Now that Akula Kreative is up and running again, I finally had a chance to work on a printable. With this project, we can work together to BRING BACK THE CHAIN LETTER!!
First, let me explain why I like the idea of a chain letter. None of my good friends lives in the same city. From Africa to Australia, from East Coast to West, I’d need to win the lottery to be able to visit them on a regular basis. Now that Facebook has exploded, we’re duped into feeling like we’re still in touch, but “liking” a photo here and there isn’t quite as special as a letter in the mail. But let’s be realistic. As much as I’d looove to spend 2 hours (and $5 in postage) writing notes every day, keeping in touch “the old fashioned way” is hard work.
So, I thought of a Chain Letter. But not the crazy kind that guilt-trips you into participating (“You’ll die if you don’t pass it on!!!”). A fun, quick, Mad Libs version that allows you to update friends within just a few minutes. The best part is, you only have to send it one person. Sure, it might take a long time for it to get back to you, but that’s part of the fun.
Here’s how it works:
The letter is composed of 5 unique pages: a cover page, an instruction page, a map, an info page, and a back page.
STEP 1 :: Print one of each page, plus extra info pages (depending on how many people you want to involve).
STEP 2 :: Fill in details on the cover page, instructions page, map, and 1st info page.
STEP 3 :: Stuff into an envelope and mail to a friend!
Below is the cover page:
If you’re the one starting the letter, you fill in the cover page yourself.
Next comes the instruction page:
Again, if you’re the starter, you get to make up the rules.
If you want the letters to be sent to a specific group, add a note with names so people know…otherwise it might be fun to just see where it goes. I have a particular friend in mind who I think would love this as a little pick-me-up, so I added an optional section to line 4: “Mail all contents…with the hopes of eventually sending it to [ ].” This way, the second-to-last recipient knows where to send the letter. If the process works, being last is best because you get to read all of the previous answers.
Next comes the map:
Mark your city with a dot, then eventually connect all the dots to see how far the letter traveled.
*UPDATE :: A world map and North America map are now available! Please see the link at the bottom of the post to download it.
Next comes the info page:
This page will need to be printed several times.
If you want to keep the group small, print 4…if you’re feeling adventurous, print 10. Print as many as you’d like. If you couldn’t already tell, this is the page each person will fill out. There are two things I love about this format: 1) You get to update your contact info and 2) You’ll have specific insight into your friends’ lives that you’ll be able to look back on and laugh at in years to come.
Eventually, I’d like to make a few versions of the info pages, so each year I can change it up…but we’ll see how this round goes first. If you have any requests for other versions designed for kids, pen pals, other countries, etc., tell us on Facebook or comment below.
Oh, last thing. If/when the letter returns to you, you can take photos or scan the contents and email them to everyone. In theory, I think it’s a great way to encourage everyone to keep in touch. You can even use social media to keep track of where the letter is.
I mean, come on…how fun would it be to open something like this in the mail??!!
To join in, you can download the printable files for free below!
Each page measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ – depending on the number of sheets you include and how thick your paper is, they’ll fit in an A2 envelope or larger.
To print on A4 Flat Cards:PRINTABLE CHAIN LETTER | MULTI-PAGE PDF PRINTABLE WORLD MAP FOR CHAIN LETTER | SINGLE-PAGE PDF PRINTABLE NORTH AMERICA MAP FOR CHAIN LETTER | SINGLE-PAGE PDF
To print on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets:PRINTABLE CHAIN LETTER | PDF 1 of 2 PRINTABLE CHAIN LETTER | PDF 2 of 2
We recommend using high quality paper and the “best photo” settings on your home printer.
If you use the 8.5″ x 11″ sheets, use the thin gray lines as guides for trimming. The first PDF includes the cover page, instruction page, map, and back page. You can print this PDF front and back or on two separate sheets. (Just be careful you have the paper set correctly if printing on the back.)
The second PDF includes 4 info sheets per page. Print as many as you need.
*Free for personal use only. These PDFs may not be copied, redistributed, or sold.
If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!
Good luck, have fun, and…
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