I know World Postcard Day (WPD) is still a little over two months away (1st October is marked in my diary)…but in Postcrossing terms…that means I need to start thinking about it now!
The competition for a WPD card design has closed I think…and I can’t wait to see what the winning design will be. I will probably get a few printed up to send out. I use Vistaprint and have been very happy with their premium cardstock quality.
But I’m also thinking about making up a card design myself and getting it printed out. You might read that and wonder why I didn’t enter the design competition myself…the answer is that I’m not a very good illustrator…and I generally use clipart that I’ve bought from Etsy to make cards - I made illustrated cards for both Twosday and Easter this year. I could not enter a competition with a card design made this way…as I don’t own the artwork that I use.
I’m also thinking that I will need to start saving ‘send’ slots from maybe late August onwards. Last year, having only become a member in early September…and knowing nothing about World Postcard Day…I saved no slots and almost had no slots available to send on the day! Arggghhhh!
In the end, I got very lucky and my very first Postcrossing card sent, also became my very first postcard to arrive. It arrived at its destination in Germany after 23 days travelling, on the 27th September…freeing up a precious single slot, just in time. That WPD card that I sent out officially was also subsequently registered (phew)…so I earned the WPD badge too.
The fact that World Postcard Day (WPD) falls on a Saturday makes obtaining a 1st October postmark a little bit more challenging here. The post counter at my local, licensed post office closes at midday on a Saturday. The post shop in a nearby shopping centre closes at 1 pm…giving me an extra hour. I’ll need to be organised!
ETA: as @Florallle has kindly pointed out below…it is not essential that one acquires a postmark on the 1st…this is just something I will be aiming for personally.
I’d love to attend a meetup on the day, and given I’ve now discovered a fellow Canberran here in the forums…this is now an actual possibility. We’ll see!
So how about you? Do you have any special plans for World Postcard Day? I’d love to hear about them!