Swap Lingo and Acronyms
1/1 – one for one, an even trade with someone else
6/5 – or any large number over the large number minus one — you send in six identical cards, you get 5 back, the hostess keeps the extra one.
There are some hostesses that do participate in their own swaps and others who just run a swap, trades out all the players but keeps the extra card.
You may want to ask if the hostess is participating OR the hostess can say, she is participating in the swap also.
Angel (swap angel) – someone who steps into an ongoing swap to fill the spot of another player who has dropped out. This is done to keep the number of players/items even and the hostess does
not have to mail back less plus their own entry back. EX 6/5 swap — a player drops out, this means you would get 4 items plus one of yours back, while the hostess keeps one. If an angel steps in,
at the last minute, then you would get 5 items from 5 different swappers but not one of yours back and the hostess still keeps one item.
Bonus – something the hostess will send you with the swap going back to you. Sometimes this can be mentioned/specified or sometimes it is a surprise bonus or it can even be a surprise bonus without a mention.
Card Fronts – only make a card front, a quarter sheet of cs, like a postcard.
Cash – some hostesses ask for cash to buy stamps or return envelopes. Some ask for cash which is a requirement to join their swaps.
It all depends on how you feel about this approach but there are some who do it. Usually the amount is a few dollars.
Closed swap – usually when there are enough players, the swap will be closed to all new players. Sometimes too many players can make a swap confusing to a hostess.
There are some hostesses that specify that they only want x amount of players and that is their limit, they know what they can handle.
Communication – the hostess provides the swap data/details/deadlines, if you have questions email her. If the hostess has an issue brought to her attention by a player, that
the whole swap group needs to know about, then she will communicate that also. It is highly recommended that a Hostess when addressing her swap group, uses BCC on her email.
There have been many times when emails left open end up being sent out by a participant, on purpose or by accident and the swapper gets tons of spam.
Consideration – communicate, be polite, be on time, stay committed to the swap, don’t over commit yourself or become a flake/flaker, good advice for both hostesses and swappers.
Credits – a list of products and stamped images you used to create the card. Credits are usually typed up and put into each card with temporary tape or some people use post-it notes.
Some people add the name of the swap onto their credits. Credits should also include your name and email address if another swapper has a question about technique or wishes to comment to you directly.
DAK – Deliberate Act of Kindness — sending someone something they need.
Deadline Date or Absolute Deadline Date –
1) when the swap closes to participants signing up or
2) your swap will be received by the hostess in order to swap out by her specified date back to you.
If you mail late, and it does not get there by the specified deadline date, your swap creations will be mailed back to you at your expense.
Be organized and mail your cards as early as possible to avoid this.
Duplicate Swaps – are usually not allowed on a list and the second one to propose the swap, is asked to do it another time.
This does not usually happen on a list where there is a swap keeper/list master who approves all swaps.
This does happen when a hostess is collecting swappers from several groups on the Internet.
Envies/envelopes – some card swaps require envelopes with each card you make and wish to swap. Others don’t, and overall, most do not require that since it does cost more to mail extra envelopes.
Hostesses should specify no envelopes required. Some people mail envelopes with their cards anyways and the hostess should send out the card and envie as part of the swap (not keep envies to herself).
Extra Postage Required – you send extra loose stamps with your swap to cover any extra postage it may take to mail it back to you.
This happens because some people’s work may be heavier due to embellishments or layering or product.
Extra postage is usually returned if it is not required.
flake/flaker – someone who signs up for a swap and does not follow through, usually never heard from again.
This can throw a swap off. Hostesses can flake on a swap also. Flakers lose privileges to swap in groups or can be thrown out of a group.
Some groups publish flake lists, some hostess keep flakers names in mind and do not allow them in other swaps they host.
Full Card – you make a full card (regular) that opens and closes on a fold, has a decorated front and plain back. Interior phrases are optional inside cards, it is up to you.
Full Swap – the swap is no longer taking participants. In some cases, if the swap is popular, there may be a second, third, etc group.
Hostess Gift – optional gift to the hostess for organizing, collecting, keeping in touch, swapping out, and mailing a swap plus handling anything else that goes wrong doing a swap.
Inside the card – should you put a phrase (rub on, stamped, computerized) or not?
A hostess may request this but most don’t. You can leave it blank so it can be used as a note card.
Lurker — someone who reads a list but does not participate in the conversations much but may participate in swaps or RAKs.
Some lurkers are lurkers because they read all messages in bulk at a set time because they are busy other times or don’t have Internet access.
This means they are reading past conversations messages behind what is at the top of the list.
Lurkers may not participate in the group conversation but if they have something to say, they privately email the individuals they wish to speak to.
Some people are shy on the Internet also.
Master Swap List – on a group list, usually there is the “swap keeper” who keeps track of all the swaps and details.
This is either posted on a web page for the group OR is sent out to the list
periodically. In some cases, the master list is even updated to when swaps are closed and sent out.
It may be a requirement to send details to the swap keeper who approves or disapproves of a swap or schedules it for a certain time frame.
Mailing instructions – how the swap should be packaged and mailed to the hostess and how she will package and mail them back.
Mail Out/Mailed Out – when the swap items have left either the swappers house to the hostess or vice versa. It is usually requested that receiving either, there is an acknowledgement.
Name and address requests – in some groups you may be required to send in your real name and address, even your ISP! This can be done if you are a swap participant or not, they just want a record of who you are.
Official Swap – enough people have committed to the swap and it will happen.
Open Swap – a swap that is still opened to players/swappers
Overcommitment – a person who signs up for too many swaps, and then has to drop out of a few, or becomes a flake/flaker.
PIF – Pass It Forward or Play It Forward, a type of swap
Postage Scale – what you may need to weigh your swap envelopes out — a good tool for a repeat hostess to have.
Proposed Swap – an idea and details for a swap that is being thrown out to see if anyone would be interested.
The hostess decides if it will become “official” by the number of people who sign up.
RR – acronym for Round Robin
RAK – Random Act of Kindness — something sent to you because you are special. Thank the person who sent you something.
You can reciprocate, like a one on one swap if you so desire.
Received/rec’d – usually the list of swappers names or names with email addresses, then listed by the hostess as received with a date next to it.
This is posted to a message, edited in a message board, or listed on a website/blog, what ever the hostess is using to keep the swap updated.
The list can even go out in an email to participants with the information.
SS/SSS – Secret Stamper/Sister/Scrapper/Santa/Swapper/Swap
SASE – self addressed stamped envelope for a swap return
Scan/scanned Swap — you create one specific item, scan it and send it to the hostess who posts all results in an online/group/personal album or file.
Sometimes these are shared with everyone else in a group OR they can be
an exclusive swap that contains instructions or techniques to only be shared by the swappers participating.
These are sent either by a file or on a CD.
Snail Mail – how most swaps are sent through the Post Office
STMBTY – same to me back to you = meaning put the same postage on the return swap envelope as you sent to the hostess. Usually an extra stamp is asked for.
Swap Delay – this could be anything the hostess has encountered (late swappers) or even a swapper has encountered (lost mail). Always try to mail out as soon as you can to get there before the deadline date.
Swap Keeper/ Swap List Keeper/List Swap Keeper – a person in a group in charge of listing and keeping track of swaps, and names of participants, or even flakes. An RAK List has it’s own keeper.
Swap turnaround – the time element of the swap start, to mail deadline, to when you get it back. If everyone cooperates 100%, a swap turnaround can be shorter than specified.
T2T/TnT/TNT – Trash to Treasure, Trash and Treasure
Zip Lock bag (or the like) – how you should wrap your cards to be mailed to the hostess. This prevents them from getting damaged if the envelope rips.
It is a good idea to tape (package tape) your name and address onto the bag (inside or out) so the PO can return it to you. You can recycle/reuse these bags.
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