Every time I travel I love to collect postcards. When I say “postcards,” I don’t mean picking up generic postcards from your average convenience store around the corner, I mean postcards from a museum or art exhibit. In 2009 I studied abroad in Beijing, China, and during my time there I visited my absolute favorite city in the world, Shanghai. Shanghai is one of the most magical and beautiful cities I have ever experienced. If you get the opportunity to travel, live or study there – you are in for the best experience of your life. Shanghai is like a New York meets Hong Kong meets Paris – simply magical.
Whenever I look at these postcards I am reminded of the time I spent there, meeting my best friend, Winnie Tsui when we studied together in Beijing and flying to visit Shanghai for an unforgettable long weekend. Winnie and I were determinded to go to the highest viewpoint in Shanghai (Shanghai World Financial Center). These three postcards depict this iconic sky scrapper in three eye-popping colors. Framing postcards from this fabulous trip is inexpensive and it will always remind of my time in Shanghai.
frame + postcards
Materials You Need:
- Frame (depends on size and quantity of postcards)
- Postcards of choice
- White card-stock paper (measured and cut to fit in the frame – find at local art store)
I used an old black wooden frame with three sections and two piece of glass. Pretty basic. I had to visit BLICK to measure the glass so I could buy and fit white card-stock that would frame the postcards.
Shanghai Postcards – yellow + blue + red
If you have more than one, play around with the different colors and arrange in the order you want. Remove the “clean” glass from the frame. Grab your card-stock paper and lay it on a table with the white paper facing you. Flip the frame over so the screws and hook are facing you.
flip the frame upside down – straighten and place postcards on a blank white paper
Carefully, double tape the back of the postcards and stick them firmly to the white card-stock.
After the postcards are sealed neatly against their white frame, remove the wooden frame. Add glass, card-stock with postcards and seal the frame. Hang it on the wall or lay it against your night stand like I did.
This post is simple, but instead of framing print or photograph you take, try framing your favorite postcards from when you visit new places. It’s inexpensive and fun.