Swap Glossary

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  1. New England Eeyore

    New England Eeyore <font color=purple>Bradley Whitford and Rob Lowe a

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    We crazy swappers thought it would be helpful to have a glossary of swap elements to help the new swappers learn our “language.” ;)

    This list is meant to be a general guideline for new swappers. Hostesses of a particular swap may have their own set of rules that supercede any explanations here.

    Note: for the examples I tried to limit it to photos where the element was alone in the photo, so that limited it to a few swaps. Make sure you browse the “Swap Gallery” for TONS more examples.

    This site is fantastic for all sorts of techniques: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/articles.html. I’ve linked to this site for specific articles relating to the elements.

    Most commonly used elements:

    Topper – a “title” for the page, horizontal, usually 8 inches wide so it can be used on a variety of page sizes. No handwriting is used but computer fonts, die cut letters or stickers can be.
    Examples:
    Zoo Topper
    Adventureland Topper
    Donald Topper
    Link: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/toppers.html

    Borders - usually vertical, 11 or 12 inches in length, depending on the swap, usually done in a pair
    Examples:
    Borders 1
    Borders 2
    Link: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/borders.html

    Journaling boxes – a space to journal on, typically at least a 3x3 inch writing area, double matted and embellished somehow, usually 2 per person
    Examples:
    Journal box 1
    Journal Box 2
    Journal Box 3
    Link: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/journaling_boxes.html

    4 Embellished squares – small decorative elements, should be double matted and embellished. AKA deco squares. A specific type of these is serendipity squares.
    Examples:
    Four squares
    Four squares 2
    Links:
    Serendipity squares: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/article_serendipity_squares.htm
    Deco squares : http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/deco_squares.html
    Stamped Serendipity squares: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/stamped_serendipity.html

    Embellished Shapes:
    Requirements are the same as embellished squares, but instead can be any other shape.
    Examples:
    Embellished Snowflakes
    Embellished circles
    Embellished flowers

    Photo Frames – usually 2 per person, a frame to surround a 4 x 6 person, embellished in some way. Sizzix makes several frame dies or you can create your own.
    Examples:
    Frames
    Frame (With license plate)
    Link: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/punched_frame.html

    Photo Mats – a mat to fit a 4 x 6 picture, double matted and embellished in some way, usually 2 per person. Bottom mat is usually 4.5 x 6.5, top mat is usually 4.25 x 6.25
    Examples:
    Photo Mats
    Photo Mats 2
    Photo Mats 3


    Tags – A decorative element that may be shaped like the typical tag shape (like a mailing tag) but there is lots of room for flexibility in size and shape. A swap may call for two tags per person, or one large tag. They should be double matted and have either fibers or eyelets in the holes.
    Examples:
    Tag that could be used as a journal box
    Tag that is a shaker box
    2 tags
    2 Tags

    Slide Mounts –You can alter or embellish and actual slide mount or create your own out of cardstock. The mounts are available in a variety of colors and shapes, or Sizzix makes a die with 4 shapes on it. Usually 2 per person.
    Examples:
    3 slide mounts
    Altered Slide Mount Swap - lots of examples
    Links:
    Easy altered slide mounts: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/altered_slidemounts.html
    Make room for slide mounts on your layouts: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/article_slide_mounts.html
    Covering slide mounts with paper: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/covering_slide.html
    B&MB's class:
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1505431

    Box 'n Tag – one journaling box and one tag, as defined above.
    Examples:
    Box and Tag
    Box and Tag 2

    Mini file folder – just as it sounds, Sizzix makes a couple dies for this or you can create your own using a template.
    Examples:
    File Folder 1
    File Folder 2
    File Folder 3
    File Folder 4
    File Folder 5
    Link: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/file_folder.html
    Template: http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/images/minifolder.gif

    Library pocket and tag – A tag inside a pocket (like the pockets you will find in some library books). Sizzix makes a die for the pocket or there are many templates online. You make these whatever size you like by editing the size of the template. There is flexibility for shape as well.
    Examples:
    Pocket and Tag 1
    Pocket and Tag 2
    Link:
    http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/library_pocket.html
    Templates:
    http://scrapbooking.about.com/library/weekly/bllibrarypockettemplate.htm
    http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/library.htm

    Matted Poem or song Lyric – Some sort of poem/lyric/quote or other passage that is printed (no handwriting), double matted and embellished.
    Examples:
    June 08 Quote Swap - many many examples

    Shaker Box – a 3-D element with small beads, glitter, punches or other items inside that when you shake it, move. Hence the name. See the links for detailed instruction on how to make them.
    Examples:
    Tag that is a shaker box
    Shaker box
    Shaker Box 2
    Link: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/article_shaker_boxes.html
    Tips from DISers: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1100112
    Miss Bianca's DIS Shaker Boxes 101 class: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1338040

    Paper Piecing – layering patterned paper or cardstock on top of each other to create an accent. Coloring books are a great source for patterns. See more detailed directions in links. Cricut and Sizzix also allow you to create paper piecings.
    Examples:
    Cricut Paper piecing
    Sizzix Paper piecing
    From-scratch Paper piecing
    Links: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/paper_piecing.html
    http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/piecingtechniques/Paper_Piecing_Techniques.htm
    http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/freepatterns/Free_Paper_Piecing_Patterns.htm

    Bottlecaps – this involves altering the commercially available plain bottle caps.
    Examples:
    http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2051606780098429939aTGlqe
    http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2044590370098429939erSeDF
    Link: http://www.scrapfriends.us/articles/bottlecap_ideas.html

    License Plate:
    The collective brainpower that is the Creative Community could not come up with a coherent way to describe these items. Look at these pictures and go from there.
    Examples:
    3 examples
    License Plate
    License plate 2

    Altered Letter:
    At least 4 inches big. Double matted. Embellished at least 2 ways. This can be sewn, inked, chalked or other embellishments appplied such as Jolee's, QK , stones, etc.
    Examples:
    Altered Soccer "S"
    Altered Peter Pan "P"
    Altered Germany "G"

    Matchbook:
    Just like it sounds, a workable matchbook that opens to hold one or more pieces of paper that could be used for journalling or smaller photos.
    Examples:
    Matchbook cover
    Matchbook open

    Altered paper clips:
    Should be 2 inch jumbo clips, altered in some way.
    Examples:
    Altered Paper Clips
    Altered Paper Clip Swap Group 1
    Altered Paper Clip Swap Group 2

    Altered CD:
    Decorative element. Can be made using two methods - 1) by covering an actual CD with cardstock or printed paper and embellishing appropriately OR 2) by cutting a paper circle the size of a CD (approx. 5" diameter) and embellishing accordingly. Typically 1 per person.
    Examples:
    Altered CD 1
    Altered CD 2 (part of kit)



    Featured Instructions- B&MB's Classroom Tutorials:
    Die Cut Layering 101
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1336450
    Shaker Box 101
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1338040
    Clipboard 101:
    http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1497522
    Slide Mounts 101
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1505431

    Newbies – feel free to ask any questions you have. Veterans – feel free to post things I’ve missed that you think should be on the list, any tips you have for newbies, or any websites you find helpful.
     
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  3. KAMommy

    KAMommy <font color=teal>I am ADDICTED to America's Next T

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    What an AMAZING idea this is. Even vets (okay, me) need to have something to refer back to. Thanks, NEE!
     
  4. AlexWyattMommy

    AlexWyattMommy <font color=deeppink>Okay, here I am, out of high

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    Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to do this. It is great to not have to search on my own for examples of things.

    :thanks:
     
  5. PrincessNancy96

    PrincessNancy96 Scrapbook Mom Moderator

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    Kudos!! Awesome work!!! It is nice to have an explanation and a photo to look at!!!
    Great work!!! :)
     
  6. rlovew

    rlovew Moderator Moderator

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    Great jop on this. It always helps to have a picture to look at. Thanks for all the time you put into this.

    Rebecca
     
  7. New England Eeyore

    New England Eeyore <font color=purple>Bradley Whitford and Rob Lowe a

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    Glad to help! Let me know if you find that any of the links don't match up right. I think I checked them all but it's quite possible I missed some.
     
  8. MomOf2DisneyKids

    MomOf2DisneyKids <font color=9966ff>Scrapbook mommy<br><font color=

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    these are both AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 and yay, a sticky!!!!!
     
  9. Mickster

    Mickster <font color=darkorchid>Swapaholics Unite!<br><font

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    Wow! This is amazing! I enjoyed looking at it all! :thumbsup2
     
  10. StitchIsOurHero

    StitchIsOurHero <font color=red>I was smart enough to marry a DH w

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    This is awesome! Thanks so much for doing this!! :banana:
     
  11. wdwdancerwannabe

    wdwdancerwannabe DIS Veteran

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    Brand New NEWBIE to swapping here...hope it's OK that I posted a question on this thread...

    I read the glossary and clicked on the links to the examples. I also read some of the required pieces of a couple of swaps from the Calendar. My question is: once you have all the elements, should all the elements "match" by theme? and should all the elements be in separate pieces to allow the receiver to layout and choose background paper on their own?

    Hope my confusion/question makes sense!

    I still don't know if I'm going to do it or not. I don't know if my stuff would be "good enough".
     
  12. angelmom

    angelmom Mouseketeer<br><font color=green>Those brads were

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    Yep, they should all be similar by the theme you are doing. That way someone can just grab their pictures and some paper and put a page together. Some swaps are for specific elements, say 1 photo mat, i journal box and 1 element of your choice. If say you are doing a character swap and pick Mickey all these things you make would relate to Mickey and would all be in matching/similar papers and embelished so that they would all coordinate when put together for a layout. Hope this makes sense. I know the first swap I did I had a million questions. Feel free to ask anything.
     
  13. 123SA

    123SA <font color=darkorchid>He stood on the arm of the

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    Thanks for the update!
     
  14. AlexWyattMommy

    AlexWyattMommy <font color=deeppink>Okay, here I am, out of high

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    ::yes:: Thank you! :flower3:
     
  15. New England Eeyore

    New England Eeyore <font color=purple>Bradley Whitford and Rob Lowe a

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    Thank you both for the photos!
     
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    Altered lettter

    I usually make mine at least 4 inches big. Double matted. Embellished at least 2 ways. This can be sewn, inked, chalked or other embellishments appplied such as Jolee's, QK , stones, etc.

    Here is one I made for Germany
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  17. New England Eeyore

    New England Eeyore <font color=purple>Bradley Whitford and Rob Lowe a

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    :thumbsup2 Thanks, Susie! I don't think I've received one of those back yet, so I didn't know exactly what they were. I like them a lot - I may have to try making one sometime!
     
  18. SusieStone

    SusieStone <font color=royalblue>I am addicted to those <font

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    I also made one for W for Wishes for 123SA's MK swap that she just had.
     
  19. TPCShauna

    TPCShauna <font color=green> Most Cheerful Creativear<br><fo

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    Thanks for update! The first link for the altered CD is not working. Let me know if you need another link for that.

    Great work!
     
  20. New England Eeyore

    New England Eeyore <font color=purple>Bradley Whitford and Rob Lowe a

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    I've fixed it. Thanks for letting me know! :thumbsup2
     
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