The shoe box swaps I have heard of limit it to 15-20 people and you bring enough pre-cut materials for all of them to do your project. You leave with 19 cards/items plus one of your own. Some do quick demos of all, and some demo a few and ask all to include written directions. It helps to have a picture, even Xerox b/w of project, for placement, etc.
I would love to be included in anything in the Columbus area and/or am willing to drive to Newark, Pastaskala, etc. Onelightningchic, thank you for your "Things Newbies need to Know" thread. I subscribe to it, and have learned much from it.
Please keep me posted.