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US Only Journal W/a Twist 5

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Swap Coordinator:julief (contact)
Swap categories: Challenges  Letters & Writing 
Number of people in swap:24
Location:Regional - US
Type:None
Last day to signup/drop:December 29, 2008
Date items must be sent by:February 18, 2009
Number of swap partners:1
Description:

This is Round 5 of the US Only Journal W/a Twist Swap. This is the US Only version. I will also be hosting an International version.

For this swap you will have one partner and keep a journal for one month (actually a bit longer than a month - I've spoken with some people from the previous swap who asked for more time to complete this swap since life tends to get in the way of swaps sometimes and I've decided to extend the swap timeline a little for this round). During this time you will write at least twenty entries (but feel free to write more). Each entry should contain some text. Text could be a story, a poem, a couple paragraphs about your day, a quote you like - whatever you feel like writing.

Here's the twist: each entry should also contain an "extra." Extras could include an illustration, a recipe, a collage, a photograph, a song (you could make a complimentary mix cd), a little something that you picked up that day (brochure, piece of candy, etc), or whatever else you can come up with. The extras can vary by day, so you could have a song for the first day, a recipe for the second day, and a photograph for the third, etc.

Extras can either be glued into the journal (think recipes, photographs, etc) or packed in the box with the journal (think mix cd, sweets, etc). However, for things that are packed in the box, please note which entry they are for. At least two of the extras need to be higher value. This could be interpreted two ways – either items that have a higher value money-wise ($3-5 USD) or items that have higher value effort-wise (a handmade item of some sort).

Basically the intent of this swap is to create a journal stuffed full of interesting text and goodies. You will send the journal to your partner after one month and they will keep it.

The journal itself can be any size. It can be store bought or handmade.

Please remember to give out hearts for extra "extras" or entries and anything really that goes above and beyond.

This swap requires a lot of time and effort. It will require a commitment so the restrictions are as follows: You must have a rating of at least 4.85. You may not have any "no sends" for the past two months. I don't like banning people, but I want to ensure that everyone who puts forth the effort for this swap receives a quality journal in return.

Due to problems in other journal swaps I've hosted, I reserve the right to skip any person before the send by date. This means, I reserve the right to contact the person who sends to that swapper and have them instead send to the swapper's partner, thereby skipping them. I would not do this lightly, but I will not hesitate to do it if the person's ratings fall significantly, they fail to send out multiple swaps, or they do not sign into swap-bot for 2+ weeks. I would hate to do this, but if it becomes necessary I will. This is a big swap and I don't want people disappointed because they worked really hard on their journal and received nothing in return.

I think that covers everything. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Feel free to start your journal as soon as you sign up! Some people like to start it early and then add personalized entries when they find out whom their partner is.

Discussion

BtrflyMoominLvr87 11/ 6/2008 #

looking for a journal partner to do on privately back and forth, d!

VivaLaDiane 11/ 7/2008 #

I CAN NOT WAIT!!! yay!! i'm gonna buy a composition book and start immediately :)

BtrflyMoominLvr87 11/ 8/2008 #

woth hostess permission open a holiday themed journal if you like to join or check it out, see my profile, D!

MelodyN 11/23/2008 #

So, I tried to start a journal to do on my own... Couldn't do it without a partner to send it to! Looks like I'm in again for Journal with a Twist! Thanks for hosting, Julie...

djmom11 12/ 9/2008 #

This sounds like fun. I've been keeping a journal forever! Can newbies join?

julief 12/10/2008 #

Hi djmom11! Thanks for the question. As of right now you have to have a rating of 4.85, so you need at least one rating. There's still some time before the sign up date - so hopefully you'll get a rating by then.

And just in case other people are interested, but don't have the time or the rating right now - I'll be hosting another round in the Spring :)

And MelodyN, I know exactly what you mean!

djmom11 12/11/2008 #

Thanks for responding julief, I've completed two swaps so hopefully will be rated by the signup date.

earthnk 12/25/2008 #

I would love to try this swap again. Last time left I did a journal with a twist swap here it ended up leaving me leery of ever trying again. I sent out a nice journal swapbox, received a great rating for it and in return got a small journal filled with lots of insect larvae sacks, endoskeletons, bug stuff and leaves taped into the 4x6 pages. The kicker was the note the swapper included which said she knows I don't like bug stuff and if I don't like the journal please mail it to another swapper who had expressed interest in the journal to her. What? The swap was ages ago but it still stings, remembering it.

Perhaps these journal twist swaps have improved?

AmandaPandaSkytower 12/26/2008 #

For those interested in doing a private journal swap.... PM me and we can set something up! AmandaPanda

julief 12/26/2008 #

@Chappykat , I'm so sorry to hear how the last one went for you. I am shocked that someone would do that...

I do want you to know that in response to a few similar situations, I've tightened the restrictions a bit for this round and I really hope you'll consider joining.

earthnk 02/19/2009 #

My journal swap was shipped priority mail yesterday. On it's way to Illinois.

DBlalock 02/19/2009 #

My journal was shipped today, a day late. I had trouble getting to the post office and I pm'd my partner and let her know.

Jenae 02/21/2009 #

chappykat i know how you feel.I received a very small journal with a few magazine clippings.A box with items that i don't even use.I still have fun doing them so i tried again.

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