Rather than make up the swap schedule as I go this year, I have taken inspiration from Darkroom Door (they do great ATC swaps, you can find details HERE), and have set down the whole year schedule in advance!
Please wait for the details of the swap to be announced before creating & sending your swap items. Please do not race ahead. There are details you need to know, the fun needs to last all year, and I don’t have room to store hundreds of swaps!
Please note … these swaps are for Australian residents only. Return post for overseas swaps is expensive and difficult to organise.
You can download a PDF printable (just click HERE) which also has general swap rules & info.
This year things will run a little differently.
Swaps will be announced 4 weeks before the due date. There will be a blog post with full details including:
* A link to the Pinterest inspiration board
* Other information pertinent to that particular swap
You will find details on this blog + Facebook + email newsletter.
To join … all you need to do is follow the instructions, and get your swap to me on time. I will be swapping out within 1 week of the due date. If your swap is late, I will hold it over until the next compatible swap. I strongly recommend completing and posting as early as possible, in case of postal delays. If you have posted your swap and would like to let me know, just send a PM via the FB page, or email me at email@example.com, and I will be happy to confirm it’s arrival.
If you are feeling super keen and want to complete swaps way ahead of time, please just plan them out, and wait for the official launch of information. Some swaps require specific measurements, have unusual quantities, or special instructions. If you are travelling and don’t want to miss out, or need the details in advance for any reason, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not have to participate in every swap. Feel free to pick & choose the ones that appeal to you.
This is the printable, just click the above image for the PDF file. A handy check-box is included to keep track of posted swaps.
Yes … you may enter more than once per swap. I recommend sending separate envelopes for each entry, as it will cost less for postage.
A printable will be available for all swaps, including measurements, quantity required, unusual specifics, and a packing checklist.
Packing & Posting
PLEASE … only use the envelope size on the swap schedule for sending swaps. C4 envelopes are highly preferable over C5. They cost the same to post, but swap items can be flattened out better in a C4 envelope, so it costs less to post. The same swap in a C5 envelope can cost almost triple to post because of the bulk. Check the monthly announcements for envelope size recommendation.
POSTAGE … we have been getting away with adding 2 stamps to card swap envelopes, but the weight is often just over the mark, and technically they require 3 stamps. If you wish to use 2 stamps, you risk being charged excess postage on its return.
I am still supplying cards to Ronald McDonald House and Westmead Childrens Hospital. Huge thanks to BlanketLovez for distributing them to these organisations for me. If you would like to donate a card or two, just pop them in with your swaps with a little note ‘donation. Card suggestions include: Birthday, Thank You, Thinking of You, Congratulations.
This year I am also running a stamp drive for Angel Gowns for Australian Angel Babies Inc. to help us send training kits to new volunteers, as well as angel packs to families grieving the loss of a baby. I am collecting the following items:
* 70c stamps (brand new, or un-postmarked)
* 500g & 3kg prepaid satchels
*Any stamps from mail that you may receive postmarked or un-postmarked
Postmarked stamps are for a local elderly gentleman with alzheimers who collects & sorts stamps for a charity he supports.
Non-postmarked stamps can be repurposed to send training kits. If you work in an office and are happy to collect stamps for me, I would be super duper grateful 🙂
Huge thanks to all who participate in the fun … here’s to a fun year of swapping ahead!!!