Thursday, 3 September 2009

THE BENEVOLENT POSTCARD SOCIETY: SEPTEMBER

As some of you may know I am taking part in a year long project called the Benevolent Postcard Society. In a nut shell The Benevolent Post Card Society is an art project and postcard exchange rolled into one. The project was started by Automatism blogger and collage illustrator Lori Langille to bring a smile to its members through the random exchange of postcards - which I think is a fantastic idea!

At the end of each month Lori sends all 257 memebers an email with an address to mail their postcard too. It is then up to each member to send their postcard on the first of the following month. As well as sending cards as part of the exchange you obviously recieve a card each month too which is very exciting.

As the project kicked off this week I thought it might be nice to share with you what I am sending as part of the exchange. Here are some pictures of the postcard I sent to my partner Marianna from Hyannis, MA. Hello Marianna if you're reading this!

I bought this card designed by Hanna Werning in the Paperchase section at Borders for just 60p! The strawberry design is printed on a really nice heavy weigh textured card that has a lovely feel to it.

As the card has a foody theme I thought it would be nice to send a recipe that used strawberrys rather than writing a message. I found a Jamie Oliver recipe for jam that I printed out on four 3/4 x 2 1/2 stickers using this typewriter font from dafont.com. I finished the card off by hand stamping the date with some tiny rubber stamps I have and addressed it by hand.


Even if your not a member of the Benevolent Postcard Society why not send a postcard as a nice surprise to a friend or loved one? It is so fun recieving something other than bills in the mail.

If any of you are taking part in the exchange or you just decide to send a card to a friend for fun leave links to your post card pics in the comments section. Id love to see what everyone else is doing.

19 comments:

  1. so cute!!!

    xo
    Kelly

    ps: you're on Design Crush today :)

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  2. This is such a lovely, heart-warming idea. Everyone loves mail!

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  3. These are great! I wish I knew about Benevolent Postcard Society before the deadline. It sounds like a lot of fun!

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  4. the recipe on the back is a really cute idea! I may steal that one of these months. I haven't got my card out just yet

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  5. I joined this as well but have not posted pictures yet of my postcard. I had forgotten and was not prepared for this first exchange so I used a postcard that I had gotten in NewPort, RI of one of the Mansions. I'm sure it will be just as fun to recieve though, it is a pretty picture. I am excited to receive my postcard in the mail as well. I just ordered some postcards from etsy for the months to come. I like your recipe idea. I might need to borrow that.

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  6. Thanks, as alwasys for all you comments. I love hearing from those of you that stop by to read my new little blog. ;)

    I wont mind too much if you pinch my recipe idea, its hard thinking up somehting to write on a postcard to a stranger isnt it!

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  7. Oh, that's fantastic, Alex!!! What a great idea. Thanks so much for being a part of the BPS, too — you definitely know what it's all about!

    Lori
    :-)

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  8. aww I would love to get this postcard!!!

    here's my post about my first postcard (which i bought off etsy) :

    http://dolcevitamicaela.blogspot.com/2009/09/benevolent-postcard-sept-2009-first.html

    i really did forget how little room you have on a postie. :)

    xo

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  9. That's such a great idea - I just got a simple card, but I'll try putting more efort into the next one! Is anyone else saying where they're from on their cards? I'm excited to find out where (as well as who)each card is coming from!

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  10. Lovely idea! The recipe/pattern harmony is particularly fun.
    I haven't posted on my BPS postcard mailing yet, but I blog all the time about things I send and receive in the mail on http://missivemaven.blogspot.com/.

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  11. I love what you did! I too am participating and was having the hardest time thinking about what to write on the back. I decided to just write as if I was talking to an old friend. I loved it and hope that my recipient does too.

    http://compulsivelycompiled.blogspot.com/2009/09/society-gal.html

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  12. oooo! My name is Marianne and I live in Hyannis so I really hope this post card is for me! I will be watching my mailbox with fingers crossed!

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  13. compulsively compiled, that is a GREAT idea. That's what i want to do with mine.

    Katie, I wanted to know the exact same thing (where the card was coming from- though doesn't it say on the post office stamp?) so i signed mine, "xo micaela in Texas" so they'd know at least where i'm from.

    i even wanted to put my blogspot address so she could find me (if she wanted to, which i hope she does!) so we could keep in touch.

    i think each will be creative and lovely no matter what the person decides to do.


    This is SUCH A GREAT project to be a part of.

    xo

    ps.Missive Maven, off to check out your creations!

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  14. It is so nice to hear from others in the society, im even more excited to receive my card now! I think what ever you give or recieve its just nice taking part and having something each month to look forward to in the mail.

    Marianna - The card must be for you, how exciting!! Please let us know if you do get this card. You can send me an email at makedoandsend[at]aol[dot]com if you like or just post here :)

    Compulsively Compiled - thats a lovely idea, i struggled with what to write at first too. I started trying to think outside the box and have a few interesting ideas up my sleeve now but you'll all have to watch this space to find out what they are ;)

    Katie - You should be able to tell where the card is from by looking at the postmark and stamp. I hope I get something from somewhere exotic :)

    Micael - I kept toying with the idea of leaving my blogspot/email/twitter/adresses but just mysteriously left it blank in the end, lol. I think next time I might but a put some kind of contact info as it would be nice to keep in touch.

    The Missive Maven - Glad you liked the link. I thought it would be fun to let the card inspire what I write and was pleased with what I came up with in the end. Im going to try and do the same again I think.

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  15. yep...you are a creative genius

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  16. I sent one that I made myself http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=24252861 {Hope it doesn't ruin the surprise!}

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  17. Thanks for coming back and sharing KLBK!

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  18. What a fun post, I love seeing what other BPS members are up too! I'm already scheming on my postcard for October. Loving your blog!

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  19. No post card yet. I keep hoping! oxoxo, Marianne in Hyannis.

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