|Swap Coordinator:||julief (contact)|
|Swap categories:||Challenges Letters & Writing|
|Number of people in swap:||24|
|Location:||Regional - US|
|Last day to signup/drop:||December 29, 2008|
|Date items must be sent by:||February 18, 2009|
|Number of swap partners:||1|
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.
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