Join the DIY Postcard Swap Autumn 2013

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Via e-mail I’ve gotten a few questions from folks wanting to know: When will your fun DIY Postcard Swap start?

Now I can finally answer: It starts today, right now!! It’s time to sign up and start creating postcards!

I would like to invite you, again or for the first time, to create ten (10) original handmade postcards. Everyone is welcome to join, and create at the artistic level that you’re at right now. It’s a international swap full of color, play and awesome mailbox surprises! I’ve moved rules & information to a page of it’s own (also located in the blog menu above), please check it out and read it through (and link to that permanent page in your blog posts and sidebars). But in short, here is how to join:

Welcome to sign up and note the dates

It is easy and quick to sign up for this swap. To join just follow these simple steps:

1. Pay the fee here.
2. Register to join here.
3. Be ready to send your postcards no later than 14th of November!

I’m giving everyone plenty of time to sign up for the swap, but the best thing is to sign up right away and start making your cards. If they’re finished by November 7 (when I will send you your 10 swapper’s postal addresses) you can visit the post office right away! :-)

Note the Dates! You can sign up until Sunday November 3d. You will receive your addresses before November 7. Then send out 10 handmade postcards before November 14th. 2013. No later please.


I’m hoping that your response will be something like:
Yay! I’m signing up for @iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap – it’s my favorite swap of the year! You should join too! [tweet that]


Why pay you might ask?

Use the DIY postcard swap button on your site!You pay a small fee of 6.00 $ (6 US dollars is about 38 Swedish crowns) to participate. I’ve found it ensures better participation from those who actually commit! And my swap keeps growing each year (i’s now an awesome and well awaited event!) and it takes time to answer questions, distribute hundreds of addresses and stay organized with it all. I, like most others, need to do things that are sustainable to my life. By participating you also help sponsor this blog.

You pay via paypal (use your paypal account or pay with your debit or credit card as a PayPal guest). Once you’ve sent money to my account you will be directed to a sign up-page where I will need your full name, your full postal address including country (!) and of course a working email-address! Please make sure you write you email correctly, or I will not be able to send you your 10 swap addresses when the sign-up period ends.

A warm and heartfelt thank you for your support!

Spread the word by telling friends and family

Use the DIY postcard swap button on your site! Tell your friends that you’ve joined the swap, by email or posting about it on your FB-page. Then they get the chance to join too! I usually get my cousin, mom and a few friends to sign up, why don’t you invite yours too? If they don’t read this blog you can just ask them if they are interested and help them get signed up – just make sure they know the dates + rules of what they sign up for. Spread the word; you’re welcome to link here, share this post on FB, creative groups and forums, via twitter (Ping me, I’m @iHanna) or write about the swap in your next blog post or newsletter. You could even add one of the swap buttons I’ve designed to your sidebar – please link it to the information page! ♥ Thank you for so much for helping me and spreading the word about this swap. The more the merrier, right?


Thousands of handmade postcards are made – to celebrate creativity & happiness! [tweet that]


Please remember to use the hashtag #diypostcardswap when posting images to your social media favorites (instagram, twitter, flickr, etc). Don’t link the swap button to this post, but to the Swap’s home information page, thank you! Swap buttons on the info-page too.

34 Responses

  1. Hurray!!!!!!
    I’ve already made some in anticipation – exciting!!!
    Thank once again Hanna for organising such a wonderful sharing of creativity!

  2. Would love to play this time but November is the worst month for me. With taking 2 classes and writing a novel for Nanowrimo I am swamped already. I join in next time.


    • Kate, there is a whole weekend left of October to create postcards on, come back later if you feel you can join anyway. I’d love to have you. And I’d love to do NanoWriMo too again, I would really love that, but can’t see where I would fit that in this year… :-/ You can’t do it all.

  3. Loved it last time and looking forward to it again! I was one of the lucky people who got one of your mom’s very creative cards! Thank you for doing this again!! Susan

  4. Wanted to join this swap for sooo long now is the time! Thank you for hosting.

  5. Sadly, I’ll have to sit this one out – timing’s just not good – but, next time, I’m back in! Loved participating the last time!

  6. Hi Hanna, so excited to see this!! Hoping I can join you for the first time, YAY!!!

    Love that your mom and friends do this with you!!

  7. I paid and then I filled out the join form and I clicked submit and it wouldn’t submit.

    So, I will email the paypal transaction code to you, and we will be all set! I’m very happy to be doing another of your postcard swaps!

    • Thank you Chris for signing up and alerting me to the problem with the sign-up form, I think I’ve fixed it now but I’m adding you so you don’t have to do anything else except starting your art making magic! Yay!

    • Hi Judy,
      glad you want to join. Paypal accepts MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Maestro & Discover! What kind of credit card do you have? I didn’t know there were others beyond those… :-) Maybe a friend of yours that have Paypal can help you by paying for you if you don’t want to sign up for a free Paypal account… Let me know, and I’ll try to help.

    • Yay, you’re most welcome Betty! Enjoy creating your postcards and let me know if you have any questions. :-)

  8. Thank you so much for the email! I have been disconnected from the blogging world lately…can’t commit to your project but hope to get back to fun stuff like this soon!

  9. Thanks for the invite! I have a full calendar over the next few weeks and just can’t make it happen this time. I hope it is a smashing success! Cheers, RM :)

  10. Thanks for hosting this. I am looking forward to join the creative souls out there :) My first venture……

  11. My first time with the group and I’ve already started on my cards because I’m so looking forward exchanging & meeting new folks. Thanks for organizing this swap iHanna!

  12. Thanks for the invite, Hanna but
    I had some problems with the sign-up form, this weekend so now I’m not sure, if it went alright.

    • Tanja, didn’t you get the paypal email/receipt? I got one, so sure thing, you’re signed up! Enjoy creating your postcards! :)

  13. Can’t wait! Thank you so much for hosting this swap Hanna! The sign-up cost is well deserved (and cheap) for what you do to faciliate these swaps. My postcards are almost ready to go!

  14. Hej Hanna! Har betalat via paypal och fått kvitto. Har också registrerat mig på din sajt men är osäker på om jag fått nån bekräftelse. Har inte sett nån via mail iaf. Vill ju inte missa swappen ;-)

    • Hej Jenny,
      har du fått ditt paypal-kvitto så har jag också fått en bekräftelse på din betalning från paypal. Det betyder att allt är i sin ordning. Yay!

      Jag dubbelkollar alla betalningar och ser till att de som betalat är med i min lista över vykortsbytare! Jag tror till och med att jag skrev det på info-sidan, dvs. att ingen bekräftelse utöver kvitto skickas ut. De 10 adresserna skickar jag någon gång i mitten/slutet av nästa vecka. Lycka till med vykortspysslandet! :-)

  15. can i pay twice and participate twice ? Would love to bind the cards into a thick book ? X, from Dubai

    • Hi Sophie,
      how fun that you want to join this year too! If you are sure you can manage to make 20 handmade cards and send them out on time, you can sure sign up twice! Go ahead. It’s a good thing that you told me though, so I can make sure you don’t have to swap with yourself! ;-)

  16. Hi Hannah, just signed up, OMG my first mail art!! Nervous and excited!!
    Thanks so much for doing this, I love happy mail!!

    So we mail them out ourselves, which means you don’t get to see them in person, right? We should use envelopes to make sure they aren’t destroyed or damaged by weather too.
    Can’t wait!

  17. Hello!
    I was not signing up this time but I Started to prepair for the next one by collecting even more papers to try collaging teknique. Doing christmas cards now instead. :-)

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