Once upon a time, the only way to make your own postage stamp was to be the sovereign ruler of a country. Thankfully, times have changed. It is easy, and lots of fun, to make one yourself using resources you’ll find online, and include any personal photo or image you like.

Those by PhotoStamps.com have a million uses and are only limited by your creativity.

Some people still find it hard to believe that you can really make your own legitimate versions, including a personal picture of anything you choose — even you! I have to admit, the first time I received a letter with one on the front, I thought it was a joke!

But be assured, it’s no joke. You can really do it yourself and legally use it to send letters and cards through the mail. The U.S. Postal Service began the program back in the early 1990s. The program was an immediate success, and prompted them to expand the concept, and partner with several different printing companies to produce them.

These days a quick search online will reveal nearly a dozen USPS partner companies that will allow you to create your own. Obviously, the most popular type is the custom photo stamp. After all, who can resist seeing their own face on the front of an envelope?

But you don’t have to use your own picture necessarily; you could include a picture of the family pet, a birthday boy or girl, a wedding photo, or even a picture of the family’s new home. Think how excited your friends and relatives will be when receiving a letter with something like this.

This brings me to an important point. Although you can make your own for the sheer enjoyment of it, it’s also a brilliant project as a gift for someone you love. How about including an image of the grandkids to make a beautiful personal gift for Grandma or Grandpa?

” To print these, you must use a company that is licensed by the United States Postal Service. One such company is PhotoStamps.com

The ideas are nearly endless, and you are allowed to use any photo or image that you hold the rights. The only exceptions to this rule are a few common sense limitations. For example, you are not allowed to use any obscene or profane images.

Additionally, you are not allowed to use any racist or political messages. In short, anything that is controversial and could provoke public outrage. Other than these basic commonsense rules, you are free to use any photo at all.

But in order to be able to use a picture, you must first have the photo in a digital format that can be uploaded online. This is usually not a problem, as most people now use digital cameras that allow you to transfer photographs to your computer by simply connecting a USB cable.

Once your photograph is in a digital format, you simply upload it to the web site, and then you will be presented with a series of editing options on how you would like to use the photograph. It’s really that easy to make your own postage stamp, and it is loads of fun to get the kids, or even the whole family involved in the project.

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