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Topic: "1000 Journals" swap...ongoing???  (Read 5312 times)
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2009 07:42:50 AM »

i would love to do this!  i'll be watching for sign ups if someone decides to organize..and i think organizing this swap would be a pretty big committment...
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2009 08:05:18 AM »

I've done a few of these swaps, and they are really fantastic. I have three completed journals that I really treasure.
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2009 08:38:10 AM »

I love the idea of this though I personally am about to go on a swapping hiatus myself  Undecided

Just an idea from another swap I admired before - the "Tip in with a Twist" where basically everyone in the swap purchased the same type of notebook which had removable pages. This way you could send out pages at a time, and not have your entire journal be at risk if someone flaked. Also this would be a HUGE advantage since shipping one page would be way way lighter than shipping an entire journal especially after its been circulating for a while and has added weight of glued in items, paint, etc. I think that swap was done in rounds too every month or so.

Here's the link for that other swap.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=201033.0
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2009 10:43:41 AM »

Ohhh I love this idea! I also think that having an ongoing swap like this could get very expensive and time consuming though. I like the notebook pages idea-- that way if someone flakes or decides to opt out it won't screw everything up. Heres to hoping this idea comes to life!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2009 08:33:56 PM »

this sounds like a really interesting idea... especially if you sent out pages instead of the whole journal- I could see that getting a little expensive for me, personally. Bookmarked!
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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2009 06:53:52 PM »

I was in the same journal swap as beckashell and the same flaker kept my journal too since we all were in the same swap circle. I think the idea of sending individual pages out is a great way to stop flakers from completely ruining the swap. I believe this technique was used in the chunky page swap and I think it could work out great here too.

I am going to be brave and volunteer to organize this after the holiday break if there is still an interest.

Here are a few ideas:

I think if we limited the page size to what fits in a normal, flat shipping envelope it doesn't matter what size it is, but each swapper needs to put their name on the back of their journal page in order to ensure the right page goes back to the right swapper. (This could be done lightly in pencil and erased later)

Themes could be left up to the individual swappers- someone may want a rainbow themed journal and ask different people to do different colors or another may want stuff based on a childhood memory or even another may say its a free for all and do whatever you want. Keep in mind that some themes are harder than others, you may want to give fellow swappers a list to choose from. For example, in my last journal swap I chose mermaids and people found this to be a challenge, I could have offered the themes of sea creatures, the beach and other mythological creatures/figures as alternatives that still fit with my theme but give my partners more options.


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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2009 07:18:02 PM »

This sounds interesting and like it could be a lot of fun. I love the look of altered books/journals and such, but seem to be less than great at making them and this would be sort of the ultimate altered book with all different styles of pages.

Trying to see how it works though.. Say I am in the swap with 4 other people. Would I take 5 "journal pages" and send them out, keeping one for myself, and then they would be sent back to me? Or would it work to say, I'm doing an 8.5 x 11 3 ring journal system, with x theme and then people make and send me pages? Just curious on the logistics. :-)
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« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2009 10:23:28 AM »

I think I probably want to try to bind my own pages, so I'd be game for either saying "this is the size I want" or for sending out blanks. If we just specified the size and possibly the binding style we wanted and the pages were made and sent to us that would save on postage though. 
I also like the idea of listing several themes/interests for others to choose from. A very specific theme can make it difficult. And maybe telling your partners whether or not you want to be able to write on the pages would be a good idea- I've seen journals where you could, and journals where you couldn't.
Overall I'm really excited about this idea, can you tell?  Roll Eyes
Thanks for being willing to take on organising RougeRaven!
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2009 12:19:08 PM »

I'm in! Especially with such a great organiser!
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2009 12:09:07 PM »

I'd love to do this as well.
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