Monday, February 10, 2014

A Month of Letters Idea: Send a Photo Postcard

We're nearly halfway through A Month of Letters. Have you kept up with your letter writing? Is it easier than you thought? Maybe even — dare I write it — more fun than you realized?

Keep the momentum going and change it up a little, maybe: send a photo as a postcard.

It's as easy as peel and stick (then address).

There are special heavy-paper cards that will fit a 4x6 photo. One side has the address and message blanks and the other has an adhesive. Look below: that's the photo postcard kit I purchased from Amazon. (Elephant not included.) Visit your local stationery store to see what they have in stock.

Choose your photo and have it printed at the local drug store, grocery store or photo store. If you're tech savvy, you can send the image to the store's website and have it ready for pickup in no time. Otherwise, bring the camera or phone to the photo developer and let them show you how to use the machines on-site. For as little as 30¢, you can send that cute, clever, funny or slightly embarrassing photo to a friend.

Once the image is printed, you can affix it to your photo card. Peel off the paper covering the adhesive and press on the image. Stick on a stamp and you're ready to go!

Remember, postcards require different (and less expensive) postage than letters, so make sure you have the proper stamps for the job.

By the way, you don't have to choose a recent photo. Find a snapshot from the past and take your friend or family member down Memory Lane.

Consider using a photo postcard instead of a traditional birthday or holiday card to make the day even more special.

Are you inspired and even more enthused than you were before? Good. Remember: it's a good day to send a letter.

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