Swap-bot Time: September 19, 2018 7:33 pm

Random Journal Swap

Random Journal Swap
Swap Coordinator:institches (contact)
Swap categories: Art  Journals  Random Items 
Number of people in swap:27
Number of people watching:111
Location:Regional - USA
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:September 30, 2018
Date items must be sent by:October 13, 2018
Number of swap partners:1

This is a time intensive swap. Please read swap description carefully.

Someone had one of these swaps last September, but I was unable to participate because I just didn't have the time to do it (6 weeks I think). But I did get one started and have not seen it again since ~ sorry to anyone if they have, I just haven't seen it

For this swap you will do the following:

  1. Get a composition notebook. Starting at the front of the book, glue two pages together through the entire book. This stabilizes the pages and makes less pages to fill. (Compositions books with 80 pages or more are acceptable)

  2. Decorate the front and back outside covers of the book.

  3. On the inside front cover it must have the swap name "Random Journal Swap". "Made by" your name and user name. Address is optional

  4. On the very first lined page you will write about yourself. Try to fill the entire page. Tell about yourself, things you like, your thoughts on doing this swap, etc. You can do this now or wait until just before sending.

  5. Now start filling the pages. Magazine/newspaper articles, recipes, fill a page with stickers, product reviews by you, pictures, drawings, tips, etc. Do a search for more ideas. I've found some interesting pages to do.

I have found this is a very time intensive swap. I started filling mine last fall and still have not filled half of the book as of March. But then I haven't really concentrated on it either until recently.

I am giving several months to complete this. Because of the extended date, you should be able to do this thoughtfully and balanced, not just slapping stuff on the pages just to get them filled. My goal is to try to do 3-5 pages each week.

When partners are assigned and it's time to send you are required to send it in a Priority Flat Rate Envelope and provide the tracking number in the comment section below.

I am asking this because:

  1. The PO seems to take better care of mail this way and we will be able to track it

  2. If it gets lost in the mail, do you really want to try and do another one in a short amount of time?

  3. I cannot angel this swap.

Because of the extended date of the signup, your book should be completed by the send date. So the send date will be short.

Other requirements:

Newbies welcomed, with a well filled out profile (I DO CHECK AND WILL BAN). Because of delivery issues, multi-profiler/flaker concerns, and site policies I require real names. If you join a swap of mine with a fake name or no last name, you will be asked to fix it.

No recent/unexplained low ratings - This means message me with an explanation why you have a 1 or 3. PLEASE check out my profile page and read the "About Swaps I Host" section for an in-depth explanation of my swap rules.

Also ~ I live in "Boonyville" Michigan and sometimes our internet connection isn't very good. This is especially true when it rains & in the winter months. I have been told that swap hosts have 7 days after the sign up date to assign partners. So please be patient, partners will get assigned and if needed I will extend the send date.

If you know of a bad swapper signed up for this swap, I appreciate being informed, but please DO NOT post to the comment section! Send me a PM and I will deal with it that way.

Any questions, just ask. Comments are also welcome


CraftyMommaonaBUDGET 03/16/2018 #

I will grab a journal this weekend, and start filling it. The comp notebooks have 60-80 pages when you glue 2 together it will be 30-40 pages? I just want to be clear on how many pages need to be filled before I start

institches 03/16/2018 #

@CraftyMommaonaBEDGET - The composition notebook I have has 100 pages

justme2905 03/16/2018 #

Do I have to glue the pages together. I did a journal last year and glued the pages. I did not like how it turned out. I can fill out the 100 pages front and back. with the time give.

junemoon 03/16/2018 #

Watching this swap. Don't understand sign up date being only two weeks before send date. Sounds like swappers need to sign up much sooner as it's habitual, I think, for a lot of people not to start the swap craft until partners are assigned. That would not work with these dates.

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET 03/16/2018 #

So minimum how many pages do I need to fill?

institches 03/17/2018 #

@justme2905 - I guess you don't have to glue the pages if you don't want to. Just be aware that you may get a journal that does have the pages glued together

@junemoon - I did this because of the time involved. The journal should be complete or almost complete by the sign up date. Then you just finish it and send it off. This is so if something happens and you can't get it out then you can drop from the swap and not receive a low rating

@CraftyMommaonaBUDGET - You need to fill every page.

junemoon 03/17/2018 #

It's a good idea to let people know to start well in advance. However, anyone can drop out of a swap any time before the final date sign up date.

DixieDiane 03/17/2018 #

Front and back of page or can you do just front if not glueing pages together ?

institches 03/18/2018 #

@DixieDiane - every page must have something

DixieDiane 03/20/2018 #

Ok thank you

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET 03/21/2018 #

I joined this swap I will start working on it, BUT I might put the swap back on my watchlist it my dashboard gets full. :) I hope to start this after Easter :)

CraftyMommaonaBUDGET 03/22/2018 #

Can we use double sided tape instead of glue? I may glue some pages, and if I can, I may use some double sided tape, if its ok?

institches 03/22/2018 #

@CraftyMommaonaBUDGET - Yes, that's fine

grandmaroro 04/ 2/2018 #

I adore "random" anything. I am losing my vision much faster than expected. I am joining and I plan to work on two at the same time. I will do one 100-page, unglued and one gluing two pages together. I have the 80-page composition books books also. I much prefer the larger ones.

These will be "use it up" journals for me. I'm trying to not leave this stash behind for my children to deal with. If anyone has an issue with receiving my journal, please let me know. I will drop fro m the swap rather than offend anyone. But, random means just that to me.

nikinoo123 04/12/2018 #

So, is this journal going to 1 person or multiple people? Do they send it back or keep it?

institches 04/13/2018 #

@nikinoo - it is going to one person and they will keep it

grandmaroro 04/14/2018 #

Yesterday I finished prepping my journal (gluing pages together). It is so exciting to have this much time to plot and plan a journal.

Wingy 04/20/2018 #

I love this once again Already working on mine

cynaemon 05/ 6/2018 #

I am putting it on my watchlist. I have done a number of these and love to fill all the pages. I make a duplicate for myself.

cynaemon 05/11/2018 #

Mine is coming along really nicely.

momto8cats 05/24/2018 #

I've been experimenting with using gesso between 2 pages, to not only act as an adhesive, but to also help prevent bleed-through for paints/markers/etc. The page with the gesso expands a bit from the moisture, so it helps to get the other page a little damp to match the expansion of the gesso'd page.

junemoon 05/27/2018 #

I received a journal in a different swap in which the pages were held together by washi tape --different ones, made pretty edges but uses lots of tape.

stormofangels 06/ 9/2018 #

I bought a pack of composition notebooks at Costco and they ended up being only 80 pages ? Is this okay instead of the 100?

stormofangels 06/ 9/2018 #

Instead of glueing can I do double sided adhesive tape? Glue is wrinkling my pages ? Would I get rated down? Don’t want to take a risk?

KatieKat 06/10/2018 #

@stormofangels for the pages I've glued together (I've only glued together ones I want to use as dividers or ones I use markers/paint on), I've been used double sided adhesive around the edges and using a school glue stick in the middl. It has helped reduce wrinkling.

stormofangels 06/10/2018 #

@Katiekat thanks! I still trying to find a composition notebook that has a 100 pages.. I just realize above she stated hers has 100 pages. I bought a 10 pack at Costco lol and they are all 80 pages.... I can practice on my 80 pages, going to do one filled with favorite quotes in the meantime

stormofangels 06/10/2018 #

I won't join if i can't find one that is 100 pages....

institches 06/11/2018 #

@stormofangels - I have noted in the swap description that composition books of 80 pages or more is acceptable.

moonlightlaura 06/11/2018 #

This sounds so much fun, but with me being in college full time and working full time, I won't be able to join right now because of time :(

institches 06/12/2018 #

This swap has made it into the top 10....yea!

Next prompt.....your top 10 swaps you've participated in on swap-bot since you've joined. (Give the "official" name if you can remember it)

junieandj 06/12/2018 #

Is it okay if some of the pages are religious themed? Since partners won't be assigned we won't know what they like or don't like. Love the idea of the prompts too.

institches 06/13/2018 #

@junieanddj - Yes anything goes for this swap. Just make sure it's not a lot of pages with one theme.

I wouldn't want to get a journal with 20 recipes in it....

NYTripletMommy 06/13/2018 #

I hope there isn't a "religious" themed page. Some of us here don't believe in it. Kind of like politics....it's a personal thing imho

kgeslab 06/13/2018 #

But a journal is supposed to be a personal thing.

ThatGreenYeen 06/13/2018 #

Would it be okay to rebind it with thicker paper as long as it's well done? I plan on predominately doing different art with mixed size journal entries if that's okay? I won't lie, a fair amount will be animal/nature related but this will also challenge me to do more subjects!

junieandj 06/13/2018 #

will this be 40 ish pages then if we are gluing pages together, Or should it be closer to 80 completed pages?

institches 06/15/2018 #

Sorry for late reply, in hospital right now.

@NYTripletMommy - no, I had no plans for a religious prompts. I’m not religious, but as @kgeslab stated, journals are personal.

@ThatGreenYeen - rebinding is fine, I guess. I’m not exactly sure what you mean, but as stated, this swap is along the personal lines.

@junieandj - both sides of your pages need to be done.

jenmcjen 06/15/2018 #

Question, and it sounds like I'm trying to argue, but I'm really not. I'm interested in this, cuz wow. How awesome. But I am an atheist and love atheist memes that ask logic type of questions about bizarre parts of the bible. Things that even a believer would generally be like, yeah, that is weird. So if religious pages are okay, would some of these memes be okay?

institches 06/17/2018 #

@jenmcjen - Yes, anything that is personal to you.

FindingFunInLife 06/26/2018 #

This is a simple swap, not complicated at all. The rules are super easy. I'm going to attempt to complete mine by or near the finaly day to sign up/drop until then I will be watching. Very cool swap idea!!!

basykes 06/26/2018 #

Glad to hear it's not necessary to glue pages together. I did a journal like this last year. I glued some pages together, but not all, and it came out fine.

slapdashmom 07/ 4/2018 #

I have an artists journal, thicker pages than a composition notebook, hard cover. Is it okay to complete and send this notebook/journal?

institches 07/ 9/2018 #

@slapdashmom - how many pages and is it wire bound?

institches 07/12/2018 #

@ChristieAnn566 - yes, the front and back of each page needs to be filled.

This journal is personal to the person that is making it. Could be religious or not. Maybe they like quotes or tips or pretty pictures.

By saying "I don't want this or I don't want that" then the journal is no longer personal to the person making it....it becomes personal to the partner receiving it instead.

This swap isn't making something for your partner, it is sharing what YOU like WITH your partner.

I've found that I am enjoying doing this for someone else. I am also making one that I will keep for myself with a lot of the same pages as the one I am making for this swap.

institches 07/12/2018 #

Prompt - poem.

JuneRosebud 07/13/2018 #

So, basically, the journal would be about yourself then? And you are sending it to someone else to look at?

institches 07/13/2018 #

@JuneRosebud - Rule #5 - Now start filling the pages. Magazine/newspaper articles, recipes, fill a page with stickers, product reviews by you, pictures, drawings, tips, etc. Do a search for more ideas. I've found some interesting pages to do.

Anything that is interesting to you.

You are making a journal and your partner will be keeping it, unless they want to return it to you, it's up to them.

institches 07/13/2018 #

This is a simple swap everyone.....please, don't overthink it ;)

BizzyBusMom 07/14/2018 #

Sounds like so much fun... I will have you on my watch list as I work on it.......

institches 07/15/2018 #

@ChristieAnn566 - as I have stated many, many times to you. This is a personal journal. Whatever anyone want to add to their journal is personal to them. If it is religion, then a few pages are fine. The key words are "personal" and "few".

I don't think this swap is for you. Maybe you can make a journal and keep it for yourself.

basykes 07/15/2018 #

I started this journal and have almost filled it! So sad I can't send it until October!

AlexandriaV 07/17/2018 #

I'd love to join, but you have an even number!

institches 07/20/2018 #

@AlexandriaV - what does that have to do with anything?

And if you joined, then it would be uneven.....?

aligurl75 07/23/2018 #

@AlexandriaV The partner pairing has nothing to do with the number of folks. It's totally random but we will all get a partner. Think of it this way... Person A sends to Person B, Person B sends to Person C... etc..... etc... Person Z sends to Person A. It will all work out :) If you like the sound of this swap then go ahead and join :)

aligurl75 07/23/2018 #

@basykes you are doing so much better then me, I am having Journal Block.. hahahahaha. I keep staring at my blank pages and saying "What next?"

institches 07/24/2018 #

@aligurl75 - that's exactly why I put such a far out date to complete. I do a few pages then think "what next?" too

AlexandriaV 07/24/2018 #

@aligurl75 Ah, I get it, thank you! For some reason it stuck in my mind as a paired switch!

basykes 07/24/2018 #

I must have more junk around my house than yo do. I have done 87 pages and have a few more to finish.

GummiBear 07/24/2018 #

When i get a block, i just go through andnpick random pages and do backgrounds and such. Come back to them later on.

JanJak 07/26/2018 #

I would love to join this swap but it's for USA only. Anyone keen to swap a book with me? I live in Australia.

Coffeeegal 07/30/2018 #

Jan jak. Im willing to swap with you.

Coffeeegal 07/31/2018 #

Going to trade with jan jak. So going pull out of swap

draco 08/ 1/2018 #

how are these for prompt ideas...

full lyrics to your all time favorite song, journal prompts, a page with useless facts/trivia, and/or a page with quotes/sayings

aligurl75 08/ 2/2018 #

I'm doing better in my journal. It's helped me to do 2 page spread layouts instead of stressing myself over single back and front pages. I'm still doing every page but now I'm covering two pages with one idea... :)

@institches I'm enjoying this. It is forcing me outside my comfort zone. I'm normally a writing journal person with very little else. Thank you for the prompts :)

basykes 08/ 3/2018 #

Finished! first time I've ever FILLED a book. Now to remember where I put it when partners are assigned.

institches 08/ 4/2018 #


Congratulations! You just won millions in the lottery!

List 5-10 things you will do with the money

LilyPuBear 08/ 4/2018 #

I picked up two 100 page notebooks from Walmart yesterday day for 25c each. I will be starting on them Sunday and yes I will be making two books. One for myself and one for my partner to keep.

So after I tape the 2pages together I will have a 50page book to send to my partner.

Well I'm off to gather ideas for each page.

institches 08/ 9/2018 #


My Guilty Pleasures

List at least 5

aligurl75 08/13/2018 #

11 more pages and I'll be finished!! Yayyyyy!!

LISARENEE 08/13/2018 #

So much fun halfway done

theladyjessica 08/14/2018 #

You mention doing a search for more page ideas. What phrases/keywords are you guys searching? ? ? So far I've tried googling, "smash book pages" and "junk journals."

FlynnxRider 08/14/2018 #

Thank you for doing this, I needed a project that wasn't surrounding postcards. <3

marymichele 08/15/2018 #

hello my name is michele im just new this journal thing what do u put in these joutnals and do u send to the and can we have partners to write in these journals

institches 08/15/2018 #

@theladyjessica - I use those search terms and I'll put other words in front of them "funny" "artistic", etc.

Though all the pages do not have to be like this. As described above, pages can contain articles, recipes, etc. An example: I have a page with an interview I found interesting with Melinda Gates. I also have a page entitled "Things from my Swap-bot friends" that I have been gluing some of the little extras I've received in swaps.

Hope this helps!

institches 08/15/2018 #

@FlynnRider - You're welcome.

This is taking me out of my usual swap gendre too.

institches 08/15/2018 #

@marymichele - I'm not sure what you are asking....read the swap description and do some searches.

LilyPuBear 08/16/2018 #

Update on my journals : So I used masking tape for one journal an washi tape for the other journal. List of 50+ ideas is done too. I have been working on the pages as of late and enjoying testing out new ideas on how to create them.

cynaemon 08/16/2018 #

Here is another prompt: How about listing our favorite ten words with their meanings?

institches 08/17/2018 #

Hey everyone - I created a swap related to this swap. Click on my user name and check it out. It's called "Random Journal Page Swap"

Hope to see you there!

ScrappyTate 08/25/2018 #

Oh i'm loving this swap. its to late to start now and have it done by the send date.

Will you be hosting this challenge again in the future?

Thanks Paulette

colleenbUSA 08/27/2018 #

Will you be doing this again? I'd love to try it but there's no way I could finish in time now.

institches 08/28/2018 #

@ScrappyTate and @colleenbUSA - probably not. It's taken me a year to do this book already!

But I think I will continue doing the Random Journal page swap, I'll see how that swap goes.....

cynaemon 08/28/2018 #

Let's just do pages. It is easier and less expensive than sending out a whole journal. Hope everyone will join in.

MrsAndrews 09/ 7/2018 #

I did something like this last year but you just decorated the composition book--you didn't have to write on or decorate all the pages. I still spent about 6-7 hours on mine.

kgeslab 09/12/2018 #

Oh how I wish I had seen this back in April or May! Now the time is too short or I'd be on this swap!

Craftymommabear 09/18/2018 #

@kgeslab had the same thought. This looks like so much fun. Hope everybody had a great time. Would love to join if there is one in the future. Also love the idea of have a journal being passed back and forth between two partners☺☺

aligurl75 09/19/2018 #

I have six more pages to fill.... any ideas anyone??

institches 09/19/2018 #

I found this website:


I haven't had a chance to go through it all yet

institches 09/19/2018 #

Prompt - an interactive page(s)

institches 09/19/2018 #

FYI - Closer to the send date I will be deleting all the comments to make room for posting the date you send and the tracking number posts.

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