envelope EXCHANGE *rules*



If you have any questions, please contact me
jmwilson411 [at] yahoo [dot] com

The rules:

TIMELINE 
I post the invitation to join the monthly envelope exchange near the first of the month.  I include a deadline for signing up. I will send the lists promptly. If you sign up and do not hear from me within 3 or 4 days acknowledging your request to exchange, send me another email. 

include these 5 lines of information:

Your name
Your complete street address
Your city, state or province, postal code
Your country
Your email address


Lists will include 4 or 5 or 6 other people

There may be one international address on your list.
If you do not want to mail to international addresses, please do not sign up.
There are usually only two or three international addresses participating each month so I should be able to limit the foreign addresses to one per list.
Once in a while I make a list with all the international addresses and ask the US participants to tell me if they want to be on that list.

YOU ARE INCLUDED ON YOUR LIST  - just send to the others.
Your name will be on the list, but you do not have to send anything to yourself. Just send something to the other people on the list and they will send to you.

ARTWORK
There is no theme, do whatever you want.  Any medium is fine - ink, markers, ballpoints, watercolor, typewriter, rubber stamping and digital art are all acceptable.  Calligraphy is welcome, but not required.  Please decorate the envelope.  You do not need to enclose anything.  If you send an empty envelope write *empty* on the back.  Or, you may enclose a note and write *open* on the back.
[once in a while there will be an optional theme - but it is strictly optional]

ALL THE SAME -or- EACH ONE DIFFERENT
It is entirely up to you. Some people create one design and use it for everyone on the list. Other people make each envelope unique.

QUALITY AND SKILL LEVEL
We have a wide range of skill levels, we welcome beginners, and we do not judge the quality of the artwork.  Don't worry about where you are on the bell curve of creativity. Explore possibilities, experiment, and have fun.

EMAIL ADDRESSES
Emails will be included on the list. If you are missing any mail, please contact the missing sender directly. You may want to open a separate Yahoo email account just for exchanging if you do not want your personal email going out to strangers.

MISSING ENVELOPES
Please try to track them down yourself. If you are getting no response, please let me know.

LATENESS
Sometimes things happen and your envelopes will be late. Please email the others on your list and let them know.  In the event that you are unable to complete your envelopes, let me know and I will try to do them for you.

WHAT DO I PUT ON THE BLOG
Pretty much anything and everything.  Most exchangers are happy to see their work on the blog. If you are shy and don't want your work on the blog, please try to get over it. There are a bazillion images on the internet, and I don't think anyone is going to notice one more decorated envelope. This blog is all about sharing, and it will be a better blog if you join in the sharing.

POSTING PERSONAL ADDRESSES
I avoid scanning and posting images with personal addresses. Some of us already have our addresses all over the internet so I do not blur my own. Anyone else, I will blur [or cover] your address before posting.  I request that any of you who have blogs also blur addresses that are not your own. I have asked people to put return addresses on the back of the envelope...which in theory, would make it unnecessary to blur the return addresses, but it seems that a return address on the back sometimes confuses the scanning machines.
So.....

WHERE TO PUT THE RETURN ADDRESS
We do not have any perfect solution for this. I like to put it at the top of the back flap. Some people have reported that when they do this, the scanner will read the return address, print that bar code, and the envelopes comes right back to their house. One option to make it less likely the scanner will pick up the return address, is to put it along the right or left side, vertically, on the envelope.

MAKING THE ADDRESS HARD TO READ
There are times when a design is so cool that you want to put the address into the design in a very artistic way that is also very hard to read. If you choose to do this, and your return address is very easy to read, that may cause the scanner to pick up the return address. In general, I recommend making the street and zip code pretty easy to find and read.  But, it is up to you.

WHEN DOES IT COST EXTRA
The post office will charge extra if you have a square envelope or one that is addressed in the portrait orientation. The address should be level with the bottom of a landscape orientation if you want the standard one-ounce rate.

4 comments:

  1. How can I sign up for this? I'm fairy new to calligraphy and brush lettering. Please email me at stephieq07[at]hotmail[dot]com

    Thank you!

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    1. Stephanie, go to her blog on the post for today. Sign ups end Nov 13. The info above includes what you need to send her.

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  2. hi, wanted to know if you are still doing this in 2017?

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    1. Yes, I am still running exchanges. I just started one for February. If you send your info to me, I can put you in a group of exchangers. Send your name and address to me at jmwilson411 -at- yahoo -dot- com

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