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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2009 08:18:58 PM »

This sounds like a great idea! but i'd worry about the paper being damaged in transit.. other than that I would love to be a part of this swap..
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« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2009 08:43:30 PM »

I'm in! Especially with such a great organiser!

Aw thanks, beckashell! For those who are concerned about the pages going through the mail, there are stiffer envelopes available or you could write "do not bend". Or the cheapest route: stick your page in between layers of cardboard.
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« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2009 08:54:19 PM »

yea.. I asked because I'm in a puzzle swap now.. and I got my piece back and it was a bit messed up.. and I wrote do not bend/handle with care all over it!
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« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2009 02:45:11 PM »

My husband used to sell comic books through the mail, and if you know comic book nerds, you know you can't bend those things or the world will end, so he used to cut cardboard slightly bigger than the books, put a piece on either side, and wrap the whole thing in saran wrap (no tape!). Got compliments all the time about his packaging.
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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2009 06:28:10 PM »

I love the idea of this swap.  I sent out my first swap a week ago, so hopefully by the time this one gets going I will have my feedback and be ready to join.  I also like the idea of sending single pages (or two) otherwise I and my partners could be spending $$ on shipping to and from  New Zealand.   Wink
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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2009 06:45:13 PM »

Having been in the "Tip in with a twist" as well as various swaps on other sites where I sent a moleskine journal in a round robin, I have to say I like sending pages much better.  even with a trusted circle of swappers its pretty nervewracking to send an almost completed journal of art through the postal system.  Personally to keep it less complicated I would not have too big of groups (small groups with a couple rounds instead of one round with large groups), have all the pages be the same size and I would go with the same loose theme for the swap (like numbers, letters or colours)

As long as your signups do not extend past a month the swap would be like a regular swap with multiple sendouts.  A swap like this is a HUGE commitment and people need to be prepared for how much work and time is involved.  Ours went on for many months and almost everyone had a few pages that had to be redone because the post office ate them.

and I never write Do Not Bend on my mail art....I swear it always gets bent when you do Smiley  a piece of cardboard is the best protection
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« Reply #26 on: December 06, 2009 12:05:22 PM »

Having been in the "Tip in with a twist" as well as various swaps on other sites where I sent a moleskine journal in a round robin, I have to say I like sending pages much better.  even with a trusted circle of swappers its pretty nervewracking to send an almost completed journal of art through the postal system.  Personally to keep it less complicated I would not have too big of groups (small groups with a couple rounds instead of one round with large groups), have all the pages be the same size and I would go with the same loose theme for the swap (like numbers, letters or colours)

As long as your signups do not extend past a month the swap would be like a regular swap with multiple sendouts.  A swap like this is a HUGE commitment and people need to be prepared for how much work and time is involved.  Ours went on for many months and almost everyone had a few pages that had to be redone because the post office ate them.

and I never write Do Not Bend on my mail art....I swear it always gets bent when you do Smiley  a piece of cardboard is the best protection

Great input, thanks!

Sometimes I do wonder if the postal people get mad at the "do not bend" notes and do it out of spite lol

I think we could do small groups and then do new sign ups each month till the "books are filled." (Since we aren't actually sending books...)

So what page size are we thinking here?
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« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2009 12:15:26 PM »

you can do signups once and then have a series of sendouts so people eventually send to everyone.  Something to keep in mind with having signups every month, is that swappers would need to have at least a couple of available swap spots.....mail can take a while sometimes and if something goes missing it would have to be resent.  You wouldn't be able to close out the feedback until the pages are received.
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« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2009 04:53:05 PM »

Yaaay, I'm so glad there's interest in this again!

Just to consider, when setting up the swap, here are the guidelines another site set up for this kind of swap: http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showpost.php?p=25138&postcount=1
They have several groups going, trading pages over the course of however many months.

The 5x7" pages they used in the Tip-In Swap were great; here's the link to the specific book they used:
http://www.dickblick.com/zz118/12/

I picked up a couple Strathmore 6x9" watercolor pads that also look like they would work well: http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-windpower-watercolor-pads/
This brand is easier to find at general arts and crafts stores, but not necessarily this particular item.

With the japanese/accordian "moleskine" journal, people's artwork will blend together from page to page since the pages are all connected. Here's a large collection of photos of artwork, and links to guidelines, related blogs and such: http://www.flickr.com/groups/moly_x/

And back to the 1000 Journals for a moment, if the idea were to send them out randomly without knowing if/when they'll come back, it would make a great craft-along since it can't be an organized swap. We could post pictures of the initial work we do on the books, and where we send them, and if the books ever come back, what's in them. I feel safest doing swaps with Craftster people, but there must be some online communities devoted to this like there are for letterboxing....If we could find out where other journals are sitting, waiting to be added to, we could go get them if they were close to where we are. And there are plenty of people happy to do a personal swap here!
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« Reply #29 on: December 07, 2009 07:10:16 PM »

And back to the 1000 Journals for a moment, if the idea were to send them out randomly without knowing if/when they'll come back, it would make a great craft-along since it can't be an organized swap. We could post pictures of the initial work we do on the books, and where we send them, and if the books ever come back, what's in them. I feel safest doing swaps with Craftster people, but there must be some online communities devoted to this like there are for letterboxing....If we could find out where other journals are sitting, waiting to be added to, we could go get them if they were close to where we are. And there are plenty of people happy to do a personal swap here!

This is an interesting point, would we prefer to approach this as a craft along with personal swaps (should you choose to) instead? Also, should we choose a formal swap, it doesn't mean both couldn't happen. We could set up both a craft along for those interested, especially since you only do a few pages and then send it off and do the formal swap.
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