Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2020 5:25 pm

Open When......Letters

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Open When......Letters
Swap Coordinator:Soapboxgirl (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Letters & Writing  Newbie 
Number of people in swap:6
Location:Regional - United States
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.98 (unrated swappers allowed)
Last day to signup/drop:July 8, 2019
Date items must be sent by:August 19, 2019
Number of swap partners:1

I feel we all have days when an "open when" letter could really come in handy. Be it a happy day, a sad day, a need a lift day, or anything else, we all want to know that someone is thinking of us and cares. I came across this idea while on pinterest and it sparked my interest. Then shutterfly had a great way to get started. So here I am with this swap for anyone who would like to to create some "open when" letters.


The first letter for your "open when" is the very first letter they’ll open, so you’ll want to make sure it also includes the rules for the rest of your letters. The link above has a great set of "rules" but feel free to modify yours to fit what you want your partner to do. Some of the rules are: No Peeking, No Sharing with others, Keep the Letters, Only Open when it says....just for a few examples.

Now for the rest of the letters. I feel a minimum of 10 plus your Rules letter should be a good start. These can be any size from mini envies up to large envies. The shutterfly site has great ideas on what to put in your letters and links to follow. Or if you are really creative you can come up with your own. Feel free to share a thought or personal message inside the envelope to inspire your partner. Add pics, tags, a card, a book page or magazine clippings, stickers with a saying, a postcard, seeds, a press flower....the ideas are endless. Be sure to put these items inside your envelope based on the "open when" theme on the envelope....think about what you would want someone to do for you.

Here are some ideas for "open when"....

Open When It Rains Open When You Have a Rough Day at Work Open When You’re Disappointed Open When You Can’t Stay Focused Open When You Feel Lonely Open When You Doubt Yourself Open When You’re Having a Lazy Sunday Open When You Want to Cry Open On Your Birthday Open On My Birthday Open On Our Anniversary Open After We’ve Said Goodbye Open After The First Day Open After The First Week Open After The First Month Open On The Last Day Open When You Need a Hug Open When You Can’t Sleep Open When It’s (Holiday) Open When You’re Bored Open When You Find Something that Reminds You of Me Open When You've Had a Fight Open When You’re Sick Open When You’re Homesick

Here are free printables https://fantabulosity.com/open-when-letters-ideas/ I'm sure there's many more sites out there. Get creative!

Recap: Make 11 envelopes with "open when" on the outside in any size

Make one envelope for Rules and clearly mark "open when you get this" and put the Rules in this envelope that you would like your partner to follow for your "open when" envelopes

Take the other 10 envelopes and pick "open when" themes and put in letters, pictures, quotes, magazine clippings, trinkets, anything that goes with the theme. Include a little note or tag if adding something that needs an explanation.

Place all of your "open when" envelopes in one large envelope or small box

Place your name and swap name either on the "open when" envies or on the mailing envelope or box or on a card inside. Otherwise you may not receive credit for all your effort.

Mail your package to your partner

It's that simple!

I check profiles and will ban those I think will not follow through with this swap. I will angel but need to be contacted if you don't receive anything from your parnter. Newbies are always welcome with a well filled out profile.

Any questions please ask. If you have more ideas, please share them in the comments below! Thanks and Happy Swapping!!

Mail in one envelope to your partner


GabySkye 06/15/2019 #

Thank you so much for putting this together. Writing letters is my favorite and I can wait to get started. :)

EccentricNincompoop 06/20/2019 #

The last swap like this was pretty awesome. I got an amazing envelope from my partner and still have letters to open!!

BusyBeeFamily 07/ 3/2019 #

I might include some fun ideas like Open When it’s talk like a pirate day or Open When you are excited for Halloween but it’s not quite here yet.

Soapboxgirl 07/11/2019 #

I love all the ideas!! May need to do this again closer to the holidays!

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