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Magpie Journal Swap U.S. - Winter 2017

Magpie Journal Swap U.S. - Winter 2017
Swap Homepage:http://wp.me/p6w41A-dM
Swap Coordinator:chelle523 (contact)
Swap categories: Journals 
Number of people in swap:52
Number of people watching:55
Location:Regional - United States
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.95
Last day to signup/drop:November 30, 2017
Date items must be sent by:January 16, 2018
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

For some idea of what a Magpie Journal looks like, you can check out my blog post

If concerns about being flaked on is preventing you from joining the swap, please be aware that I will angel this swap if the need arises.

I was in several of these swaps a few years ago and just loved them. I've hosted several over the past few years and they're always fasincating! I think the original was hosted by honeyblossom.

What's a magpie journal? Well, a magpie is a bird related to the crow that is know as being a collector. Similarly, people are called "magpies" who collect things, particularly things that seem to have little value. So, for this journal, you're going to collect various items and paste them in a small journal.

For the sake of postage, you need only fill 30 pages of collected items - you don't need to fill an entire journal (but please feel free to do so if you wish). Please keep the journals no larger than roughly 5 x 7 inches - smaller is definitely okay. I generally use a small composition book (roughly 4x6 inch size). Decorate the cover any way you like.

What to include inside the journal? Here are some ideas:

Recipes/Menus/Postcards/Playing cards/Stickers/Tags and labels/ Interesting stamps /Coupons /Found items (as long as they're clean)/Notes /Grocery Lists /Poems /Song Lyrics/ Interesting bits of paper /Interesting ads /Flyers /Clippings from newspapers and magazines /Inserts /Labels from favorite products /Candy wrappers (make sure they aren't sticky) / Washi samples

Try to include things that have visual interest or meaning. Feel free to add a note here or there to explain why you included something if you'd like. Doodles and other decorations are likewise encouraged but not required. If you'd like an extra challenge, see how much of the journal you can fill within the deadline!

Basically anything goes - just make sure you have 30 pages full and nothing dirty, smelly or sticky! I've included photos of my own Magpie journal for inspiration as the official swap photo, but if you have any questions about the swap or requirements, feel free to ask!

There's a long lead time on this one, so you can go ahead and get started as it's sender's choice and not partner-specific! I am also running an International version of this swap if you'd rather do that. It can be found here.

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE SIGNING UP: There is no artistic or written requirement for this swap. The swap is also not partner-specific, so your partner is not under any obligation to make a journal that meets any requirements other than 30 pages of magpie goodies. Because this swap is open to the participants' interpretation, you may receive something that is completely different than what you've created. If you are not okay with that, then this may not be the swap for you.

I reserve the right to drop anyone from this swap for low ratings, recent unsent swaps, too many "1" ratings, etc.

Have fun!

Discussion

JennLostAndFound 10/30/2017 #

Is it ok to include a bit of writing to explain each piece or is that discouraged? This will be my first time creating a magpie journal.

cricketsarge 10/31/2017 #

are we allowed to "create" our own "journal book" by using coverstock and a long arm stapler that will staple at the book spine area, or must we buy a "dollar store type" composition book or journal? Even if it is coverstock that is punched and jointed with ribbons, etc? Please advise, because I do not really understand the parameters of the actual journal book, It sounds like a lot of fun and creativity though!

chelle523 10/31/2017 #

@JennLostAndFound - that is perfectly fine.

chelle523 10/31/2017 #

@cricketsarge - You may use any kind of journal you like, as long as it has 30 pages filled. Thank you!

Terri07 11/ 2/2017 #

Way to go on being in the Top 10 swaps.

chelle523 11/ 3/2017 #

@Terri07 - Thank you!

PeliKat 11/ 8/2017 #

Are the items to be permanently attached to the journal pages, or are they intended to be removed and used by the recipient?

elflady 11/10/2017 #

I notice that the international Magpie journal has been taken down and my name is in the regional one. That is okay with me but I do live in Tasmania. I am happy to still be included as long as my partner is happy to post overseas. Elflady

TC 11/12/2017 #

@elflady you joined the wrong one. The international swap is HERE.

auntiepandie 11/13/2017 #

Is it ok to use a spril bound notebook as a journal?

BizzyBusMom 11/15/2017 #

Iā€™m so excited about this..... one question though - 30 pages - 15 pages front & back = 30? Or 30 pages front and back? Does that make sense?šŸ˜Š

chelle523 11/16/2017 #

@PeliKat - you're welcome to include items for the swapper to remove and use but it's not a requirement.

chelle523 11/16/2017 #

@auntiepandie - Yes, it is.

chelle523 11/16/2017 #

@BizzyBusMom - 30 sides, so 15 pages front and back is fine.

grandmaroro 11/19/2017 #

I do love Magpie Journals - I was in Honeyblossom's Magpie Journal Swap. Loved every minute. For now, I am watching and starting a journal for the U.S. and the International swaps. If it seems more than I can handle, then I will just not join. I have a lot of health issues so I am not joining as many swaps as I used to - very sorry to say.

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