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February Love Matchbox Swap

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February Love Matchbox Swap
Swap Coordinator:racheljohnson (contact)
Swap categories: Boxes  Seasonal 
Number of people in swap:91
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:January 20, 2008
Date items must be sent by:February 1, 2008
Number of swap partners:1

Valentine's day is my favorite holiday and my birthday is in February, so I just had to host a February matchbox swap!

the simple guidelines:

For this easy, fun times, international matchbox swap we will each have just one partner. You will make your partner one love, Valentine's day, or February themed matchbox - the small 32-count size. (What is February themed? I guess it could be many things: President's Day, MLK Jr Day, Black History Month.... you can be creative!) I use this template to make my matchboxes out of cardstock, but most swappers decorate real, empty matchboxes.

You also need to fill your matchbox with similarly themed goodies. I like filling my boxes with stickers, ribbon, brads, buttons, beads, and other little embellishments. Anything goes, but make sure you send something you would love to receive.

You aren't required to send extras for this swap, but remember to include your name, your swap-bot username, and your email address in your package.

rating requirements:

This swap is international. Everyone must have over a 4.7 rating to participate with very, very few no sends. If you don't meet these requirements, message me and we can probably work something out. New users are welcome, but I must ban anyone who looks fishy. (A filled out profile is required) It is a harsh world out there and I want to keep my matchbox swappers safe!

let's swap:

Remember that you can get a love, Valentine's Day, or February-themed matchbox in this swap. If you don't like any of those things, this probably isn't the swap for you. Let's have fun!



MsCraftALot 12/16/2007 #

can I join. I'm a newbie, not rating yet... but I really want to give this craft swap a go!

eda 12/17/2007 #

can I join.....I am a newbie, too with no rating...but I really would like to do this valentine matchbox trade.... thanks, eda!

rubberstampcollector 12/17/2007 #

I am a newbie too but would love to give this swap a try. Thanks

RachelB 12/26/2007 #

The template comes out much bigger than your bog-standard matchbox so I am unsure what to do about it - I think the little boxes might be a bit too little ....

Would love to join though

RachelB 12/30/2007 #

I am a total newbie, never done anything like this before. I downloaded a template (not the one above, it wouldnt load for some reason) but its more square than matchbox size but I bought a regular box and its bigger than that sooooo ... I hope the fact its not a regular shape wont matter (can you tell I am nervous about this swap???)

RachelB 12/30/2007 #


You GOTTA see this!!!! Should give you some ideas of themes!

annelibabe 01/ 2/2008 #

Hello - I'm a newbie - I've filled out my profile - hope i can join in, ive signed up if thats alright?? Love this one!!

annelibabe 01/ 2/2008 #

I've made mine already - couldn't help myself!!

racheljohnson 01/ 4/2008 #

Hi all,

I am sorry that I have been a bit absent over the holiday season... I am now back and ready to be a good coordinator!

RachelB - I use the template I link to above as a guide. I don't actually print it out. I just use it to make my measurements. The matchboxes usually turn out slightly larger/roomier than real matchboxes. You can adjust the measurements however you would like, though.

All newbies - I will be checking profiles and sending you a message about the swap this weekend. Basically, you are all welcome as long as your profile is filled out well and you are committed to sending your lovely February matchbox.

I am excited for this swap! I think I am going to make some matchboxes this weekend. (btw: I will angel for this swap... however, flaking on my swap is a very bad idea!)

xoxo, rachel

earthnk 01/ 7/2008 #

February is my birthday month(the 23rd), so I gotta make a matchbox to celebrate it, right!

Let me eat cake...

Oh wait I think the line goes "Let THEM eat cake!

I'm in....

kittycake4u 01/ 9/2008 #

I wish the 20th would get here so we can get our partners, but matchbox is complete and ready for the post, lol.

racheljohnson 01/10/2008 #

I can't believe this swap is already at #3 on the Top Swaps! Thanks for joining, everyone.

I will be contacting more new users again this weekend, and I will also start banning people who do not meet the requirements.

I can't wait to start swapping!

xoxo, Rachel

anwyn 01/16/2008 #

this looks like a great swap as a feb birthday i feel i must join am a newbie though hope my profile has been filled out sufficiently?!?! will join though. Alex

racheljohnson 01/19/2008 #

Hi all,

It is getting close to the deadline! I have contacted many of the new users and asked them to fill out their profiles, if needed. I will be double checking over everyone before partners are assigned, so anyone who still has a wimpy profile may be removed from the swap at that time.

I also gave a few of you incorrect measurements for the 32 count matchbox size. It is: 1.5 x 2 x .5 inches. At least that is what size I make mine...

This should be fun!

xoxo Rachel

Ayka 01/20/2008 #

I'm a newbie but would love to participate. Never done any swapping before but am very excited about the idea and I already have my matchbox and goodies ready.

racheljohnson 01/21/2008 #

Ok, partners have now been assigned! Awesome. Ninety-one participants is definitely a record for my swaps!

I allowed a lot of new users in this swap. They should all have filled out profiles, or they have at least contacted me and we are in communication about what they need to do to be great swappers. I really like getting new users on their way to swapping, but I know that there is some risk involved... I WILL angel for this swap. If you do not receive anything from your partner by Valentine's Day, let me know.

Let's have a lot of fun and spread some love for February!


evieroz 01/21/2008 #

This is my first time making a matchbox for a swap. I would like to ask how do you mail them? And please don't just say very carefully. lol

kittycake4u 01/22/2008 #

I send mine in bubble mailers. The 4x7 inches is perfect. I bought a 10 pack for less than $5 at Walmart in the office section. That is if you live near a Walmart.

ardentcurse 01/24/2008 #

Rachel! Thanks for the link! It's great! ;) ~Barb

RachelB 01/25/2008 #

Mine are finished - will be mailing them on Sunday - hope my victims recover soon!

GinaPumpkin 01/25/2008 #

Hey ChappyKat!!!!

Im glad to inform you that your lovely package its on its way since wenesday (to celebrate yor b-day! on time of course) hope you like it and enjoy a little something I included =) xoxo from Mexico...


ardentcurse 02/ 1/2008 #

I've sent too! on Thursday, Jan 31st! =)

earthnk 02/ 1/2008 #

Bontkwagga Your Love Matchbox was mailed today. You should have it as soon as it takes to go from the USA to the Netherlands:)

GinaPumpkin 02/ 7/2008 #

hey ChappyKat, did you receive my package??? i hope you inform me if you dont get anything soon ok, greetings


racheljohnson 02/14/2008 #

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who sent their matchboxes. A few people have not marked as sent... I will be angeling this swap, but I can't start working on that until next week. Message me if you have not received anything by Monday.

Thanks for swapping,

GinaPumpkin 02/21/2008 #

hey Rachel i Canร‚ยดt wait for your next swap, i love swapping!!!

xoxo Gina

gramsbuttonbox 12/26/2008 #

Since the closing date for this is my birthday, I just HAVE to join - sounds like fun!

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