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Your Artful Life, Art Journaling, Mixed Media & More! Halloween 2020 Tag Swap Guidelines

It’s time to swap! Our past swaps have been such a hit, we’re having another event and you’re the first to see the details. Read on to find out all about it!

Who Loves Halloween? We do!

Spooky, funny, whimsical, or all at the same time! We’re inspired by all the Halloween fun and this swap is your chance to show off your quirky side!

 The 1-2-3 Step Summary:

  • 1. Make your Halloween Tag, single or multiples – no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches, or 10 cm by 15 cm and no thicker than 3 quarters stacked.
  • 2. Prepare 2 envelopes – one to Art Journaling for Beginners, P.O. Box 242, Enka, NC 28728 and a self-addressed envelope.
  • 3. Place your Tags, 2 loose US postage stamps (if in the US), and self-addressed envelope in the envelope for Art Journaling for Beginners and send it on its way!


What about coronavirus precautions?

Great question! I’ve checked into the best practices from the CDS and the USPS and here’s the scoop: the virus isn’t believed to live on paper surfaces for any appreciable time. They add that you should wash your hands after collecting or handling your mail. The pertinent resources are linked. If you are at all concerned, please do not participate.

Boo! Or Not…

What? What’s this?

I’m hosting another real-life papery goodness event here in the studio. This time we’re sharing artsy Halloween tags and everyone gets one!

How is this going to work?

  • Create a tag inspired by your favorite Halloween things – smaller than 4 inches x 6 inches (10 cm x 15 cm)
  • Also create a self-addressed envelope for your return tag
  • Place two loose first class stamps UNSTUCK into the envelope (international see below)
  • Put it all into another envelope and mail it to: Art Journaling for Beginners, PO Box 242, Enka, NC 28728
  • Get a tag back in the mail!

How scary is this going to be?

Not so bad…as long as you keep away from the really hard-core ugly stuff, we’ll be good. If you’re in doubt, it’s probably to far out.

How big can I make it?

No larger than 4 inches by 6 inches, or 10 cm by 15 cm for our metric folks. That makes it doable and makes the mailing far less complicated.

How about sticking stuff to it?

Sure – you can add dimensional elements but your finished tag in the envelope has to be less than 1/4 inch or three (3) US quarters stacked up. US Postal regulations are very finicky about this and thicker envelopes don’t fare well in their system and are often delayed or even destroyed!

What do you mean about leaving the stamps loose?

Just tuck them in the outer envelope but please, please don’t adhere them to your self-addressed envelope. This will make the re-mailing process way easier and less complicated!

Why two stamps?

The stamp situation here in the studio is…complicated. Some envelopes need more, some less, some are fat, some are thin and I can’t really keep track of it all ahead of time. Two stamps per submission gives some flexibility and breathing room when it’s time to send them all back. Think of it as your gift to me 😘

What about international?

I’d love to be able to use your stamps but US Postal regulations require US postage on mail leaving the country so I’ll cover that bit for you.

Do I really have to include a self addressed envelope?

Yes, that’s a big deal! My handwriting is not great even when I’m trying and goes downhill from there…

Can I send more than one tag?

Yes you can! You’ll get one tag for each one you send – Score!

What’s that address again?

Art Journaling for Beginners, P.O. Box 242, Enka, NC 28728

By when? 

I’m collecting tags in the studio until September 30, 2020 so you’ll want to mail them US post by Sep 21 and international by Sep 14.

When are you sending them back?

I’ll mail them the week of October 12, 2020 so they may arrive before Halloween, Oct 31, but postal delays are completely beyond my control (darn it!).

Can we see them as you get them?

Oh Yes! I’ll be sharing photos of all the paper goodies as they come in!