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✍ Snail Mail: Collaborative Food Zine #1

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✍ Snail Mail: Collaborative Food Zine #1
Swap Coordinator:sugaraddict (contact)
Swap categories: Food  Themed  Zines 
Number of people in swap:4
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:August 10, 2013
Date items must be sent by:August 20, 2013
Number of swap partners:1

I've been a zine fan for quite awhile now.. But recently I've been thinking about how awesome it would be to create a collaborative zine!

Whether you're a zine newbie, or a veteran zinester, I believe this swap will be both fun & challenging! :D


  • STEP 1: Each swapper will contribute a page to the zine.
  • STEP 2: You can create your page about ANYTHING FOOD RELATED! (See suggestions below)
  • STEP 3: Mail a copy of your page to your assigned partner, AND to me
  • STEP 4: I will collate everyone's submission & hand-bind them into our very first group zine!!
  • STEP 5: A copy of the compiled zine will be mailed to all swappers, along with a surprise snack


  • Each swapper must design & contribute two A5 pages
  • All submissions should be on 1 sheet of A4 paper (landscape), folded in half to make the 2 pages
  • The A4 sheet can comprise of many small articles, or even 1 big article
  • The style, layout, colour/b&w, and content of the page is entirely at your creative discretion
  • Remember to write your name/username somewhere on your zine page, so that we know who contributed the page! :)


Some possible topics for your page include (but are not limited to):
* Recipes
* About an ingredient
* Fridge/pantry essentials
* Food related travel adventures
* Cookbook review
* A trip to your local farm/farmers market
* Tutorial on a cooking/baking skill
* Packing a healthy lunch
* Kid-friendly snacks/meals
* Food cartoons
* A food exposé
* 10 essentials for a perfect.. picnic/BBQ/summer/brunch/happy hour
* Best songs to listen to while cooking/baking/dancing in the kitchen


What is a zine?
A zine (pronounced “zeen,” like “magazine”) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines come in all shapes, sizes, topics, and formats. Most zines are photocopied, but they can also be printed offset, like a magazine or newspaper. Zines range from handwritten and sloppy to cut-and-paste (text pasted on top of background images) to artsy with handmade touches to produced on a computer with a professional looking layout. Zines may incorporate screenprinting, linoleum cuts, and hand-stitched bindings. Most zines have print runs of a couple dozen to a few hundred copies.

In a zine, you might find typos, improper grammar, and brilliant or radical or just plain honest ideas that you don’t normally see in Time, Newsweek, or People. A zine can be about whatever subject its creator decides upon, or it may contain a variety of subjects and writing styles within the same issue. Zines can include personal essays, political discussions, fiction, craft or do-it-yourself advice, articles about music or movies, comics, poetry, reviews – anything under the sun, really. Zines are personal and idiosyncratic. The best thing about zines is this: There are no rules.

Zine styles: Illustrated | Illustrated 2 | Cut + paste | Photography, cut + paste | Handwritten | Handdrawn + typed | Handdrawn + typed 2 | Computer made

* You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are!


* I will be checking all profiles before assigning partners, and reserve the right to block any group members that have overdue swaps on their dashboards and/or looks suspicious
* If you get delayed sending out the swap, please be responsible and communicate with your partner & me, and inform us ahead of time

You're all voices worth hearing, and I really hope you participate in this collaboration!


Bloempje666 07/30/2013 #

A question: "Mail a copy of your page to your assigned partner, AND to me" So you keep the origional yourself?

And isn't it easier to email the copy? (or am I spoiling the whole idea now?)

Sorry but I'm totally new to Zine making :) But it seems to me like a verry funny swap! I'm in anyway! :D

-starts to crack her brain what to make of the zine pages-

sugaraddict 08/ 5/2013 #

@Bloempje666 lol! I was pondering the same question when i created this swap. But i decided not to have the email option coz I wasn't sure if everyone had a scanner to scan in their page.

So for this swap, you'll have to make a photocopy of your zine page, and send a copy each to your partner & myself. The original zine page will remain with you :D

I've honestly not seen any other collaborative zine swaps here on swap-bot, so i kinda had to make up my own rules ;) So for everyone that's in this swap, please feel free to share your opinions if you have other suggestions yea :D

RabbitHeart 08/ 6/2013 #

@sugaraddict I'm thinking of joining the swap, but wanted to ask first: you say that "All submissions should be on 1 sheet of A4 paper (landscape), folded in half to make the 2 pages" - does this mean that I fold the A4 sheet in half and decorate all four pages of the "booklet"? Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm not sure :D

sugaraddict 08/12/2013 #

@RabbitHeart I'm SO sorry that I missed your question! I've been out of town for the last week.. Maybe I'll host a part 2 for this swap soon and you'll be able to join us :) As for your question, yes you fold the A4 sheet in half, BUT you only need to decorate one side of the paper (i.e. 2 pages)..

Moominbrooke 08/12/2013 #

Color or Black and White?

sugaraddict 08/15/2013 #

@Moominbrooke > that's up to you babe :) either is fine!

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So if we ssend you a coy, what's you're address?

Moominbrooke 08/21/2013 #

...if we are to send you a copy, what is your address? (ugh! morning eyes!)

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