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One of my favourite letter writing papers is this ultra paper that is thin Life Stationery, the Life Airmail pad.

One of my favourite letter writing papers is this ultra paper that is thin Life Stationery, the Life Airmail pad.

This paper is merely a delight – air mail paper that is a bit like onion skin paper, thin and lightweight, as originally designed to lessen postage costs while enabling the author to fit more pages into an envelope. I adore the notion of stacks of letters, tied as well as string, holding the whole story of months or years apart between two different people. The thin, crinkly texture of this paper is a little nostalgic, and also you know that’s the way that is secret my heart.

Exactly what makes this paper truly excellent is that along side being very thin, it is also pen that is extremely fountain, even with broad and wet nibs. The paper is really thin it’s translucent, and yet I’m able to use just about any ink and nib combination I have, with my letters and lines looking neat and crisp.

Alas, as the paper is so see-through, the backside for the paper is certainly not super for writing on, unless you’ve used a supplementary fine nib or perhaps not a fountain pen.

This paper isn’t the same as Tomoe River paper – it’s definitely thinner (and contains more show through), and also has a little more texture. It’s hard to catch an image from it, but while I would still describe this paper as generally smooth, it offers a texture kind of like cotton paper. It’s also more crinkly than Tomoe River paper, because it’s so incredibly thin – the full life Airmail paper is more like true onion skin paper.

The lines are the guidelines included with the pad to place underneath, and on the right is the Airmail paper on the left is the cream Tomoe River Paper.

The paper is B5 sized, that is a size that is great letters and notebooks, certainly one of my favourite. I use A5 for thank you notes or simply just writing to say hello, and A4 when I’ve got too much to say, but B5 is a superb size that is intermediate.

The greatest sized envelopes with this are the number 6 air mail envelopes from Life, that will be the size that is best for B5 envelopes in general (why don’t more companies make this size?). These envelopes in particular are also thin, but they are still quite strong. This size means you can just fold your letter up into thirds horizontally, without having to fold your letter vertically to fit in.

The biggest drawback for me is that this paper is a little fragile, so if I’m writing a letter in stages, and need certainly to leave the sheets on my desk overnight or for a couple of days, they have a tendency to get crumpled and show wear more easily. I guess it’s all the more reason to create aside a passionate time and energy to start and finish something, however these days I’m wanting to be productive in all the tiny pockets of time i could find. Perhaps really, it’s even more reason to be much more organized with all the junk I have piled up on my desk.

After our hiatus in December, we’re having our Letter Writing Club again tomorrow night, Thursday, January 11th, from 7-9:00. We’re hoping to see some of you there! Now because of the new baby, things are a little hairy around bed time again, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for two soundly sleeping babies so I am able to join in the enjoyment.

We’re coming through to InCoWriMo have you done your homework again, this February. It a good go every year, I find myself leaning more and more into longer and more meaningful letters with closer correspondents, compared to brief letters, which doesn’t lend itself to a daily activity while I give. I may, however, make things easy on myself, and possibly compile a list of people to whom I’ll send a postcard or short note.

We’re slowly settling into a routine back here, although there are a few big, sweeping changes coming up ahead of us, and who knows what our day can look like. Things sometimes look like they’re beginning to end up in place – dinner plans or stock that is replenishing the holidays – and then sometimes I’m looking for renovation photos, find a folder on my desk top labeled “renovation photos,” and then open it in order to find it empty.

The renovations continue to slog along, with a few road bumps. City zoning and permits and testing that is environmental weird by-laws. Everyone loves this populous city, but sometimes the bureaucracy can be a bit much.

We’re getting ready behind the scenes, collecting furniture, repairing treasures from unlikely places, & most exciting of all of the, sourcing a few new brands and lines for the opening that is big. It’s all basically a jumble back here, wanting to organizing shipping and the warehouse filling up with areas of furniture taken apart and stacked up. You may also see some of this furniture stacked behind the counters at our shop, such as this lovely saran-wrapped library card catalogue on the right. It’s actually a vintage University of Windsor card catalogue that Jon paid an arm and a leg to have delivered here, and today that arm and a leg are just sitting within our shop, operating as a tremendously side table that is tall.

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