Mini Swap

We participated in MollyCoddle’s mini swap—what fun we had. We sent off a box of wrapped goodies.


We swapped with a little boy named Lincoln. His mom, Katie, told us he loves robots and trains. We made him personalized notepads and bookplates. We drew the pictures and had Office Max do the rest.


I made him a special case to carry a drawing pad and some twist-up crayons. I used the pattern found on Craft Apple—except I made 8 pockets instead of 6 for the crayons. Later I will post a tutorial for a slightly different style.  We also sent a crochet treasure bag (I will post a picture later) and a personalized denim bag.


We received the most wonderful box of loot.


The boys each received personalized scrapbooks—all they need to do is add their own pictures. They also made us a holder for twist up crayons. We received some beautiful vintage books and Bella was totally spoiled with a handmade apron, carrots, tomatoes and a cookie. It is just the cutest food I have seen. I will be making these for some little girls I know. She also made Bella the sweetest collage for her room.


Thanks Katie and Lincoln!


19 Responses to “Mini Swap”

  1. Alicia A. Says:

    Wow! Great stuff both directions!

  2. Becca Says:

    What a great idea! I love the personalized notecards…

  3. kirsten Says:

    the notepads were an awesome idea – were they much $$?

  4. greta Says:

    that is awesome i bet they wer ein heaven

  5. elizabeth Says:

    love the notepads!

    and like kirsten, i’d like to know if it was expensive.

    you have a bella too???

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  8. Jennifer-Crafting in Ohio Says:

    Hi….this is a wonderful “swap” idea. I stumbled upon your blog and have made many crafty things already. I appreciate your time sharing your wonderful ideas. Now, would you share one more? Do you have the pattern for the drawing pad carrying case? It would be a perfect Christmas gift for my nephew……if you have the pattern posted, please leave the link here. I’ll check back for a reply later! Thank you! Thank you!

  9. Annie D Says:

    Hi there –

    I just love the idea of the personalized notepad. Can you tell me how you printed out the name….did you have a special program you used? I called kinkos and they told me that I would have to print out the name on the paper and they would cut it and bind it for me.

    We also did the lollypop lilies for Valentine’s day and they were a big hit with the Kindergarten class. Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas!


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    Those are very nice and very creative. You just gave me an idea what to make for my idaho dui lawyer.

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  14. Judy Jackson Says:

    Wow, those are pretty cute stuffs you got there! Kids would totally enjoy having those arounda nd the Lincoln notepads are wonderful. I like it! 🙂

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