Postcards are fantastic things. Who would imagine that a piece of card could have so many possibilities? They are a small but perfectly formed opportunity for colour, texture, and fun.

Here are my 5 favourite things to do with a postcard

1. Use as a bookmark – It’s not just about marking your page. Having a bit of space to write on your bookmark is rather useful in my opinion. Whatever I’m reading I frequently feel a need to look up word meanings, concepts, people and events. If I can’t be bothered to dig out a dictionary or get onto Google I can make a note for later. Plus if inspiration strikes I can make a note of that too.

2. Frame them for instant art

Yes, this started life a humble postcard…

3. Make them as a starting point for your own creativity – customise the postcard in the style of the Great Big Stitched Postcard swap and do look at their Flickr group for more inspiration.

4. Put a selection to work as diary pages – pick postcards that relate to your experiences and add a few notes and the date on the back. Punch holes in a corner and tie together with treasury tags, string or ribbons. A lovely way to record a holiday, trip or special occasion.

Look at those colours

5. Send them to people with lovely things written on the back. This is the obvious use but I wonder if it gets overlooked in favour of the less exciting email. I like to think of postcards as the exuberant cousin of the correspondence card. Use them instead of greetings card in deliciously brightly coloured envelopes.

What do you do with postcards?