Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Homemade Postcard Binder Book

In 2009 I read this entertaining Everywhereist post (which I just fished up now—super impressed with my memory there) about what to do if you lose/break your camera while traveling. Camera or not, I really loved Geraldine's second piece of advice: to buy a postcard, write memories from the day, and then mail it to yourself as a memorable souvenir. I often send postcards when traveling, but after reading that post I started to buy a postcard for myself as well.

I'd write a quick day's summary on the back, date it, but then keep it. Over the years I've collected many little postcard bags of these self-postcards, stored in various places in my room at my parents' house.

At some point (last year?) I got the idea to make some sort of book with them. But I wanted this to be a simple project—nothing time consuming. Slipping the postcards into sleeves from a photo book/binder would be easy, but I wanted both sides of each postcard to be viewable. I like things in chronological order, and also didn't want to have to rearrange everything if I later found a postcard from an earlier time.

And then the idea came: Binder rings!

The project got added to my "do while home" list for this fall/winter, and now that I have less than three weeks (ahh!) before I take off again, I'm feeling the pressure to finish several projects I won't be able to do on the road.

So I did this one today while listening to a few episodes of Meg's awesome Couragemakers podcast. Here's what I started with: six binder rings that my mom already had, and five years of postcards.

First I organized them into piles by year/place, and then started the punching. When multiple countries were grouped into the same booklet, I'd separate them with blue cardstock paper.

This was my cardboard punching template (the lower holes under the blue line) that I'd put over each postcard.

I made quick covers out of thin cardboard I'd saved over the years, certain that some day it would be useful (thank you past self!). In the end my postcards filled three booklets:

Ta-da! I'm happy with the result, glad it's finished, and am pleased at how I could start and finish the whole thing in just one afternoon (spending $0, too).
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