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MJS: Create a Magpie Junk Journal USA

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MJS: Create a Magpie Junk Journal USA
Group:Magpie Journal Swappers
Swap Coordinator:SeleneW (contact)
Swap categories: Ephemera  Handmade  Journals 
Number of people in swap:6
Location:Regional - USA
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:July 30, 2019
Date items must be sent by:August 30, 2019
Number of swap partners:1

My favorite thing about being in this group is being able to create and upcycle many of the fun bits that come my way from happy mail.

This will be a fun and slightly challenging swap but don't fret. I am putting in video links to explain.

We will be making a roughly 4 x 6 inch journal. If the pages turn out smaller or you feel like making a larger journal that is okay.

Using a simple stitching method Shown in This Video we will sew in our pages to the cover of the book. The book will be a minimum of 20 pages (10 papers folded in half).

Do please decorate the front of your journal. Also please add decorations such as stamped images, tuck spots, or pockets to at least one third (1/3) of the book. You will want to leave big blank spots for writing and for your recipient to add in what they would like for fun for the journal you are creating.

Your journal could be smaller but similar in idea to This journal Click Here for more Info on how to make

What do you do with your a magpie junk journal once it arrives? Check out this video for inspiration

This is a more challenging swap but I think our MJS group is up to the task. If you receive a journal that hits the minimums but wasn't quite up to your tastes please do still rate a 5. However, I think our group is creative and will likely surprise each other with their creativity.


SeleneW 06/16/2019 #

The picture above is the very first book I made from watching the videos featured in the swap above. I made my first MJS magpie with it and sent it out for my first MJS swap.

If you are interested in more videos for creating books Click Here for Nik the Booksmith She takes the challenge up a small notch but if your having fun already she is just fun to listen to. Sometimes I just listen to Nik because her days often sound like my days. Heh.

SeleneW 06/16/2019 #

If your worried about not having supplies such as book binders twine. Don't worry! You can use waxed floss! Yep, that usually green stuff that the dentist wants you to use after you brush your teeth. It works perfect. Don't have a punch for the pages? Actually the need you use often punches through easily or you can use an awl. I use just a slightly wider needle and have no issues. Concerned about the cover? Well, made some Rice a Roni lately? That box is about the size you will need for this swap! Most of the boxes I use as bases for my books are Rice a Roni, Suddenly Salad, AuGratin, etc etc.

If you have any questions, feel free to message me.

SeleneW 06/16/2019 #

Actually the needle you use... I wish I could edit my comments! Doh!

SeleneW 06/16/2019 #

Oh, whoops another thought! I made this swap USA and at least over 20 pages because only an 8 page book is needed to qualify for Media Mail in the USA. So please do not fret about mailing costs. Its not going to be a 55 cent mailing cost but it should not be super expensive either. For a book to qualify for media mail in the USA it only has to be at least 8 pages long. That is it. So when asked I just say it is an Art book. Trying to explain Magpie/Junk/Deco etc book just is not worth doing. Art book...yea post officer worker understands that also they tend to put fragile on the box/envelope since it is art.

Click Here for the USPS Media Mail Guidelines

PeliKat 06/17/2019 #

I have a question: I watched the video from the link and another video from that same crafter, and it seems that she makes her junk journals for her own use, and so leaves a lot of blank space for writing in it. I have done the journals that I send out more like scrapbook collections of things that catch my eye, or lists, or quotes, or stories... Not a lot of room for the recipient to write. And most of the junk journals I've received have been similar in layout. I love looking through them, especially if the creator has put comments on the pages. But should the ones we send out be put together with the view of our partner being able to actually use them as a journal? How do other people feel about it?

SeleneW 07/12/2019 #

I would say leave some space for your recipient to have fun with it. Think of it as a collab with your partner in a sense. You start it and they finish it out. See the following from the swap info above, 5th paragraph.

"Do please decorate the front of your journal. Also please add decorations, tuck spots, or pockets to at least one third (1/3) of the book. You will want to leave big blank spots for writing and for your recipient to add in what they would like for fun for the journal you are creating. "

SeleneW 07/31/2019 #

This is a Sender's Choice. Please do read your partner's profile for ideas. However if you receive a journal that meets the requirements on time but is not to your liking, please still rate a 5.

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