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    Small-Acts-Love-Letters

    Today we have Randi from Swoon with us to share another small and simple act that we can do to remind others of our love as we approach Valentine’s Day this year.

    We can all look back on a time in our lives when an encouraging note or “love letter” had a huge impact on us. Letters are a great way to put our feelings into words and express our love in a thoughtful way. Whether your children can read on their own or not, I’m sure they would love to receive a love letter from you this season!

    This idea can be taken in any direction, whatever suits you best. Perhaps you prefer a simple letter, drafted on pretty stationary and tucked into a place your child will be sure to find it. You could even mail a love letter to your child and have them discover it in the mailbox. The possibilities are endless! The important thing is to find a way to express your love through written words.

    I love to make things, and have an abundance of paper products on hand at all times, so I decided to make a little “book of notes” to give to each of my children sometime during this season.

    Love letters to your children

    The idea came from the many books that Danni has made, and is basically an encouragement overload for the recipient. Pages filled with personal touches and envelopes of all sizes containing little notes and words of love. Wouldn’t you love to receive a book like this?

    Book-of-notes

    Obviously, this project could become very involved and complicated, but I decided to keep it simple. Each small book contains four pages, all tied up with pretty string. Just a few envelopes, paper scraps, and pieces of printed tape to decorate each page. An hour’s work for something special.

    I’m still busy writing notes, but I can’t wait to sit down and give these to my children. The experience of focusing on the positive things I want to say to them has been refreshing, and I would love to make this a regular thing in our home. Who knows, maybe we will make some together to give to others?

    Love Letters to Your Children

     

    Randi

    Randi Edwards is a regular contributor to Playful Learning, who specializes in crafts for kids. She also manages our wonderful contributors and helps to make this a beautiful place with a little design magic. She puts her passion for daydreaming to work over at her blog, Swoon where she shares ideas, original projects, and favorite things. She loves to laugh and considers herself a lifelong student. She lives in Seattle with her husband and three young children, and strives to make her home a beautiful, playful, and accessible place to grow up.

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      1. Cally,

        What a great idea! We seem like kindred spirits, I think I’ve been writing little notes and letters to people since I was able to read and write! What an amazing collection of love notes your daughter will have from you! I love it when learning can be tied to something special.

        XO,
        Randi

    1. This idea is beautiful! I’ve had something like this in my mind for a while, but the way you pulled it together is so inspiring. I love the textures and how simple it is. Totally doable for a busy mom and gorgeous.

    2. What a lovely idea! I treasure all the handwritten notes that I receive but somehow never thought to make such a beautiful collection for our girls! Looks like a trip to the craft store is in my future! 

    3. My husband works really long hours.  He rarely sees the kids in the morning before they go to school and some night sees them only for a few minutes in the evening.  So, from time to time, he writes them little notes (with super cute little drawings) and sticks them in their lunchboxes.  Over the years they have collected them.  I think this would be a cute why to help them preserve those.I can’t wait to check out Cally’s post…and then write about love notes on my blog! http://insideoutarted.wordpress.com/  
      Thanks for the inspiration ladies.

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