The Zine Swap | A Zine Can Be About Anything

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!

13 Responses

  1. I read Almas blog all the time. I even got a book on making zines from the library. So glad your reporting on the zines that you received. They all look lovely


  2. Beautiful photos!!! I wish I could touch everything your photographed. Great info on Zines too. I know I will try one eventually- on my long, long list of things to make.

  3. That must have been a fun mail day when you received all of those zines! I don’t know much about zines so thanks for doing this post. I’ll start paying more attention to them from now on!

    Sadly I was one of those people who forgot to add my info to the postcards I sent out. And I know better….I just got in a rush and forgot.

  4. Yup, zines have been on my “to do-list” to try out for years now, finally I’ve made one. It’s time consuming but lots of fun! :-)

    Janet, you postcards are just as appreciated without the e-mail, thought maybe it’s hard for people to let you know! Don’t worry, you’ll remember next time! :-)

  5. Oh, how lovely! Thank you so much for featuring these. :) I just might have to work up some nerve to create one of my own.

  6. What a lucky, lucky mail day!! I’ve been meaning to make a zine for years now. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a European swap? Someday, someday…!!! Where is yours? I don’t remember it in your etsy shop. xoxo tj

  7. Yippee! I see you received one of my zines! Alma’s swaps are always the best and I enjoy creating my own zine as much as I enjoy receiving them! Thanks for spreading the good buzz about zines.

  8. they look super yummy!
    lucky you!
    you visited my blog and asked if i painted my tissue before i did my collage.
    after i put everything together, i smear an extra paper with acrilic inks and i went around kind of distressing the whole piece.
    the other colors are part of my collection of tissue papers which are already colored with designs.
    i hope this helps you
    i am honoured to be asked by the famous YOU
    i thank YOU for making me feel special!

  9. hi Hanna, do you have any contact info for the person who made the 50 Ways zine? I want one!

  10. The “50 ways to alter a postcard” zine is made by my friend Pam. I’m letting her know that you are interested in her zine, but I don’t think she has it for sale…

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