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« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2012 02:49:37 PM »

Hmmmm... I could try to match folks according to preference, but it gets tricky when the numbers don't match up. I know I could make both notecards and stationery, but wouldn't want to receive notecards (I have quite the stash of handmade and store-bought notecards). That's where it could get tricky. Although if I needed to, I could do some match-ups where you send to one person and receive from another. If people have 3 partners, it could make it easier.

For ideas on how to make either notecards or stationery, you could:
Stamp (hand-carved or purchased, and you could even add color to the image)
Hand draw (borders, doodled images, lettering)
Paper cut
Use collage elements
Stencils
Paint

In one swap, I got some adorable owl cards where the owls were made out of fabric pieces. I'd advise against just slapping a sticker onto something, but I think that mos of the things that you could use for notecards could also be used for stationery.

And, as I typed the list, about 6 different ideas popped into my head...

If I set up the sign-ups to start by next weekend, run through mid-June and then have crafting time for about a month (so until mid-July), does that timeline fit for most folks?
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« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2012 05:29:59 AM »

Oh I have some of those owl cards too. Ok, I'll think on it. I'm sure I can come up with something if need be.
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« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2012 03:57:29 PM »

I've been browsing a bunch of blogs that just featured the stationery show, so it's been inspiring! What I wouldn't give for a real letterpress...
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« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2012 06:39:20 PM »

I am in for this! I am always looking for great cards to send to kids that I work with.

I think doing it as a sweatshop swap would be the best way to go on this one. That way, people could chose how many sets to make and if they would rather make cards or stationery.
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« Reply #24 on: June 03, 2012 11:20:41 AM »

I've never participated in a sweatshop swap before. Do you make your items first and then have people choose them? Or do you just make the items and send the same thing to the three partners you've been assigned?
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« Reply #25 on: June 03, 2012 03:33:53 PM »

I articipated in one before. Each swapper makes their item(s) to offer. They post pics in the thread by a certain date. Then the seaports send their top 5 picks to the organizer who matches everyone the best she can. Then we mail our items to the people we are matched with.

The way this could look is that I would make 3 different card samples (if I wanted to receive 3 items). I would post them. Once I am assigned, I would send a set of 8 of those cards (plus envelopes) to each person that was assigned my card designs.

Make sense?
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« Reply #26 on: June 03, 2012 04:23:01 PM »

It makes sense... but what happens if you can't match everyone up?

And what if someone's stuff doesn't get picked by enough people (I'm worried, of course, that I may fall into this category Smiley )?

Could a person post a picture of a certain style of stationery/notecard, but customize it for their partners? For example, I'd like to make a certain style of stationery, but I could tweak certain parts of it to better match my partners' interests. I could post a list of options that my partners could choose from, but I wouldn't want to make a sample of every one. I could post an example of it as a notecard style, too.

And, I really do think that most notecard designs could be converted to stationery designs in some way (and vice-versa), so I'd really like folks to keep that as a possible option. I'll try to post examples of how that could work before sign-ups (once school ends or just before... I think that I might have time the weekend before).
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« Reply #27 on: June 03, 2012 04:50:52 PM »

When I did a sweatshop, I did not get all of my "top" choices. The organizer matched us up and we all got at least 1 of our top picks. If you search for Sweatshop swaps she explained it extremely well!
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« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2012 05:52:51 PM »

Yay my idea is blooming into a real swap!!
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« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2012 07:39:57 PM »

Thanks, texscrapper! As soon as I have some free time (hopefully by next Wednesday, after my grades are all turned in Smiley ).

Yay my idea is blooming into a real swap!!

You betcha! And, if all goes well with my grades this weekend, I should be ready to hit "post" on Tuesday afternoon. So, I can set up the swap Wednesday night. As it is right now, I just worked on some papers, and would be in excellent shape except I left my grade book on my desk, so I can't quite be caught up. I have stacks of notebooks and a project to grade between now and Saturday... and then one more project on Monday. Counting down the days!!
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