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Trash BOMB RAK, aka desk clean off

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Trash BOMB RAK, aka desk clean off
Swap Coordinator:AZmom875 (contact)
Swap categories:
Number of people in swap:16
Type:Type 1: Electronic
Last day to signup/drop:May 30, 2019
Date items must be sent by:June 1, 2019
Number of swap partners:4

This is one of those RAK swaps, that seem popular right now.

To participate, you must clean off your craft area, and post a comment about doing so, by the sign up deadline, May 30th. In the comments list 3 things you found that surprised you.

You can do what you want with the stuff. You can send it to someone, or throw it away.

Since I want to clear off some stuff, and do not need more in return, I will give away 4 business sized envelops to four partners, that the swap-bot assigns to me. In general you can expect to find stamped images, scraps of decorative papers, other images, die cuts, punched images, and words, all flat items. I mainly do atc, postcards and journals so the items will lean towards those art mediums. I havent cleaned it off yet, so it is still a mystery to me.

You will rate your 4 partners for posting in the comments, below, that they cleaned off their craft desk area, and listed 3 things that they found that surprised them.

This is international since it is an electronic swap and the only person required to mail the envelopes is me.

The four winners, will also find a SAS PC to write back to me. USA only since I won't have postage for another country.


EleniWalker 05/15/2019 #

I just cleaned up my desk and I couldn't believe what I found that was missing... 2 tubes of washi, 2 rolls of scissors and a bag of PC"s.... 🤔

ScottishLass34 05/15/2019 #

I just did a thorough clean up and found: a vintage paper doll set that had all the outfits cut out but no doll to match (curious lol), 3 nearly empty washi tape rolls (like an inch left on each), and a birthday card with a duck on it I have no clue how I ended up with.

This will be so fun to read everyone’s answers and Thankyou for such a generous rak offer! 😃

Germanbaby77 05/15/2019 #

I took this as an opportunity to clean up my area, since hubby is always complaining about the mess... In his defense, it is a large section of the master bedroom...

I found several interesting things in my 2 work spaces. I found a piercing tool that I haven't been able to find in over a year, and I know I've cleaned this up at LEAST twice in the last year, due to Hubby's prodding.

I also found a lot of die cuts that came with kits, which I didn't use... hmmm, maybe I need to either use them or gift them, you think?

Finally, but not in the least, I found many, MANY sets of rubber stamps that I have been meaning to apply adhesive to and put away. And I'm not talking about a few. LOTS. I need to stay on top of this because I get a new set every month from my kit club... I also found the few stamps in each set that I did use for monthly ATC's for the kit club...

sigh now I need to get it all finished and done before I can do anything else. Lots of trimming and mounting of adhesive to do... Let's just bite the bullet and get it done!

Tverne05 05/16/2019 #

I cleaned and organized my craft space which is L-shape. I threw away, put away, and organized my space. The things that I organized are items that I didn't want to put away because I use it often or because I'm use to it being out and if I put it away I might forget about it. So, I organized the items by putting them in small baggies and I put the baggies in a certain area on my crafting space.

The three interesting items I found: 1. a cute charm necklace someone sent me 2. a Pineapple flavored dum dum 3. A seashell

I don't know how long it will stay that way. LOL.

AZmom875 05/16/2019 #

I am enjoying reading your "finds". I haven't cleaned mine off yet.

AZmom875 05/17/2019 #

I cleaned it off today. I found this awesome small paper bag with large charms and flowers, I am keeping those, not even sure where I got them.

I found some black rub ons with butterflies and bird, etc. I rubbed them on some atc backgrounds.

I found some gold bumpy letter sticker, and used them up.

I found gold sticker that remind more of mailbox letters, but small, I added those to my 4 envelopes.

I found shamrocks, and I have not need for those, so they went into the envelopes.

I found lots of words, die cuts, ribbon, images, a few postcards that you color. All added to the envelopes.

I had enough to make 5 envelopes which is good because I did join a journal swap that is similar.

AZmom875 05/17/2019 #

Oh, I wanted to add that, I found a whole bowl of the odds and ends. I put most of that stuff into the 5th envelope. Why Did I keep all that stuff? I guess I thought I was going to use it.

Churchmouse70 05/18/2019 #

I bought some clear storage bins to organize all this stuff! It’s so hard to organize. Lol! I just don’t know what to put in each box. Ugh. I found a Tim Holtz crazy cat that I had colored a long time ago. I found my “Made with love” rubber stamp that I use on the back of my handmade cards. And I ran across some little bumblebee stickers that someone sent in a swap. I was looking for those! ❤️Thanks for hosting❤️

LilysMama 05/21/2019 #

I have not been swapping long, but have had a craft area for many years. I found some postcards from a trip to Sedona that I was looking for, 2 new sheets of forever stamps that I didn't know I had, and a $50 gift card for Amazon. Really need to clean my area more often. Thanks for hosting this swap and for your wonderful RAK.

AZmom875 05/21/2019 #

@lilysmama WOW! I didn't find any money, or gift cards, What a great find.

LilysMama 05/21/2019 #

@AZmom875 I was very pleased to find the giftcard I have an absolute horrible habit of setting stuff down and then burying it lol

AZmom875 05/23/2019 #

I got all my envelopes ready to mail to 4 partners and itching to get them mailed. I still have way too long before this closes.

AZmom875 05/24/2019 #

BTW my partners will also rate me for leaving a comment, and not necessarily for the RAK, since this is an electronic swap. I would get rated for the electronical part.

AZmom875 05/24/2019 #

You have 6 days, to join, clean off your craft area, and post your comment.

EleniWalker 05/25/2019 #

This is so fun... And I've already gone through half of the washi tape I found.... 😂

iamdjs 05/26/2019 #

I reorganized my space and put all my paper ephemera together in a big dresser after moving the items out of the dresser and into the walk in closest where all the paper had been....I founds lots and lots of fansy cut images that I had forgotten about, my rotary cutter, and a perfectly good jar of mogpog.

Love reading all the found supplies and tools!

AZmom875 05/28/2019 #

This swap closes in 2 days, May 30th. You need to clean off your craft desk area, and post your comment by that day as stated above.

paperlvr 05/28/2019 #

Many thanks for the inspiration to clean off my craft desk! It was a perfect opportunity to consolidate items! I found my glue dots, my collection of vintage stamps and some extra washi samples! I may need to host my own RAK soon! Thanks for the fun give-away and inspiration to reorganize!

Wykyd 05/29/2019 #

I had to clean my work desk because I couldn't see it! Like for real! So I found it. :) I also found some scissors, lots of scraps of paper and a half-finished ATC.

Thanks for doing this!

AZmom875 05/29/2019 #

Thanks for thanking me, but really what a gift to myself to clean off that mess and to mail some stuff to others. I will do this again soon.

aligurl75 05/30/2019 #

@AZmom875 I just noticed that the swap says International. I thought I would tell you since you said USA only in the details. I wouldn't want you to get caught with the international postage since you are being so kind to mail out to your partners!!!

I just cleaned off my desk and I have so many piles that it is crazy. I use my desk for both work and crafting that it is a hodgepodge. A half dozen Stampin spots from past paper pumpkin craft kits, some of my sons Beyblades (for some reason???) , $2 --wooohooo I'm rich now, a lego kit, a wind-up Cogsworth from Beauty and the Beast, a stack of bills that I really should pay (HA!), my stamping platform, a 12x12 scor board, a bunch of recipes I've copied by hand, memo pads, 6x6 glitter paper pad, 2 or 3 stamp blocks, my son's VBS application, and tons of pens and markers. Oh and three pairs of earbuds. Not sure why I needed three!

AZmom875 05/30/2019 #

Oh I meant ONLY the USA people I am assigned to will get a send it back postcard from me. The 4 players I assigned to send to will get an envelope of stuff, and a SAS postcard to send back to me. But if that computer gives me a person outside the USA, I won't send them one. Because I dont have postage for say Italy.

AZmom875 05/30/2019 #

To participate, you must clean off your craft area, and post a comment about doing so, by the sign up deadline, May 30th. In the comments list 3 things you found that surprised you.

thebragal 05/30/2019 #

I found a stamp I thought was gone forever and even replaced. Dang sticky little clear stamps. I also found die cuts I made for a card that never got finished. 7000 random sequins, beads, gems etc. (OK, maybe not that many but a lot!!) My Rhodia paper pad (for calligraphy practice) suddenly appeared and I now finally can use my large paper trimmer without pushing things aside!! What surprised me most was how much dust collected behind and under everything!!

tentmari 05/30/2019 #

I cleaned off the table I use for storing most of my crafting supplies and found several things I had forgotten about - a glue stick I bought several months ago, some miscellaneous pieces of scrapbook paper leftover from a postcard I made back in January or February (I know because it was Valentine themed paper), a new postage stamp I received in a swap several months ago, and my letter opener I had given up hope of ever seeing again. I really need to do this more often.

luv2kraft 05/30/2019 #

well I did find the top of my desk.lol found some random safety pins. who knows what I was using those for. a petrified chunk of something that turned out to be a doggie snack. a book mark I made, leftover from Christmas.

CreativeCitrine 05/30/2019 #

My desk really needed a clean up since I have a limited space so took this oportunity to do it. I found my tape runner that I thought I had lost and had bought a new one lol, also found my small scissors I've been looking for and three brand new ephemera packs I had forgotten about. So exited to use those ephemera packs, I feel like I got a gift lol.

tcornell 05/30/2019 #

Boy did my desk really need this, and apparently, I needed the push to do it as well! Some unexpected things that I found were: a box of mini perfumes, a new Black Staz-on ink pad and 2 pocket letters. I also found that the glass top of my desk has a lot of dried up glue on it, thank Goodness I just recently bought some Goo Gone and it should come up easily. Thanks so much for the "push" to complete this task!

AZmom875 05/31/2019 #

Partners have been assigned. Please rate your partners a 5 for posting a comment about the things found on their desk.

I was assigned 4 partners, who only should rate me on my electronic post of the desk clean off, as well. The envelopes are a RAK and go out in the mail May 31.

Envelopes to





tcornell 05/31/2019 #

Thank you for such a fun swap! I joined to have a "date" that I HAD to do this task, seeing as how "I'll work on it tomorrow" seems to never come!

EleniWalker 05/31/2019 #

I won a major award! (I love 'A Christmas Story')... Anyway, thank you so much for this opportunity and I will be excited to see what I get!

Tverne05 05/31/2019 #

Howdy, howdy! OMG! Christmas in May/June...lol. Thanks a bunch! I can’t wait to see what I get. I know there will be some awesome things included and items for ATCs. 🥰🤗

LilysMama 05/31/2019 #

Thanks so much for hosting such a fun swap!

luv2kraft 05/31/2019 #


AZmom875 05/31/2019 #

So technically you have all SENT, and can mark your swap as sent.

Please rate your 4 partners, as I verified that all cleaned and posted a comment before assigning partners.

Thank you all for participating. I really loved reading your comments.

AZmom875 05/31/2019 #

Do you think maybe we should clean out a drawer or box next?

tentmari 05/31/2019 #

I love that idea @AZmom875 Who knows what we might find next?!

tcornell 06/ 6/2019 #

Received my Trash Bomb- Yay! Thank you @AZmom875

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