I is for Inspiration

http://www.ihanna.nu/blog/2014/03/ihannas-diy-postcard-swap/
DIY Postcard Swap 2014

Have you ever participated in an international postcard swap? It’s an act of faith to do so. You make the specified number of postcards and mail them old school, snail mail style, postmarked by a designated day. At the Post Office!

And then you wait for post cards from other people around the world to arrive in your own mail box. In real life! It’s kind of fun. Best of all, each card is home-made and just as unique as the people who send them.

I find this entire process so inspiring that I am participating yet again, I think this is the third time for me. Would you ever do something like this?

To be truthful, I am not sure which part of the venture I find most inspiring.  I appreciate its power to get my creativity moving. It instills a firm deadline, a finite quantity, and a specific scope. That kind of limiting helps me focus. Being focused makes it easier to get into the process of creating the work, in this case the hand made post cards.

I also enjoy knowing it is a group effort. Even though we each work independently, I can somehow sense the shared commitment, cooperation and friendly spirit behind the project.

And if a reward is what floats your boat, who doesn’t like to receive beautiful mail?!  I actually love the foreign stamps, too. They remind me of when we lived in other countries while I was growing up so not only was mail precious, it also carried collectible, swappable stamps. Oh, the things we did to pass the time pre-internet. 🙂

If this project appeals to you, why not give it a try. There’s plenty of time — You have until May first to get your postcards made and in the outbound mail.  Check out the swap here.

This is the letter ” I “ post for the  April AtoZ Challenge.

Author: Barbara Martin

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8 thoughts on “I is for Inspiration”

  1. Oh this post makes me so happy Barbara, thank you so much for your kind and inspiring words! It’s reading about the joy of mail art like this that makes me wanna do the job of arranging the postcard swap again and again.

    Thank you!

    1. You can make the cards starting now and then be ready to send them asap when you get the addresses from Hanna. I love getting those super-early cards but at the same time they make me feel like a slacker. I usually get mine mailed just a day or two before the deadline. Hmmm maybe I could start sooner this time around and feel like an overachiever. 🙂 LOL

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