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1 Deco - That Fits in an Envelope - May 2021

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1 Deco - That Fits in an Envelope - May 2021
Swap Coordinator:Hell0Z0mbie (contact)
Swap categories: Books  Friendship Books  Mail Art 
Number of people in swap:11
Location:Regional - USA
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:May 14, 2021
Date items must be sent by:June 1, 2021
Number of swap partners:1

This swap is for one smallish deco book for one partner.

The deco book should be small enough to fit inside a typical envelope (no bigger than about 6" x 5") and not be super thick or heavily embellished. It may cost more than a stamp to mail, but should still be on the small side. You may need to make a new deco book for this requirement if everything you have on hand is too large. Note that you are not required to mail this in a standard envelope, but it should be possible.

Some guidelines:
* Homers and international decos ARE allowed.
* Please send no more than one deco unless you've checked with your partner prior to sending.
* The person the deco is for (who it will return to) should be clearly noted somewhere on the deco.
* Don't send your partner a deco they've already had, or one for them.
* You can't always control the quality of decos you receive to pass on, but if you are starting a new one please make it reasonably sturdy and nice, with pages that can be decorated easily.
* Theme is sender's choice.
* Decos should be in book form, not loose pages for example.

I believe no one should host swaps they aren't willing to angel themselves. I will angel if necessary, but I screen participants very carefully to minimize the risk of flakers getting in. I will remove participants with poor ratings, late swaps, drama, nasty comments, or other swapping history that concerns me at my discretion. If you have any negative swapping history and want to participate, please proactively message me to explain. Otherwise, I may ban you with no notice if I am suspicious. And I tend to be suspicious and protective of my swaps. :)

Because of delivery issues, multi-profiler/flaker concerns, and site policies I require real names. If you join a swap of mine with a fake name or no last name, you will be asked to fix it.

This swap is U.S. only on account of postage costs. If you want an international version, feel free to host your own. :)

According to the Swap-Bot Glossary: A deco is similar to a friendship book and there are a wide variety of types. It is a bound book of pages which are sent around the world. The person that the book is for is usually listed on the cover and when the book becomes full it is sent back to them. Each person that receives and signs the deco will decorate one page according to the theme of the booklet (if there is one) and put their postal/email address and sign their name. Typically, each entrant in the deco must use one full page to express themselves. Glitter, sequins, feahers and other scrapbooking supplies are frequently used in decos. Despite the artistic expressions used in these types of friendship books, the basic rules of passing the friendship book to person to person is the same.

If you are new to decos, please do a private swap first before deco swaps like this one. I'm happy to do a private swap with new-to-decos swappers, but let's keep this to people with some deco experience.


Cynfully 05/ 5/2021 #

Can someone please help me understand what a deco book is. I would love to join one of these swaps but I want to make sure I completely understand what exactly I need to be making and I would not want to disappoint anyone

tisha 05/12/2021 #

I was wondering too, and found a lot of answers on this page by Lisa Vollrath : https://gomakesomething.com/ht/thebasics/decos101/ Maybe it can help others ?

teejlc 05/21/2021 #

@Cynfully and @tisha you can get an idea of what decos look like by searching for #decoswapping on Instagram. I have a TON of them right now and would be happy to send one to each of you as an example if you’d like. Just send me a message.

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