Year-Long Envelope Exchange 2012

Posted on: 9 Jan 2012

Hi everybody,

Deb Parsons Menke participated in this exchange last year and just got this invitation from Wendy Crowley. Some of you in BSS may enjoy having a reason to ‘practice’ calligraphy… so read this and see what you think. This invitation is going to cyberscribes, calligraphy exchange, Alphabeas and Westcoast Calligraphy Societies… Here are the details:

Send out one envelope a month.  That is–you will COMMIT to doing one envelope a month from February to December. Each participant will get a grid showing who they send to and who they should receive from each month. She will try to spread participants out equally from participating countries.

Participants agree to let the receivers of their envelopes share the envelopes they receive with anyone to whom they will show it in person. The envelopes will NOT be put up on the web or printed in any journals or newsletters. YOUR ENVELOPES CAN BE ANY SIZE YOU LIKE. REMEMBER EXTRA LARGE SIZE ENVELOPES MAY REQUIRE EXTRA POSTAGE.

Contents: You do not need to put anything calligraphic into your envelope (you certainly can if you wish, but there is absolutely no pressure to do so.) You must put SOMETHING into your envelope–just a note saying what techniques you used for the envelope or a note or postcard about the beautiful spot you live. You can certainly just type out a brief note on your computer and put the exact same note into each exchange envelope.

PLEASE NOTE: Sign up for the exchange is different this year.
I am going higher tech, to sign up you need to fill out a google doc form. The form can be found here:

Using the form will allow me to organize the lists much more easily. It also ensures that you don’t forget any required information!
Lists will be sent out by the end of January.  Envelopes may be mailed ANY time during the month–an envelope mailed on the last day of the month is ON TIME.  Late envelopes are definitely better than NO envelopes as well.

It is nice to send a thank you for envelopes received, but that is NOT a requirement. E-mail addresses are included for participants in order to facilitate sending thank yous. If no e-mail address is provided the participant does NOT have e-mail and you would need to communicate with them via snail mail. Having e-mail is NOT a requirement for participation, so if you have a friend or colleague who would like to  participate you can fill out a form for them for the exchange. Don’t put your e-mail address in the block of information that will be copied onto the grid sheet. Put your e-mail address in the e-mail box and the list will be sent to you.