Great tips, everyone! and I loved to see the finished GS puzzle. It is so interesting to see how the themes come together this way.
I'll add a suggestion. When I received the pieces to alter, I traced them onto the card that each set came with. I joined a double set of swappers for that round. I got a bit confused as to whose puzzle I was working on. Luckily I also took good notes on the card, making sure that user name, real name, address, and theme were on each card.
I did accidentally mix together some pieces. Ones that needed glue, paint, etc. as a common group, and the tracing helped get me back on track. This would also have helped if any of the pieces came up missing in the mail, if I would have needed to replace them.
Here is my puzzle from that last round. As you can see some of my pieces went wonky/warped/crooked. I don't have it officially mounted yet, but I will do some sanding/trimming and use muscle grease to get them to fit.
And I will try to get a better picture when it is together. This one does not give it justice. These pieces are tiny. A scant 1"x 1". My theme was nature.
I still have four (three plus one I will complete myself) pieces that I need to finish this puzzle. I am told that it is OK to put in a private trade request for an "extra" with my new swap partners in this round. I will add that request in my PM when we trade addresses.
Oh, and the puzzle I will be using for this swap...it had two pieces broken. I remembered that I have two other puzzles with different images on them (also bent and broken/missing pieces), cut with the same die cut pattern. Would you believe that they are not exactly alike? I did find one piece that will fit, but it isn't from the same spot of puzzle #2
And I found a 'spade' shaped earpiece that fits the second missing spot, so I will have to patch two pieces together to make one there. Oye-vay! No worries. There is still time.
Another tidbit. I make jewelry with puzzle pieces. This is the base for an unfinished broach. Then I add beads and other 3-D embellishments, dangly trims, etc. I have given all my finished ones away. They make great gift tags and stocking stuffers.