Custom Kid-Drawn Stationery

My daughter Jamie corresponds with a few of her friends through the mail. You know, paper, stamps, patience.She asked me to make her some custom stationery and when she couldn’t quite articulate what she wanted me to design, she grabbed some paper and a pencil and drew her own design over and over until she had something she liked. She’s such a crack-up, completely her own person with quirky ideas. I love that. And although she’s almost 13, she wanted her stationery to look little-kid-ish.
She’s at school now, so I traced her art and lettering with a fine-point Sharpie pen onto velum and scanned it. I work in a newer version of Adobe Illustrator that allows you to trace a JPG image into vector art. Once traced, I added color (based on her direction) to the pineapple sections. I ran it through Photoshop to give it that letterpressed/off-register look which can also be similarly achieved by just moving the color blocks out of their correct placement a bit.
I placed the art and type 3-up on a letter-sized file and printed onto basic cardstock. I cut out the cards and this is what will be waiting for her when she comes home from school today, along with some No. 10 business envelopes. There’s other ways to turn your kid’s art into stationery even without the computer or software. Have little ones draw several designs with a black pen and choose their favorite. Copy 3-up on cardstock and allow them to color in the final stationery themselves. This would also make fun grandparent gifts!

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33 Responses to Custom Kid-Drawn Stationery

  1. #1 - Nela says:

    Love it. Adorable!

  2. #2 - foobella says:

    love it, Cathe. I'm going to make some for Christmas presents. Thanks for the idea.

  3. #3 - Christine ~ JAZ Creations says:

    What a great idea! I Love children's art and have it displayed all over my home. This is such a great way to share it!


  4. #4 - Renee[Q][C] says:

    What a fun idea and I to also love pineapple!!

  5. #5 - Denise says:

    I love this idea! Thank you!

  6. #6 - Christie Cottage says:

    So cute! She will be thrilled!

  7. #7 - CitricSugar says:

    You two make quite a team!

  8. #8 - marie says:

    Super idea! Getting on note on that paper would bring a smile to my face for sure!

  9. #9 - GeorgiaPeachez says:

    Cathe, every project you do just blows me away. Your daughter obviously didn't fall far from the tree. xo, suzy

  10. #10 - Cheryl says:

    Will you adopt me?

  11. #11 - Jenn says:

    SO so so awesome! I love it!

  12. #12 - A Southern Accent says:

    That is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. Your creativity continues to amaze me every day. What kind of scanner do you use, by chance? I think that's something I need because you seem to do a lot with it.

  13. #13 - Michellem says:

    You are gonna score some "super cool mom" brownie points when she gets home!! Great job!

  14. #14 - Sebby says:

    I love this ides! Thanks!

  15. #15 - I'm just the MOM says:

    What a great idea! Might have to do this for the grandparents.

  16. #16 - Pattie Cordova says:

    cute! how did she like them?

  17. #17 - says:

    That is darling, great job!

  18. #18 - La Table De Nana says:

    So cute!!!

  19. #19 - 32˙North says:

    They turned out SO good! I love Illustrator in a major way.

  20. #20 - Kimmay says:

    I bet she loved them! Clearly, you have passed down an art gene. 🙂

  21. #21 - Sandy Toes says:

    Just simply sweet~
    sandy toe

  22. #22 - Amber says:

    Will you adopt me? I like mom-made stationery too!

  23. #23 - Household 6 says:

    Ahhhh, this is a GENIUS idea! I love this to the moon and back! Right now my almost 13 yr old is making a "Finish the picture" drawing book to send her dad in Afghanistan… it should be a hoot, with her humor.

  24. #24 - Carmen says:

    Brilliant idea – love it. What a surprise I bet she loved it when she got home 🙂

  25. #25 - Magpie Magic says:

    Brilliant idea. 🙂

  26. #26 - My name is PJ. says:

    Okay, you're officially The Professor and I'm officially Gilligan.

    Very cute and very clever!

  27. #27 - Myrna says:

    You are THE BEST Mom!!

  28. #28 - Swati says:

    What a GORGEOUS idea!! I'm going out right now, but will come back to it to see how this is done.

  29. #29 - the undomesticated wife says:

    I love this! It's so cute, and I love that it's "hers!"

  30. #30 - forrestina vintage says:

    Just reading in Art 112 about how so many indie boutiques now are filled with youth art and fashions…this reminded me of that. Super fun, you're such a cool mom. 🙂

  31. #31 - Melody @ Party Cupcake Ideas says:

    How cute! What a fun stationary idea. You are so creative with these projects. So excited I found your blog.

  32. #32 - Jill says:

    I think this is my favorite site on the whole web world.

  33. #33 - charlotte says:

    This is so cool! Years ago I made monogrammed notepads for my girls for the holidays. At Kinko's they can take that little graphic and make a gummed tear-off notepad. Probably all kinds of stuff!