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December 19th, 2011

Lucky Number Seven(ty)

from Jamie

Here’s a super special gift idea for someone who has a birthday or anniversary coming up!

Brooke from Inchmark Journal wanted to do something special for her dad’s 70th birthday. First, she printed 70 postcards on thick cardstock, each with a different number between 1 and 70. She then gathered addresses for seventy of the important people in her dad’s life: family members, old classmates, dear friends and all his grandchildren. Included in the envelope was a card explaining that it was dad’s birthday, and that they needed to send the postcard back sharing their funniest memory. To make things easy, the postcards were pre-addressed and pre-stamped so all they had to do was write a quick note on the back and toss the card in the mail.

Brooke writes:

“When my dad got home a few days after his birthday, there were a handful of cards in his mailbox. He was surprised and delighted. And then the next day there were a few more cards, and the day after that, a few more. This continued on for the rest of the month until he had quite a stack. I hadn’t asked people to stagger when they mailed their cards, that just happened naturally. Some of the notes were heartfelt and quite moving, others were funny, bringing up memories my dad hadn’t thought about in years. I especially loved reading what his grandchildren wrote. All in all, a pretty inexpensive gift (postage was our main expense) and one I think my dad will remember for quite some time.”

Fantastic!

(images courtesy Inchmark Journal)

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2 Responses to “Lucky Number Seven(ty)”

  1. kati Says:

    Love this idea. Want to do it for my Dads 70th. How did you make the postcards?

  2. admin Says:

    Hi Kati,

    Here is a direct link to the project.

    http://inchmark.squarespace.com/inchmark/2011/11/8/dad-turns-seventy.html

    In terms of making the postcards, you’ll want to go to the United States Postal site to get the size requirements for mailing, as well as clear zone areas, or places that can’t have any graphics due to where the USPS prints barcodes. This is an important step, since you don’t want to send out postcards that can’t be mailed back! Once you’re knowledgeable about the postal requirements, you can design the graphics on the postcard and print them on card stock from a home printer or at someplace like a Fedex Office. Or perhaps someone sells ready to send blank postcards online? Not sure, I never researched that.

    Good luck!
    Jamie

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