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Random Journal Swap

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Random Journal Swap
Swap Coordinator:institches (contact)
Swap categories: Art  Journals  Random Items 
Number of people in swap:25
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 swap was first posted in March 2018 - so yes, the dates are correct.

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


institches 09/19/2018 #

I found this website:


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

institches 09/29/2018 #

Question for anyone interested in doing just a Random Journal Page Swap.

I was thinking about the size of the page. If putting it in a composition notebook the page would have to be cut down. And it would have to be specified as the left side or the right side of the page.

I was thinking about having the done as a regular size paper - 8.5x11 - putting them in a sheet protector and keeping in a 3 ring binder.

Let me know your thoughts.

tam2016 09/30/2018 #

@institches I would love to be a part of your Random Journal Page Swap if/when you host it. I do like the idea of making the page 8.5x11 and then using page protectors. Please keep me on your "interest" list.

cynaemon 10/ 1/2018 #

I am fine with the Random Journal Page swaps in whatever size they come in. I am using a Comp Book. The only thing I ask is PLEASE do not write on the back of the page!!!!

HannahsMommy07 11/ 3/2018 #

Even though I joined this an my partner did not send to me:< My JOURNAL is out their traveling .... YEAH!!!! Are you doing another one?

institches 11/ 6/2018 #

@HannahsMommy07 - no, I will not be hosting another Random Journal Swap. It took me over a year to get this one done...lol!

But I will be hosting Random Journal Page Swaps, but not until after the holidays/new year.

I am crocheting like a crazy woman, getting baby afghans done (all 3 are finished and 1 has been delivered and girly was born the next day. Baby girl #2 was born over the weekend and I have to get that one delivered and girly #3 is due anytime, so I need to get that one delivered.) 3 afghans for Christmas (#1 worked up quickly and I just finished #2 and am starting #3 today-it is a really big project and will take the most time)

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