Somebody suggested we swap “really big” postcards, and it made me revisit the file folder swap we did here way back in June 2012. It was the second swap I hosted here at MMSA and only 8 people participated. We have so many adventurous artists now I thought it would be fun to try again.
|This is one I made|
It’s really fun to get something so big and colorful in the mail, and if you’re so inclined to can put your new art to work! You can use it as a file folder of course, but I also use decorated file folders as rigid dividers in my MMSA basket.
And I have this beautiful file folder envelope from Carroll that has become a pocket inside my art journal.
for more inspiration, click here and see the ones created for MMSA in 2012.
Read through all these details please – there are some different requirements from our usual swaps.
- Start with a plain file folder.
- Decorate the front and back anyway you like. Any style, technique or media is welcome, but keep in mind it will eventually be mailed to your partner without an envelope.
- Stick a little note inside with your name and contact info, and include a little surprise for your partner (such as a little bit of collage fodder or ephemera or pretty paper. Don’t go overboard, we’re not stuffing the envelope or anything. Just a few little bits.)
- Seal the edges - glue, tape, stitching - anything to make it secure.
- Put a blank address label of some sort on the front.
- Adhere sufficient postage for me to mail it to your partner. At a minimum this will cost you $.98 (the cost of a large envelope 1 ounce or less). Obviously the rate goes up if it’s heavier. And if it’s rigid or if it has a lumpy object inside that causes more than ¼ variation in thickness, it will have to be shipped as a package which will cost $2.32.
- I strongly recommend going to the post office and asking then to calculate the rate for you.
- Stick the stamps on before mailing it to me if possible (rather than sending them loose inside the envelope)
- If you don’t have stamps, it’s okay to send me cash or to send money through my paypal account (email@example.com)
- Stick the whole thing inside a big envelope and mail it to me by March 17th.