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Topic: Journal Circle Journey Swap (SIGN UP CLOSED Send out 6/28)  (Read 11952 times)
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« on: June 08, 2004 04:17:51 PM »

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Lissa
Sign-up date range: Today through Monday 6/21/04...two weeks.
Date to send item by: First Journal sent 6/28/04

Limited to a certain number of people?: limited to 6 (including me) due to time for the journals to make it home

Non-U.S. participants allowed? if we are able to find people to ship out of the US.

All ages allowed? I think this should be 18 and up due to some content that may end up inthe journals.  If you don't think this is okay please feel free to discuss.

Organizer is aware of current list of "suspended traders"
list and will not allow those members to participate: Yup

Details of swap:

Each member in the swap will either make or buy a bound journal that will fit into a 5x7 envelope and have enough pages for each of the 6 swappers to fill at least 3-5 pages.  Please no staples as the journal must be able to handle the sometimes aggressive hands of the post office.  Each journal will be mailed in a circle with you mailing each journal to the same person.  When you receive a journal you will write a few entires in 3-5 of the pages.  This can mean writing about your day, a current issue you are dealing with, poetry, drawing a picture, describing a strange dream and so on.  Be creative and try to refrain from too much introductory information.  For example if you are explaining a dream and it has to do with appraoching a birthday, explain when your b-day is but don't add anything that isn't vital to know kind of thing.  Be sure to leave the journal with about 3-5 blank pages, no more, no less, for the person it belongs to write a few entries when it returns home to them.  This is sorta like the 1000 journals thing, but much smaller and more orginized.  You will be shipping to your partner 6 times every two weeks so it is a long term commitment but the postage won't be too expensive as the books are light in weight.

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

Name of swap:
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of the US?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Please feel free to ask me any questions.  I am really excited about this swap so sign up quick!  Only 5 spots are available!
« Last Edit: November 18, 2004 07:34:17 AM by hijole » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2004 04:00:07 PM »

So far we have:


Is there anyone that I have missed?

Only 2 spots left!  Sign up quick!
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2004 01:38:29 AM »

Sign Ups are closed.  This is our list:


Everyone start getting your journals ready.  I am not sure yet if mine will be store bought and decorated or if it will be handmade.  Both ways is fine as long as it can stand the wear and tear of the post office and each person writting a few entries.  Be sure that the book has about 30 pages in it.  More is fine too.  When you receive a book, make sure that you take up enough pages but not too many.  I will be making partners soon and will PM them and post them,

I Would do it now, but my NyQuil is kicking in and i have a really icky sinus thing going on.

Thanks to all that signed up!  I am really excited about this!
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2004 02:22:32 PM »

I've got a question.

After we make or buy our journal, do we fill out 5 pages and then send it on it's way? Or do we just send it out and wait till we get our own back to fill out our five pages. I think it would be good to do it before hand so we can kind of show who we are to everyone who gets it after us.

I'm just not really clear on that. Maybe it's just a silly question, but doesn't hurt to ask, right?

« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2004 05:43:50 PM »

You can fill out the first 3-5 pages if you would like to, but be sure to write in it like you would a regular journal.  So you won't need to introduce yourself or anything like that.  Cheesy  Good question.
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2004 08:23:34 AM »

Okay I had a question too. Actually thought about this last week, but forgot!  Roll Eyes  I'm having trouble with the size of the envelope. Did you just mean to use a 5x7 book (which is what I got), because I can not find a 5x7 envelope. The closest I can find is 6x9. Am I just being stupid or is there actually such a thing and I can't find it? Please Help!!!
Thanks!! -Kendal

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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2004 11:40:10 AM »

a 6X9 envelope is perfect to hold the book.  My book is much smaller.  I think it is a 3X5 journal with 80 pages in it.  I might get a bigger one, but I dunno yet.  Depends how creative I want to get with the front of it. Cheesy
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2004 10:15:46 PM »

I am going to PM each of you with your partner but here is the list.

Lissa > PearliePie
PearliePie> bkrenning4
kendaljay >rosered
rosered > Lissa
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2004 12:09:02 AM »


6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/2, 8/16, AND 8/30

8/30  is when you should have your book home.  If you are running late, please post and let your partner know.  Whenever you recv a book please post which journal you have recvd.  Same for when you send it out.  This way we can keep track of everything and the chances for someone's book to get lost is much less.  Well, at least on our part Cheesy.  Let's keep very good communication with the group as well as your partner. 

Also, on the inside cover of your book or journal (or outside, just somewhere visible) please write about how many pages should be taken up by each person.  I understand that a lot of the smaller books (like mine) have a lot more than 30 pages when they are smaller.  It would be no fun to have books come back with too many blank pages for you to fill. Cheesy  On the same note, please don't buy or make a book with 1,000 pages in them.  Most books here in the USA have about 80 pages in the 3X5 and 4X6 books.  This gives each person about 8-12 smaller pages if you write the first and last entry in your book.  Sorry for the last minute confusion. 

Please try to write more than just introductions.  You can include cultural happenings or recipies, dreams, thoughts, drawings and much more.  Alos, you don't have to write in black pen onthe lines.  Use color and write in patterns or unique designs.  Add stickers, pictures, magazine articles from your town and stuff.  Let your creatrivness show that we all know you have.  Cheesy

www.circlejourney.com has some good ideas on the idea page and the examples of other peoples work. 

Thanks so much for your partcipation.  I hope this swap will go very well and I am SO excited to get started.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2004 04:59:59 AM »

Lissa -

I'm really excited abou this journal swap, but... why the changes at the last minute?

I spent several nights making journals for this swap (failed prototypes and then the real deal last night).  My time is limited because I have two small children and am getting ready to go out of town.  Then, overnight, the specs on the book are changed from 3-5 pages per person to 8-12.

I don't have time at this point to either make a new book or go shopping for one that meets the new specs.  I made my journal in good faith according to the specs you laid out. 

What would you like me to do?  I can drop out if the book I made according to the original posted specifications isn't going to work here.

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