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« on: August 23, 2010 11:57:18 AM »

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Swap name: Head Start Art Journal
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: -zoma-
Sign-up date range: August 23 - September 3
Date to send item by: November 1, 2010

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Have you been inspired by the Sketchbook project? Do you keep your own art journal or sketchbook, or have you always wanted to try?
This swap will be for one sketchbook or art journal, and you'll give your partner a head start on the art.

*I highly recommend that everyone makes the journal that they are swapping with their partner. However, if you don't feel confident in your bookbinding skills, please communicate with your partner (and organizer) as they may have a strong preference for the brand of store-bought journal or sketchbook for substitution.

The Book:
A handmade journal, size to be determined between partners, guidelines follow. The cover may be embellished, or not, but should be sturdy and resilient enough to be carried around in a purse or bag. Binding should be equally as strong - we're aiming for quality here.

The Interior:
Give your partner a head start! I will try to match partners based on strengths & talents so that your partner does something different from what you normally do. So do your thing, and get the journal going... place backgrounds, frames, doodle around the margins. Do a page of collage, a portrait of your cat, or use a page as a coaster for your glass of red wine. The exact amount should be discussed between partners, but I would say, as a guideline, that no more than 50% of the pages should be blank when you send.

The Theme:
Not all of us share the same interests, so please try to gear the journal towards your partner. I will ask you to choose three themes for your partner to pick between, and your partner will interpret your theme how they choose. Some examples might be: nature, joy, blue, travel...

An Extra:
If budget permits, include one of your favourite art journal supplies: your favourite colour of pastel, your go-to pencil, a glue stick, a sheet of stickers, whatever. I myself, am hooked on Pigma Micron 01 pens in dark brown, and would include one with my book.

Book Guidelines:
Paper matters: if you are using good (read expensive) paper, aim for the lower number, if your partner prefers cheap paper, use the higher number. Pay attention to the media your partner uses so that you can make appropriate paper choices.
Size: 9" x 12" - 10-30 pages, 7" x 9" - 20-50 pages, 3" x 5" 50-100 pages
Again: these are guidelines, discuss variances with your partner.

Aim for the highest quality that you can reasonably afford, and put your heart into this. You should be PROUD of what you send, and you will be thrilled at what you receive. We'll call this a 5-point swap, and all five of those points are for the journal.

Please take note: this is not a scrapbook! This is a place for you to write, draw, create and record.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Preferred finished size of journal:
Landscape or portrait?:
Paper preference:  (thick, thin, toothy, smooth, white, coloured, mixed, etc)
Media most commonly used:
Media you want to try:

Three themes for your partner to work with:
A link to your wists if you have one:

Do you agree to post in the discussion thread at least ONCE per WEEK:


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

« Last Edit: September 13, 2010 04:46:55 PM by -zoma- » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2010 11:57:44 AM »

List of Swappers:

Swapper A -- sending to --> Swapper B

1. -zoma- --> Wulf
2. Ninja_Poo  --> Pogo
3. StickerChic87 --> Shadeweaver SENT
4. spunkybubbles --> curiousfae
5. kartiana -->  selkie
6. rougeraven --> kartiana SENT & Received
7. wonderwoman1976 --> kartiana
8. Pogo --> Ninja_Poo
9. kartiana --> wonderwoman1976
10. selkie --> rougeraven SENT & Received
11. curiousfae --> spunkybubbles
12. Wulf --> -zoma-
13. Shadeweaver --> StickerChic87

Links to some inspiration/instructional pages:  (feel free to help me add to the list)

check out the Moleskin gallery here:

what do you journal about?

Vintage sewing machine case turned into a book by cassette.

antique book cover with mixed paper by parlervousfrancais

wrap around cover by rosered (tute on blog)
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2010 06:54:30 PM »

I think this would be so cool!  I wish I could join but with school starting on Wednesday, the Sketchbook project and the two swaps I'm doing...  there's no way I can swing this one right now too.   Undecided  Maybe if there's another round during the spring or next summer I'll catch it.   Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2010 08:58:58 PM »

I'll be thinking about this one. The whole thing is really intriguing, but I've only done some basic bookbinding. Also, I never REALLY considered myself an artist, but I guess crafty is arty, right? I better shut up now, or now one will want to partner with me...  Undecided


« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2010 09:54:59 PM »

I just signed up, I hope more people join before midnight XD
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2010 03:56:05 AM »

Dharma_rebel - join in and try it out! I'll try to gather up a list of inspiration sites for everyone.

I love Danny Gregory's book "The Illustrated Life" - it's a peek into some really amazing sketchbooks.

Oh - and please don't let lack of bookbinding skills turn anyone off. I'm sure that either you'll love learning how, or if it really is too much - there's always Staples (coil binding) or Moleskins. Smiley

eta: I just saw a canvas covered sketchbook on the Michaels website that you can customize the cover - also a super option for those who are not into the binding aspect.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2010 10:21:02 AM »

I would love to do this! Unfortunatly, the signup deadline is 2 days before my 1 month requirement to join my first swap Sad  . But, if you do this again, I'll definately join!

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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2010 12:40:17 PM »

stickerChic I would be more than happy to cut you a little slack  Smiley

« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2010 01:21:27 PM »

I swore no more swaps because of school but this on looks really great I might have to make an exception.

Electrical problems and storms in my area suck. Sad
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2010 06:14:32 PM »

I've never really done journaling, but I've been interested in starting and this seems like it would be a great way to do so! I'm thinking about this one for sure! Just trying to decide if I can squeeze it with the time/money situation of being a college kid Tongue But I'd love this, and I think it'd definitely be worth it. =]

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