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Topic: Postsecret Swap (Sign-ups CLOSED, Send by 9/17)  (Read 10663 times)
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« on: August 20, 2007 07:54:46 AM »

Please visit our gallery to see what everyone has made!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=201332.0


Swap name: Postsecret Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Jillie
Sign-up date range:  August 20-August 30
Date to send item by:  September 17

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  All ages.  If you are under 18, please read the "Questionable Content" section and talk it over with your parents!

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES


Details of swap:

Postsecret is a website located at http://www.postsecret.blogspot.com
The idea of it is for people to make postcards with pictures and a "Secret" written on them, and anonymously send them to the owner of the website.

The Craftster twist would be that we'd send postcards to each other.  You won't get any information about your partner, only their name and address. 

If this swap stays small, you'll be sending a postcard to each participant.  But if it gets too large, I'll split us into smaller groups so you will not have to send more than 10 postcards (unless you want to!). 

Within the US, a (6 inch by 4.25 inch or smaller) postcard costs only 26 cents to mail, a postcard larger than that costs 41 cents.  So this should be a pretty inexpensive swap!

The Anatomy of a Postcard


Your postcard should include at least one image and your secret, which should be written/typed out on the front of the card.  Make your cards however you like-- photographs, collage, drawing, painting--or buy postcards and embellish them with your secrets.

You can write a note to the recipient on the back of the card, but that's optional.

Your postcards can all be based around the same secret, or all different.  If you use the same secret for multiple cards, please make the visual part of the card different so we have some variety!

There have been 2 or 3 Postsecret books published, feel free to use those and the website as inspiration when crafting!  The secrets on the website are updated every Sunday.


Questionable Content?


Some secrets are not G-rated.  I don't want to restrict anyone's freedom of expression, but please realize some people may not want to be exposed to content they may find offensive.

I know there are a lot of kids/teenagers here on Craftster, and I wouldn't want anyone to be embarassed  getting a sexual or other adult-themed card in front of his or her parents. 

In the swap questionnaire, I have given you the opportunity to state what themes and images you would prefer not to receive.  Please use this space, the information will be given to your partners so they know your preferences.

Please DO NOT send any pornographic materials!  This is a rule for all swaps on Craftster.  Basically, if you would need ID to buy it, don't put it on your postcard. 


Privacy

This swap is going to be anonymous, you won't know what postcard is coming from what Craftster member.  However, the system isn't perfectly anonymous, because that isn't possible.

If it would ruin your life (or someone else's life) if a fellow Craftster did some Internet detective work and figured out which secret was yours, you probably shouldn't be putting it on a postcard for the world to see.  This isn't the place to admit you committed a felony or anything.

And if you are one of those people who can't possibly live without doing the detective work, please keep that information to yourself and don't ruin a fun swap for the rest of us.

If you're really worried about someone matching up the postmark on the card with your name, you could send your postcards from a town near yours, from your work, etc.

Or if you feel like being super-sneaky, you can have your cards postmarked at the North Pole:
http://www.christmaslettertips.com/christmas_postmarks.htm


Shipping


There are no DC numbers for this swap, since they cannot be put on a postcard.  When you send your cards, you MUST get a receipt from the post office and you MUST e-mail a scan or photo of the receipt to the organizer.  Therefore, if you don't have access to a scanner or digital camera, you cannot join this swap.

You must be willing to ship internationally.  Between the US and most other countries, a postcard stamp costs less than a dollar, so the cost shouldn't keep anyone from joining.

You may mail your cards in envelopes if you want them to be a little more protected (or perhaps hidden from the eyes of the postman  Wink), but prepare for it to be slightly more expensive than just mailing the cards alone.


Feedback


You will get positive feedback as long as you send your postcards out to your partners!  Not too hard, right?
 
Great swapper: Posted in the swap thread at least once, posted pictures in the gallery when received.
Good communication:  Responded to PMs sent by the organizer, sent copy of shipping receipt, confirmed when you received.
Sent early/late:  self-explanatory  Smiley

Sending Late:
If something happens that prevents you from sending your cards on time, that's OK!  Just PM me on or before the deadline, and e-mail your receipt when you send.  If you don't ship by the deadline and I haven't heard from you, I'll think you bailed and leave negative feedback.  Which brings me to my next point...

Flaking:
We won't have to deal with this, because THERE WILL BE NO FLAKERS.  Have I made myself clear?  Wink

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you rather not receive secrets involving (please X):
( ) Drugs
( ) Alcohol
( ) Swear words
( ) Religious Themes
( ) Political Issues
( ) Violence
( ) Sexual Themes
( ) Nudity (Remember, nothing pornographic is allowed!)
Is there anything else you would prefer not to receive?
Anything else you need to tell the organizer?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


« Last Edit: October 12, 2007 08:39:15 PM by EmilyFlew - Reason: fixed a broken link! » THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.lost.eu/1871f  This is an invitation!

Tetris, pretty colors, and (of course) lots of knitting!
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2007 07:55:07 AM »

Approved Participants:

1. PaperBag sent 09/10
2. Jillie
3. SS9901 (sending 10) sent 09/18
4. Sharpie_slut sent 10/02
5. Straw_holder
6. Craft_princess sent 09/16
7. Mezofoprezo sent 7 before deadline, sent rest 10/15         
8. Haroldlovesmaude sent 09/04
9. IDareYou sent 09/24
10. Phantomssiren sent 10/02
11. Ma Rut sent 09/02
12. Dreamersdidease sent 09/18
13. Oohmybees  (sending 10) sent 09/18
14. Boogirl1984 (sending 10) sent 09/10
15. Celestialxxdreams sent 09/15
16. Love_suicide (sending 10) sent 09/19
17. Whyislife (sending 5), sent 3 so far 09/19, no receipt yet
18. Justagirl (sending 10) sent but no receipt yet
19. Hardyswanton01 sent 09/14
20. Era Vera sent 09/21
21. Hp_nerd sent 09/19




Black:
  Everything is going OK!  Keep on craftin'
Red:  The organizer sent you an important PM you haven't replied to.  Please read it and reply ASAP!
Blue:  You sent out your postcards and e-mailed the receipt to the organizer.  Thanks!
Green: You have your feedback and are all done.
Orange: You're planning on sending a little late, but have PMed the organizer.
« Last Edit: October 15, 2007 05:00:15 PM by Jillie » THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.lost.eu/1871f  This is an invitation!

Tetris, pretty colors, and (of course) lots of knitting!
Check out my new blog at:
http://saltwaterpurls.blogspot.com
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2007 07:55:19 AM »

How Many Postcards Have Been Received?

This swap is HUGE!  Everyone should be receiving 17 postcards, times 20 participants, which means there will be 340 total!

Because of this, it is REALLY IMPORTANT that you PM me when you get a postcard, and tell me how many you have gotten so far, so that I can keep track.

Here's a "tally sheet" sort of thing, so we can make sure your total matches mine.  Please check it once in a while.   Smiley


1. PaperBag                  11
2. Jillie                         12
3. SS9901                    16
4. Sharpie_slut              13
6. Craft_princess            9
7. Mezofoprezo              5
8. Haroldlovesmaude       14
9. IDareYou                   11
10. Phantomssiren          12
11. Ma Rut                    14
12. Dreamersdidease       15
13. Oohmybees              14
14. Boogirl1984              13
15. Celestialxxdreams      13
16. Love_suicide
17. Whyislife                 3
18. Justagirl                  10
19. Hardyswanton01       14
20. Era Vera                  14
21. Hp_nerd                  11

Total postcards received so far:  230
« Last Edit: November 15, 2007 11:40:39 AM by Jillie » THIS ROCKS   Logged

http://www.lost.eu/1871f  This is an invitation!

Tetris, pretty colors, and (of course) lots of knitting!
Check out my new blog at:
http://saltwaterpurls.blogspot.com
PaperBag
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2007 08:01:50 AM »

I think I'm going to have to join Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2007 10:32:32 AM »

ooohh I might have to join this one, I love post secret Smiley
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ss9901
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2007 01:36:47 PM »

ooh this looks cool, i'm going to think on it.
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ceej112
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2007 07:48:58 PM »

 Wink Awesome idea for a swap! I might join.
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2007 08:29:14 PM »

Jillie, you are way organized! That makes me happy Grin
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2007 08:42:34 PM »

I am an over-organizer when it comes to arranging things for other people... I'm a nurturer, I want things to be easy for everyone!  My apartment, on the other hand, is as disorganized as they come.  Hehe.   Wink
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http://www.lost.eu/1871f  This is an invitation!

Tetris, pretty colors, and (of course) lots of knitting!
Check out my new blog at:
http://saltwaterpurls.blogspot.com
PaperBag
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2007 08:55:25 PM »

yay I'm in Smiley I already made 3 cards last night. I've realized though, that my life doesn't have very many serious secrets. For that, I am thankful.
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