First - I keep swaps in their packaging and into different sets of totes. This swap happened to be the deer one (aka 52 week round 5). Usually two bags per swap. I seldom hostess ones with more than 8-12 people anymore.
Get the packages laid out and make sure everyone's are there. It has been checked as they come in, but I always check at this point too. Sometimes, I have been known to put the swap into the wrong bag.
Hurray - the swap is complete and things are back into their original packaging. Now for the time consuming part - weigh, label and get the right postage on each one. It isn't hard, just making sure that labels are right. Flat rate makes this step go a lot quicker, but I don't mind checking for other rates. One thing I have learned -- if it is over one pound, priority and parcel post only seem to differ by about ten cents.
52 Week Round 5 -
Week One - person shaped. It is amazing how different 4" cuts come out!
Next up - Orange - I love all these wonderful pieces!
Week Three - DCWV paper - any kind. All the baggies tell which one if you find one you just have to have more of
Finally - last week of the round - time for a breather, but even with a breather, the journal items are outstanding!
Congratulations to all who participated. I wish my photos were better, but they had to be pretty quick. If I missed mentioning - anytime there aren't 8 items, there was an embellishment baggie and I don't include those in photos so you are surprised! This swap originated over at http://www.scrapbookingfun.biz, but has grown to include Cricut board members as well. Great job everyone!