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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / The Great UK Round-Robin Journal Swap! on: September 28, 2006 04:27:32 PM
Check it out on the swaps board:


We already have seven people signed up for this, but there is room for five more - be quick, signups will close at midnight on Saturday October 21st.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Great UK Round-Robin Journal Swap! SIGN-UPS HAVE NOW CLOSED on: September 28, 2006 04:11:46 PM
Swap name: The Great UK Round-Robin Journal Swap
Craftster members who are organizing this swap:
Phizzychick, assisted by Stephen Weaver
Sign-up date range:by 21 October 2006
Date to send item by: First sendout by 23 October, then every two weeks - see below
Limited to a certain number of people? Maximum 12 - serious commitment required!
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES
If so, which country? UK - all corners!  Feel free to copy this idea if you want to do it in another country.

All ages allowed? Or 18+? yes, but get parental permission if under 18!

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 at least one swap successfully before signing up for more: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

Details of swap:
We will be EACH be sending round a journal/notebook/altered book and each participant will do at least a two-page spread in EACH journal.  At the end of the round-robin, your own book will return to you with loads of wonderful artwork in it!

How it will work.......

1. Sign up by sending the questionnaire to Stephen Weaver AND Phizzychick
2. Once approved, find the journal/notebook/altered book you want to send round.  It should be fairly sturdy, between A4 and A6 in size and preferably NOT incredibly heavy - add the granite cover slabs once it gets back to you!
3. If you want your book to be themed, start writing some clear guidance notes to go with it - keep the theme general, other participants may not know anything about your favourite pop group/football team/railway line/anteater
4. The signups will close once we get to 12 participants - if we have 3-7 people, we will work this as one group, 8-12 I will split into 2 groups so that no-one has to do more than 6 spreads.  If we don't get to 12, signups will close by 21 October.  Please be serious about committing to this - it WILL involve a fair amount of work.  I'd hate to turn someone away because we were "full" and then have folk drop out.
5. I will arrange your addresses in order and send them out by 22 October.
6. On 23 October Person #1 sends their book to Person #2, Person#2 to Person#3 etc etc, and we all have 2 weeks to work on the first spread.  First Monday in November, the books all move on again and we start another spread.  This will repeat every 2 weeks, always posting out on a Monday (so we have the weekend to finish up).
7. Phizzychick will be monitoring the progress on the books once this starts, Stephen will handle the signups and first sendout..
8. Feedback will be left monthly for each participant and noted how many times they sent.
9.  This swap is UK ONLY simply for postal reasons - speed and economy - and to help UK crafters get to know each other better.  Feel free to copy the idea for the USA or elsewhere.

There could be loads of PM communication on this swap, so keep it going between yourselves  - best way to end up with a book you love!  This is going to be FUN!!!

The nature of the swap is such that dropouts could seriously mess things up, so please commit seriously.

This will be an ongoing swap, and might change in terms of structure in order to keep it going smoothly. I will keep an ongoing list of who is sending to whom and the sendout deadlines. Feel free to PM if you have any suggestions! For now, let's try it and see how it goes!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizers (Stephen Weaver AND Phizzychick):

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address

Any comments?


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


Stephen Weaver
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / THE GREAT DEODORANT CHALLENGE! on: July 14, 2006 05:06:59 AM
Surely I'm not the only person around who regularly chucks out exhausted roll-on deodorants whilst wondering "what could I do with that?"  There are three components to the thing:  The basic flask, the roll-on ball - still have to check how easy that is to extract - and the cap.  I use the caps to mix small amounts of paint sometimes, but there must be a use for the other bits surely? 

Come on Craftsters, make with the ideas!

(And just to be absolutely clear, I am NOT advocating taking old AEROSOL cans apart, they are dangerous!)
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Swap a Craft package/Stashbusting! on: June 29, 2006 04:46:13 PM
I've been reading a lot of posts on here about people having ridiculous stashes of one particular craft - and Fidget kindly introduced me to the SABLE (Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy) concept - so I realised that it might be clever to do some swapping for different craft materials.

An example:  I have enough fabric to quilt a cover for an aircraft carrier, and quite a lot of yarn and other fibres..  I don't however have anything much in the way of beads or papercraft/cards/altered book supplies, and would like to try out these crafts.

My suggestion (and I'll need to ask a more experienced person to run this swap - any volunteers?) is that we make up a package of supplies which we know would make a nice small project and exchange them.  It would be like receiving a kit without instructions or a picture - loads of potential and you might have to add a few things of your own - but endless possibilities to be creative.

This would also help younger crafters who have limited pocket money - or older crafters with lots of boring bills to pay!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Fantastic Altered Book group - and it's all free! on: June 23, 2006 10:12:36 AM
Many of you probably know all about this group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alteredbooks/ but I only found it recently and would recommend it to any newcomer - endless resources to look at and endless inspiration, as well as free tips every day - try it out.
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