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ALL ABOUT THE NE MIXED-MEDIA MEETUP GROUP: Look here for everything you need to know about our group!

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Group Organizer
Braintree, MA
Post #: 1,158

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Group Organizer
Braintree, MA
Post #: 1,159

Profiles let other group members know a bit about you.

These profiles are public, so don't get TOO personal (and don't include contact info; if people want to reach you, they can do so by e-mailing you through the Web site).

Just introduce yourself, using your real name if it isn't evident from your user name. There are some ice-breaker questions that should help you with this task.

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To create or update your profile:
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2. Click on "View Profile."
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That’s all there is to it!


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Group Organizer
Braintree, MA
Post #: 1,160

To help us all keep improving as we share our work, your organizers put together some updated ATC guidelines. Note that these guidelines are primarily for our themed ATC swaps, in which other participants randomly receive your cards.

First, please understand that nobody’s dictating—or even suggesting—what artistic approaches or materials you should use. Instead, these guidelines are intended to ensure that everybody’s swap cards are consistent in format and durability.

CONTENT: Can’t say it too often: There are no restrictions on content, other than that it’s nice if your swap cards at least somehow vaguely interpret the swap theme.

FORMAT: However, there are some inherent restrictions on the format for ATCs--especially for those submitted for themed swaps:

 Swap ATCs should measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches. No larger or smaller. Either horizontal or vertical orientation is OK.
 Swap ATCs should be fairly flat.
 Swap ATCs should fit into an ATC sleeve.

If your cards are too small or too large or too bulky to fit well in ATC sleeves, they may be fine pieces of artwork for other uses. But they’re not suitable for themed ATC swaps, where your trading partners expect cards that will fit in the binders used to store cards.

Exceptions: Swaps that are for 3-D cards. Also, larger cards that fold to ATC size are fine.


ATCs get handled a lot during the swap process and beyond, so it’s important to:

1. USE DURABLE MATERIALS.Things that will break, chip, crack, crumble, peel, rip or unravel should generally be avoided in swap cards. Use your judgment about dried or delicate natural materials, such as flowers, leaves or shells, which may crumble, brush off or shatter when handled (unless, for some reason, you *want* the work to deteriorate). If you use materials likely to smear or “bleed” when touched, you may wish to protect them with fixative.

2. USE DURABLE CARDS. Generally, if you can easily bend or curl your card without creasing it, it’s too thin. Examples of card materials that won’t hold up long include copy paper, construction paper, index cards, sketch paper, thin postcards and inexpensive greeting cards (but if you back these with more durable material, they should be fine).

We recommend using instead:
 Heavy-duty cardstock, or a couple of pieces of lighter cardstock glued together
 Heavy watercolor paper
 Playing cards (again, if too thin, you can back them with other material)
 Chipboard (either pre-cut cards or sheets that you can cut yourself)
 Cardboard (preferably un-corrugated, such as the kind used in cereal boxes or heavy-duty tissue cartons)
 Matboard or canvas (buy remnants at your local frame store and cut them up)
 Old gameboards (cut to ATC size)

…and probably others. We may sometimes use wood, metal, etc., but for the average swap, materials such as those listed above are your best bet.

3. USE GOOD ADHESIVES. Xyron machines and glue-dot rollers are great for sticking down paper; some gluesticks (especially Uhu) work fine on paper, too. But for heavier or bulkier (more 3-D) embellishments, you need stronger adhesives, such as:
 Tacky glue (clear or white, the lightest type of liquid glue available)
 E6000 or Gorilla Glue (heavier-duty permanent glue)
 Other glue specifically intended for heavy or metallic items

For items such as buttons, beads and sequins: Consider sewing them on. Eyelets, string and wire can also be used to attach embellishments. (If you’d like to see examples of the well-secured cards that we displayed, ask during a Meetup.)

Q: How can I tell whether I’ve adhered things well enough?
Brush your finished card gently with your fingertips, or hold it by a corner and shake it lightly, as if putting out a match. If nothing breaks off or goes flying, you’re fine.

BOTTOM LINE: Flimsy cards, fragile materials and the wrong adhesive will ultimately ruin your artwork and disappoint the recipients. That’s no fun for anyone. So anything flimsy, fragile or loose may be politely handed back for additional work.

AND A FINAL PRESENTATION REMINDER: All cards submitted for our swaps:
 Must be in ATC sleeves (to protect them)
 Must be submitted in an envelope with your name and the name of the swap on them (to make sure the right sets of cards get back to the right people).

Now…go make something!
Group Organizer
Braintree, MA
Post #: 1,659

To attend a Meetup, RSVP "yes." If you're bringing a guest, RSVP "+1."

Why? Because having an accurate headcount help us plan our activities. Also, we occasionally meet in smaller venues with limited seating, so if people just show up, it can get really crowded.

If you, or your guest, can't make it, please change your RSVP(s) to "no." If possible, please do this at least 24 hours before the Meetup—in other words, by about noon the previous Friday.

If you cancel after noon on Friday, or RSVP "yes" and then just don't show up, you may be asked to pay the $10 fee anyway.

Why? Because we need a certain number of attendees at each Meetup to cover venue rental, demo materials, and other costs for the day. If we know we have too few people a day ahead, we can postpone the Meetup.

But if people cancel at the last minute or just don't show up, we may come up short, meaning someone has to pay the difference out of pocket. This has happened enough times that, like many other Meetups, we've established the 24-hour cancellation policy to prevent those who did attend having to cover the costs of those who didn't.

So please just keep those RSVPs up to date. Thanks!
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