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Brilliant Trick for Using a Postcard on a Layout

Add a postcard to a scrapbook page with this simple photo tutorial.

Add both sides of a postcard to your scrapbook layout easily using this simple photo tutorial.Do you send postcards home from your travel destinations?

I’ve done it a few times and I love having that extra piece of ephemera to add to my scrapbook pages.

The problem with a postcard is that they have TWO SIDES!

If I mail the postcard home I’ll have to decide which side of the postcard to feature on my layout… OR DO I?

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Make it Monday

If you are hopping along the Make it Monday Blog Hop you have arrived from Artful Adventures where Kristie Sloan inspired us with how to create a background using a blended ink technique. I’ll share your next stop on the hop at the end of this post.

I have a couple of ways that I’ve handled postcards before, but this time I designed a new BRILLIANT TRICK!

I scrapped the front of a postcard on this page layout.

Layout featuring the front of a postcard.

‘Paradise Found’ layout featuring the front of a postcard.

This layout shows the back of a postcard.

Layout featuring the back of a postcard.

‘Snail Mail’ layout featuring the back of a postcard.

Here’s the trick:

This is the exact same postcard!

I cut a hole in the center of the paper to mount the postcard. Now you can see it from both sides!

Let’s walk through the steps. I’ll be sharing a different project so you can see the step by step process. (I forgot to take photos of the process as I built the page above!) 😉

Easy Photo Tutorial to Add a Postcard to a Scrapbook Layout

1. Start with a sheet of double-sided patterned paper or cardstock.

2. Decide where you would like to place the postcard on your page.

3. Mark the corners of the postcard with a pencil.

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4. Cut out the center of the page.

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5. Now cut a matte slightly larger than the postcard.

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6. Turn the matte into a frame! You want the inside part of the frame to be SMALLER than the postcard!

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7. Use glue dots or another strong adhesive to attach the frame to one side of your postcard.

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8. Use more glue dots or other strong adhesive to mount the postcard over the hole in the page.

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9. Make sure the back of your layout looks great too!

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10. Enjoy scrapbooking both sides of your postcard!

I hope you’ll be inspired to try a creative technique like this one! Do you have a postcard you’d love to scrap now? What else would you use this for?

Your next stop on the Make it Monday Blog Hop is Scrapping Wonders where Beth will share how her 30 Days of Thankful album is all ready to go! HOP HERE.

Paper doll card and gift in one!

Click image to go to see the cool surprise!

Last week on the Make it Monday  blog hop I shared: A Paper Doll Card and Gift in One

As always, if you have any questions about this scrapbook project, or any others you see on the Scrapbook Wonderland site I’d be happy to answer your questions! You can leave me a comment below or contact me through the ‘contact’ tab at the top of the page.

Let your creativity shine and get scrapping!




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  • Melissa Shanhun 3 November, 2014, 4:01 am

    What an ingenious idea Alice!

    • Alice. 3 November, 2014, 3:02 pm

      Thanks Melissa!

  • Libby Wiers 3 November, 2014, 2:51 pm

    I have sometimes photocopied the back with the message to include on the same page, but this is genius to really see the actual message!! Hope I can find this the next time I scrap a postcard…

    • Alice. 3 November, 2014, 3:04 pm

      Thanks Libby! If you don’t bookmark it you’ll be able to find it under the ‘Design’ tab! Thanks for commenting!

  • Kristie 3 November, 2014, 3:34 pm

    Alice, you are right, this is BRILLIANT!

    • Alice. 3 November, 2014, 4:35 pm

      Thanks Kristie! Lol! I try to be as accurate as possible when tossing around words like Brilliant! I love that I didn’t have to scan or copy anything and I can see the stamps and postmarks too!

  • Beth 4 November, 2014, 5:31 am

    What a brilliant idea Alice. I don’t have many postcards but I am going to see what I can find to try this idea out!

    • Alice. 6 November, 2014, 10:04 pm

      Thanks Beth! I’m curious about other ways this can work.

  • sally 6 November, 2014, 10:02 pm

    Absolutely fantastic idea to use both sides of the post card have always sent them back home …now I can actually use them in a layout and display them properly without using a copy of one side. Thank you a thousand fold!!!!

    • Alice. 6 November, 2014, 10:04 pm

      I’m so happy that this will help! Happy scrapping!

  • Carolyn B 5 September, 2018, 6:35 am

    Very cool! I did this once for a group picture of my brother in law. It was his group at the Naval Academy. They had all signed the back so definitely wanted to see both sides.

  • Debbie sykes 1 November, 2018, 8:03 pm

    Love this idea Thanks a million keep up the good work