play with watercolours and drawing pens

InCoWriMo was also the perfect opportunity for me to practice brush lettering. The recipients names were lettered on envelopes using the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen as this is waterproof and can survive the elements. In most cases I decorated the envelopes with stamps or washi to jazz them up.

Washi tape made the envelopes look that little bit nicer than normal

Washi tape made the envelopes look that little bit nicer than normal

Receiving letters

I received a few letters myself this year. Not too many but it's really nice to get post that isn't a bill or that I wasn’t expecting. I enjoy the surprise and reading something that someone's actually spent time writing, no matter how short therefore I hoped my letters did the same for other people.

I will definitely take part in InCoWriMo again next year, but I won’t just wait until February, I plan on writing letters and creating more cards soon. I've had a lot of fun and I've found another way to use and enjoy my stationery supplies.