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Postcard Surprise DIY

This is a project for a campaign I’m doing with Yahoo! Mail on keeping in touch with family and friends. This project is a great idea for everyday, you don’t need a special occasion. The idea is you get an email from someone and then you answer it in postcards. For example someone might ask you about your weekend and you take pictures of all the things you did in response.

Here we cut out the question from the email and glued it onto the back of the postcard. Then we glued (or taped) a little description on the photo on the front and voila! They are ready to be mailed! You can mail the cards one at a time or send them all the same day. How fun for a grandma to get several different postcards that earn a prime real estate spot on the fridge!

Do you ever do everyday surprises for your friends and family? I’d love to hear what you do to keep in touch.

A special thanks to Aubrey Trinnaman for the photographs and for Alexis Birkmeyer for pulling everything together. I love them girls.

All photos by Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day

  1. Darci

    May 11, 2011

    I send monthly postcards to my daughter in college. I collect them from places we go the previous month or I have a stash of Los Angeles/Hollywood/California postcards as this is where we live and she goes to school in update NY. I always note important dates to remember for the month as well as a quote.

    I skipped a month and she asked about it…

  2. The New Diplomat's Wife

    May 11, 2011

    how do we make the actual photo postcards? love this idea of incorporating email into a traditional paper product?

  3. angie

    May 11, 2011

    what a cute and personalized diy! i would rather receive/send these postcards than those store-bought "destination" ones.

  4. Deanna (Silly Goose Farm)

    May 11, 2011

    Awesome idea!! Can I just say the most interesting piece of this was about Roman not walking yet?! My son is just a month or so younger than Roman, and he only takes little itty bitty steps when he absolutely must. My daughter started RUNNING the week before she turned one, so this has been a shock to me, but I'm glad to see he's "on pace" with other tikes his age.

  5. Caitlin

    May 11, 2011

    I second The New Diplomat's Wife. How do you make the actual postcards, are these just normal photos that you might print out at CVS. How do these hold up in the mail?

  6. Sharon

    May 11, 2011

    Love this idea. So simple and thoughtful

  7. Kathryn

    May 11, 2011

    I really love this idea! Thanks for thinking of it and then sharing it!

  8. Ali

    May 11, 2011

    Are there any special postal instructions we need to follow? Although I heart the U.S. Postal Service, they can be a bit prickly.

  9. jordan

    May 11, 2011

    All you need to turn these into postcards is to add a stamp! There are size restrictions but standard photo sizes fit the bill!

  10. Lissa (Bellenza)

    May 11, 2011

    Such a sweet idea! Nothing beats personal photos. (About "holding up in the mail," would enclosing the photo cards in a clear cello bag still qualify it for postcard rates?)

  11. Amanda

    May 11, 2011

    This is so sweet and a great idea!

    When I was an art student in college I actually made tons and tons of postcards from paper samples for my boyfriend (now husband). I really should get back into that habit! Although my mom and I do send silly notes through the mail.

    On the subject of walking… our 15th month old just started "letting go" and walking on his own!! And he giggles the entire time, I love it!

  12. blue light

    May 12, 2011

    When I'm on holidays, I send my parents a picturo of me in some beautiful and well-known place (Blue Mosque in Istambul, Brooklyn Bridge…), instead of sending them a typical postcard… I also send them a magnet as a souvenir so they can put me on the fridge!

  13. MercedTreehouse

    May 12, 2011

    i'd love to know where you get that lovely tape!

    also, love this idea! we actually used an engagement photo of ours for the wedding invite last year and printed it out on cardstock at staples (after editing it using inDesign to put the info on it)

  14. Geevz

    May 12, 2011

    There is also a service called cellphone post cards that create a postcard from your file and mail it with your message for a $1. Not the same personal touch per say, but really fun and easy all the same.

  15. MercedTreehouse

    May 13, 2011

    i commented the first time and guess it also got erased… anyway, as i said before, i LOVE this idea, and where did you get the pretty tape? (i'm sort of new to this craftiness)

  16. ihilani

    May 19, 2011

    hi Jordan! I just stumbled across your blog and got lost in all your creative goodness. So happy to have found you! (and so jealous you're living in Paris right now!)

  17. Janelle from O Chickadee

    May 20, 2011

    Hi Jordan- I always hate taking down poms after I use them for a party. They usually end up floating for a few extra weeks. One way I surprise people I love is using old poms as the "stuffing" in a package. So fun. I am told that the poms sort of puff out when you open the box. Add some glitter or confetti and it is a super festive way to pack the gift you're sending, I think!

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