|Swap Coordinator:||owlbookdreams (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Challenges Themed Letters & Writing|
|Number of people in swap:||33|
|Type:||Type 3: Package or craft|
|Last day to signup/drop:||November 6, 2009|
|Date items must be sent by:||January 4, 2010|
|Number of swap partners:||1|
IMPORTANT NOTICE IMPORTANT NOTICE
Hey there all, You may have seen this message in your e-mail/swap-bot, but I just wanted to make sure that everyone got it in a timely fashion so I'm posting it in here.
Incase you didn't know, the swap deadline was extended to January 4th 2010. One week today! I realized that my post office wasn't open the first or the second of January, and perhaps yours might not also be either. Anyways, what this means is that this is a very MUST MUST MUST drop-deadline day. What that means is that you must MUST send your letters on this day or before is appreciated.
That being said, I know some people on swap-bot like to click "send" when they have not sent the items so that they aren't harassed by their partners or swap co-ordinators. Please please please do not do this. If you cannot get your swap out on that day, please click send when you actually send your items. I know I'm probably preaching to the choir, but please please do not do this. IF you cannot get your swap out on that day, please let me AND your partner know.
For those of you who are worried about flakers, some of you have already expressed your concern, but please e-mail me or message me again, and I'll keep a little list just so I have an idea of what's going on and who's afraid of not getting anything. We've all had swaps where we've wanted to believe the best in our partner, but maybe been let down. So don't be afraid to voice your concerns.
Now, this does not apply to everyone, but I am going to make a bit of a deal here. I don't know if this is a good thing, or a bad thing, but here it goes. IF and I mean IF you CANNOT send your items by January 4th 2010. IF and I mean IF THE SKY IS FALLING or IF IM DEATHLY ILL or IF IM HOPELESSLY BUSY AND OH THE WORLD IS FALLING AND OH NO, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know if you KNOW you are not going to send by this day. So if you KNOW you cannot get your items out by January 4th 2010 please let me know. Now. This second. Now.
I know everyone falls behind, and there are one of two ways that we can approach this. Contact me first, and then we will contact your partner. It is SUPER important that you tell me as soon as possible. This isn't a cop-out, but I desperately want everyone to get 12 letters. Again this is the EXCEPTION, there's still a whole amazingly long and fabulous week ahead.
Now, say its nearing the end of February, coming into march, and you're checking your post-box every single day because you want your letters and they haven't come! This is of course a worst case scenario, and should you not get your letters by mid-February at the latest PLEASE contact me. Please contact me if you don't get them by the end of January, or then by February. How angelling will work is that you contact both me and your partner, and if they're a no-send (shame on you!), or whatever the problem may have been, I will send you a exactly what the swap requires as soon as possible. I will not send you letters for the months missed. So say its March when I send it out, I'm not going to send you January, Febraury. It will be twelve letters from March to February. This is keeping best in spirit with the swap, and I hope that no one is disappointed by this. Of course no one should flake on the swap, but in the rare and special circumstances that this does happen, this is the downlow.
Enough negativity! Maybe the swap's going amazing, and you're a little stuck on some ideas. Maybe you're like "oh no what's a flat item?" "what am I supposed to be writing?" "these 12 words seem silly and don't inspire me." Post on the thread, and or message me. I know some people have been really helpful in giving suggestions, so don't be afraid to just ask.
So I know this is a long message, but I just wanted to check in with everyone. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday.
Warning! This is going to be a bit of a labour intensive swap, but I believe that it will be really rewarding if the effort is put into it. :)
This is going to be a swap where you send 12 letters to your partner all at once meant to be opened one every month in the upcoming year 2010. You may wonder, "What am I going to write about?", but fear not! All will go well.
â™¥ You will have 12 envelopes sealed and marked with the month, plus one envelope with an introduction letter explaining a little bit about yourself.
â™¥ Each envelope will have a minimum 1 page of substantial writing. 8.5 X 11 page written on one side lined or blank, but more is definitely welcome and appreciated.
â™¥ Each envelope will contain in addition a small flat item. This can be anything from found art, a drawing, ATC's, stickers, bookmark, a 4X6 photo, paint chip colours you like. The only catch is that it has to be something you would like to share, or something that your partner would like, and you can't send the same thing twice.
â™¥ In addition to a small flat item and a letter, include a birthday card on your partner's birthday month, and one other card of your choice (Christmas, easter, valentines-whatever you would like.)
As a guide, in each letter, half will be about yourself, and the other half will be about inspiring, or guiding your partner through the month. Eg. "It's summer now, don't be afraid to go out and get some sunshine."
I've come up with a one word theme for every month that you can choose to use, or not to use depending on your vision of your project 12. NOTE: These are just random, open ended ones that I came up with, and if anyone has any other ideas, I'm open to adding them to the list :).
I would say that this is half sender's choice, and half partner related. You want to share information about yourself, and you also want to know facts about your partner such as if they are in a relationship, have kids, what their likes and dislikes are because you want to make this special for them. Something that can be started right away are the envelope decorations, cards, and your part of the letter if you'd like, or there should be enough time after partners are assigned to make it.
I will be angelling the swap for a maximum of three people, so let me know if there are any issues. But that being said, the idea is that there are 12 letters (plus an introduction) for 12 months which your partner should receive by January, or in February at the very very VERY latest.
EDIT: CHANGED REQUIREMENTS
Because this is a labour-intensive swap, I will be letting in anyone with at least six completed craft/package swaps, and 10 completed overall swaps.
If you are a newbie, or don't meet these criteria and would really really really like to join this swap, send me a message. If you have a one or three within the past three months, I will ban you if you don't message me first explaining what happened. I don't bite! I'm very nice honest! I just wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't ask those things. In short, don't take it personally, I will ban you if I believe that you can't commit to a project like this.
I know it may seem silly to say this, but if you don't think that you can complete the swap on time, don't join. There's nothing worse than being let down and not getting anything. That being said, there's tonnes of time to start and get started, so don't be intimidated if it looks like a lot of work.
Note! There is no cost limit/cost suggestion for this swap. You can very easily spend zero dollars, or very little depending on what you choose to do.
EDIT: Swap is now international. Hope that you enjoy . I think I've covered just about anything. If you have any problems/issues, just post below or send me a message.
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