I participated in my first ever paper swap!
When I signed up, I was selected at random to receive a packet of paper from the swap's organizer, LaWendula. She not only included a great assortment of papers (plus a few of her own collages), but she wrapped it all up in little nesting-doll like packages.
I had SO MUCH FUN tearing it all open, you would have thought it was Christmas.
It's amazing how inspiring someone else's scraps can be. For example, I don't usually cut images out of magazines to use in collage. But receiving cutouts selected by a stranger has opened my eyes to a bunch of new possibilities.
I can't wait to incorporate these into my next collage journal:
The same is true of the collages themselves. I love how LaWendula uses simple elements to create something so beautiful. And I love how all the different pieces in this set work together:
The collages weren't the only fun surprises hidden within the envelope. Just look at the picture below: EIGHT beautiful little pockets made of paper and washi tape, all housed one inside the other.
You can't tell from the photo, but we're talking teeny-tiny. I don't even know how she got them all inside each other. I tried to put them back and couldn't make them fit.
Not only did this paper swap net me with a bunch of new collage supplies, but it also gave me lots of ideas for the next paper swap. My next swap partner better watch out, because I am ON MY GAME.
I think I'm going to start making Artist Trading Cards again, too. These are LaWendula's—aren't they beautiful?
You can read more about the paper swap and sign up here.