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Friday, June 19, 2009

Interview with Laura of See Hear Say

Laura is relatively new to swaps but she jumped in and hosted her very first, the Inspire April Project recently. With such a creative and...inspiring idea for a first swap, I can't wait to see what else she has in store in the future! Visit her lovely blog and see pictures of the first swap on flickr.

SwapDex: Tell us a bit about you.

Laura: I grew up in Indonesia but I've been living in sydney, australia for about 3.5 years. I work full time in an online advertising industry, although i don't actually work as a designer there. I always interested in art, design and photography, hence the blog. I don't really do any craft but i love taking photos and exploring good places to eat on my spare time, or traveling when i have budget.

SD: How long have you been swapping? How did you first learn about swapping, and what made you decide to start? Do you remember your first one?

L: I've joined a few swap projects held by other blogs maybe about 2 years ago and i thought i haven't done it for a while since then but none of the blogs that i subscribe is hosting any. so i thought why not just organize my own swap project, and there it was. why i decided to do it is just purely for fun. it's been great writing a blog and meet some new blog friends around the world, swapping some goodies with new friends from other countries is just making it more exciting.

SD: What is your range of swapping? Do you stick to swaps hosted by people you know or are you likely to swap with anyone, anytime?

L: Who's hosting the swap doesn't really matter much to me. i guess what's more important to me is the theme and whether or not i'd have enough time to prepare the items for the swap.

SD: Do you swap with any organized groups like yahoo groups, flickr, groups on swap-bot, other message boards, etc? Why or why not?

L: No, not yet because i didn't really know much about them and i didn't really search about them before! wow there are so many different other sources.

SD: What's your favorite swap you've ever been in or hosted?

L: I guess i like the ones which have a theme that you can personalize into the things that you put together to send to your swap partner. always nice to get to know a bit more about your swap partner.

SD: What do you do to make your packages special?

L: make it personalized :) i also like having my package wrapped in a nice presentation.

SD: Do you have a good story about hosting or participating in a swap?

L: I always get excited everytime i've received a package in the mail. you just don't know what to expect what's inside the package. and hosting a swap project is a good experience too, it's nice to see what other people sent / received and it's a good feeling to hear happy stories from the participants.

SD: What do you think is the most challenging part of hosting a swap? Any advice for someone who is thinking about hosting a swap?

L: I guess the tricky part is to come up with a certain theme for the swap. also organising everyone with the swap partners, make sure people who don't wish to participat internationally get a swap partner from the same country etc. my advice is just make sure you have enought time to organise everything on time, and just enjoy and have fun.

SD: Any exciting plans for the near future? Swaps, projects, new products?

L: I am joining this on going project with some friends called sparkapolooza. would like to host some new creative projects too some time in future but i haven't figure out in what sort of forms haha..

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