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Theme-a-day Journal

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Swap Coordinator:purplepogo (contact)
Swap categories: Journals 
Number of people in swap:34
Location:Regional - USA
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:January 24, 2013
Date items must be sent by:March 5, 2013
Number of swap partners:1

For this swap, you'll be keeping a journal and writing/creating art about a different theme every day. There are 31 themes, so it can be done in a month. I understand that some people (including myself!) don't journal every day, so I'm giving you more than 31 days to complete it. You can start as soon as you sign up or wait until sign ups have ended.

You can use a store-bought or handmade journal or you can keep your entries on the computer, embellish them with digital art, and then print them off and bind them. Journals can be simple or fancy. Be as creative and imaginative as you'd like with your journal! Most of the themes require only writing or minimal artistic work (cutting a photo out and pasting it in). However, you can decorate as much as you want, and if you'd prefer it be more of an art journal than a text journal, feel free! You should do #1 first, but after that, you can do the themes in any order. Please do all of them.

Please create the same quality journal you'd like to receive.

Have fun!


1) Write an introduction or short description of yourself. Include a photo or drawing of yourself if you'd like.

2) Make a list of 25 things you want to do in 2013. These can be as simple as "remember to take the trash out on the right day" or as big as "save up for a vacation to Hawaii."

3) Cut out a local news article and paste it into your journal.

4) Write about your first pet.

5) Create a page you think is really ugly. This can include ugly images or ugly words.

6) List 10 things you can see from where you're sitting.

7) Turn your journal upside down and write an entire page in the opposite direction to how you normally write.

8) Write about body image. You can write about yourself or comment on things like beauty standards in our culture, etc.

9) Write a timeline of your day today. For example: 8:00 AM--Woke up and ate Frosted Flakes for breakfast. 8:30 AM--Took a shower and realized I was out of mousse when I started doing my hair.

10) Write down lyrics from a song that inspires you, moves you, or creates a strong emotion.

11) Write about an issue in the world that is important to you and why.

12) Describe your day in one word. Write this word in large letters across the page.

13) If you normally write in cursive, print today and if you print, write in cursive. If you're doing this on a computer, change your computer font. You can write about anything you like.

14) Find a very serious photograph of yourself and write a funny caption for it.

15) Write about a creative project you are working on right now. This could include arts, crafts, swap-bot swaps, writing, a presentation for work, etc.

16) Glue an envelope into your journal and seal a secret inside. When you receive the journal, you can open your partner's envelope or choose to leave the secret hidden.

17) Write down a recipe.

18) If you could go back to high school, what would you have done differently? Write about it.

19) List 10 reasons you smiled or plan to smile today.

20) Write with multiple colors on the same page. You choose the topic.

21) Describe your favorite place to write in your journal and why it's your favorite.

22) Write in all capital letters today.

23) If you had a talking parrot, what would you teach it to say? Write the answer in fancy letters or a bold computer font.

24) Tear or cut up a photo and glue the pieces back together randomly.

25) Write a love letter to yourself.

26) Make a promise to yourself today and write it down in your journal so that it fills the entire page.

27) List 10 books you loved and 1 book you hated.

28) Glue in an artifact from your day. This could be a business card from a place you visited, a ticket from a movie you saw, a stamp from an envelope, etc.

29) Make a list of things you sense right now for each of your five senses: Touch, taste, sight, smell, sound.

30) Talk about something you have put off and why.

31) Write about something in your partner's profile.



ghostlysun 01/14/2013 #

Neat idea! I only tried a journal swap once and didn't do well with it. I think this is a much better idea and I'm considering it.

KraftyKaren 01/14/2013 #

This is awesome! I love how you gave a theme for each day. :o)

kgeslab 01/14/2013 #

So sad it is USA only! I may make one and just not send it.

KateKintail 01/14/2013 #

I started mine tonight! This is so much fun! :-) I've enjoyed fun, random journals before, but it's really nice having a topic to play with every day! Nice idea.

KateKintail 01/14/2013 #

Question... we can do some extra pages, right? I was writing about my first pet and my current cat keeps sitting on the journal, demanding some attention. Can I do a bonus page or two in-between some of the required ones?

greeny621 01/16/2013 #

This is quite possibly the best swap idea EVER!! I am SO excited to start this!!!

KraftyKaren 01/19/2013 #

So for 14) I assume we paste the picture in the journal?????

Lilli62 01/22/2013 #

clever idea! Awesome!

MunsterNCookie13 01/24/2013 #

This seems really fun. I love to see what I can come up with. Very excited ^_^

purplepogo 01/24/2013 #

Yes, please do more pages if you want! Have fun!!!

purplepogo 01/24/2013 #

Computer pages okay also.

Desolateros3 01/25/2013 #

I totally missed the sign up!! If anyone would want to do this with me privately please let me know!! Message me! I love to art journal.

JMM876 01/25/2013 #

@Desolateros3 If partners haven't been assigned I believe you can still sign up for it, not 100% sure though. No harm in trying!!

Desolateros3 01/25/2013 #

I tried! It won't let me. Thanks tho!!

shiverphone 01/25/2013 #

I've done 4 pages so far, this is so much fun!

ghostlysun 01/27/2013 #

I am loving this swap! I'm having a blast with it.

Grapefruit7625 01/27/2013 #

Ugh! I missed it!!!

KraftyKaren 01/28/2013 #

I'm having a blast with it too.

WendySue 02/ 4/2013 #

How is everyone coming along? I am having a great time with this!

Wingy 02/ 7/2013 #

love it

Rocktopus 02/11/2013 #

i am pretty much done. :) just some finishing touches, i will be posting it on flickr after it is received

KateKintail 02/11/2013 #

I'm up to #23 but with some bonus pages thrown in :-) Having a great time with it!

KateKintail 02/17/2013 #

Sending mine out tomorrow! Sorry to see it go. Hope we'll have another swap like this soon :-)

WendySue 02/25/2013 #

Sending mine out in the next day or two...This was a great swap!

cynaemon 02/27/2013 #

Oops, forgot one page. Darn

PrairieKittin 03/ 2/2013 #

This has been ridiculously hard for me to do! I've had to redo several pages due to various things happening to the journal. I'm going to tape the salvaged pages from the first and second journal into yet another one and send it like that. It definitely has a history!!

nannie8 03/19/2013 #

Did u get my message that I ,sent u

nannie8 03/26/2013 #

no journal as march 26 2013. I SAID I WOULD GIVE UN TIL THE 3TH BEFORE RATING BUT SHE COUL TAKE TIME TO ANEER MY PM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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