If you love iPhone photo apps as much as I do, then you're gonna dig my latest find!
Postagram is a free app that links to your Instagram account and sends a postcard of your Instagram pic anywhere in the world in 2 - 5 days for just 99 cents.
Just choose an Instagram pic...
...and add a message, up to 140 characters. The default is what you uploaded with your Instagram pic, but you can edit it to fit the recipient, or delete it altogether if you'd like.
The Postagram arrives as a laminated, glossy postcard, white on the address side, black on the photo side, with your Instagram avatar in the upper corner. I found them to be rather fingerprint-y, particularly on the black side, but they do wipe clean nicely. The photo itself is 3x3, and is perforated to pop out of the card.
(images courtesy of Postagram)
It's a great way to send an inexpensive memento of a fun day, or a personalized hello to a far-away friend or relative. You could literally send photo thank you notes from a birthday party as the presents were being opened!
Aside from the picture-sharing possibilities, Postagram is a fantastic way to use those sometimes-less-than-stellar phone pics in your scrapbooking. Add an Instagram filter, and a so-so pic becomes artistic and cool. Send a Postagram to yourself, and you've got an artistic and cool 3x3 print to scrapbook, with the snippet of journaling you composed in the moment right there for reference.
(my actual Postagrams)
Postagrams are printed on specialty cardstock at 300 dpi with an HP Indigo inkjet printer, so if you're worried about archival quality, these should measure up. HP Indigo has a display permanence rating of 45 years, and an album/dark storage rating of greater than 100 years.
I love the way technology just keeps making it easier and easier to capture memories wherever, whenever!