As you may know, I spent four days last week in Orlando with approximately 7,000 other demonstrators at the #StampinUp30 OnStage Convention. And while we were totally spoiled by Stampin’ Up! (more on that later), one of the highlights of any OnStage is swapping with fellow demonstrators. On Saturday morning, I participated in an organized swap with the GoDivas Amazing Swappers.
Wondering what’s involved with a swap? Do you remember exchanging Valentine’s cards in elementary school? You carefully chose your Valentine design, carefully signed your name, and shared them with with your best friends. Then, there was the excitement of opening the envelopes and examining each card that was chosen just for you. That’s how it feels to participate in a card swap.
Swaps occur in two different ways. First, there is the unorganized, or general swaps. Here, you trade with whoever is gathered with you. These usually happen while waiting for the doors of the convention center to open, or while walking around waiting for the presentation to begin.
Organized swaps are for a specific group of people and follow specific rules. It’s usually preferred that you only use current Stampin’ Up! products, and may ask that a certain number of layers, or only specific colors are used. Sometimes, there is a theme, such as birthday’s or thank you cards. Organized swaps may be in person, like my monthly Stamping Bee Team Swaps or at conventions. They may also be done online.
Swaps are a great way to meet people. They’re also great for getting new ideas or seeing new techniques. It’s also a good way to increase your own personal card collection. In this case, I made 33 of this card, and after swapping, had 33 unique designs to come and share with you!