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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: YESDetails 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.
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.
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
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
), but prepare for it to be slightly more expensive than just mailing the cards alone.
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
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...
We won't have to deal with this, because THERE WILL BE NO FLAKERS. Have I made myself clear?
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
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.