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Project

Personalized Postcards

Introduction

Show and tell friends what you've been up to by turning your snapshots into postcards. Just glue a 4-by-6-inch photo to a color printout of one of our postcard templates then drop your customized card with a standard postcard stamp in the mail. Instead of receiving a generic shot of a tourist attraction, friends will see your vantage point or you and your family having a good time, wherever it is you may have vacationed.

 

Materials

  • 4-by-6-inch photograph
  • Postcard template
  • Glue
  • Medium-weight card stock 
  • Scissors
  • Heavy book

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download our templates, and print them on medium-weight card stock. Cut out. 

  2. Step 2

    Order 4-by-6-inch prints of your film; with a permanent glue stick, affix your photograph to a postcard cutout, back-to-back. Weight it down with a heavy book overnight.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2004

Reviews (38)

  • darlingella 16 Apr, 2009

    what kind of home printer do you have that will print on heavy cardstock without jamming?

  • trisrose 22 Nov, 2008

    just print out the template onto desired paper. you can glue a picture or artwork onto the front of the postcard and then use as usual.

  • ter32492 22 Aug, 2008

    i've made my own, using watercolor paper or other heavy weight paper. print right on it. saves all that work.

  • littleladybug 21 Aug, 2008

    pvwings...please inform those of us who don't know, how to do this. I work ,with developmentally delayed adults and seniors with Altzheimer's, etc, and we are having a traveling theme next week. This would be a wonderful project for them.!

  • brookegrac 21 Aug, 2008

    You can also get peal and stick label paper and print directly on that. Cut out the template and stick to a standard 4X6 picture. It's much easier and looks very professional.

  • pvwings 11 Aug, 2008

    This is great but are you aware you can also buy or create your own and print pictures, etc directly on them?

  • Jille 10 Aug, 2008

    This is great. Just got back from vacation and have a wonderful photo to share with two of my greatest friends!

  • martha67 4 Aug, 2008

    Thank you, i got the website now too!!!

  • bewitching 4 Aug, 2008

    I was able to get to the site without issue...
    http://www.the2buds.com/suph2pc.htm

  • martha67 4 Aug, 2008

    This comment is for Luna haze...I couldn't get on the web site for the mailable post card's any suggestions??

  • martha67 4 Aug, 2008

    I tried this website and it said it was unavailable??? I would love to find it??? any suggestions??
    Jan

  • RubyEdge 3 Aug, 2008

    For those who dont have the time or resources to print these out you can use sticky backed packs to put on your photos at www.the2buds.com/suph2pc.htm They also come in 5x7 as well as 4x6. Another option is http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/mailable-photo-frame/ These frames are mailable at regular letter postage and protect your photo. Also when they are received they can be displayed immediately with the back stand that is attached.
    Lots of options with this idea! Love it!

  • Alabaxter 3 Aug, 2008

    Ooooooooooh! Ideas, ideas, ideas! I'm going to do our family recipes and send them, invitations to our Bible study - thanks so much!!
    Would love to see more templates for the postcards - maybe someone knows some source for antique looking ones.

  • Nayda 3 Aug, 2008

    A W E S O M E ! !

  • bquilter 3 Aug, 2008

    A group of quilters on a quilting forum would love this. I've printed it off to add to my quilted postcards! This is one template I'll be using over and over again! It willl also make great Thank You postcards. Send a photo of your time with friends and send it off to say what I great time you had with them. So many possibilites.
    Yes, it is a good thing!!!!!

  • mariah81766 2 Aug, 2008

    I've been making my own postcards for several years now. I travel with my portable photo printer and will print some of my photos for mailing. I also a photo-editing program to add borders and comments to the photo before printing. Family

  • judiwiley 2 Aug, 2008

    With the price of postage going up, wouldn't these make great Christmas greetings? You could use as many different photos as you wanted to, or make numerious copies of your favorite photo. I love this idea!

  • rbee 2 Aug, 2008

    let's all thank gwenhudlow for her suggestion of sticker paper!? makes it so much easier than glue. The templates are lovely too.

  • heather4674 2 Aug, 2008

    I can't wait to use these templates. Although I don't plan to use them for vacations. I have a 19 month old son and plan to send off the latest pictures of him or his latest "art" to the great-grandparents who live in distant states.

  • wwlam70 2 Aug, 2008

    this is a good thing indeed!

  • gwenhudlow 2 Aug, 2008

    I wanted to add a suggestion...we are going on a trip and plan to send the grandparents postcards of the kids. Instead of glue, we are printing the templates on "sticker paper" (any printable self-adhesive paper will work). When won't need glue, and there is no waiting time--just stick the paper to the back of the picture, slap on a stamp and mail.

  • mistersboo 2 Aug, 2008

    We have done this for years. We have a small printer that prints 4x6 that we carry on vacation with us. Each night we check the pix we've taken for the day. Print...We don't even glue to heavier paper. Just turn the pix over, address one side, include a little note, put your post card stamp on it and mail.The family love it.

  • mistersboo 2 Aug, 2008

    We have done this for years. We have a small printer that prints 4x6 that we carry on vacation with us. Each night we check the pix we've taken for the day. Print...We don't even glue to heavier paper. Just turn the pix over, address one side, include a little note, put your post card stamp on it and mail.The family love it.

  • willzlady89 2 Aug, 2008

    This is a GREAT idea! I have a ton of pictures that will make awesome postcards..

  • kristasuz 2 Aug, 2008

    Great idea! My sister-in-law does this all year round. It's nice to get a personal picture of her family whether they are on vaction or just hanging out in the garden!

  • mrslofgren 2 Aug, 2008

    This template would be great to print on fabric and make quilted postcards.

  • terivanhecke 2 Aug, 2008

    What about using this idea for Christmas cards? We always get pictures in photo cards, but this idea would save postage $$, and that would allow to send out a few more!

  • NDowd 2 Aug, 2008

    I think daisycrazyme has some good ideas. There is usually more than one way to do something and she has just given everyone a couple of variations on how to do this craft. I think this is a really neat idea - I will keep it in mind for our next family vacation. Possible print the postcard out ahead of time and bring them with us.

  • BannySews 2 Aug, 2008

    I like this idea very much...have never seen it. daisycrazyme should remember that there are new people to crafting everyday.

  • daisycrazyme 2 Aug, 2008

    While I like the templates - this is nothing new, nor innovative. I've been doing this for years. In fact, you can buy similar postcard backs that already have the glue, OR you can just print your own photos on a heavy-weight, double-sided matte photo paper, and just write your message on the back.

  • BlakeP 2 Aug, 2008

    I think this would be a very cool idea! Sometimes when I go on vacation I dont like the postcards in the store. So this would be a great way to get exactly what you want!!!

  • Tinadealy 2 Aug, 2008

    Now that we have moved over seas...this is a great idea. The grandparents will love it!

  • BostonCoffeeGirl 2 Aug, 2008

    re: printing the template on the back of photo paper - most photo paper is not thick enough to be sent as a postcard in the mail. better off to glue it to card stock. Or - print the photo on the card stock.

  • jprsmr 2 Aug, 2008

    You can use a post card template on your computer (Microsoft office, or word both have them) this will allow you to print the photo on one side, flip the paper over and print the back, it all lines up nicely.

  • Meezers 2 Aug, 2008

    Is there a way to print the template onto the photo paper and then print the photo on the opposite side?

  • jakeandhelga 2 Aug, 2008

    Not only can you use your photos, old calenders also are a great source, either for postcards or greeting cards, with your personal message. Or how about buying the local stamps and creating a collage on a postcard? Press some wildflowers and laminate them to a postcard...the ideas are endless!!

  • TeaLoverMom 31 Jul, 2008

    I love this idea. I just got myself a digital camera

  • gretchenjean 18 Feb, 2008

    I have made and sent many postcards using this template and lots of photos that I know will please my grandchildren. Also when I travel to a place that is so remote they don't sell postcards of the place, I can use my own pictures.