Whether they are seaside souvenirs or treasures from a different time, our postcards often have sentimental value. But what to do with postcards after their obligatory stint on the fridge?

Postcards are such a nice way to send a message to your favourite person. They tell us that our loved ones are thinking of us – but postcards are also thoughtful mementos that can be kept for years to come.

So we don’t want to just throw them away, but figuring out how to store or use them is a different matter. Whether you’re looking to get creative, recycle your postcards to create something new, or just looking for the best postcard storage ideas, we have included tons of ideas, tips and tricks!

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Here’s what you’ll find in this article:

  1. Scrapbook
  2. Decoupage
  3. Hanging them up
  4. Pin board
  5. Wrapping paper
  6. Note book
  7. Home decor
  8. Origami
  9. Photo album
  10. Travel boxes
  11. Shadow box
  12. Travel journal
  13. Clip them together
  14. Frame
  15. Collect them
  16. Value and sell

What to Do With Postcards: Get Crafty

A scrapbook full of old postcards being used

Have loads of postcards from previous trips? Get crafty and recycle or upcycle your old postcards for a creative project such as:

#1 Scrapbook

Scrapbooking is basically a creative way of recording your story. Usually, people use them to document daily life or special trips, and they serve as an excellent heirloom or even a time capsual to pass down to the family. Postcards lend themselves easily to scrapbooking, especially if you collect your own from your trips. However, if you are scrapbooking with postcards you have received from friends, you might want to include a pocket for storage. This would mean that you can remove the postcard and read the message whenever you liked.

#2 Decoupage

Basically, decoupage involves glueing different types of paper to another surface, with a high varnish finish. Layering different mediums to create a customised effect, you can decoupage furniture, storage boxes, and so much more.  Although they are an excellent material for decoupage projects, thinner postcards are better suited for a professional finish.

#3 Hang them up

You could also use your postcards to make a creative display that is personalised and fun.  Whether you opt for a traditional string with miniature pegs or a strand of LED lights, horizontal or vertical, this has the potential to add style to your space. If you are sticking with the holiday theme, you could hang postcards next to photographs from your trip, tickets, and other such souvenirs.

#4 Pin board

If you prefer to keep some structure, you could also show off postcards on a pinboard. Also known as a corkboard, this is a simple and easy way to display your favourites. Plus, with it being so easy to change things around, you can mix up your collage as often as you please.

What other paper crafts can you do with postcards?

There are so many different paper crafts you could do with postcards, and the only limit is your imagination. Other options could include:

  • #5 Make your own gift tags for wrapped presents
  • #6 Make your own notebook
  • #7 Create home decor
  • #8 Origami

What to Do With Postcards: Keepsakes and Souvenirs

One idea on what to do with postcards is clipping them like this

Some people collect postcards as a take-home reminder from their holiday, and they make excellent souvenirs. For others, this section could be about collecting and storing postcards you have received from friends and family. The best ideas for storing your postcards could include:

#9 Photo album

A photo album is a great way to store your postcards neatly, and the ability to remove them as you please ensures that you can read and re-read the message on the other side. Even if you have bought the postcard for yourself, you could fill out the other side anyway, as a kind of postcard diary. It bound to be a nostalgic reminder when you come across it in the future. It works particularly well if you used MyPostcard to create postcards with your own photos, that’ll capture your memories visually as well as in words.

By the way, if you’re thinking about send friends photos in the snail mail, check out this article on how to do so with a photo or postcard app.

#10 Travel Boxes

This is an ideal choice for anyone who appreciates the sentimental value of postcards, without the desire for clutter. A travel box is neat, easy to store and out of the way. Plus, they keep all your small souvenirs, tickets, pictures and postcards together for the next time you are looking to take a trip down memory lane.

#11 Shadow Box

A shadow box is also a great way to store your postcards next to souvenirs of your trip but on display for all to see. They are basically deep frames which have enough space to allow you to show off pictures, postcards, precious mementoes and memorabilia all together.

#12 Travel Journal

Alternately consider creating a travel journal and adding your postcards to section off different parts of your trip.  The best thing about making a travel journal is that you can create and use this during your trip to record memories as they happen.

#13 Clip them Together

Punch a hole in the top left corner of your postcards and then tie them together with a ribbon to create a flip-through picture book. This not only keeps them neatly stored, but it keeps them together and accessible. However, this is not a good idea for postcards that might have some value, as the hole is likely to be an issue if you ever wanted to sell.

What to Do With Postcards: Timeless Treasures

a row of postcards are displayed on a mantlepiece timelessly

If you have lots of vintage postcards or valuable ones, then you will probably need storage that will protect as well as keeping them neat and tidy.  As we previously mentioned, photo albums can be a great way to keep your collection organised or you could store them in labelled boxes if you have lots.  If you are wondering what to do with old postcards, why not consider:

By the way, if you love vintage postcards, but want them without words on the other side, or damaged, you can find vintage-style postcards here from Mary L. Martin. Mary is a famous postcard collector who’s scanned her amazing vintage postcards for you to use afresh.

#14 Frame and Mount

Old postcards often feature beautiful artwork, and lots of them are ideal for framing. A mount is the white or cream card that goes over the postcard when it is placed in the frame. This adds a touch of elegance, and it is often associated with professional framing.

#15 Start a Postcard Collection

If you are looking for a new hobby, so many people around the world collect postcards. You could pick a theme, such as cats, dogs, or festivities, with Halloween bring particularly popular. Alternatively, you could collect them by types, such as saucy seaside or outdated humour.

#16 Value and Sell

Some people actually make a living out of trading postcards, and perhaps you have discovered a rare find.  Some of the most sought-after sell for thousands and you will need to seek a professional valuation for rare ones. The most expensive postcard ever sold is believed to the world’s oldest, and it went for a whopping $ 45,370.70.

We hope you got some ideas on how to deal with your postcards piling up! If it’s got you feeling curious about why postcards are even a thing, find out how it all started here, with the history of postcards.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and lovebirds all over the world prepare for the year’s most romantic day. Some plan to buy the traditional red roses bouquet or a heart-shaped box filled with chocolates while others choose to make a DIY special gift. In any case, one thing is for sure: every present must be accompanied by awesome Valentine’s Day greetings

You know it, even though you’re afraid to admit it, that Valentine’s Day card and what it reads is more important than the gift itself. It shows your beloved ones what they mean to you and plus they last forever. It’s something you can find after years in a drawer and remember that special day on the 14th of February 2019. So, the question is how to write the best Valentine’s Day greetings. 

Check out our postcard Designshop. Here you can find the best and most romantic Valentine’s motives to send them easy and fast as a postcard.

What has to be in a Valentine’s Day Card

Not all of us have a poet hidden inside. And that’s totally fine. You can still write a 3 to 5 lines text that will make your darling’s heart melt. All you have to do is make this text sound unique. Think for example, what you like the most about this person, a special moment you share during the day or an inside joke only the two of you laugh about. Then all you have to do is write it down in your own words.

Even if it doesn’t sound as poetic as you wish it did it still is much better than writing just a cliché phrase. If you fill the card’s blank page with just an overused quote, chances are your beloved one will think that you saw this Valentine’s Day card as a chore. And that’s exactly what you must avoid!

How to choose the right type of Valentine’s Day card?

Ever since Valentine’s Day is a celebrating day for couples, romantic cards of all kinds, shapes and colors fill the shops already since early February. But especially nowadays you have a bundle of possibilities which kind of Valentine’s Day greetings you want to send. You can choose a pop-up Valentine’s Day card, add your favorite photo to the front page or send a personalized card.

For a DIY Valentine’s postcard read this easy homemade card guide.

Valentine’s card design – the message on the front page matters

Aside from the shape, the color and the size of the card another thing that is even more important is the front page message. It can be romantic, funny, honest or cheeky. You’re probably wondering how to choose the right type of card? Well, you know your significant other’s style, so it’s up to you to decide what will do the trick. All we can do is suggest some cards that are extra cute, romantic and/ or funny. 

Cute Valentine’s Day cards..

Valentine's Day Greetings - Bisous and kisses
Valentine's Day Greetings - Pawrfect
Valentine's Day Greetings - Come back soon Cat
Valentine's Day Greetings - Little Yoda

..or romantic Valentine’s Day cards

Valentine's Day Greetings - Love balloon
Valentine's Day Greetings - Love you graphic motif
Valentine's Day Greetings - Say Happy Valentines Day
Valentine's Day Greetings - Stylish heart

Valentine’s Card Templates

Valentine's Day Greetings - Heart frame template
Valentine's Day Greetings - Be my Valentine Template
Valentine's Day Greetings - You're one in a melon template
Valentine's Day Greetings - Happy Valentine's Day rose Template

Find those and even more love motives in our MyPostcard Designshop.

Valentine’s greetings messages – some quotes 

Hopefully, our article has already put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day and our bits of advice helped you start thinking about lines for your sweetheart’s Valentine’s Day card. But as some inspiration by experts never hurt anyone we gathered some phrases from our favorite romantic movies, songs, and books. Just in case you face a writer’s block.

  • “I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life,” by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
  • “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other,” by Audrey Hepburn
  • “I feel like this is the beginning. Though I’ve loved you for a million years. And if I thought our love was ending. I’d find myself drowning in my own tears,” by Stevie Wonder “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  • “I’ll be the ocean so deep and wide, And catch all the tears whenever you cry. I’ll be the breeze after the storm is gone, To dry your eyes and love you all warm,” by Otis Redding “That’s How Strong My Love Is”

Our Extra Valentine’s Day idea

If you’re planning to take your loved one for a romantic getaway, surprise her or him by putting the tickets in your Valentine’s Day card. Whether you’ll choose to take a two-day trip in magical Venice or spend a week in a luxurious all-inclusive hotel in the sun-drenched Caribbean, we bet your sweetie will always remember this Valentine’s Day.

Afraid of having a fight while a romantic getaway? With these tips about travel together you’ll have the best travel time!

Be creative, share your feelings and show your partner how important he or she is to you. Happy Valentine’s Day! Oh and you can find some romantic quotes ready to copy and paste or adapt here.