This is the first page: (sorry for the smallest of the picture)
Side 1's Ingredients:
1 bling heart
1 strip of brown cardstock
cork piece (I have handwritten the word "love" on it.
Scrap pieces of patterned paper (I used some from DCWV's Natural stack and a sheet I bought from Michael's)
- Do not join at the last minute. The way I pace myself is I read the email or the website first (it is easy to do if you are one of the many Yahoo or Goggle groups available. In fact I do two reads: The first read is when I sound like I am interested. I take down all the information, and check my calendar. This is important! The reason why I said checking the calendar first during this first read of the swap information, is if you have a lot of stuff to do outside of the time you know to complete the project (swap), you are not going to have the time to think about what you are sending to your partner or group, gather your supplies, and actually work on your project. This should take no more than 5 mins of your time. Do not fret over it. There have been many times where I wanted to do a swap, but could not. This is also the best time to check your finances.
- Make a copy of the instructions. Do so in case you are without a computer. If you have a secondary device, like a tablet (not everyone is blessed with an Ipad), place it there as well, and have a hard copy of the instructions. Sometimes I have to read and re-read the instructions. If you are in more than one, get yourself a binder for the hard copies. You may want to do the project again someday.
- Once you have read the first time, made a copy (if you are going to join), read a second time. Get all the facts straight, such as specs, rules, deadline and so forth (the other reason why you need a calendar), contact the person in charge and ask questions. No question is dumb. Last thing a host wants to hear is “I did not know” from a swapper.
- Please, please, please, get the project in on time. There are some groups who are a little lose on the due date, more often than not, there are some groups who report to a central group list called a naughty or flaker’s list. This is how a flaker’s list works: Say you signed up to send out 12 cards, due on April 12, 2012 to Jane Doe of the xyz Card maker’s group on Yahoo groups. You got all the stuff together, you are right on schedule with your project, and close to the due date, your great aunt Martha dies, the funeral is in Iowa, and you live in California. The swap itself has to go to Canada, and only 6 are done. Well you are too upset to finish, so you decide that since xyz is a relaxed group, it could not hurt if you are late by a week. Think again. Xyz Card Maker’s group does, and you did not finish the card swap on time and by the time you send the cards out, they are two weeks late, and they have reported you to the flakers group. The problem is if you join ABC Scrapper’s group, they do swap, and they check the flakers group for your name, you may not be able to get into the group. If you had notify the host of the Xyz Card maker’s group that you had an emergency (yes, funerals count as an emergency), that host may have let you off, and either assign someone to take your place, or allow you some time to finish and send your project. Everyone knows that life gets in the way sometimes, but some groups are not understanding if you do not let them know of the situation. This lead to:
- Keep in constant communication with the host: Send little post like: “I understand everything that is written here”, “I am having a problem”, or “I am almost finished”. This will avoid the above situation. If it is a swap where you have a partner, do the same thing. Also with a partner swap, find out what things they like and what they do not like. You do not want to send something with blue and birds on it, if she likes pink and cats, unless it is a themed swap.
- Thank the host. Send a personal note along with the swap if it is a group one, or a personal note to your partner. Some people like to send a little extra to their partner. This is totally optional, and it depends on your budget.