A few weeks ago I participated in a Stampin’ Addicts swap featuring products from the new Occasions Mini, and I’m just finishing up my card fronts for swapping at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership event in Nashville this week. (I’ll show you my swap card here Friday.)
Have you ever been in any stamping swaps? Creating projects to exchange with others is a fun way to get new ideas and, if you swap full cards, to add to your stash of cards to send out.
If you’ve never swapped before, you may be curious about how it works. It’s OK to have questions; I have to explain the process to the post office clerk each time! Basically, you agree to make a fixed number of projects (the quantity determined when the sign-up period closes) by a certain date (usually the date the projects have to be postmarked). In return, you usually get the same number of projects returned to you (often not one of your own projects, and sometimes one of your projects is a gift to the hostess for organizing the swap).
Here’s some general swapping advice:
- There may be a “sticky” (permanent) post at the top of the swap forum for general swap rules. SplitCoastStampers has a sticky here. Stampin’ Addicts has one here specific to packaging and mailing your swaps.
- Make sure you know what the rules of your particular swap are, and follow them exactly! They will be on the first post of the swap thread. Check out this current swap on SCS called Who Needs a Birthday Card. I print this post so I have the details at hand. The guidelines for swapping at Super Saturday are here.
- After I join a swap, I create a 2″ x 4″ mailing label and a same-size return address label. I like having that done early so I’m not stressed at the last minute when I must get my swap to the post office.
- Keep track of your dates. What’s the date to sign up? When must you have the items postmarked?
- Don’t “flake” — that is, drop out of a swap at the last minute. This messes up the hostess and makes you unpopular. Play by the rules.
Where do you find swaps to participate in? We have a general (non-topic) swap at our Super Saturday events. Mostly, you’ll find swaps on the Web. I like the ones organized by my Stampin’ Addicts friends; you’ll find them listed here (I participate in demo-only swaps). SplitCoastStampers’ swaps are here.
If you’re relatively confident in your stamping abilities, jump in and swap!