What is a swap?

16 Feb

Yesterday, I shared with you a couple of swaps from Leadership 2011. You may be wondering what a swap is and/or what Leadership 2011 was. I’ll answer the latter first. Leadership is a gathering of –believe it or not — leaders within Stampin’ Up! It is a conference where these folks meet for training and creative inspiration. While I qualified to attend, I was unable to do so this year. But, one of my team members did, and shared the swaps she received while there. One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is swapping and sharing. So, on to an explanation of swaps!

What is a swap? Demonstrators make multiples of one card/project and then swap that card or project (scrapbook page, 3-D item, etc.) for one created by another demonstrator. This happens when we get together at Stampin’ Up! events such as Leadership, Convention, and Regionals. We also swap when we get together at team events. Some host and/or participate in swaps by mail.

We also have something called a Shoebox Swap. A Shoebox Swap is when you create a sample card, and then put everything needed to make the card, including pre-cut paper, in a shoebox. Swap participants will create their own cards using the supplies you furnish and your sample as a guide.

Team Shoebox Swap

Team Shoebox Swap

Team Shoebox Swap

Team Shoebox Swap

How do you know what to swap? There may be a posted theme, such as “Anything from the Occasions Mini Catalog” or “anything Christmas,” or there may be a general swap where anything goes.

Sometimes when doing card swaps, the swap host requests only card fronts, sometimes a card (front & back), and sometimes the whole card plus envelope.

Why do we swap? 1.) Swapping is an exchange of ideas.  2.) When we look at a stamp set, Big Shot die, embellishment or even designer paper, we all see something different.  3.) It’s fun! 4.)  It builds our sample/displays for you, our customers. 5.) It can be a time saver because there just aren’t enough hours in the day to create everything we can think of.

The projects you see here include a swap I created which was inspired by one shared by Jan Wakeland (vintage “so sorry” card) and the rest are shoebox swaps from our “Stampers with Sparkle” team meeting in Springfield, VA last Saturday. You’ll be seeing some of these swaps at the March Stamp Camp — Mar 26 — and others at workshops (that you host or attend) and others at K.I.S.S. — Mar 4. I am thankful for creative and talented demonstrators who shared these ideas by swapping with me at our team meeting. Their creativity will bless you and will make my preparation for upcoming events quick and painless. Quick because the hard part can be “being original.” I won’t have to create; I’ll just have to cut and teach!

Booty from team shoebox swap

If you have been hesitant to join Stampin’ Up! because you don’t think you’re “creative” or you think “I don’t have the time to come up with all the ideas!”, now you know our secret. You don’t have to. While you certainly can come up with all of your own ideas if you want – and some demonstrators do — using swap ideas for classes and workshops is just another way that we have as demonstrators to enjoy options and flexibility. Remember:  The demonstrator starter kit is on sale and comes with a $50 gift – full details here – Start Your Own Business. I would be honored to sponsor you and have you join our “Group Therapy” stamping team.

Until we meet again…HAPPY STAMPIN’!

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