Swap name: Postsecret Swap Round 9
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: ifallthraindrops
Sign-up date range: 6/12-6/29
Date to send item by: 7/10
Limited to a certain number of people? Yes, 22
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
Age requirement? Just the usual 13 yrs
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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
Details of swap
(Most info copied from Round 5)
PostSecret is a website located at http://www.postsecret.blogspot.com
The idea behind it is to create a postcard, using images, illustrations, paintings, etc., and write or type a secret on it that you want to anonymously share with the world.
The Craftster twist is that your cards need to be creative in addition to being sent to members of our little group. Remember there is no way to guarantee this is 100% anonymous because some people may be able to trace a card back (if they are super super sleuthy!), if you’d like to protect yourself as much as possible I recommend removing your location from your Craftster profile and temporarily removing your links as well (etsy, Myspace, blogs, etc.). Of course you don’t have to do this!
You will be sending 5 cards (because I am a new organizer, I am reducing the number of participants). You will be put in a group of six and you will send each of the other people in your group a post card. In turn, you will receive five secrets from the rest of your group. There will be four groups, two run by me and two run by edwards1.
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, the visual part of the card must be different and you must phrase your secret differently. Ideally, you should really use 5 different secrets.
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.
SENDING ANY KIND OF PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. This is a rule set for all swaps on Craftster. Basically, if you would need ID to buy it, don't put it on your postcard.
This swap is anonymous; you won't know which postcard is coming from which Craftster member. However, the system isn't perfect. In this swap you will receive a code (like G6, for example and it may be different once your code is assigned) and you will put that assigned code on the bottom left-hand corner of the backside of your postcard (where you would put the address). Please put this on the back of your card, even if it's in an envelope.
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.
There is what is called a Certificate of Mailing. This costs $1, it is proof that you sent something.
Here is the link: http://www.usps.com/send/waystosendmail/extraservices/certificateofmailingservice.htm
If you want certainty of mailing, this is the way to go; however I will also accept a photograph of your stamped envelope. This MUST be sent to your group organizer, who you will know when sign ups are over.
You must be willing to ship internationally. If you really don't want to, let me know and I'll try to get around it, but you might have to. It's just a letter.
You may mail your cards in envelopes if you want them to be a little more protected.
Absolutely do not forget your code!
Half of the fun of this swap is looking over the gallery daily to see all the secrets that have been sent. Please make sure that you have access to a scanner or camera so that you can share the postcards with the rest of us. Pictures absolutely must be posted. We need to be able to see postcards that have been received.
As soon as you do receive you need to PM BOTH me (ifallthraindrops) AND edwards1 with the code so we can check it off.
Okay, here is the FEEDBACK criteria
1. sent proof of sending
2. have received all five cards and posted them in the gallery
3. all five cards you sent have been received.
There will be a cut off date where, if lost in the mail, we'll use the proof of sending for the feedback.
If something happens that prevents you from sending your cards on time, that's OK--life happens! Just PM me 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 will be forced to assume you're not sending and will have to leave negative feedback until you've sent (and can prove it).
Of course we don't want flakers! We can (and will!) be keeping track of all secrets sent by the codes you will be putting on them. If you forget a code, we cannot just accept your word for it. You absolutely must remember to put your code on it or have a picture of your secret before you sent so we can match to the rec'd secret... not the ideal way to make sure you sent, but in a crisis it'll work!
When posting your received secrets in photos, you must photograph each one individually - so that means no "group shots." A group shot has 2 or more cards in the photo. Because trying to fit 2+ cards into the picture is hard, it makes it near impossible to get a good representation of the cards. Remember, this is first and foremost a craft forum and a craft based swap. Your cards should be 100% crafty with effort noticeable and the pictures should show the hard work the secret-sender put into it (as well as their secret) since they are not able to post their pictures themselves.
Comments in the Gallery
Comments will be allowed.
However, when posting the pictures of the secrets you receive you have to hold your comments for a separate post. So that means: No comments in any posts with pictures. This is to make it easier for members not wishing to read any comments to search with the "View Images Only" option. Yes, you can post your pictures and immediately post again with your comments to your own post.
*Note: You will not receive Negative feedback for not following the above rules, however it will be reflected in the comments of your feedback that you did not follow the directions of the swap when asked.
If you want to participate, information to send to BOTH me (ifallthraindrops) AND edwards1:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: PostSecret Swap Round 5
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Confirm you are at least 13 years old (Yes/No):
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!)
( ) Other (please explain)
Is there anything else you would prefer not to receive?
Do you need your secrets sent in an envelope?
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.