Next swap

The next Swap starts on 1. September 2015

Dienstag, 18. August 2015

On shipping costs and how much to send



I’ve got this e-mail today from a paper swaper who told me she received a box of papers from someone new to paper swap which has cost the huge amount of $66 to send!!!
Although this is very generous and brought real joy, I think, it is time to talk about shipping costs.

In fact when I started the whole thing, I adviced just to use small letter (the normal ones) enevlopes to send it, because I wanted to make it affordable for everyone. But soon I realized, that people are much more generous than I thought and they nearly all send real big enevlopes (the one you could send a magazine in, we call it DIN A4 here in Germany) filled with stuff.
So soon this was the usual amount to send. We are the lucky ones in Germany, wherever in the world we‘ll send it to, it's € 3.50- 7. And that's ok. But shipping costs have risen badly these times, esp. in the UK, but also in Canada, Australia and the USA. They always have been high in France and the Netherlands and it's not getting better.
So here is my advice:
-          Please always „talk“ it over with your swap partner how much to send and be honest, if you can’t send a big envelope.
-          Quality over quantity! It’s not about sending as much as you can, but sending some real gems and things, that you think, she/he will like to use in her/his art.
-          Before sending it, go and check the envelope at your local post office and ask how much it will be. If it’s too much, go home and take some things out. Maybe sending two envelopes is cheaper? Check it out, sometimes it can be the case.
-          If you are not able to send out what you’ve packed due to unusual financial strains, please let me know. We’ll find a way, I promise!
And: I will put up some quick swaps in the future, which means only filling the normal letter envelope (and there is much more fitting into it than one realizes at first). It's also a good chance for those who are tight with time and material to join the fun.

Any questions? Suggestions? Please write to me or comment here! Thx!

Samstag, 8. August 2015

Next swap and new blog

The next swap will start on 1st September 2015.
Come on and join the fun.
Send me an e-mail: lawendula@gmail.com


And here are some news for the German Paper Swapers and Artfriends:

Seit 2008 führe ich einen privaten Blog auf blog.de, das nun im Winter schließen wird. Deswegen bin ich nun zu wordpress gewandert und führe dort unter LaWendeltreppe einen öffentlichen Blog. Der hat eigentlich mit Paper Swap nichts zu tun, wohl aber mit Kunst, Collagen, Journals und meinem persönlichen Alltag.

Ich würde mich freuen, wenn ihr mal reinschaut! Danke!


Mittwoch, 8. Juli 2015

Paper swap starts again

The spring/summer break slowly comes to an end!

So if you want to join the paper swap in August, please sign in now via e-mail.

Paper Swap will start again

It will start on August, 1st!

Happy collecting!


Mittwoch, 13. Mai 2015

The Uplift Box



We are 15 now! And the box will start on May, 15 2015. Isn’t that a great serendipity?!
The Uplift Box May
2015
The box will start here in Germany, going over to France, then the UK, the USA, Canada and at last South Africa.

Thank you all, who have signed up! I hope you will have fun with it. (The wee bags are my surprise for each of you.)
Thank you
bags

Fingers crossed, that post strike won’t delay the box for too long.

May this project be protected and bring only joy to the world!

Hugs from FM

Samstag, 7. März 2015

Two new art challenges and exchanges- PLEASE SIGN IN SOON!



As you know, this year we have a longer break in our paper swap rounds, so from April-July there are no swaps, BUT there will be two new and –I hope- intriguing and exciting projects, YOU can join now.

  1. The first one will start on 15-5-2015 and it’s called “The uplift box”.

It’s a bit like the old collage box thing (some of you may remember), but slightly different. The box will start from here, filled with 144 (12x12) scraps, images, cut-outs from my piles of magazines and art stuff. You will take from it and add to it and send it on.
Then you create a postcard with the material to send it on as an uplift for someone in need.

If you want to participate, you’ll have to sign in with your full name and mailing address.
You can sign up any time til May 1st. The box will be sent out round May, 15th  2015.

This project is for 20 persons only (or sending it round might take ages), so be quick!

For more infos please send an e-mail to lawendula@gmail.com


  1. The second one will start on July, 1st and is called “The question and answer oracle game”.


And this is how it works:

Everyone takes two blank cardboard pieces in the size of postcards and turns them into artful collages/artworks. One with a question on it, the other with an answer. It CAN be the answer to that question, but it doesn’t NEED to!

You can sign in now and start working on it, you have to be ready by July, 1st. Then everyone will send her question card to one participant and the answer card to another. I will make sure that in the end, everyone has got a question card and an answer card and that they both were from different persons.
So finally everyone has an artful oracle with a question and the random answer to it.

Sounds like fun? You can sign in now til June! Please sign in with your full name and your mailing address!

You can of course sign in for both. This is an obligation; please make sure, we can rely on you.

Questions? Just drop me a line!

Sign in via e-mail please, as always it’s lawendula@gmail.com


Donnerstag, 12. Februar 2015

Please sign up for the paper swap in March

The swap that starts on March, 1st will be the LAST SWAP for a couple of month. Due to travelling I have to skip April and May Swaps this year and the summer break will go all through June and July, so the next normal swap will be August, 1st 2015.

I think I will organize a quick swap in between and I was also planing a little art challenge, but I'm not sure if I can manage that.

So if you want to use the opportunity, sign up for March Swap. As you know: totally free of themes, total fun, free spirit, easy going.

Are you in? Great! Just drop me a line.

lawendula@gmail.com


Samstag, 3. Januar 2015

Happy new year!

I wish you all a very joy- and artful new year!

Please sign in for the February Swap now.

You can of course also sign in for the whole year too.

lawendula@gmail.com

Attention: There will be no swaps between May and August 2015 due to travel and summer break.
Please stay tuned for special art projects during that time.

xox LaWendula

Mittwoch, 3. Dezember 2014

Swaps in 2015

What's new in 2015?

Two important things:


First: Every swap now starts on the first day of the month and no longer on the first Monday.

Second: Every swap has a free theme, so no more special themes, as there have been too many complaints about it. And quite honestly, after 5 years it will be hard to find new swap themes. So free spirit, send whatever you want as long as it is paper related!

If you want to sign in for January or any other swap or even the whole year, you are welcome.

Please note: Due to travelling there might be a longer break during 2015 from April til August, but there will be an art project during the summer. Please stay tuned and check this blog regularly. Thx.


Please sign in at lawendula@gmail.com

Have a great new year everyone!


Mittwoch, 19. November 2014

After a PC crash- please sign in again!!!

Dear friends!

I had a serious PC crash, had to buy a new one and lost data.

It would be of great help if you could sign in again for December 2014 and other swaps in 2015, to make sure no-one gets lost in the data nirvana.

Thanks a bunch!

Dienstag, 4. November 2014

December swap

Our December swap will start on Monday, 1.12.2014.


It’s the last swap with a theme: „50 words for snow“. (Which is a great Kate Bush album btw)
So you can swap everything about snow, ice, winter and winter colours. Think big, make it playful.

You can also sign in now for the swaps in 2015. Please spread the fun and tell your friends and blogmates about paper swap.

What’s new?

1. We won’t have theme related swaps anymore. So each swap is a free one and you can trade whatever you like, as long as it is papermade.

2. Every swap will start on the first day of the month.

3. Instead of quick swaps there will be a new project during the summer month June, July and August. Stay tuned.


Attention: There may not be a paper swap in May, due to travelling. But it’s not quite sure yet.

The winners of the giveaway from our 5-years-celebration are:

1. Manuela
2. Kelly
3. Erna
4. Beth
5. Danit

Congratulations!

Sign in via e-mail for the December swap or any swap in 2015. lawendula@gmail.com

Montag, 6. Oktober 2014

5 years of paper swap!

It was in November 2009 when I started the first paper swap.
The idea was to exchange material for collages and journaling and to get in touch with artists from all over the world.

I am happy that this is still going on and it still is a great joy to do so. Thanks to everyone who has joined the fun!

Please join me on that special day, swap paper (free theme!) and maybe with a bit of luck you will win the giveaway.
On November, 1st I will draw the names of 5 winners for....

1.   The XL envelope with all kinds of collage art stuff from my studio and of course some nice papers!
2. The L envelope
3. The M envelope
4. The S envelope
5. An original collage postcard made by me



You can sign in now, everybody's welcome!


lawendula@gmail.com



Dienstag, 2. September 2014

October Swap "When autumn leaves will start to fall"

Starting on Monday, 6 of October 2014 we will have the theme "autumn" for gathering and exchanging papers.
I hope you all will enjoy this.

Don't forget to sign in asap, thx!


Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole von Mrsvillevalo