Examples and Instructions for Swap Elements
~~Swap Page Elements~~
Here's a quick "what is"...and "how to"...for page elements that go into some swaps...
This post will be updated as needed....I got my information from CM and the web (pics are from the web too)...check back often because this isn't completed yetand if you have a question -- or want want something added -- just ask...thanks!
Also - keep in mind that the materials that you use must be archival safe (not that our stuff will last 100s of years...) -- just do your best and have FUN!
All handmade items must be double matted and embellished (example: brads, eyelets, flowers). This is your chance to be creative.
- Title (w/at least 2 embellies)
2x6 or 2x9, double matted. Can stamp it, use diecut letters, whatever else you can think of.
- Emb paper clips
I like the coated, large paperclips (personal taste)...make sure that you have a background (plain) image to glue to the back...no scotch tape, even though it is archival safe, please - why? the mat makes the embellished part more sturdy.
- Tag (w/at least 2 embellies)
Tags are minimum of 2x3...use good cardstock..emb at least two times. Here's some examples:
- Embellished journal box (matted)
- Embellished photo mat (matted)
If you are using a 4x6 photo, your mat can be 4.25 x 6.25....you can cut it on a cutter (no scissor if you cut like me! LOL) or buy precut photo mats, like DCWV - Die Cuts With a View.
Then you take a larger paper and mount it behind the 4.25 x 6.25....it can be 4.5 x 6.5 (that makes it easy to measure and cut....for me at least)...or up to 8x8 to fit in a swap env....
then emb the larger mat with anything that you have...ribbon, brads, stickles, die cuts....swappers can fit their photo on the smaller mat....
Step 1) Mat your photos on solid colored cardstock level an 1/8" border all the way around the photo.
Step 2) Double mat the photos by creating a mat that is approximately 1" larger on one side than the first mat.
Step 3) Embellish the protruding second mat as desired to compliment the photos and the layout.
Step 4) Repeat the embellishments and patterns on other photos, the title, and/or journaling box to complete the layout.
- Layered / Embellished Diecuts
when possible, use a "shadow" as a mat (makes it sturdy)...and layers (makes it look great)...good cardstock helps...nice colors (no fluorescents)...also, at least 2 inches...for large dies, 3-4 inches...
- Stamped Images
Smudge-free, on quality white cardstock, with at least 1/2 inch around the edges. Looks really nice when matted - see if host wants it matted.
Inchies are squares that are 1x1; twinchies are 2x2. Trinches are 3x3 Usually they are in a set of one for trinches and two or three for inches and twinches and they coordinate (see pic).
- They are embellished (2-4 times) and really cute little additions to a LO or cards.
can be something not on the list, stickers (please no flat, tiny, junkie ones)
~Store Bought Items~
- Reg., mini and shaped brads or eyelets
- 6x6, 8x8 cardstock - heavy cardstock - not construction paper; if you cut down 12x12 into 6x6s, please use a sharp cutter...no ripping
- pattern paper
~Mini Kit Swaps~
Mini kit swaps are just that...mini kits (6x6 in size). Most of our scrapbooking pages are 8x8 or 12x12 so these are just extras for you to use in your pages, unless you can make a page that small.
If you want to participate, you just send in the recommended number (in parenthesis) per person to the host.
For example, if I were doing cardstock (2 pp) and eyelets (4 pp) for the kit, I would send 20 pieces of cardstock (6x6) and 40 eyelets to the hostess. Most of the swaps are 8-10 people with an occasional one for 16 or more people.