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MJS: 2018 Magpie Journal Swap U.S. - #1

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MJS: 2018 Magpie Journal Swap U.S. - #1
Group:Magpie Journal Swappers
Swap Coordinator:chelle523 (contact)
Swap categories: Journals 
Number of people in swap:13
Location:Regional - United States
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:January 15, 2018
Date items must be sent by:March 9, 2018
Number of swap partners:1

For some idea of what a Magpie Journal looks like, you can check out my (blog post)[http://www.mamabearsaidso.com/swap-bot-magpie-journal-swap/]

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!

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 in the group if you'd rather do that.

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.


Starwatcher 01/14/2018 #

In the "old days", this used to be called a Glue Book. I loved keeping one because I always have bits of this and that that look interesting to me that I often thought "might" be good in an altered book or ATC. But I also hate giving them up! So this will be more of a challenge for me - unless I send additional postage so my partner could send it back to me. (I have done that with other swaps successfully. Sometimes it is nice to see someone else's work, but there is no reason to keep it after I have looked it over a few times - unless it is truly a collectible (which is not the nature of a magpie journal). Anyway, just my thoughts.

HannahsMommy07 01/15/2018 #

They ae also called "Smash Journals" sometimes and they can be passed along to several people. The problem is sometimes yours gets lost. I like the idea of one traveling around, but not getting lost:< I think this way is a cool idea too!

HappyMom 01/15/2018 #

I've been having so much fun with this and can't wait to send and receive :)

AZmom875 02/ 7/2018 #

9405509699939683617147 Sent today.

Starwatcher 03/ 1/2018 #

Chelle523, thank you so much for pushing out the deadline to March 9th! I was feeling guilty because "life got in the way", but now I can catch my breath and get those items I have been setting aside for my magpie journal and get them into the book!

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