Postcards in Notebooks {50 Things Series}

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Blog Series 50 Things to Put Into a Notebook

The blog post 50 Things to Put in a Notebook continues to be one of the most popular how to posts here at The Notebooking Fairy. So to bring that post to life, I am going to begin a blog series, showing you specific examples of those fifty different things.

Fifty Things to Put into a Notebook:  #1 Postcards

I have always been crazy about postcards. Most any destination has them. They are small, don’t break, and are inexpensive.

And now that I am a homeschool mom, I have discovered new educational uses for postcards, namely in notebooks!

Postcard Example: Philadelphia

Philadelphia notebooking page

This collage postcard of historic Philadelphia was a perfect review of our early American history lessons. I gave it to my daughter and had her label the items and places pictured.  You can see that for two of the places, she also wrote the significance — Carpenter’s Hall and Independence Hall, where famous events occurred.

Years later we had the chance to take a family trip to Philadelphia, but at the time we had never been.

Thanks to the power of the Internet and groups like Postcard Kids, you can trade postcards with families around the world, even requesting special locations to match your upcoming lessons. That’s exactly how we had this great Philadelphia card on hand when we studied American history.

(Another fun site is Postcrossing, but you never know where you will get a postcard from.)

Postcard Example: Pilgrims

Pilgrims notebook page with postcards

These pilgrim pages are another example of how postcards can add to the beauty of a notebook and illustrate the text on the page. (Again, these are cards we received as part of postcard exchanges arranged at Postcard Kids.)

Postcard Example: Civil Rights Musuem

civil rights notebooking3

Postcards are great visual reminders of field trips and are perfect for recapping what you learned once you are back at home. These notebooking pages about the National Civil Rights Museum are an example. Inside the museum, you cannot take photographs, but the postcards serve as a wonderful substitute.

She found it quite easy to write notes about the field trip with the postcards forming the structure of the layout. All she had to do was make notes about what is represented on the cards.

Tip for Using Postcards on Notebooking Pages

Use photo corners to affix your postcards to cardstock pages. If your postcards came in the mail, this is a great way to preserve the postage and note on the back.

If you have ever found your notebooks growing boring, just stay tuned as you see how varied they can be. There are at least fifty different ways!


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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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Rebecca Reply

Jimmie, I LOVE THIS idea!!!!

Rebecca Reply

BTW, may I pin this?

Tami Reply

This looks so great! I just love it!

Tonya @ The Traveling Praters Reply

We collect postcards from everywhere we go and add them to our travel notebooks. We’ve gotten away from notebooking a bit as the kids have gotten older (which I regret) but the interest has been rekindled. I pulled some of their travel journals/notebooks out of boxes last week and they oohhhed and aahhhed for hours, determined to make one to showcase their travels for the past school year. Time to dig out those postcards. 🙂

Yolanda Reply

Excellent post! I’ll definitely be pinning this !

pat Reply

We are full time RVers. So we have limit space for souvenirs so we collect postcards from all our travels. I write the date on back and a few words about the place and if we were traveling with friends or family. I got a reasonable necklace ring and then punch holes in the corner of the postcard and keep them on the ring. We started with a shower ring but as we traveled had to expand.Its kind of like a postcard keychain. It’s fun to let people look at the ring to see where we have been and for us to remember where we have been and when.

Martha Reply

LOVE this idea!
We’ve been studying the Civil Rights Movement and Black history and this is a wonderful way of incorporating it all in one place.
Thank you so very much for all your inspiration and allowing these to be free printable ideas. Bless you!
ps… I’m a new subscriber and am now hoping to receive email updates. I hope I filled it out ok!

Susan Evans Reply

I love all these photos of notebooking with postcards. What I’ve done in the past is hole punch the postcards and put a key ring through them. Then the kids write on the back of each postcard, a summary of that particular place. We did this as a journaling activity when we traveled across the United States for a wedding.

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