I reeeeeeeally hate scrapbooking. You can get creative to the nth degree, and really, I've only recently (kind of) mastered not starting projects I have no intention of finishing. My mom is really great at scrapbooking and has a whole collection of 12 4" binders filled with pictures and letters and cards and tickets to places. They're incredible! But my mom has always had a lot more patience (and drive) when it comes to those big projects. The box I had post cards in is still strewn across the floor in Jesse's man cave from a week ago. Go me!
Since I was 8, I've held on to post cards my brother sent me when he was in the military. I've always wanted to do something with them, but scrapbooking was out because 1) I hated it, and 2) I didn't want to cover the front of the postcard.
I was intrigued when I saw this pin on Pinterest, of bound letters. Then I saw this one, where she had made a collection of all different types of cards she had received. What a great idea!
Tada! I binded them together using some chipboard and metal rings! Also, binded is not a real word.
I'm sure I'm missing a few of the postcards he sent me along the way, but I'm tickled I have this many. My favorite is the one that folds out. To fit it in there, I taped a couple pieces of scrap paper together (to strengthen it) and taped it to the card itself.
I also started sponsoring a kid through Compassion back when I was 16 up until the end of 2011. I always loved receiving her letters (and her drawings!!). After she left the program, I organized all her letters and shoved them in my files. Not that great of a way to appreciate them.
When I went to the store to buy chipboard for the covers, I wanted to grab a pretty piece of paper to put on the cover, and I fell in love with one in particular.
It's washi paper, and was $2. That's more than I'll normally spend on a piece of paper, but it was for something special. I was nervous about mod podging it because it was so thin, but it was just fine. I only did a layer on the chipboard, not one over the top as well.
I'm really happy with how they turned out! I thought about putting labels on them, and I may with the postcards, but for now I only have the two and I'll know which is which. I was also thinking of binding together cards we got from our wedding.
I ended up going to Collage for the art supplies (chip board, washi paper & metal rings). It came to about $5, and I used scrapbook paper that I had on hand for the postcard book.