Soon it will be winter…
For some, it means staying cozy at home, waiting for spring and summer. For others, it means going out to take pictures because winter is the time of the year where the light is at its best.
But it also means that soon it will be Christmas and the winter holidays. Time for many of us to be with their friends and families. And for us, it’s also a tradition to reflect on the past year and exchange some memories.
We used to exchange books. While they are valuable memories, a book exchange is also a big commitment. It requires time and energy. (And let us not forget it’s also an important financial commitment.)
So last year we came up with the idea of exchanging postcards instead. And we loved it…
So it’s time to start planning the 2018 postcard exchange.
The 2018 Stuck in Plastic card exchange
To participate in our postcard exchange, the process is fairly similar to last year.
8 Easy Steps
- Sign up today.
- Create your own toy photography postcard.
- Order 24 postcards.
- Share with us who you will make very happy.
- Handwrite your 23 postcards.
- Sit back, relax and start receiving beautiful handwritten postcards from all over the world.
- Smile as you know that special one you selected is getting some beautiful cards in their mailbox as well.
- Wrap them all together with your own card in a small booklet and share them with your Xmas and New Year guests.
Are you ready?
Sign up now.
Final sign up date is November 25th.
The slightly more elaborate steps.
- First, sign up by completing the Google Form. The final sign up date is November 25th. But the earlier we know who is in, the earlier we can provide everyone with the addresses where to send postcards. Waiting until the final moments makes our lives a little harder.
- You create your own toy photography postcard. Take a new picture, or choose your favorite from the ones you took this year. Print it. There are a lot of good and creative print agencies out there. Boris likes Moo. But there are a lot of alternatives. Let us know in the comments which agency you will be using.
- While registering, you gave us your address and the address of a friend or family member who will also receive a postcard from everyone. From last year’s experience, people value the surprise of receiving toy photography postcards from all around the world, so we made it mandatory. You just opted in a shared humanity.
- We raffle this whole exchange up so that there are no more than twelve creative photographers in a group. This means that you don’t have to worry about how many cards you have to send. We guarantee that you will have to send no more than 23 postcards and no less than 11 (and you will receive between 11 and 5 postcards, full math details below*).
- On December 3rd the latest, we send you the list of your creative cluster photographers and their friend’s address. By now you are well underway to get your fresh set of cards delivered to your doorstep. Don’t wait too long with ordering. Everyone likes to get them under the Xmas tree.
- You handwrite your cards and post them in the mail between December 4th and December 15th, making sure your cards arrive at their final destinations under the Xmas tree or at least before 2019 kicks off. (We can’t stress out enough the importance of handwriting the cards. It really makes the outcome a lot more personal!)
- You start to receive individual handwritten cards from all over the world and hopefully a bear hug from your friend, colleague or family member you bestowed the gift of getting beautifully hand-signed pieces of art in their mailbox.
- Last but not least. You have now a beautiful book of cards from all over the world and you add your card to the set. A book of twelve(*) or so awesome images.
(Be sure to also check last year’s post as it contains additional tips on how to print the card and how much the whole exchange can cost at most.)
And of course, any questions, you can ask here in the comments, or in the special forum topic, we have created for the occasion.
Can’t wait to exchange some memories with you all.
The SiP Mail Elf on Duty.
PS. The math behind the postcards
(*) Here is the math behind the 23 postcards and the cluster of twelve.
If we have a cluster of twelve, you have eleven other creative toy photographers and eleven nominees that will get a card, plus your own nominee = 11+11+1= 23 cards. Let’s say we are 10, we all need to send 19 cards. Fourteen? Two groups of seven it is. Each sending 13 cards (with 6 people being the mathematical minimum). A great success and we end up with 30 or more? No worries, three groups of ten, so 19 cards each, but no more than 23 cards. We like clusters of twelve, and so if we end up with a round number of 12, 24, 36 on between November 20th and 25th, we reserve the right to close the sign up earlier. Just saying, don’t wait until the very last moment as you may end up in the standby queue.
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