|Swap Coordinator:||kim6erly (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Paper Goods Ephemera|
|Number of people in swap:||18|
|Type:||Type 3: Package or craft|
|Last day to signup/drop:||December 31, 2012|
|Date items must be sent by:||January 15, 2013|
|Number of swap partners:||1|
12/9/12 - Edited
I've changed the "rules" on folding - and the minimum number of required pieces.
This swap is a bit more intensive than your regular package type of swap. You will send a collection of ephemera (details/specifics below) to one partner. A collection of found pieces of beautiful paper that can be used in collages, bookmaking, cards, box making, and other art work. Absolutely NO scrapbook paper, or what is otherwise known as designer paper.
What can be swapped? Any beautiful flat paper item you have found that was never meant to be kept, such as:
Pieces of used gift wrap (may show signs of use), Magazine illustration, Colorful tickets, Interesting used envelopes & stamps, Advertisements, Calendar pictures, Beautiful can/food labels (please remove carefully), Greeting cards, Colorful & well illustrated brochures, Packaging (this may show signs of use, i.e. folds & wrinkles), Unique newspaper clipping (non-English), Posters, Empty seed packets, Valentines, Sheet music, Unique and/or beautiful advertisements, Take out menus, Transportation labels, Hand decorated papers & drawn illustrations, Colorful & interesting labels, Theme park/zoo maps (or any map), And anything else that you find beautiful, wonderful and/or unique - look at the colors, patterns, pictures, lettering, etc.
Basically it is anything that is paper and was never meant to be saved or kept for a long period of time. It must have some interest and beauty to it. This is a swap that takes some time and thought. It is meant to have some consideration put into the pieces you choose to send. Don't just send any greeting card or label because you can check it off the above list. Make sure there is some visual interest to the item. No one, absolutely no one, wants someone's paper garbage. And for those who receive, please take into consideration that someone else's idea of beauty may not be the same as yours. Take time to go through your ephemera stash and find what is unique and attractive in it. You may find it more appealing than your first impression.
Religious items are acceptable, please understand though it is the beauty recipients are looking for - not a conversion. Please keep religious items to a minimum of 2-3, and understand it may not be compatible with your own beliefs.
Vintage items are a plus but not required. Consider a heart for any partner that sends you true vintage items.
No more than 2 items from each category. You may expand on the categories above, as long as it fits the definition of ephemera (1. Things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time. 2. Items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity.) and the requirements listed in this swap.
Folded, or creased, ephemera is acceptable but please do not create additional folds or creases when trying to mail. So, please note I have changed this rule to folds/creases are allowed.
Pieces need not be larger than 11 x 17 inches (28cm x 44cm) or smaller than 3 x 5 inches (7.5cm x 13cm). Please do not send all small pieces or all large sized pieces. A good mix of sizes is requested. A minimum of twenty-five pieces must be sent with no more than one set of duplicates. You may send more than 25 pieces at your own discretion. The package should weigh no more than a pound (or half a kilogram) - it will likely weigh less than this, but I wanted to add an upper limit.
Okay, the small print. This is an international swap, please anticipate sending overseas and the costs that might entail. No newbies, sorry. You must have a rating of 4.8 or higher and no recent threes or ones. I will check all participants before assigning partners. If I find that you do not meet requirement and/or you have not signed in to swap-bot more than a month prior to partner assignment you will be removed from this swap. I want this to be a positive experience for all who join and will do my best to eliminate potential flakers.
If you sign up, put in the comments what you plan to, or might, use the ephemera for. It might help your swap partner when selecting papers to send. Ultimately, it is sender's discretion and recipients should not rate on whether it met their like list - or not.
I reserve the right to modify this swap any time up until partners are assigned. Please check back prior to the swap close date to see if any changes were made, and remove yourself if you no longer wish to participate. I do not anticipate any major changes.
I've put this up in early September and I hope to give everyone time between now and January to collect plenty of unique and beautiful ephemera. Hope you can join us!
ADDITIONAL EDIT: If you have some really cool small items, such as stamps or small candy wrappers, you may swap ONE OR TWO 3 x 5 items (or larger) for a similar accumulated amount of small items. What I mean by that, is all the small items must add up to one or two 3 x 5 item or larger. You can only do this once. Any questions, please leave it in the comments or message me. I try to check at least once a week.
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