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Creative & Inspired Journal Swap

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Creative & Inspired Journal Swap
Swap Coordinator:violettedream (contact)
Swap categories: Letters & Writing  Journals 
Number of people in swap:9
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:January 29, 2012
Date items must be sent by:March 3, 2012
Number of swap partners:1

Enjoy being creative? Writing? Drawing? Photography? Some or all of the above? Looking for a big swap to enjoy? Adore journaling and swapping creative ideas? How about looking to explore your imagination?

Well this swap might be for you!

This year in 2012, I have vowed that I will be more creative and live an inspired life. I decided that I would share this with my other swap botters who might want to do the same. Since this is a big swap, I have broken it down in to steps. Also, since this is a big swap, no newbies or 1s allowed. (Feel free to message me to set up a private swap)

Step One:

  • You will need a notebook at least 5" L x 8" W (bigger is okay too!), a selection of pens, pencils, crayons, markers (or whatever you choose!)
  • Decorate the notebook however, you choose…, simple, elaborate whatever you choose!
  • On the inside put your contact info, swap bot name and swap title.

Step Two:

  • Over the month, you will journal about 25 topics and explore them – in any way you would like – words, picture, photo, mixed media.
  • 20 topics should come from the list below,
  • 5 are free choice (or from the list if you’d like!)
  • There are 30 topics below, you must do the first one and the last one but all others are free for you to pick and choose, do them in whatever order you choose.


  1. Intro on yourself, your life and your creative journal (First Entry)
  2. Go for a walk, people watch. What did you see?
  3. Listen to a new song/genre/artist. What did it inspire you to do?
  4. Take a different route somewhere (school, work, and store) what did you notice?
  5. Fill up a blank page. Clear your mind and just go for it.
  6. Write down as many uses you can think of for a pencil – try for at least 25 different things
  7. Where do you live? Describe what your home looks like
  8. What do you do on a daily basis that fulfills your emotional, spiritual and physical needs?
  9. How do you view yourself? How do others view you?
  10. Write a letter to your future self, say whatever you want.
  11. Try to go to bed early, then wake up and watch the sunrise. How do you feel?
  12. What is your favourite recipe to make? Why do you like it? Make sure to share it!
  13. Create a list of the things you’ve always wanted to do but never find time to do
  14. Write an entry from your six year old self
  15. Take your journal to a coffee shop, restaurant, or bar and write there.
  16. Collect things to glue in to the page. Where would you find these?
  17. Go for a long walk – anywhere you want, what was your walk like?
  18. Paint a picture or colour in a colouring book – stick it in your journal.
  19. What are your top 3 wishes?
  20. What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?
  21. Take time to organize a closet or a desk. Throw away / give away things you don’t use. How do you feel?
  22. Where are you creative most? Describe it?
  23. If you owned a store what would you sell and why?
  24. Find a photo you like and tell why you like it?
  25. Do something today you have put off doing? What did you do? How do you feel?
  26. What is your favourite colour? Now do something on that colour (picture, entry, why you like it)
  27. Take a day (or an evening) and spend it your PJs. Talk about your day?
  28. Collect your favourite quotes (5 or more) and write them down
  29. Do a good deed for a stranger. And talk about it,
  30. Now that your journal is over….how do you feel? (Last Entry)

Step Three

  • Finish off your journal
  • Pick out a new (unused) journal for your partner to continue their exploration
  • Send both journal (yours and the new one) to your partner
  • Enjoy the creative journal sent to you, hopefully it will inspire you!
  • Remember to rate!

Swap in a nutshell!

  • Get a 5x8 journal; decorate it
  • Put in 20 entries from the list above, and 5 of your own choice. (if you want to do more! Go for it!!)
  • Send your partner your journal and a brand new journal
  • You can start your journal as soon as you sign up you have 5 weeks from the last day to sign up to when you have to send.


  • International Swap
  • A minimum of 10 type 3 swaps (Feel free to PM as I will look at this one case by case)
  • No recent / unexplained 3s or 1s
  • Ability to get this done in the time allotted
  • Ability to be open minded
  • I will check profiles very carefully.

PM me or leave questions comments here!


Bee1981 01/ 9/2012 #

oooh wow, what a great idea! Maybe I will join:-)

violettedream 01/ 9/2012 #

@Bee1981 I hope you and all the watchers join. I know it's a lot of work, but I am hoping others will see and share in the creativity :)

handsdown46785 01/15/2012 #

I started this way early!! But I'm hoping whoever gets my journals will like what I'm putting together for this...I've waaaay too many ideas for this swap!! lol

violettedream 01/16/2012 #

@handsdown46785 that's awesome! More ideas the bett er!

Izafelidae 01/20/2012 #

Many swaps have the journals coming back home. Is this a round trip journal or is the journal going to live with someone else?

violettedream 01/21/2012 #

No this one is sent to your partner to enjoy and inspire. These journals will not return home.

blazespirit 01/21/2012 #

Can we make a journal for this swap? My husband loves to make books, and this would be a perfect excuse for him to craft one. :)

violettedream 01/22/2012 #

Of course! As long as it's the size - 5x8 or larger!!

violettedream 01/28/2012 #

Hoping some of the watchers will jump on in!

angel925 01/29/2012 #

I'm going to go for it..it.sounds like fun! :)

handsdown46785 03/ 1/2012 #

Wooohooo! My journal is complete, and put all together for my partner... will be mailing out tomorrow!! And I'm really hoping my partner likes it!! :)

handsdown46785 03/ 1/2012 #

Wooohooo! My journal is complete, and put all together for my partner... will be mailing out tomorrow!! And I'm really hoping my partner likes it!! :)

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