Crafting My Genealogy

I recently joined a group on Facebook called GAACR (Genealogy Arts and Crafts Room) where there are regular posts about creating arts and crafts using our ‘stuff’.

One item caught my eye, it was an old used envelope that was enlarged and framed. The original post had been found on Pinterest and shared with members of the group. I knew that this was something I wanted to try.

I looked through my files and picked an envelope and a few postcards. I scanned them at a high resolution, 3,000 dpi along the longest side. The large scan is needed so the image doesn’t get fuzzy upon enlarging. My first scan I made into a TIFF file and then duplicated as a JPEG which is the file type usually needed for when ordering.

Here are the envelopes/postcards I chose from my collection.

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Envelope addressed to my grandfather, 1925



The back of the postcard that my grandfather sent to his sister when he was in Ireland after WWI, 1919



Postcard sent from my grandmother to my grandfather when they were dating, 1924


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Postcard sent from William Jordan to his niece Christine Coffey, 1916

The next step was to upload them to a photograph ordering site, I used London Drugs. Make sure do to watch for automatic cropping that some of these sites do. I have often found that the automatic cropping will cut off my pictures in odd spots. The size I enlarged to was 12 x 18 and the cost per print, $14.98.

My hardest decision was picking the frames, that took me three trips to the store! The frames were purchased at Michaels where you can often buy an item and get a second one for a reduced price. If you break your purchases up into two separate trips you can reduce the cost of your frames.

I am quite pleased with the results and have hung the pictures in my living room, they are a great conversation piece.


I think there may be room for a couple more!


  18 comments for “Crafting My Genealogy

  1. ellenlee
    January 15, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I love this idea!

    Liked by 2 people

    • January 15, 2018 at 6:52 am

      It has been a conversation piece in my house. My kids have been asking about the purpose of postcards.

      Liked by 1 person

      • March 25, 2018 at 1:56 pm

        Fabulous! What a great way to get the kids involved.

        Liked by 1 person

    • nicole stephens
      January 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm

      Pat, you are so talented and imaginative! Bravo!

      I was looking at the photos of the two children from Montreal, or Quebec City! When I was a young girl, a bit chubby, I find that I look like her!! 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • January 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm

        Thank you for your kind words Nicole! Maybe the kids are connected to your family.


  2. January 15, 2018 at 8:51 am

    What a cool idea! I definitely need to do this! Thanks for the idea 😁

    Liked by 1 person

  3. January 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    Beautiful! and thanks for the tip – I just joined the FB group too!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. January 17, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    this is a fantastic idea! I still have envelopes of the letters my grandma sent me when I lived in the States.. she had a beautiful handwriting. I think, I’ll give it a try.

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  5. February 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Wow! What a fun idea! I can’t wait to get my history mapped out! I may steal this in an odd way. I don’t own any mailed letters, but I wonder how this would work out from a love letter my husband wrote when we were dating. Thanks for the inspiration you rock!

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      I am sure that it would work amazingly with a love letter between you and your husband. Please share what you create, and thank you for your positive feedback!


  6. atreeclimber
    March 4, 2018 at 10:31 am

    What a great idea!!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. March 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Oh my gosh, those are adorable. I really need to get a move on with all the family artifacts and photos I’d rather have on display than in boxes!

    Liked by 1 person

    • March 11, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      I am so pleased to look up and see this display in my house. It is quite satisfying to display them.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. March 25, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I joined the same FB group and love most of the ideas. My favorite was the room where framed photos of many ancestors lined the walls across the top, all the way around the room. I could do that here. I love your idea with the post cards and envelopes.

    Liked by 1 person

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