Hello hello and welcome to day one of Going Postal 2013!
It's the 3rd time I've run this themed blog series celebrating all things post-related and it's so nice that some of you have let me know already that you're planning to join me on your own blogs at some point between now and Sunday October 27th when I'll draw these 6 weeks of posty-correspondence to a close. Thank you!
In the past I've run the series through the summer but this year I thought that leaving it a little later might work for us all.
- Now that the air is starting to turn a little chilly I thought it would be nice to have something creative and even nostalgic to focus on when we're tucked up in front of the fire!
- Plus I thought it might coincide nicely with the time of year when preparations are being made to make and post-off Christmas cards! [Yes, I said it. It's out there now. Christmas. Look! I just said it again!].
So, allow me to introduce my 2013 journal which, by the end of this month, will contain 30 postcards I've written to myself. One a day throughout September:
And if you haven't got any postal supplies in your stash well ... this might just be the excuse you need to go and get some!
[If Ilfracombe, North Devon is familiar to you, you might be interested to know there are 2 vintage postcards from the town in my shop today].
A proportion of my 30 pages began life as various vintage / reclaimed [blank] postcards:
The remainder of my pages began life as the covers of a 'White Stuff' fashion catalogue which landed on my doorstep while I was planning this project!
As it featured lots of lovely autumnal animal illustrations it was too nice not to use - so I simply trimmed its cardstock covers to postcard size:
- anything vaguely 6"x4" sized and sufficiently sturdy can be used for this kind of 'junk' style postcard mini-book;
- have a good rummage around all your craft supplies and your junk mail pile for anything suitable;
- even the cardboard inserts inside packaging supplies can come in useful here.
Restricting yourself to a specific colour scheme will:
- prevent the finished project from looking too unfocused, and ...
- help you narrow down which supplies to use in the first place. Sometimes having too many options can scare your creativity into hiding!
A selection of vintage collectors' cards and a handful of landscape photos [all from my ephemera collection] came in useful to add a postcard feel to those pages which weren't postcards:
I dipped into my Plundered Pages to snip images from and to use as collaged layers:
a Judy comic. [I'm happy to create custom orders for any and all of these items if they've caught your eye.]
And finally ... once I had 30 postcards in need of a home I needed to find some book covers.
And what better way to safely store a collection of postcards than inside an old shoe box?
And now I have!
I just trimmed it to size, wrapped the spine with corrugated card, punched holes and then clipped everything together on a book-ring.
Over the coming weeks I hope to inspire you to try out this type of journal by ...
- sharing photos of each of my 30 postcards, each of which has been decorated / collaged upon and had my Learn Something New Everday 'lesson' stamped on the front;
- plus I'll share how I went about decorating 30 pages in advance, all in one go ... to offer up a way you too can tackle ANY 'daily' kind of life-documenting project;
- and I'll even give you an idea of how you can deal with all your leftover scraps!
I'm looking forward to sharing more of this album, plus lots of other completely separate posty projects with you in the coming weeks.
See you very soon.
If you join in with a posty post of your own:
- let your readers know you're Going Postal [a few words of introduction is fine];
- link up to my blog or the Going Postal Pinterest board
- then - if you use Pinterest please consider pinning it to one of your own boards, link me up, and I'll 're-pin' it.
- but - if you DON'T use Pinterest drop by here or my Facebook page and leave a link to your postal-themed project or story before Oct 27th and I'll add you to the board for all to share your contribution.
Any problems or questions - just get in touch. :-)