The Story Behind Love Notes
how did Love Notes begin?
I have always been a lover of words and remember the feeling of excitement when my aunts and uncles sent my brothers and I postcards from their trips. As I have gotten older sending postcards from my travels has been a fun thing for me to do. Dustin and I even write postcards to ourselves and drop them in the mail from whatever destination we are in. It has been a fun way to document where we have been.
As I have gotten older I have found that the only thing I receive in my mailbox is bills that I have to pay or junk that I throw away. I wanted that excitement back from when I was a kid and loved checking the mail. This is where the idea for Love Notes was born. If I was feeling this way I was sure there were others out there dreading going to their mailbox. What if we got back to basics and started writing to each other again? What if instead of sending a text message we sent a note in the mail?
Love Notes was born out of this desire to connect with people, to have individuals share handwritten words, and to have a project that was easy and attainable for anyone.
I choose postcards for this project because of it's small writing space which is not intimidating, plus there is already artwork on the front so there is no worries about creating something.
Another bonus about postcards is their ability to bring joy to all of the hands it passes through on it's journey. I like to believe that when the postal workers see the postcards pass through that it makes them smile.
my favorite part of this project!
The life that this project has taken on is beyond anything I could have ever dreamed of. There are individuals participating from all over the world and some people even create their very own postcards which are little works of art. Some previous partners continue to write to one another, some get together to create postcards, and friendships have been developed. All of this makes my heart smile wide! It is amazing the connection that can occur from the simple act of sending someone a postcard.