Do you LOVE fairies? We do around here. Of course, its probably because I have a couple of living, breathing, little fairy kids running around pretending to be human grand children.
And of course, there are teensy fairies elves in my gardens, and guardian fairies watching over the house. Not to mention all the woodland fey habitating the Fairy Berry Trail out in our woods.
Fairies come in all shapes, sizes, occupations, styles, and forms. Naughty little trouble makers, angelic helpers, wild and wonderful tree dwellers, water nymphs, and of course the springtime sprites who paint all the pretty flowers to welcome the new season.
And I am delighted by all of them.
If you are too, maybe you'd like to join our swap in honor of the capricious, flittery creatures who are so illusive and lovely?
This is a little different than past swaps I have hosted. This time we'll be by passing tags and using half sheets of standard 8-1/2 x 11" card stock. (Or your choice of materials, cut to approximately this size) The theme is so special, that I wanted to do a "real" book instead of tags.
I will provide a front and back cover, with vintage papers, and my own art work, coordinate 8 pages to send back to you, ring bind the books, add ribbons and a fairy charm.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Here are the guidelines, if you'd like to join:
- The theme is fairy, any interpertation you'd like
- Size is 5-1/2" wide, 8-1/2" tall (approximately) A bit smaller, larger will work.
- Please use card stock, or something sturdy. Please feel free to be creative and use other materials (cloth, felt, tin, chipboard, etc), just nothing too flimsy like plain copy paper.
- Make 8 pages front and back, (the back can be simple but please at least cover it in pretty paper, not leave it blank) So that means 8 pages/16 sides total
- Sign each page, add your blog name if you have one
- LEAVE ONE INCH ALONG THE LEFT HAND SIDE FLAT, no 3-D items along the edge, so I can punch holes. Decorate the crap out of the rest of the page and goober it up as thick as you'd like, but please leave the left 1" for me to bind!
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your info to join. Please include:
- Your first and last name
- Your blog name and URL (you don't need to have a blog to participate)
- Your email address
Tags should be to me by September 1, 2012
In your package, include:
- Your first and last name, same as you provided at sign up
- A slip of paper with your name, and address, if your mailing address name does not match the first and last name you provided, please alert me
- $20 fee for USA, $25 for overseas (these will probably weigh about one pound or so per book)
I look forward to seeing the piles of pretty pixie pages flying into my cottage!
Mail your sprite-ish art to:
1754 E 1200 RD
LAWRENCE, KS 66049
Faerie Swap Book Update, And an explanation of the costs
I've been trying to do them assembly line style, gluing all the wallpaper backs on, sanding and inking the edges, cutting out and adding the fairy with her vintage millinery wings, then the wallpaper circle with the title, then some glitter.
It was going very well and I was pleased to see I was almost through the stack.
But the stack looked kind of small.
Then, I counted and realized that the copy store had only made 60 copies, not 100. So, back to the copy store for 40 more and start the process over again.
I plan for 100, my smaller swaps have gone way over that, but this one is more involved. We are not quite to 100 yet, so you still have time to join. Click on the side bar button if you want more info.
So, I thought I should explain. First of all, I have to buy charms, chip board, wallpaper, glue, more glue, ribbons, ring binders,card stock, ink, and glitter. I have to pay for color copies, plus use my own stash of wallpaper, flocked paper and millinery.
It adds up for 100 books. And the postage will be higher than previous swaps I've done, these books are much larger than little tag books.
I put in hours, and hours, and hours of time to this. Starting with the watercolor of the fairy, so that there is an original design on the cover, not just an image I got from the internet.
Plus, all the sorting, and book making, then the days of making labels to send out the packages, plus the ink and paper for my printer.
Now, its true, that not all the money goes to purchases, some goes to my time. But it doesn't cover the extent of time that I put into the work. I'd make a lot more if I was taking photos of my things to sell and adding them to the Boutique. Or making something arty to add to it instead of this.
But I love swaps and its so fun to see my studio swamped in pages and pages of your art work!
So, I enjoy doing it, but I simply could not do it if I didn't charge, it takes away too much time from my real work. I hope you don't think I'm trying to gouge you on the price. Honestly, I'm not getting ahead on this. If you think I've over charged you, I hope this explains the costs behind the price.