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Topic: Journal for a month swap Round 2 - Sign up April 11-30. Send out June 14  (Read 54702 times)
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« on: April 10, 2012 09:16:47 AM »


Okay, we are on again.

I LOVED doing this swap the first time around, and have decided to reinvigorate it Cheesy And the fact that I am usually a non-journaller and a non-paperworker, and I'm dying for a round 2 on this swap should tell you something about how much fun it is.

I am blatantly stealing most of the words below, and probably the swap idea itself from Dizzerspinninround.

Swap name: Journal for a month Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Kitten Wrangler
Craftster who is co-organizing: No-one, yet.
Sign-up date range: April 11 - April 30
Date to send item by: June 14th

Limited to a certain number of people? Nope
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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: NO
- 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:

In this swap you will be writing in a journal for one month and sending the journal to your partner. You will be journalling the month of May, natch. Wink

You are encouraged to make your own journal, but it is definitely not necessary, you can recreate a pre-existing journal if you so desire.

This journal should really express who you are, and not just in words, feel free to include photos, ticket stubs, crafty projects, drawings, poetry, short stories, jokes, whatever!

You MUST write something for each day, even if it's just a few sentences. Your entries don't have to be novel length, but they do need to be of substance. You can even include drawings and poetry (make it a mini zine about you if you want!).

You and your partner will discuss how personal you wish to be, if you didn't already specify in the questionnaire.

You are ALSO required to send a small crafted item along with the journal. Make it a craft you are super good at, to display your skills, or try your hand at a new craft, so long as you make sure you keep it a small (unless you and your partner discuss otherwise). A small is an item that takes you 2 hours or less to craft. Items such as earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks are considered smalls for different people of different skill levels.

Just to prevent any hand-wringing and angsting....
I'm in Australia - I'll be in a different timezone to most of the rest of you. A reply to a question might seem to take longer than you might expect - especially if you send a PM while I'm asleep or working. I WILL endeavour to respond to every PM sent/question asked within 48 hrs of it being sent. 'Kay??

Name of swap: Journal for a month swap Round 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Name and address in mailing format:

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)

Are you allergic to anything?
Any allergens in your house?
Are you okay with receiving extras?
Have any subjects you don't wish to discuss?
Have any subjects you don't want your partner to discuss?

For reference to the small item that will be crafted for you:
What colors do you like?
What colors do you not like?
What can you craft?
What would you like to receive?
What would you not like to receive?

Are you okay with receiving "extras" (these are purchased items or supplies)?
-If yes, name some things you would be okay with receiving:

Do you have a wist or a pinterest? Tumblr, Flickr, Twitter, Instagram yada yada...?
Anything else you would like your partner to know?


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

« Last Edit: July 19, 2012 06:45:15 AM by rackycoo - Reason: added gallery link » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2012 09:17:05 AM »

Participants and partners will go here.

Alexampersandra - PrettyR4veGirl
bacettox - VampAracely
Jennickell - astrangeone
Mountains and Clouds - Oodelally
MiLady - endymion
RougeRaven - Rosie1981
PromisedHeartbrk - Smmarrt
zzdia - PlumCrafty
SilverMoon - IsikkahJai
ZombriNation - mlookyloo1 Kitten Wrangler
schnerby - seeudee
How Lovely - raewolo
« Last Edit: May 13, 2012 10:37:42 PM by Kitten Wrangler » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2012 09:17:17 AM »

Terribly useful link section!!

Journal for a month Round 1:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=362773.0

Journal for a month Round 1 gallery:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366903.0

Inspiration/Prompts Links  from the last round -

How to make an accordion mini scrapbook

How to make snazzy mini envelopes

Make upcycled envelopes (this is SO me)

Mini envelope template and ideas

A my favorite things book, this could easily be inserted into a pocket or envelope within your journal!

Different approaches to journaling-Thanks Calluna!

Lots of great journaling information-Thanks for mentioning this Calluna!

Archive for daydreamingonpaper, has lots of tutorials and ideas!

Craftster tutorial lists for making journals and book binding

Book binding techniques

Japanese book binding

Make your own moleskin journal

Step by step picture tutorial for making a journal

Daydreamingonpaper step by step picture tutorial for making a journal

Information on art journals

Use candles to make binding thread-Thanks Krizzle!

For inspiration:

Flickr account of a junque journal

Journal flicker-found by Serenthia

another Journal flicker-found by Serenthia

More flickr junque journals

Video tutorials

How to make a composition journal look uh-maze-ing

Make a page interactive with tags

Youtube videos on junque journaling

Pocket page tutorial

How to make pop up pages

Video tutorials on making your own journal

Journal prompts in case you get stuck

"22 days of art journal prompts that perfectly mix art experimenting with self exploration"-Calluna

Top 10 lists to use as journal prompts-Thanks for mentioning this!

Journal prompt generator-Found by Calluna

Also found by Calluna:
Day 01 - A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02 - The meaning behind your [screen] name
Day 03 - A picture of you and your friends
Day 04 - A habit that you wish you didnt have
Day 05 - A picture of somewhere youve been to
Day 06 - Favorite superhero and why
Day 07 - A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08 - Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09 - Something youre proud of in the past few days
Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you are happy, sad, bored, hyped, and mad
Day 11 - Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12 - How you found out about [this site] and why you [signed up]
Day 13 - A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14 - A picture of you and your family
Day 15 - Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16 - Another picture of yourself
Day 17 - Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18 - Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19 - Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20 - Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21 - A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22 - What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23 - Something you crave for a lot
Day 24 - A letter to your parents
Day 25 - What I would find in your bag
Day 26 - What you think about your friends
Day 27 - Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28 - A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29 - In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30 - Who are you?
« Last Edit: April 10, 2012 09:21:14 AM by Kitten Wrangler » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2012 11:41:45 AM »

this actually looks like so much fun!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2012 12:54:12 PM »

Oh my gosh!  I really want to do this!  Just waiting for feedback........ Smiley

« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2012 01:15:01 PM »

I did the first round and it was fun. But I hate writing about myself....can't I write about someone more interesting? Like George Clooney?  Wink
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2012 01:22:53 PM »

Aw, that's my book picture up there!  Grin I had such a great time doing the journal for the last round, and it was over-the-top awesome getting KW's journal after the month was over and going through all the nooks and crannies of a month in the life. Such a great swapping experience.  Smiley

Organizing the swap, on the other hand, was extremely challenging! I'd be glad to talk with you about via PM, and dizzerspinninround probably would too; we pretty much agreed to put the whole traumatic experience behind us and never speak of it again,  Cheesy but as you're stepping up to the plate to organize a new round, I would make an exception.

I will have to strongly consider participating in this round, since I was attempting to not do any swapping for a while. But I already have some great handbound books that need to be put to use, so...I will lurk for a bit.  Cool

We didn't have Pinterest around during the first round, so there's endless inspiration material to sift through when you search for "art journal" boards. There's also been the mass production of things called Smash Books, available in the U.S. (not sure about elsewhere) at some art and craft stores. It's like a head-start on a messy, visually interesting art journal, with the basic book and a bunch of accessories you buy separately to customize. Less photo-oriented, formulaic and tidy than scrapbooking, but it's marketed to scrapbookers. If you've never done a visual journal before and don't know where to begin, it can be a helpful place to start. If you have done anything with visual journals, altered art, bookbinding, upcycling, etc., your reaction will likely be, "But why spend all that money and have the same supplies as everyone else when I could just ________ instead?"  Smiley I'm glad a crafty person was able to turn this idea into a money-making venture, though I would encourage people who go the SmashBook route to use it as a springboard for other ideas and not be limited by the supplies/accessories available in their display at the craft store. The video for the product is nice, quick inspiration relevant to this swap, whether or not you use their particular products.

ETA: LOL, a George Clooney journal would be fantastic.  Cheesy Would it be written from his perspective, or kind of a pseudo-stalker, all-about-what-George-Clooney-did-this-month style? I guess people could even do a month-long journal for a fictional character, if both partners agreed to that. It really was wonderful getting to read all about KW's life, though, and I'd bet yours would be interesting, too. Agh, the more I write here, the more I want to participate...But I'm committed to waiting it out a little while.
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2012 03:50:18 PM »

I'm tempted, but the price of postage just keeps going up - it's almost to the point where domestic mail is too expensive. But I think I might be able to handle $6 for an Australian partner. Will have to think on it a little longer.

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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2012 09:00:16 PM »

Silvermoon - remember I'm an Aussie.....

Calluna- can you PM about a few of the issues you faced? It'd be nice to know what I might need to pre-empt.

Smmartt - other people's lives are always interesting. Part of the thing I enjoyed about this swap was trying to work out what to write on the days when my life was boring.

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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2012 09:15:33 PM »

I was just kidding, although I know way too much about the man! (He's exactly 3 weeks older than me!) (He's hosting a dinner for the president!) (He's gotta dump that girlfriend, like yesterday!)

I will consider joining - it's my birthday month (and George's) and I'll be off from work for 8 days so maybe....And I agree about the Smashbook route - great for beginners, but I love when people use real ephemera in their journals. Makes it so much more authentic. It's fun to look at all the goodies that are offered. I'm hoping to take a stab-binding class this month or next so I would be making the journal myself.
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