Swap-bot Time: March 29, 2020 2:38 pm

Photo Journal - March/April

Launch gallery slideshow

Swap Coordinator:jinxspinx (contact)
Swap categories: Journals 
Number of people in swap:8
Location:Regional - United States
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.99
Last day to signup/drop:March 15, 2020
Date items must be sent by:June 9, 2020
Number of swap partners:1

@Aligurl75 allowed me to host one of my favorite journal swaps Ive ever participated in. Heres how it works:


For 30 days you will take a random picture of something going on in your day. Like the one above. Then each day you will journal a short paragraph or two about your day and how that photo relates to it.

Here is the important part and the part that you may find odd. You will need to print those pictures out in some fashion and attach it to the entry in your journal. Hence it being called a photo journal.

You may think this will be very expensive but it can actually be relatively inexpensive. If you use the Walmart App and their photo printing services you can have pictures printed and shipped to you for $0.09 a photo. I just had 17 pictures mailed to me to test this out and it only cost me $1.63. I understand this is still a cost but it may be a less expensive option then printing them out yourself.

One side note, it is way cheaper to do the mail to home option @ nine cents a photo. Going to the actual store and hooking your phone to the kiosk will cost 60 cents a picture. (They charge you 1 hour photo prices that way. )

Your entry with the photo should have more than a few sentences. It should be a paragraph at the minimum. (5+ sentences).

At the end of the 30 days you will mail your journal to your partner. Please mail on time and get a tracking label.

Please rate your partner a 5 if you receive a journal that contains 30 photos and 30 entries.

NO GRAPHIC PHOTOS!! NO VIOLENCE!! (Car crashes, gross stuff, etc.) NO NUDITY!! I shouldn't have to say this but I thought I better. Let's keep it G-Rated folks.


30 days.

1 partner

1 journal

30 photos

30 journal entries that tie into the photo taken

Mail on time .I giving a little over 2 weeks from the end of the swap time to mail the journal. This should give you enough time to get your photos and get the photos added to your journal. If anyone finds that they are having issues with this time please let me know. It is always an option to order your prints on a weekly basis. Fewer photos ship faster. I checked the app, shipping is supposed to be 5-7 days.

Tracking Label

Rate your partner

Any questions, please send me a message so I will get it sooner.

Also, VERY IMPORTANT, if you are WATCHING this swap but plan on definitely joining will you please comment below. This way I know how many people are actually going to join. I will also be able to send you a reminder message as the time approaches for sign-up cut-off.

I will cancel this swap if there is a lack of interest.

  • Must have logged in and active on swapbot as this is a bigger type of swap.
  • Also, no recent 1s or 3s.
  • Must have 25 type 2 or 3 swaps at the time partners are assigned. Exceptions can be made if you have participated in the last journal swap and have followed through.


Can I print my own photos from home? Yes, but only if your printer prints out nicely with no lines/fade out and if they are printed on photo paper.

Can I type out my entries? Yes.

What kind of journal should I use? Senders choice. Composition, handmade, small, big, etc. You are the one shipping it, so we will let you decided. Just make sure its well-made and will hold up.

What are some other photo services you know of? I have used FreePrints. Its an app on your phone. You get 85 free prints a month and you just pay shipping. My shipping for 40 prints recently was $5.26. I have a refer code that will get you 5 bonus prints for free (just msg me if you are interested). There is also Snapfish. They often have sales.

Can I start the journal now? Sure! Just as long as you meet the requirements before partners are assigned; I dont see why not.

Can I use Instax photos? Sure! Use any photo type as long as its printed on photo paper. We want these to last a long time :) Plus instax photos are cute!


ablev92 02/25/2020 #

I will be watching this swap for now but I cant wait to join in the fun!

TryshaH81 02/27/2020 #

I look forward to this swap

parakeetmails 02/29/2020 #

I plan on joining again because I'm having so much fun taking photos for the current Photo Journal swap that you're hosting! :)

sleepingrover2010 03/ 9/2020 #

My name is Barbara Brandt and my Swap—bot name is sleepingrover2010. I am joining your swap Photo Journal March/April. I am looking forward to participating in this swap.

aligurl75 03/11/2020 #

I'm joining again. Thank you for taking over hosting!!

jinxspinx 03/26/2020 #


Im emailing everyone the same message, just a heads up :)

Due to the COVID-19 and some states having a "stay-at-home" order, I am extending this swap due date for an extra month.

Another member and I agree that some may be struggling for "content" for their journal and would like to have more time to make their journal more interesting for their partner.

Just wanted to let everyone know that the date is extended now. Hope you are staying safe and healthy. <3


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