Make Your Own Postcards

In these days of email and instant messaging, people often forget how nice it is to receive a letter or card in the mail. Communicating the old fashion way adds a personal touch to things, your handwriting for example. If you want to make a postcard 100% your own, why not make your own?

Materials required:

  • Poster board
  • Pictures or artwork
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

In this case I’ll be making postcards from standard 4″×6″ photograph prints and a 22″×28″ piece of poster board.

Step 1: On the poster board, using the ruler draw a grid with 4″×6″ cells.

grid on poster board

The grey areas can be discarded or recycled.

Step 2: Cut along the lines, when you are done you should have 20 4″×6″ rectangles.

4"×6" piece

A single 4″×6″ cut-out.

Step 3: Paste your photograph onto the side of the paper with the grid lines.

Make sure to evenly spread out the picture, and smooth away any lumps.

Step 4: On the back of your postcard, write your message on the left and the addresses on the right. Save space at the top-right for the postage.
Step 5: Once you’re done making all the postcards you need, send them to your friends, family and penpals!

Notes: The maximum size for a postcard is 4¼”×6″. It must be rectangular (square sounds technically safe, too), and no smaller than 3½×5″.

While I am aware that it would be easier just to print photos onto premade postcard photo paper, I still think that seeing how this looks handmade adds a little bit of human essence to it that premade photopaper lacks. I need to work on my penmanship and cutting skills (and spelling, see “Contry”), all-in-all I think I’ll really send some of these out one day. I think would be happy to receive one.

How to make a paper airplane

Hello everyone my name is Meir and today I’m going to show you how to make a paper airplane.

Step 1: Take any sheet of paper (preferably blank)

Step 2: Fold the paper in half

Step 3: Open it and fold the top 2 corners so that they fold into triangles.

Step 4: Fold it and and open the outside of each side.

  

Hold it from the bottom like I am and throw it. Now have your paper airplane! enjoy flying it and hope that it doesn’t land into someones eye. The end.

How to properly grip a board @ HB7

When people have a passion, skill, trade or knowledge it is almost human nature to want to share it with other people.  In today’s day and age with all the technology and communication outlets it gives us a great platform to share what we do with the rest of the world.  The process of MAKING something is in our D.N.A. and I think this goes all way back to the caveman days and its only natural to want to share with your fellow man or woman.

For my tutorial I choose to share with the world how to put griptape on a skateboard.  A dear friend of mine, Henry Pena, opened the doors of Heavenbound7 Skateshop and provided me with the opportunity to record the process of gripping a board.

Personally I was pleasantly surprised in how cool it was to video tape myself gripping a board, I am actually satisfied with the outcome.  The process went smooth and as we were in the shop watching the video some of the kids in the shop actually felt the video could help them learn to properly grip a board, so that makes feel even more happy with the video and its usefulness.  Gotta send a shout out to HB7

Just a Little Something I’m Making


cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Public Domain Photos

Over the weekend I want you to make something and document your process with photography and/or video. You can choose anything you would like show us – how you make your family’s secret cookie recipe, how to fix your skateboard, build a better paper airplane, crochet a winter hat – anything.

Your going to have to choose whether photography will be best for you or video. In either case be sure that you include three things into your demonstration: A clear introduction to what you are going to make, a description of the materials and tools needed, and finally go through all the steps. For great examples of a photo based tutorial, look at this description of how to build an indestructible LED lantern. And I really like this video tutorial for fixing a leaky freezer, it’s not that pretty a video but it helped me save a bunch of money!

If you make a video you’re going to need to upload it to Youtube (create a Google Account if you don’t already have one) and embed it in a post. And If you wish to edit the video, try using the free video editors on a Mac (iMovie) or PC (Moviemaker). These editors tend to have share to the web functions to upload directly to Youtube.

If you do a photo based tutorial, be mindful of the pixel dimensions of your images. Web based images should not be much more that 600 pixels wide, and most digital cameras (including phone cameras) exceed this dimension.  There are web based image editors such as pixlr to do this, and here’s a tutorial for resizing an image in pixlr.

There’s a lot of tutorials on the internet by regular people that just enjoy what they do and want to share how they did it. Why do you think people do this? What compels them to not only make something, but share the process of making with others?

As a final part of your tutorial post, I want you to reflect on how well you think you did (it’s ok if it didn’t turn out exactly as you’d hoped). A big part of sharing what you’ve made and your process of making is to narrate. That’s kind of obvious for a tutorial, narration is built into it. But I want you to think of narration as part of everything you make, even your blog posts. So be sure to end with how you feel about the final product – the tutorial itself – and tell us if how you think people may or may not actually use it and why/why not.