Shoebox & Line Swaps!

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What is a Shoebox Swap and how is it different from a general or line Swap? 


A General Swap is where you come with swaps already prepared by you and swap with others that are already completed.  No line or organization, just trading with those near you.  We will not be doing general swaps. 

A LINE Swap is where sign up to make 20 full cards.   You make those at home and bring with you at a set time and place to swap in a line with those that signed up also.  Very organized and we are swapped in 10 minutes.   For those interested in an organized Line Swap you can sign up when you register. We will have Line swaps in groups of 20.  If you join 2 or 3 line swaps, your swaps MUST be a different style for each group.

A SHOEBOX SWAP is more of an activity or event!  This is a Stampcation favorite!  We typically have 3 groups of 20 participate.

You bring all the supplies for 20 people to make your card.   You will bring your project in a box (like a shoe box) with all the supplies for others to make your card. 21 stampers are in each group and will move from box to box, stamping the projects.  You go home with 20 cards.  Numbers may adjust down (not up) based on the number registering.  You can choose to join in when you register.  There are guidelines, see below.

What do I Bring?

You will bring the supplies to complete 20  FULL cards, all the same design. These 20 card kits will need to be prepared ahead of time and you will bring all items to make the cards with you in a shoebox. (Adhesive, scissors not required to be in box as everyone will bring their own to complete swaps)   Inks, stamps, punches…whatever it takes to make your project!

Please plan your project to be something that can be completed in 10 minutes.  These should be at least 4-1/4″ (no 3×3 or tags), FULL cards or 3D item.  Standard swap rules apply. Everything must be current SU (no retired products)  don’t use knock-off products.

You can prestamp images if you think you need to.   Big Shot EMBOSS or cut dies in advance as there will not be room for a machine on the Table!  Poke any holes, cut exact lengths of ribbons and papers in advance!   You should bring 1 sample already completed in each box so stampers can use it as a guide to complete your project.   You will be assembling 20 cards in 3  hours so there will only be time for minimal stamping and assembly, which will be easy and fun!

TIPS for Prepping:

** VERY IMPORTANT!  You must keep your project to 10 minutes! 

  • Time it, have a friend do it without your instruction!   Stamp things in advance, minimal coloring and have it ready to just glue together!
  • Do your own design – if you case a card, she may be there also and you just don’t know her yet!
  • Label all your supplies with your name
  • You will only have so much table room.  The box and a placemat in front of the box. Don’t bring a huge set-up.
  • Keep your project easy enough that you don’t have to explain it.  You will be stamping somewhere else!
  • Create something that you would love to get back in return. Please use at least 2 layers, and add an embellishment of some sort Buttons, Ribbon, etc.  Make sure all paper is cut properly, and check & double check to make sure you don’t forget anything that people will need to complete your project.

  • Have extras in the box in case there are boo-boos.  Have a few extra kits in the box because something is always short:)
  • put your name on the back of your sample but not the cards they will make.
  • NO loose glitter! (glitter/glimmer paper ok)  Unless you do it at home before you arrive. The hotel is very picky about glitter and we will lose our security deposit. 

 Groups of 20

We will have groups of 20 shoe boxers assigned by color when you check in.

When you arrive you can choose your color group.  It’s fun for friends to split up and get double the ideas!

Rules of Engagement:

 

Groups of 20 Full cards

We will have groups of 21 shoe boxers assigned by color when you check in.  You will make 20 full cards.  There are 21 boxes because you will not do your own shoebox:)

When you arrive you can choose your color group.  It’s fun for friends to split up and get double the ideas!

Rules of Engagement:

1.  Participants must put their boxes out at 7 pm on one of the tables with your swap color that matches your pin!  You must leave them out until everyone is done!  Boxes can stay out til noon the next day if people did not finish.   If you are done you can leave but your box must stay set up until every one is done,   If you have to leave, have someone else pick up your box for you.   No exceptions. (last time people took their boxes early and some didn’t get their card made)

2. The boxes should be as if GLUED to their spot on the table!  No passing of boxes…ever.

3. Stampers must sit at table to work on project in front of them.  When they are done with that project, stampers must stand up and move to an open seat at ANOTHER table.   That means you may NOT just reach into the box next to you!  You cannot just scoot to the next seat at your table – this will clog up that table at the end.

4.  There will be no reaching into the box next to you. (that was meant to be repeated)  There will be no exchanging of boxes with your friend sitting next to you. Remember that someone is waiting for your seat and it’s not fair to make them wait on 2 people.

How to package the pieces for your project:  

Put all the parts and pieces in a zip or cello bag for each person.  If you want your bag back, leave a note there.  You can leave tips to complete your project near your box if needed. 


Things to bring other than your project box:

While you are stamping the other projects, you will want to have  a little tote with scissors, adhesive, dimensionals, glue dots, bone folder and camera.  (camera is just in case you cannot finish, you can take your packet and assemble later)

We will provide your number and clothespins to clip to your box!

We will have baby wipes on plates on tables for cleaning or bring your own scrub.

We would LOVE to display your swap when we are done!  We will make an announcement that day for those.

2. The boxes should be as if GLUED to their spot on the table!  No passing of boxes…ever.

3. Stampers must sit at table to work on project in front of them.  When they are done with that project, stampers must stand up and move to next open seat at ANOTHER table!   That means you may NOT just reach into the box next to you!

4.  There will be no reaching into the box next to you. (that was meant to be repeated)  There will be no exchanging of boxes with your friend sitting next to you. Remember that someone is waiting for your seat and it’s not fair to make them wait on 2 people.

How to package the pieces for your project:  

Put all the parts and pieces in a zip or cello bag for each person.  If you want your bag back, leave a note there.  You can leave tips to complete your project near your box if needed. 


Things to bring other than your project box:

While you are stamping the other projects, you will want to have  a little tote with scissors, adhesive, dimensionals, glue dots, bone folder and camera.  (camera is just in case you cannot finish, you can take your packet and assemble later)

We will provide your number and clothespins to clip to your box!

We will have baby wipes on plates on tables for cleaning or bring your own scrub.

We would LOVE to display your swap when we are done!  We will make an announcement that day for how to display yours.

  PLEASE put your name on the back so we will know which one is yours!  You can pick them back up at the end  of the event or we will donate them to our US  soldiers (Cards For Troops Organization)

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