OK Ladies (and gentlemen) I know you have been patiently waiting for me
to announce our next swap, so here it is!
I've decided to change the swap this month to something a little easier and hopefully a lot more fun!
It's a VICTORIAN THEMED MYSTERY ENVELOPE SWAP!
"Why VICTORIAN YOU MAY ASK??"
Well, this page I found puts it best:
The popularity of scrapbooking is not a new phenomenon; “keeping a scrap-book” was a popular 19th century pastime, especially for women and children. The Oxford English Dictionary, which defines a scrap-book as a “blank book in which pictures, newspaper cuttings, and the like are pasted for preservation," suggests that 1854 is the earliest known date of the word "scrap-book" being used in print although other methods of collecting mementos were popular since the 18th century.
Disposable paper items such as trade cards, die-cuts and greeting cards were collected by both children and adults and pasted into Victorian scrapbooks. These decorative albums were composed of "scraps," collectible cards, and trade cards, which were sometimes arranged quite artistically on a page. Scrapbooks were indispensable as a method of illustration in teaching children both at home and in the Sunday-school. Women’s magazines from the 1800s often describe the making of a scrap-book as an essential “rainy-day occupation” for children and include a list of scrapbooking supplies to be kept on hand for such a day. VIA VICTORIANA.COM
SO WHY NOT GET BACK TO OUR "SCRAP-BOOK" ROOTS!
Now the next question you may find yourself asking, "What exactly is a mystery envelope?"
Well, it's an regular legal size (3 5/8" x 6 1/2" ) white or handmade mailing envelope filled with
Themed Mystery Items of the sender choice.
You will be sending / receiving approx. 15-20 items/pieces.
FOR THIS SWAP:
The contents of your envelope MUST BE VICTORIAN THEMED
YOU MUST PICK:
3 items from the following list to send:
3 vintage typed book pages
3 VICTORIAN THEMED photos (wallet size- minimum)
2 Patterned papers
2 pages of sheet music
2. product advertisements
2 greeting cards/ trade cards
1 (6"+ size) paper doll assembled
+ pick 2 ITEMS FROM THE FOLLOWING
6 various buttons
4 assorted feathers
3 handmade stick pins/ hat pins
3 vintage themed die-cuts
1 pkg. of rhinestones/ pearls applique (in a design/ pattern)
+ pick 1 ITEM FROM THE FOLLOWING:
4 crocheted or fabric flowers/ dollies -2" min. size
3 pcs. ribbon ~ MINIMUM of 12" length
2 pcs. lace ~ MINIMUM of 12" length
2 metal charms (keys, etc ~ minimum 2")
2 vintage fabric swatches (minimum 6" x 6" square)
MAKE SURE TO ADD A CARD, POSTCARD OR NOTE ON VINTAGE PAPER
FOR YOUR PARTNER, SO THEY KNOW WHO TO THANK!
ALSO FEEL FREE TO ADD IN A "MYSTERY" GIFT FOR YOU PARTNER, IF YOU LIKE!
All paper products such as photos, book pages, music and advertisements can be printed
but MUST APPEAR TO BE ANTIQUE! (Inks work wonders)
I hope that I have explained this well enough, and that nobody is intimidated... BUT If you are unsure about something that you would love to send, please just ask before you send it.
Basically the goal is to have fun and get some awesome stuff!
SWAP SIGN UP OPEN UNTIL: March 20th, 2012
PARTNERS ASSIGNED: March 21st, 2012
SHIPPING DATE: MARCH 23rd, 2012
To sign up PLEASE EMAIL ME: firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name, mailing address, and blog info. (if you have one)
I hope your as excited to try this swap as I am!