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Title: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now CLOSED!
Post by: Erica McPhee on September 12, 2016, 09:04:59 PM
PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST...

Sign ups are now closed. Lists will be emailed shortly.

Postmark deadline: Monday, 10/17/16


Unfortunately, due to some folks just completely bailing out (without good reason) and others making half-hearted efforts, we are going to change things up a bit for this exchange. If it doesn't work out, we will go back to the way it was. We are also going to try to even things out a bit in terms of skill level.

The lists on this exchange will be broken out by skill level. There are four levels:

newbie: either never done calligraphy or just getting started
beginner: some experience
experienced: comfortable with calligraphy and good skill level
professional: make money using calligraphy and/or excellent skill level

Please do not ask me what category you fall into. This is just a guide and the expectation is that people will be honest. This will keep it more fair as those who keep working and build their skill will move up onto the next list in future exchanges. Those who invest a lot of time and effort into their exchanges will hopefully receive the same in return.

I know this will be disappointing for some so if it helps, each professional and experienced level member will have one newbie/beginner on their list. This will be one person they will send to, in addition to their regular list. The newbie/beginner will then send an exchange back once they receive it. (Please take note of the return address.) I will also ask the advanced level members to include a post-it note with their return address inside their exchange so the member knows who to send to.

This is like a lottery so some can experience receiving an envelope from some of our more advanced calligraphers. There will not be enough pro/experienced members for every newbie/beginner to receive an envelope so I will keep track of who receives them going forward so we can share the experience with as many newbies and beginners as possible every exchange.

As always, I welcome your comments/suggestions for next time. Please post any questions you may have.

For those new to the process, once the deadline arrives, I will create the lists and email them out. You will then have until the postmark deadline to send your exchanges. You can start working on your exchange prior to getting your lists and then you will only have the envelopes to complete. Please see this thread  How to Exchange (http://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=2122.0) for further info.

Lastly, this is a calligraphy exchange. It is expected calligraphy be used on your exchange and envelope. I have participated in other exchanges that only require calligraphy on the envelope or don't require it at all. Flourish exchanges must be done using calligraphy.

Let those creative juices fly and have fun!
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Terasleen on September 12, 2016, 10:55:06 PM
Newbie and first exchange...This Halloween exchange is going to be "scary" for me :-[....(apologies for the "pun"..LOL ;D)
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: claire lander on September 13, 2016, 06:23:28 AM
Aaand done, my entry submitted :-), beyond excited...
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: ash0kgiri on September 13, 2016, 07:46:13 AM
Finally what I been waiting for. Thanks @Erica McPhee. This will be my first and I'm already excited. Already registered.

-Ashok
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Starlee on September 13, 2016, 07:16:42 PM
I don't know which exchange I enjoy more, this one or the Winter exchange! Excited! :)
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: jbb on September 13, 2016, 07:35:55 PM
What a fun idea!!!! (My pictures is from a past Halloween.)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8043/8082653134_ec7f68d24a_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: ash0kgiri on September 13, 2016, 09:37:33 PM
Hi @jbb,

This is awesome. :D and thanks for sharing.
I didn't find much pictures of Halloween in the past exchange thread.
Can I see more of these from other members.

-Ashok
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Susan C on September 14, 2016, 07:25:30 PM
It feels like a big jump between beginner and advanced. I think I'm in between.  :-\
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: ilonaak on September 15, 2016, 05:34:28 AM
I have the same feeling. I placed myself as beginner, but... I don't know.  :-\
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: pointedpenscribe on September 15, 2016, 08:11:47 AM
thank you, Erica, for another exciting, "spookatacular" opportunity to play with my pen and papers.  So grateful and thrilled that you generously organize these exchanges throughout the year ! I was just thinking of the dozens of exchanges you have organized, and the explosion of creativity that has come from it all !  Wouldn't it be amazing to collect a few of these envelopes from over the years and publish them in a small special Envelope Feature of Dasherie!!    I marvel at how a simple envelope can bring the whole world together.    Thanks, Erica, for making it all possible again and again !!!!  Big hug to you !
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: claire lander on September 15, 2016, 12:58:00 PM
Hi Susan and Illona

I have placed myself as a beginner too, because I just didn't feel I met the requirements of the next level up. Am hoping to put so much into this exchange that by the time the Holiday exchange sign up comes I will be super confident about moving up lol.

Claire x

Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Terasleen on September 16, 2016, 09:31:47 AM
So I went back and looked at some of the past exchanges.....Oh,my...Amazing!...*"Terasleen, what have you signed yourself up for? You are a newbie!....Your going to embarrass yourself :-["*
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: ladygpaperie on September 16, 2016, 10:13:07 AM
This is my first exchange and I'm so excited (and nervous)!! Can't wait to see all the scarily amazing envelopes!
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Starlee on September 16, 2016, 12:16:50 PM
@Terasleen...please don't think like that. That's not what these exchanges are about at all! They're a great opportunity to break away from drill learning and try your hand at design layout and to become a little artsy-fartsy if you feel so inclined. The point is to bust out of your comfort zone, push yourself, try something new, and hopefully make new calli friends. I think I can safely say that no forum member is judgmental regarding skill level. We are here to support one another in our growth. I am only disappointed with an exchange if it is clear that minimal or no effort was made. Mostly, I love exchanges because I am just so happy to get a bunch of awesome mail. :)
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: ash0kgiri on September 16, 2016, 12:21:15 PM
Hi @Starlee

Thats really encouraging for beginners like me, and equally motivating to do something nice :D

Thanks,
- Ashok
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Terasleen on September 16, 2016, 02:23:46 PM
@Terasleen...please don't think like that. That's not what these exchanges are about at all! They're a great opportunity to break away from drill learning and try your hand at design layout and to become a little artsy-fartsy if you feel so inclined. The point is to bust out of your comfort zone, push yourself, try something new, and hopefully make new calli friends. I think I can safely say that no forum member is judgmental regarding skill level. We are here to support one another in our growth. I am only disappointed with an exchange if it is clear that minimal or no effort was made. Mostly, I love exchanges because I am just so happy to get a bunch of awesome mail. :)

Thank you SO much @Starlee ...I think I feel less intimidated now. Thank you so much for the "pep talk".  And you are right...I have only been doing drills and practice, with just a little playing around all by myself and I need a "push" and just go for it! LOL.  And now I will look at this exchange with excitement and as a confidence booster ;D!! Again, Starlee...thank you for your support and the "shove" ;)
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Gibby on September 16, 2016, 02:37:27 PM
I'm so glad to see this exchange back again. (Can't wait for all of the spooky stuff to start appearing).

I did have one question, though. Now that there are different levels will that affect how many people are on a list?

Just wondering as I was trying to get a jump on things.
Gibby

Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Starlee on September 16, 2016, 09:14:45 PM
No problem @Terasleen! I still remember how I felt my first exchange. But these exchanges have been an invaluable part of my calli journey. I couldn't not share because what you said rung true with me too :)
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Lauryn on September 17, 2016, 10:02:41 AM
Excited to participate in my first exchange!
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Terasleen on September 17, 2016, 11:12:04 AM
I'm so glad to see this exchange back again. (Can't wait for all of the spooky stuff to start appearing).

I did have one question, though. Now that there are different levels will that affect how many people are on a list?

Just wondering as I was trying to get a jump on things.
Gibby


How many people are usually on a list?
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Gibby on September 17, 2016, 02:40:31 PM
@Terasleen
For a normal exchange, like this - there's normally somewhere between 7 and 9 on a list. 😊 It makes for a lovely variety of mailbox happiness.

Gibby
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: ash0kgiri on September 20, 2016, 08:37:21 AM
Previous participants and senior members. I have not seen many post of Halloween in the past exchanges. Can someone post them on this link for first time participants like me to see them. Im sure there are lot of others who would like to know what exactly happens. I have already read the thread @Erica McPhee had posted on' Signed up for exchange now what'? Its always good to see actual stuff and would be a great inspiration.

Thanks,
- Ashok
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: AnasaziWrites on September 20, 2016, 09:31:58 AM
Previous participants and senior members. I have not seen many post of Halloween in the past exchanges. Can someone post them on this link for first time participants like me to see them. Im sure there are lot of others who would like to know what exactly happens. I have already read the thread @Erica McPhee had posted on' Signed up for exchange now what'? Its always good to see actual stuff and would be a great inspiration.

Thanks,
- Ashok
Rather than post them in this thread, I'll start two threads in completed/past exchanges so they can be easily found in the future.
It can be a little difficult to find the exact exchange you're looking for in the more general thread "Share a Photo of your exchange" so we'll try this.
Remember to erase/obscure part of any address if you post an envelope.

Here are the threads:

http://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=5089.0 (http://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=5089.0)
http://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=5090.0 (http://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=5090.0)

Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: ash0kgiri on September 20, 2016, 11:24:58 AM
Thats wonderful @AnasaziWrites. Thanks for taking time to do this. Much Appreciate.

-Ashok
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Elizgadus59 on September 24, 2016, 03:48:03 AM
Hello! I am in.... do I get a list? I signed up on the signup page at least I thought that's what it was.... Perhaps I signed up for free ice cream? Not so lucky.... Looking forward to a good time!

Eliz.
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Starlee on September 24, 2016, 05:20:16 AM
Lol! @Elizgadus59 we receive an email with our list shortly after the enrolment deadline :)
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now OPEN!
Post by: Legal Scribe on September 26, 2016, 01:09:33 PM
Signed up!  This is only my second exchange and I'm so excited to participate!  Starting to think of a theme now....
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now CLOSED!
Post by: Saron on October 02, 2016, 02:36:03 PM
Hi, has the lists been sent out yet?

Many thanks

Saron
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now CLOSED!
Post by: carol_c on October 02, 2016, 04:44:04 PM
I haven't gotten mine, so maybe not...
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now CLOSED!
Post by: Erica McPhee on October 03, 2016, 01:00:43 AM
The lists have now been sent!  ;D  Halloween 2016 Lists (http://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=5124.0)!

@Saron & @carol_c

HAVE FUN! Can't wait to see the spooky, fun, cool exchanges!  ;D
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now CLOSED!
Post by: ash0kgiri on October 03, 2016, 01:38:49 AM
I got mine. Excited. Thanks @Erica McPhee


-Ashok
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now CLOSED!
Post by: Saron on October 03, 2016, 11:46:48 AM
Thank you Erica.
Title: Re: Halloween | Day of the Dead 2016 Exchange Sign ups are now CLOSED!
Post by: ash0kgiri on October 06, 2016, 09:09:36 AM
My theme is almost ready for the Halloween exchange. I myself got a little scared seeing this :D
Realised that there is lot of work and fine details to be done. Hope I don't run out of time. But its turning out quite nice.
Let me see if I can upload a trailer without revealing anything at all.... Booooooo :D