I guess you want to see MY book too, right?
I started with a small Field Notes memo book, and collaged used postage on the cover. I wanted it to be really light to mail so it wouldn't cost everyone too much. In a swap like this, you want to make it as easy as possible for people, so your book doesn't get held up.
It's traditional to put your contact info inside the cover in case it should get lost; and the sign-in page is optional but most people do it. Otherwise you end up with really cool pages that are signed with an inscrutable mark and later you have no idea who worked in it or when. And then how do you go about stalking your favourite artists?! So clearly we need a sign-in page.
Also traditional: do the first spread yourself. It sets the tone, plus lets the other participants know that you're willing to do some work, that you're not just sending out an empty book to scam art from other people. (It happens.)
I don't imagine I'll see this book again until around Christmas. I'm fine with that - it will be a nice juicy surprise when I do receive it!
Okay, now go step away from the computer. You should get some fresh air. I'm going to go see what the chickens are up to.