SIGN UPS FOR THE 2014 SWAP ARE NOW CLOSED!
if you missed it, please keep an eye out for next year's.
attention, lovers of snail mail! it's that time again -- time for the annual handmade valentine swap. i am SO excited to get going on this year's swap and i hope you'll join me for the fourth (!) year in a row.
if you're just finding out about the swap now, here's how it works:
>> sign up by entering your information on
>> i'll send you an email by january 30 with mailing information -- 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 swap partners unless you request otherwise on the sign up form.
>> valentines need to be in the mail no later than february 7 to reach the recipients before valentines day. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP IF YOU AREN'T ABLE TO MEET THIS DEADLINE. nothing is worse than sending valentines and getting nothing in return!! :(
>> share photos of the valentines you've made and/or the valentines you receive on instagram or facebook using #handmadeval. i'll share some of my favorite photos on my instagram feed (@lyndseywells) and of course the stationery place facebook page!
valentines don't need to be made entirely from scratch, but should contain some type of handmade element (even if it's just some fancy writing on the envelope). 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 mail from new pen pal friends! last year, we had swappers from all around the U.S. plus Australia, the UK, Canada, Portugal, the Phillipines and more.
answers to previous FAQs can be found in this post, and feel free to email me if you have any specific questions not covered there. please spread the word -- the more people who participate, the better chance you have of getting awesome valentines!
good luck! i can't wait to see the beautiful valentines you create this year.