Last month, Jen of RedPumpkinStudio, coordinated the first BEST paper swap. She says it was based on the idea that, like her, everyone has plenty of supplies floating around and always wants more anyway! Participants picked out the papers they were willing to part with sent them in. Jen mixed up the whole bunch and (reluctantly) shipped them back out. Some people sent in homemade paper: Kristi of Olive Art sent paste papers, Rhonda of MyHandboundBooks sent some marbled papers, and Jen made layered calligraphy papers for the swap. All in all, six people participated, from three different countries, swapping a grand total of 84 pages. It was a terrific way to get new supplies without the expense, and as Jen says, it is often the unexpected surprises that encourage creativity. Jen says, "I hope everyone enjoys their new paper and we do this again soon!"