A Creative Invitation: Join the DIY Postcard Swap

I wish someone would invite me to a creative retreat, that would be so lovely! Because I myself feel I need some inspiration and new input. I envision a workshop with cinnamon buns and lots of patterned papers to dig through on the table. Maybe with a few vases filled with red and pink tulips sprinkled throughout the crafting room, and the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the air…

I could be there, inspiring you all to create a whole pile of DIY postcards, because I always enjoy doing that and create a series of artful postcards that makes me smile.

Join the DIY Postcard Swap spring 2024, hosted by iHanna, RIGHT NOW

But since I did not get that creative invitation, I am here to invite YOU to a “creative retreat” at your own house, in your own pace. It’s just an online swap, but let’s think of it as a creative retreat from the world, shall we? I love the idea of all of us together, but apart. Creating happy mail!

We will create ten handmade postcards, small art pieces that we can send out to people who also need a little pick-me-up in the mail. Because, don’t we all? Aren’t we all just craving creative moments, connection and a chance to share what we are making right now? Isn’t that why we keep coming back to instagram even though it pulls us in more than we’d like these days? We want to show up, to be seen, to get a chance to share something of our selves.

In any case, if you feel a craving like that, maybe the DIY Postcard Swap is for you? Right now I can’t do a retreat or workshop, so you will have to encourage yourself to set up a table and make your art, but if you sign up for the DIY Postcard Swap it will be like we’re all there, creating together but online. I offer you others to connect with, a deadline to stick to – and a beautiful activity of making 10 DIY Postcards this month! And then loads and loads of happy mail of course, to keep the ball rolling.

Read about the Swap and sign up for iHanna’s Swap here:

iHanna's DIY Postcard Idea Book cover

Note: When you sign up for the DIY Postcard Swap you have the opportunity to also buy a digital copy of my awesome book DIY Postcard Ideas (a bit cheaper than in the shop), that I wrote when the swap turned 10 years old!

I will send it to you via email, and it can take a few days but I will do my best to get it to you ASAP! It’s filled with color photos and ideas of mixed media that you could try out, as well as some back story to swapping online, ATCs and how I got started with hosting the DIY Postcard swap. I hope you’ll consider adding it to your library.

If you don’t want to commit to joining the swap this time, I will host it again this fall (after summer) and you can join then. Sign up for my Newsletter to be notified when that round starts.

If you are eager to read more, the book is also available in the Studio iHanna Shop – along with notebooks, journals and other digital downloads that I hope you’ll check out. Your support means the world to me.

When you sign up for the swap you are expected to create ten handmade postcards and be ready to send them out when the swap closes. New this year is that you can sign up and commit to making 20 DIY Postcards directly, and you will be sent two different address lists. This means you will, hopefully, receiving 20 handmade postcards in the mail all through June. I think that sounds delightful, and I can already tell several of you agree and have chosen this option.

I am looking forward to seeing what you make, on your blogs and maybe even on instagram. Use the hashtag #ihannaspostcardswap – and I will hopefully see it, as will all interested. Like, comment and share what others are making in the swap – to make the swap and our artistic adventure more visible!

Invite your friends and family, this will be such fun. Ask me anything in the comments below, or let me know what your DIY Postcard plan is this year!

Enjoy some previous blog posts for inspiration:

PS: The Newsletter has already been sent out with this invitation, so quite a few has already signed up, which is awesome. Yay! This will be truly spectacular. Last day to join is June 1st. 2024, don’t miss out!

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