sign ups for the 2015 handmade valentine swap are now closed! so sorry if you missed us. mark your calendars for next january so you don't miss the 2016 announcement.
here's how it works:
>> sign up by entering your contact information on
>> i'll send you an email by jan. 26 with your swap partners' details -- you'll be put in a group of 4 or 5 other swappers, and you will all create and send snail-mail valentines to each other. you might receive international partners unless you request otherwise on the signup form.
>> valentines need to be in the mail no later than february 4 to reach the recipient before valentine's day. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO MEET THIS DEADLINE. nothing is worse than sending valentines and getting nothing in return!
>> share photos of valentines you've made and/or received on instagram with the hashtag #handmadeval. i'll share some of my favorites on my feed (@lyndseywells) and of course the stationery place facebook page!
valentines don't have to be made entirely from scratch, but should contain some type of handmade element (stamps, hand lettering, etc.). be creative and have fun with it! write a message inside too -- don't just send a blank card. the whole point of this is to receive fun mail from your new pen pal friends! last year we had 300+ participants from all over the united states and 10+ countries.
answers to previous FAQs can be found in this post, but feel free to email me if you have any specific questions not answered there. spread the word and get started on your valentines!