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Swap Coordinator:iLoveMail (contact)
Swap categories: Accessories  Boxes  Card Making 
Number of people in swap:15
Location:Regional - USA Only
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:June 7, 2010
Date items must be sent by:July 6, 2010
Number of swap partners:1

~This is the USA Only version of this swap. All non-US members, please check out my international version here:


~ Thanks to @WonderMama for allowing me to host a similar version of her fun swap! ~

I love swaps that include sending (& receiving) a little bit of everything, so this is a CRAFTY-SCAVENGER-HUNT sort of swap!

Here's a list of what to send. I tried to list many different items so we can all receive a variety. If anyone has other ideas for a letter, leave it in the comments section and I'll consider adding it. You don't have to send more than 1 item from each letter, unless its small like brads, buttons, chipboard, die cuts, etc. For ribbon or lace, 12" or longer.

A - adhesive (not a glue stick) OR alphabet sticker sheet OR address labels sheet (personalized for your partner) OR altered card/box/tin/journal

B - box template OR buttons (10+) OR bookmark (made or bought, but not a free one) OR beads (25 or more, all different or different but coordinating)

C - chipboard (8 pieces) OR card stock sticker sheet OR container for supplies, pens, etc.

D - deco tape OR die cuts (10) OR decorated journal/notebook

E - embossing powder OR ephemera (at least 10 pieces) OR envelope template OR an Etsy Favorite (your partner's)

F - felt embellishments (5 or more) OR fabric (fat quarter, noodle or several scraps) OR foreign book pages (2 or more) OR something profile-related that starts with the letter "F" OR Fimo (clay)

G - glitter ("bling") OR glue gun sticks (3 or more) OR Gelly Roll pen

H - handmade envelopes (2 or more) OR hand-stamped card, ATC OR handmade item

I - ink pad OR something with your partner's Initial on it OR inchie supplies (blank inchies & small items to embellish them)

J - journaling prompts (12 or more, neatly written or typed) OR a blank journal OR a jar for whimsy (empty)

K - kit - to make a card or something OR Kawaii item OR "kitschy" item ($5 or less)

L - lace OR letter paper - 5 sheets, matching or random

M - metal embellishments (5) OR map (ephemera) OR mail art supplies (envies, paper pieces, stamps, etc.)

N - new postcards (2 or more, can be vintage if your partner likes them) OR new (un-opened) craft tool OR notebook for keeping track of swaps

O - origami paper (5 pieces or more) OR original craft item, made by you

P - pen (Sharpie, any color) OR profile-based surprise OR personalized swap cards (at least 10)

Q - quotes OR questions for journaling (10 or more, creatively written or typed) OR quilling paper OR quilling tool

R - rub-ons (10) OR rubber stamp (mounted or not) OR ribbon OR ric-rac

S - stationery set (4 sheets + envies) OR stamps (unused postage if within the same country - 5 stamps) OR stencils (1 larger or 3 smaller)

T - tin (an empty one for altering) OR tags (at least 4) OR textured paper (5 sheets, at least 4x6" each)

U - unique embellishments (5 or more, not stickers) OR used stamps (10)

V - vintage item OR vintage-looking item (can be a new item that's altered or "aged" in some way)

W - wax seals (sealing wax) OR small whimsy jar (with whimsy!) OR white gel/paint pen

X - x-tra item from your partner's profile or wish list, NOT LISTED HERE - use your imagination!

Y - your favorite craft item OR tool (less than $5)

Z - zentangle (4"x4" min.) OR magaZine (a new or vintage) OR a mini-zine (handmade) OR something from a magazine, related to your partner's profile. This could be a craft how-to that they would want to try, a template, an article about one of their interests, or even some vintage pages for collage, etc.

DON'T FORGET to include a list of what letter each item represents, as well as your name, Swap-bot name & the name of the swap.

You'll have 4 weeks to put this swap together. PLEASE READ you partner's profile & DON'T send anything they specifically don't like or want. I want this to be a fun, creative & fabulous swap, so send items in new condition (unless vintage) that you think your partner would love to receive!

It doesn't have to cost a lot of money, but do put some effort into it. You don't have to put everything into one container like a "lucky parcel", but BE CREATIVE when packing it for sending. For example, you can put items inside of the "J" jar or "T" tin to save space. If you're sending "F" fabric, wrap it around another item; and you can put all flat items within the pages of "J" journal or "Z" zine.

Since this swap will require some time & creativity, you MUST have:

  • a 5.0 rating, or PM me & I'll approve on a case-by-case basis

  • a completely filled-out profile

  • at least 15 package swaps (type-3) completed by the sign-up deadline

I will check all participants again before assigning partners and reserve the right to ban any questionable swappers. Please PM me with any questions.

If your partner sends an item from every letter on the list and the required info and has made an obvious effort, please give them a "5", even if you don't love everything they sent. (This does not mean you can choose other items to add that are not listed here.) As long as it appears they FOLLOWED & paid attention to your profile, and didn't send junk, they deserve a 5!

I'm looking forward to sending & receiving this swap :) Have fun!!!


queenelisheba 05/27/2010 #

G - gelly roll pens - 2?

MisfitScrapper 05/27/2010 #

Im so excited!! Getting my A-Z list filled out already! Gonna need a bigger box...lololoo...What a fantastic idea:)))!! Thanks for offering such a creative swap! This is awesome! Thanks for the invite, you rock!

mildred 05/27/2010 #

can we pick differnt things for the letters or do wwe have to use the ones you say

queenelisheba 05/29/2010 #

awww. darn...i'm not going to get 6 type 3 swaps before the start date ;( i'll have to remove myself from the participants.

starrgazer 05/30/2010 #

I want to do this one as well, but I am not sure I am going to get up to 15 in time.

iLoveMail 05/30/2010 #

Thanks @queenelisheba - Gelly Roll pen added for "G"

Thanks @MisfitScrapper !! I'm excited too & have been wanting to have this kind of swap for a while :) Just make sure to check your partner's profile, once assigned, for any dislikes :-}

@mildred - you have to send one of the items listed :) Feel free to suggest other items & I'll consider adding.

@queenelisheba & @starrgazer - stay in or go ahead & sign-up & I'll check your profiles again before assigning partners and then decide :)

Mom2Alex2008 05/30/2010 #

@ Ilovemail - Please consider the following; friendship book, sticker bag, label bag, deco, X-slip, FB game, Lyrix, Slam, Quotz, Notepad, Diddle, Hello Kitty, postcard, stamp bag, goodie bag, Poem, Playing Cards, Uno cards, Pooh, Magnetic, fss (any friendship item as a sheet, chalk, samples, envelopes (5 handmade), steampunk supplies, mascara, lipstick, lipstain, lip gloss, lip balm, stencil, lisafrank, blank friendship books or bags (10), pez, taffy, pads of paper, Angels, jars, bottles, candy

OK... sorry I can go on and on here

iLoveMail 05/30/2010 #

Thanks for your suggestions @Mom2Alex2008 . Postcards, envelopes & jars are listed :) There's also a profile surprise choice under "P" so if your partner has any of that in his/her wishlist, feel free! I don't want this to be a "bag" swap, or a bath & body product swap or a candy swap. I think there are plenty of other swaps like that around. Its supposed to be more of a creative/variety craft swap. Hope you'll still want to join!

starrgazer 05/31/2010 #

Any other ideas for F? I am stuck on that one. Could it be a "freebie?" Sender's choice? Or something that we got for free in a swap?

iLoveMail 06/ 1/2010 #

New "F"added. Hope it helps @starrgazer Thanks for joining :)

Just a reminder to all who join - though its sender's choice from the items listed, this swap is meant to be profile-related based on your partner. Its great to get started gathering items, but PLEASE check your partner's profile once assigned for any dislikes/don't send items. Thanks so much :)

starrgazer 06/ 1/2010 #

@iLoveMail I have just been checking to see what I have on hand to complete the swap. I have not moved forward on collecting as partners have not yet been assigned (and I don't know if I will make the cut!)

I actually enjoy reading profiles and seeing how I can personalize my packages to my partners. That is part of the fun of swapping for me. :)

RE: "F" I just don't do fabric projects, don't have or know where to get felt embellishments and don't have foreign books on hand (yet) so thanks for allowing some more room for creativity!

Really looking forward to this one!

mildred 06/ 1/2010 #

i have no idea what the things for z are

BarkleysMommy 06/ 1/2010 #

I agree that we need to add to "Z". Might we be able to add "zippers", "zoo themed embellishments/stickers" or "zany profile surprise"? This would really help me in this exciting scavenger hunt :-)

iLoveMail 06/ 2/2010 #

@mildred & @BarkleysMommy - one of the "Z" items is a magazine :) but to make it a little easier, I added a couple of things. Also, just Google "zentangle" and you can see some examples. I'm new to them to, but they're really easy, creative & fun!

melzenitram 06/ 3/2010 #


junieandj 06/ 4/2010 #

For f---- family, furry, fall, flower, funny, foreign, fuchsia , futuristic, food, fantasy, fairy tale, friend themed embellishments foreign-food (ie restaurant coasters) ephemera Fimo- aka polymer clay

do we have to stay to what's listed for each letter for consistency, or can we be a little creative with letters?

iLoveMail 06/ 5/2010 #

I tried to give a few different ideas for each letter, so please go by the list if you join :) I will add Fimo for "F" - thanks for the idea, @junieandj

Also - I've extended the sign-up date to Monday, June 7th. Come on watchers, and get in on the fun!!

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