On the Receiving End

So in the last DIY Postcard Swap, which was last year, I got a bunch of cool postcards and shared them as they came in on my Facebook page Studio iHanna, but not on the blog. So I thought I’d go ahead and make a blog post to show you what kind of awesome postcards you might get if you sign up for the spring version of DIY Postcard Swap – it’s still open!

The pure joy of receiving DIY Postcards in the mail box

And as much as I love making my own postcards for this swap, I also love getting happy mail for a few weeks each year, as I’m not only a hostess but a participant. Being on the receiving end is awesome!

Here’s the first postcard from last year;

DIY Postcard by Damiët sent to me in iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2018
DIY Postcard by Damiët.

Isn’t it beautiful with those very brightly pink flowers. Yum! It’s one of my favorites, although I don’t like picking favorites since they’re all made with artistic flair, generosity and attention to detail.

DIY Postcard by Jamie sent to me in iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2018
DIY Postcard by Jamie.

A very happy Disney World inspired collage postcard.

DIY Postcard by Deborah sent to me in iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2018
DIY Postcard by Deborah.

Scraped background I think, and a beautiful use of stamps, and quote:

Out of limitation comes creativity.

DIY Postcard by Amy sent to me in iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2018
DIY Postcard by Amy.

Even if I didn’t remember, I’d know I got this in the autumn swap because it is very true to the season, don’t you think?

DIY Postcard by anon sent to me in iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2018
DIY Postcard by anon.

I always ask the participants to sign their postcards, with name and e-mail, but of course you do as you wish. It’s not a rule to sign your art, it’s a recommendation.

It’s not even required to e-mail the people who sent you postcards to let them know you got their postcards and say thank you. But I do encourage this practice, because I know some of the participants gets a little disappointed when they don’t hear back from anyone. If you do not want to write, share your postcards on social media and hashtag #DIYpostcardswap so we can all find each other. :-)

DIY Postcard created by Glenys for iHanna's DIY Postcard Swap Fall 2018
DIY Postcard created by Glenys.

I’ll share a few more next week. Until then…

Swap resources for those that have joined already

Download the SWAP TRACKER – download, print and fill out your personal postcard swap tracker, so that you will be more organized and keep track of your process. And then you will also be able to more accurately fill out the survey I will send you later this year

Check the Frequently Asked Questions – if you have a question about postcards that you’re sending or receiving in the swap. A lot of questions have already been answered there.

Follow me on Pinterest – I share inspiration to my boards almost daily – right now a lot to the DIY Postcard Board on Pinterest if you want to see some wonderful mail art inspiration, etc.

Subscribe to YouTube – I’m getting into video as you know, and have shared my postcard process there previously and a few journal flip through videos as well, and there’s more to come – so please subscribe!

As always I will share the postcards I get on my Facebook page Studio iHanna as they come in. Note that I’ve moved since last swap, so don’t use my old address. Those that I’m swapping with will get the new address in their lists.

And if you haven’t joined us yet, right now is a great time, as you have lots of time before it’s time to send your postcards. Click to

Join the swap now

Which of these postcards do you like the best, and why? I love them all, because they’re in my collection of mail art. Yay!

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