Riddle Me Mail - September
[ A behind-the-scenes look and some things discovered along the way. ]
When I saw the monarch butterflies this year, I only saw one or two at a time. How exciting it would be to see more like the image above.
Do you know what a group of butterflies is called?
I didn't. It's a kaleidoscope of butterflies. How fitting!
Here's a link if you're interested in learning more about the monarch migration, and a video of them as they arrive in Mexico.
In addition to filling in the 30 boxes on your art panel, consider joining the November writing event: Thanks Writing. It's an effort to write at least one thank you note for the month, one a week (on Thursdays) if you're up to it, and more (maybe one a day) if you want to set a personal record.
I'll be posting tips, ideas, books, examples, and more on the blog and Instagram all month.
Let's do this together.
THE RIDDLE ME MAIL SURVEY
"I am a BIG fan! I love everything about it because it is unique . . ."
Thank you to everyone who answered the survey questions. There are questions I forgot to ask (like, what do you think of the letter?), but it was a good start and I'm so thankful for your answers. If you have more to say or missed the survey, just send an email with your comments. I want Riddle Me Mail to be the best it can be, so let me know what you think!
I promised a gift with each completed survey and the mailings will be going out at the end of the week, so watch your mailbox!
It was fun to read your comments. Here's a sampling:
"Your envelopes always brighten my day."
"My favorite is the mailing label on the monthly mailing. Brilliant."
"Re: word find. Anyway you can do words backwards, and/or diagonal? I like that challenge. I like figuring out the clues without reading the calendar or your letter first! I only go to that if I’m stumped."
"I haven't sent out every card but I will as time goes on."
"I also have been able to chat with my mom, about many things related to your calendar of days. It keeps us talking!"
"I tend to prefer cards (that have more room to write in —because I’m wordy) over the flat panel cards (that have just front and back). But I love ALL the designs each month, regardless of format."
"As for the calendar/art panel: I love the art panel and like to have it on display. So I read through the calendar when I first get it, but after that I just like looking at the art panel. I feel kind of guilty doing that because I’m sure you spend a lot of time compiling the entries on the calendar, and they are interesting, but I love the art panel more."
"Sometimes it is a hard choice, calendar or broadside...but it is a happy dilemma."
A WORK IN PROGRESS
When I started training as a graphic designer, I was taught to create thumbnails: small-scale sketches. It's a good way to generate ideas and consider sizing, spacing, and content for a project. When a project is finished, it's interesting to look back on the early sketches and see how close (or how far away), the final design is.
Below are some scraps from my collage work in progress. What I like most about collage is how forgiving it is. If I make a mistake or tear something, I can fix or replace it (most of the time!).
Give the gift of Riddle Me Mail
If you're looking for a unique gift or a gift you can share with someone, consider Riddle Me Mail:
Ava gets her mail in the morning, Camille gets hers in the afternoon, so Ava gets a jump on the riddle.
"I can't wait to call Camille," Ava says.
When she calls, she doesn't even wait to say hello before asking, "Did you get the riddle? Do you know the answer?"
They compare answers, testing their wit against one another, and the conversation begins.
Order now for the holidays!