Here we go again with this fun, USA only, Senders choice swap!! You will have 2 partners and to join, please have completed and been rated for at least 10 swaps, maintain a 4.98 rating and have no unexplained/unresolved 1's or 3's that are given within the last 6 months. This is a fairly involved, increased postage swap so I classify it as a 3 & I reserve the right to ban any user from this swap, for any reason, and without explanation. If you join and complete your swap, you will get two 5 ratings. Hearts are given at the receivers discretion, but do NOT rate down if you are not pleased with the contents of your kits. If they met requirements (at least 8 different types of stationery/pen pal items in a closeable box/pouch) you must rate a 5.
Now, let's get to the nitty gritty! You will get to go on a $10 shopping spree at your favorite Dollar Tree, dollar store or dollar spots (no one item can cost more than one dollar & spend only $10.00 total) to create 2 pen pal kits with your haul. This is a senders choice swap so as soon as you hit that join button, you can go shopping!
Your kits should have a box or pouch of some sort, either a pencil case or closeable file or large pencil pouch - something cute to contain your kit contents. You could also use an Expandable file for your pouch. (I have seen 2 packs of these as well) . If you choose, you may create a handmade pouch, but please use the whole budget to then fill your handmade pouch. If you purchase your pouches, please use the remainder of your $10.00 budget. Now, When you get to your favorite dollar spot, you get to buy at least 8 different types of multi packs of different stationery items such as:
colored binder refill paper
mini-envies & coin envies
tiny paper bags
bling (like mini tassels, charms and such)
Cute pencil sharpeners (I have seen 2 packs of piggies and owls!)
Decorative "list" magnets
mini note books
mini gelli pens
rubber stamps (some I have seen at Michael's and AC Moore are a buck and have 2 or 3 -sometimes even 4 stamps in 'em).
Anything stationery or pen pal related goes and items do NOT have to coordinate. You may take envelope multi packs, matching envelope/stationery kits, paper packs, file folders, larger list pads or memo pads and split one pk between the 2 kits, but no more than one of that type of package divide. (Example- This means you cant buy 2 packages of different designed note cards -, divide them both, and then count them BOTH as one item each.) Also, if you plan on sending paper, please send FLAT, so your box/pouch must be large enough to contain the size paper you choose. Please keep in mind - everything for your kits need to fit in the pouches!
Now, when you get home with your loot, sit down and divide up all the multi packs between your 2 partners. Split them as evenly as possible, so that every bit of what you bought goes into your kits. When they are packed up, there should be at least 8 different types of items within the pouch. You can feel free to add more to your kits, but that is completely up to you. Don't forget to put a little note inside and include the swap name and your swap-bot id so you get properly rated. Maybe even include an address label or 2 if you want to, but that is NOT a requirement. Please also repackage small items such as stickers/labels, clips or multiple erasers so they are not floating around loose in the pouch and potentially causing damage in shipping.
Make sure all your items get packed nicely in your pouch and then mail it securely and on time, please.
When you get your swaps in the mail, please rate promptly, and give a 5 if the swap meets the requirements. If you like to Instagram, post your outgoing and incoming kits with the hashtag #heresmypenpalkit.
Need some inspiration? Here is a cool blog post you can read and this is just a little pen pal kit video that will give you some cute repackaging ideas.
LET'S DO THIS! <3