10 zines in an envelope
I was in a zine swap and I got back this tyvek envelope containing ten (10!) handmade zines jam-packed with goodies, articles and creative inspiration!

Rigt now I’m going through my pile of zines, over and over. I love them all so much.

I heart zines swap buttonI participated in an annual zine swap set up by Alma Stoller called I ♥ zines last year. I got a whole package of zines in the beginning of February this year (quite late but totally okay with me). All of them are just super cool, creative and wild. I had such fun reading through them, taking out the little gifts and finding inspiration. I couldn?t just file them away in my drawer so I thought I?d share some photos and thoughts about each one with you guys.

Zines from swap
I got all of these in the zine swap. I’m a smart girl for signing up.

Maybe you?ll be inspired to make a zine on your own or together with a few friends, or maybe buy a few zines on etsy? There are so many yummy issues to pick from. Or why not make a wove to sign up for the swap next autumn. Now is the time to start planning your zine, writing articles, collecting images and ideas, dreaming it up.

There were two themes in my pile, non of them craft related. The first theme is Mail Art (sending letters, postcards, writing messages etc), and the other one is Art Making (creativity, art journals, mixed media, gesso). We?ll start with the mail inspired zines today!

Later posts will be about:

* Art Zines I got in the swap
* The zine I made
* How I made my zine

Mail Art Zines

50 Ways to alter a postcard zine
The zine 50 ways has a extremely cool yarn tassel (that I?m going to nick for one of my notebooks) and it is made by Pam. The theme is 50 ways to alter a postcard, and it?s made out of altered postcards spiral bound into a unique zine, with many creative suggestions on how to recycle postcards you’ve gotten, collected or saved. It’s fun to make them your own, maybe more whimsical by using stickers, sewing, cutting, adding a quote clipped from a magazine, modify a face etc etc. Love all the ideas in this one!

Yarn tassel

The Stationary & Envelopes Zine with a Note Conversation is a joint effort made by Lisa and Shalene. It is made out of textbook pages and envelopes where you will find little notes and envelope ideas etc., it does not have much magazine content (articles etc) but looking through it is like having a sample of an artists sketchbook, including dangling flaps, sewn in paper leafs, a small watercolour painting, photocopied doodles to use as stationary, chunky glitter and handwritten messages! Amazing little work of art. You can tell a lot of work went into each copy!

Pack Rat Zine and more (Photo by iHanna - Hanna Andersson)

The zine called “Greetings”, also spiral bound, is made by Emily. It?s about the history of greeting cards, how we can use them and how to make our own personal cards. Included inside were buttons and little packages of lace to use on your own projects. Neat idea for a zine! Emily did not include a blog url or a e-mail address in her zine, and I think it?s quite sad that I can?t let her know that I got her zine and enjoyed it.

Lesson to learn here:
always include your email address when you send something out! Please. In the DIY Postcard Swap I arranged there were many people who did not include any contact information on their cards. It actually makes some recipients sad that they can?t thank the card maker personally. Other recipients might not take the time to write a note to say thank you, but I think it?s best to always include the information just in case…

Creativity on wings (Photo by iHanna - Hanna Andersson)
Some of the “extras” (stuff to play with) found inside each zine.

More zines tomorrow!