artifact uprising: a snail mail giveaway.

June 30, 2014

postcards If you’re not familiar with Artifact Uprising already, then it’s a total joy for me to introduce you to a really stellar company with a mission to admire. Fueled by a desire to move “stories off our computers and into our lives,” Artifact Uprising has designed a suite of paper and print products aimed at giving folks a chance to document their stories in ways that are a little more tangible than scrolling down a computer screen. Last Christmas, I made a photo book for my sister Cait, filled with photos from the first year of sweet Oliver’s life and lately, I have my sights set on making an instagram-friendly book for the shots that I’ve been taking there.

Lucky for you guys, Artifact Uprising is offering a Reading My Tea Leaves reader the opportunity to make a postcard pack—20 cards, with or without greetings, and featuring photos of your own.
postcards Because there’s a new little life to celebrate around here, I made a postcard pack using a few shots that James and I took of Faye the week that she was born. The whole process took me about 20 minutes and just a few days later, I had the postcards in hand. postcards In an effort to make sure that their love of paper is still gentle on the planet, Artifact Uprising prints their postcards on 100% recycled paper.
postcards To enter a chance to win a postcard pack of your own, leave your email address in the field below (and just for fun: tell me who in your address book is going to get your first postcard in the comments below!). UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been notified! Thanks so much for entering!

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99 Comments

  • Reply Lisa June 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    My lovely friend Gillian in Vancouver will receive the first postcard! Love Artifact Uprising! I have a giftcard for a softcover book (intended use: pictures from a trip to Greece) that I've been meaning to put to use!

  • Reply moni.zuza June 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    My brother in Germany will receive the first card. And it too will be photos of the first week of baby (just a few weeks away!).

  • Reply Stephanie Abdon June 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    a special someone 😉

  • Reply Marlene @ Jade and Fern June 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    My friend John who I've been out of touch with for a while. 🙂

  • Reply mwcorbin June 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    The recipient would be my sister in Tampa, FL! I have lovely photographs from her surprise 39th birthday. She could use the postcards as "thank you's" to her friends that came together to celebrate her!

  • Reply Miss Reichl June 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    my best friend from high school, who I see maybe once a year at most. 🙂

  • Reply Heather Leigh June 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    My first postcard would go to my brother Bill, currently deployed in Afghanistan. He's long been a postcard collector, and whenever I find an interesting one, I pick it up for him. I'm sure he'd love to receive a personalized one while he's so far away from family.

  • Reply missris June 30, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    My parents. They live so far away from us and love getting snail mail.

  • Reply Claire Brandow June 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Mom gets first postcard, always.

  • Reply Norma June 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    My cousin Kristy. She loves to receive any sort of written note I send her way. I love postcards and love making & sending them.!!

  • Reply Caroline June 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    My brother who is living on the opposite side of the country from me and then friends. I was just telling someone that I want to send snail mail. These would be perfect!

  • Reply Hannah June 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Yay, I would love to win this! My dad has sent me postcards since I started college (12 years ago!) with quotes and sayings, just for fun. I would love to send him the first one.

  • Reply Freya June 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I would probably send them to my family on the other side of the world with pictures of my dog on 🙂

  • Reply hanalae June 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    my best cousin sarah! 🙂

  • Reply Sweet Love and Ginger June 30, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    My little brother. He loves it when I send him postcards while we are on vacation, so I bet he would love a personalized one just randomly during the year.

  • Reply Annie June 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I would send one to my mother, since she is always so great about sending mail!

  • Reply Becky June 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Is it too early to be thinking New Year cards?

  • Reply Kathleen June 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    My husband's grandma (and my surrogate grandma), definitely. She's the best.

  • Reply Lisa June 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    one of my longest-distance buddies, Caroline in California!

  • Reply Alex Hubbard June 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Definitely to the friends who couldn't make it to my wedding in April! I've wanted to send them something fun using our wedding photos, but couldn't figure out how to do it. This is the perfect way!

  • Reply heidi alene June 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    First postcard will go to granny!

  • Reply Kelsey R. June 30, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I'd send one to my sisters–we all live in different cities for the first time ever.

  • Reply Shelby Mae June 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    My mama. Just because she's amazing and deserves a pretty note from me every once in a while.

  • Reply ariana June 30, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    my parents–for driving up to Brooklyn from Virginia and helping me throw my first birthday party in 8 years.

  • Reply Emily C June 30, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I'd send one to my parents, who are living overseas and I don't send notes to often enough.

  • Reply kristina June 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Grandma!

  • Reply Diana June 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    My best friend from back east, who I haven't seen in over a year!

  • Reply Danielle E. Alvarez June 30, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Love these. I would send my first to my parents in New York! I just moved to Los Angeles 🙂

  • Reply Annie Wachnicki June 30, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Nobody loves mail (and family photos) more than my dear 96 year old Nana. She's at the very top of my list!

  • Reply Beth June 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    All my family in Australia!

  • Reply Vanessa June 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    My friend Carly would get the first one, because she lives far away from all of our friends and I don't want her to be lonely

  • Reply Ashlee June 30, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I just got into Postcrossing which connects people around the world by matching you up with someone to send a post card to. Right now my postcard list includes 5 women from China, Russia, Germany, Switzerland and South Dakota! Postcard #1 however, will probably go to family or long distance friends.

  • Reply Job and Rachael June 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    These are beautiful. I would send one to my dear sister first off. She would appreciate it and could use some cheering up right now 🙂

  • Reply Libellula Jewelry June 30, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I would send the first postcard to my good friend, Marilyn, who lives several states away.

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  • Reply Kylie June 30, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    my first postcard would go to my sister in pa, who just gave birth to a little babe of her own last Thursday.

  • Reply Maja June 30, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    My best friends that live in Germany and Switzerland!

  • Reply Elizabeth June 30, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    These are beautiful! I love your idea to use the postcards as birth announcements. We're expecting our second baby within weeks and the very first postcard would wing its way to Chicago to tell my dear friend there about her newest fairy godchild.

  • Reply BostonGemmie June 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    My girlfriends back home! 🙂 Missing them so!
    Such a great idea, great for the planet and Faye is precious! 🙂

  • Reply Jodie-Marie Faraci June 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    These would be great for me to create 'Thank You' postcards to family & friends that have donated items for me to take to an orphanage in Haiti next week! 🙂

  • Reply TL June 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    aunts and uncles who have yet to meet my perfect little niece!

  • Reply HEAB June 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    My good friend in Michigan who has had a rough few months. She could use a hand written note with love.

  • Reply Anonymous June 30, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I think I would send one to my sweet friend in Canada.

  • Reply Alexa June 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    this is the loveliest! i just returned last night from a wonderful family week in charleston – i'd send the first note to my parents thanking them for our magical week together.

  • Reply Raquelita June 30, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Love Artifact Uprising. In fact, we're about to send my mom a set of prints for her birthday! She'd be the first to get one of the postcards – with a photo of her grandson on it!

  • Reply Emily Orzel June 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Beautiful! I would send one to my sister for being the best friend I could have asked for!

  • Reply Molly Staggs June 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    My sisters!

  • Reply Patricia June 30, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    My boyfriend will be the first to receive a postcard! 🙂

  • Reply Rochelle June 30, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    My aunt

  • Reply Kim J. June 30, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    My grandmother. 🙂

  • Reply Neena June 30, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    My cousins who I don't see nearly enough!

  • Reply Anonymous June 30, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    My Love, who lives in England.

  • Reply Rose June 30, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    I love this company. 🙂 I have the iphone app but haven't had time yet to create anything. I would make it for my sister and document her little son, Ollie (Oliver). He's precious and she would LOVE it!

  • Reply Ginny June 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    We just moved, so I would send these out to all my family with a cute picture of us at the new place!

  • Reply Katie June 30, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Ohhhh! I've been a fan of their postcards for a while. I'd love to win a pack. I would send the first one to my Mother!

  • Reply Anonymous June 30, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    These would be a perfect opportunity to send to friends and family as happy surprise mail just to say "hello". P.S. – LOVE your blog! Thank you for all that you share which inspires my everyday living. -Joyce Andrews

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  • Reply Jennifer Allison June 30, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    1st postcard, 1st postcard…hmmm…well..it all depends on what photos I choose, but let's go with Gramma…because Grammas need more mailbox love, am I right?

  • Reply Tracey ~ Clover June 30, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    My first post card will go to my youngest sister, my best friend.

  • Reply poisonwood June 30, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    brookebarrington@gmail.com. My first postcard would go to my sister in France.

  • Reply Sophia moreno-bunge June 30, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I love this! My email is sophiambunge@gmail.com and my first postcard will go to my dear grandma!

  • Reply Neurotic Workaholic July 1, 2014 at 12:19 am

    An old friend from college will get my first postcard. And I love your postcards! What a neat idea!

  • Reply Allison July 1, 2014 at 12:49 am

    My favorite pen pal. We've mailed letters to each other all over the world. This one would be from Kentucky to Cork, Ireland.

  • Reply Marlena July 1, 2014 at 1:12 am

    My dearest friend. We both moved back home after graduation and after a year being back in our hometown we went on a road trip before parting ways and finding new jobs in different locations. I'd send a postcard to him congratulating him on his incredible new job and to just say hi!

  • Reply Amanda July 1, 2014 at 2:09 am

    I've heard a lot about this company lately and I like what I see! I'd send a postcard to my grandmother 🙂

  • Reply Katie Stookesberry July 1, 2014 at 2:19 am

    My boyfriend/roommate/partner, Andrew, while I'm on a 2 week business trip in Napa Balley, CA this summer!

  • Reply Kate July 1, 2014 at 2:40 am

    My best friend and I have been pen pals for almost two years now, so I would love to send her some personalized postcards!

  • Reply Julia July 1, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I'm moving to Portland, Oregon soon and I would use these postcards to keep in touch with my pals!

  • Reply JB July 1, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Mom (now Grandma) ALWAYS gets the first card. Always.

  • Reply Lexie July 1, 2014 at 6:26 am

    My dearest friend has just been helping myself and my family through a very tough time. She never hesitated and does so with grace. She does for others all the time so I would do this for her of photos of all the good times we have had this year as a thank you. She is the best person I know and all my family is dead so she would be the person I would choose.
    I will not publish my personal emails but can email it to you personally.

    • Reply Erin July 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Lexie: No need to publish your email in the comment, but if you'd like to enter you can enter it in the field above or send an email to the address: help@artifactuprising.com with the subject line, "Official Promotion Entry," and include your full legal name and email address (details in the official rules above!).

  • Reply Wendy @ Simplicity Breeds Happiness July 1, 2014 at 6:52 am

    My grandmother-in-law would get my first card. She used to live nearby, but got married and moved away almost 2 years ago.

  • Reply Rebecca July 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Four years ago I studied abroad in New Zealand and, because of the time difference, it was easier to write a letter than schedule a phone call. It was a habit that a friend that I met there and I kept up–she is the only one I really keep in touch with, despite the advertised ease of keeping up via social media. This friend always gets the first card, and the prettiest stationary.

  • Reply amiechristo July 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    I would probably send my first postcard to my family back home. Or else, if I'm back home at the time, to my best friend in England. 🙂

  • Reply Lindsay Horan July 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I just want to send these to everyone I know! 🙂 I'd send the first one to my sister, who has been relocated to South Carolina and is having a tough time being a first time aunt from so far away.

  • Reply Nicole July 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    So sweet! I love this idea! We are expecting this fall so inevitably they will be used for sending baby photos and thank you notes!

  • Reply Heather July 1, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    My first postcard would go to my friend Brooke. Thanks for the intro to Artifact Uprising!

  • Reply Sarah Los July 1, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Both of my Grandmas!

  • Reply eggplantandolive July 1, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    My best friend, Kari! We love sending each other cards/notes!

  • Reply Natalie Z. July 1, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    My grandma Zofia in Poland!

  • Reply Linds July 1, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    My brother! I just sent him 29 postcards for his 29th birthday!

  • Reply Ruby July 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    My mother will receive the first postcard – announcing our happy my husband and I are to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary!

  • Reply wanda July 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    inspired to send a note to my daughter and women in my life who are always there…thanks for sharing news of this wonderful company.

  • Reply e.t.t. July 1, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    My dearest friend, Kathryn. She lives on the East Coast, I live on the West Coast. We've been pen pals for many years now, and a great picture postcard is just the thing to re-engerize one of my favorite monthly treats!

  • Reply LL July 1, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    my sisters

  • Reply Lucia July 1, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    My Granny. Nary a week goes by that I don't find a note from her tucked in my college mailbox. Her snail mail slows me down, even in the flurry of final exams.

  • Reply Jessica July 2, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I got married on Saturday, so I'd love to use these for thank you notes to my guests!

  • Reply elizabeth July 2, 2014 at 3:50 am

    my grandma – who is 95! and would love another pic of her great grand kiddos.
    and my hubby – who will be working far away for the month of july.

  • Reply cherre henderson July 2, 2014 at 5:23 am

    My dear friend Edna in New Mexico. We share photos by snail mail. She is in her early 80's and does not use a computer. I would love to send her a postcard of my family! 😉

  • Reply sarahbetania July 2, 2014 at 6:54 am

    I would send one to my mum who lives half-way across the world from me. She was just in a big car wreck and could use some love and encouragement.

  • Reply JM July 2, 2014 at 11:26 am

    My first postcard would go to my grandmother!

  • Reply Sonia July 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    My aunt and uncle, who have been swamped looking after their parents and could use a little extra love.

  • Reply Roxanne July 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Lovely! I would send my first postcard to my sister, who just moved across the country and could use a little snail mail in her brand new mailbox! xo

  • Reply Jenny Stalker July 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    These are adorable! I just had a baby in March and my best friend had twins the day after…the first postcard would go to her! 🙂

  • Reply lina July 2, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    i would probably send my first postcard to my boyfriend : ) (long distance relationships are tough sometimes!)

  • Reply Nadine Diamante July 3, 2014 at 1:34 am

    My high school friend who moved to the US! She won't be back in the Philippines in the next six years! 🙁

  • Reply jodi July 3, 2014 at 7:04 am

    My mother-in-law. She just moved into an assisted living apartment and could use a bit of encouragement!

  • Reply sweet harvest moon July 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    A good friend of mine is moving and I would love to send her a postcard!

  • Reply Liz Grogan July 3, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    My dear mum who has a fan wall of her grandchildren on her fridge. She tells me she needs a recent photo of one of mine, this would be it!!

  • Reply Christy K July 4, 2014 at 4:54 am

    My dad!! I took days off last month to go see him in California and I miss him already.

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