- Each box needs to be opened, and usually the pages are individually wrapped.
- There is a master list with all the names, and I check off that the package arrived.
- I salvage all bubble wraps and tissue paper.
- I make sure there is a return address, if not I have to cut it off of the box they arrived in, then check off the address on my master list.
- I check for payment, set that aside and mark the person paid.
- The pages get stacked with the return address at the bottom of the pile. When I make the books, that helps me keep track of who created those pages. Then I slide the completed books into the padded envelopes and tape the address to the front. I don't use this as a label, I make the labels online and look at the taped on address as I type in the info.
- All empty boxes get stored away for future use, I try to recycle as much as I can.
I'll wait till the rest arrive to finish the stacks, and start making the books. Since I extended the deadline due to Labor Day, they will be trickling in all week.
Its going to be sad when the avalanche of packages stops coming to the door every day. Its like little bits of blog friends coming to visit my studio. Well, that sounds weird. But I hope you know what I mean.
I'm glad to know that I have Romantic Gothic Ghosts planned, and that I can start gearing up for that. Then, I'll have real live friends coming to see me here. (there are a couple spaces left if you'd like to come to play with us)
Freda sent Sugarwings this sweet music box, I can't wait to see her face when she opens it. We like to wind up a music box after I tuck her in sometimes, and she can listen to the music till it runs down.
I've always admired Robin Sanchez's work, and was thrilled that she sent me one of her pieces!! Look at that Charlotte necklace!!!
Charlottes are such a special little doll, aren't they? And so wonderful to use in projects. I adore what Terri Gordon did with this one. When its folded up, its a heart. When its open, the sides are fairy wings!!
This was on someones box, sorry I can't remember who. Cute,huh? I'm often blown away by some of the packaging that comes in. Wow, there is a lot of love and care that goes into a swap. Which is just one of the many reasons why I love them!
I'll try to snag a few more pics as I make the books. And I'll pin these from my blog to the Pinterest Board that I made.
PS- a couple years ago, Beth and I did this online class, complete with every paper and image you need ready to download and print for the detailed projects. There are also lots of decor tips and pretty ideas.
It wsa the inspiration for our Romantic Gothic Ghost class at my studio, Oct. 6th.
There are a couple spots left in the workshop at my house, and if you sign up to come, the online class comes as a bonus! If you can't make it to Kansas for the arty party, the online classes are full of fun and only $25.