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Recently, I read Around the World in Eighty Days, a classic novel written by Jules Verne. I found it at the thrift store: a vintage library book from the 1970s. It left me with the overwhelming desire to hop on a train or ship and travel the world like the wealthy Mr. Fogg. Since I can’t exactly do that, I have to settle for seeing all of the interesting places close to home.

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A few weeks ago, my good friends visited from Michigan. Our adventures did not include sweeping through India on an elephant or a stint in the Japanese circus, but much fun was had. We climbed rocks, hiked mountain trails, and then…we made some awesome postcards. You could create and mail these cards during a vacation, or make at home and send away to friends and family. Handmade postcards serve as inexpensive souvenirs and crafting them can be a good way to spend a rainy day.

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You will need:

  • magazines, maps, travel guides, etc.
  • poster board
  • glue stick
  • clear contact paper
  • scissors

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We collected all things Colorado to make our cards: travel guides, free magazines, catalogs, maps, bags from gift shops, and brochures for the collage cards.

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Using scissors or an X-Acto knife, cut your poster board into blank post cards. These cards are 6″ x 4″

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The images that you cut and collage cannot go to the edge of the card. They need a border for the contact paper to stick to and protect your lovely art work.

I made a 3.5″ x 5.5″ template for my images from a cereal box. By tracing the template on magazine pages before cutting them out, I was able to make all my images the same size and keep the white border.

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Start Cutting! Search out landmarks, fun phrases, and all things travel related.

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Glue the images to your card and allow them to dry.

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Cover the card with a sheet of clear contact paper. This will protect it from damage during its travel through the mail.

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Use a marker or pen to rub out any bubbles and seal the contact paper to your card. Pay extra attention to the white border.

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Snip excess contact paper away from the edges and send!

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Heather is an artist and blogger, Shades of Tangerine, from Colorado Springs, CO with a degree in Industrial Product Design. She enjoys reading, thrift shopping, and making things out of other things.