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Magpie Journal Swap Int'l. - Winter 2017

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Magpie Journal Swap Int'l. - Winter 2017
Swap Homepage:http://wp.me/p6w41A-dM
Swap Coordinator:chelle523 (contact)
Swap categories: Journals 
Number of people in swap:33
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 22, 2018
Number of swap partners:1

*NOTE: THIS SWAP IS NOT CANCELED. ALL FUTURE MAGPIE SWAPS WILL BE HELD IN THE MAGPIE JOURNAL SWAPPERS GROUP. * 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 a US 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!


piratejimbob87 10/10/2017 #

Is A5 acceptable? I have so many of these blank notebooks that I never use!

chelle523 10/11/2017 #

@piratejimbob87 That size is just fine!

Nyneve 10/20/2017 #

Can I use either standard size (11x21 cm) or passport size (12,4 x 8,9 cm) Traveler's Notebook insert?

chelle523 10/25/2017 #

@Nyneve - that is just fine!

FeeBeeDee 11/ 3/2017 #

I'm so excited. This is the perfect swap for me! Thank-you for hosting it.

chelle523 11/ 3/2017 #

@FeeBeeDee - You're welcome! I'm glad you're joining :)

mamabear69 11/22/2017 #

Can I join this swap?

BookReader 11/25/2017 #

Hello, I'm a newbie but I would really like to participate. Can I still join?

chelle523 11/29/2017 #

@mamabear69 and @BookReader Yes you can join. Just be sure to let your partners know if you have any issues. Thank you and happy swapping!

chelle523 12/ 3/2017 #

If you received the email about the new Magpie Journal group, yes, we are still completing this swap. You can join the Magpie Group here

Heidi 12/ 4/2017 #

Is a 3.25 x 4.5 inch mini composition book too small? I have a 4x6 if it is, but love the little pocket size of it.

chelle523 12/13/2017 #

@Heidi that should be fine.

angel1985 12/16/2017 #

Shoot. I'm 40 pages into my journal which SAYS a5 on the cover but I've just measured it and it's a bit bigger (it's spiral bound so they've made it a5 plus the binding space). I hope I don't have to start again??

Sammoning 01/ 3/2018 #

Many people have listed different sizes already, with thehost saing they're fine too. So it seems that'll be your answer as well! I have a smaller one personally, so I will just fill more pages.

chelle523 01/ 4/2018 #

@angel1985 You're just fine. I don't have strict restrictions on size anyway :)

jinxspinx 01/20/2018 #

My journal left this morning for Australia. No tracking on international , but the customs form # is #LH031106620US

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