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PHOTO Journal

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PHOTO Journal
Swap Coordinator:aligurl75 (contact)
Swap categories: Journals  Photography 
Number of people in swap:15
Location:Regional - USA Only
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Rating requirement:4.99
Last day to signup/drop:August 30, 2019
Date items must be sent by:October 25, 2019
Number of swap partners:1

This journal will be a little different then others that you may have joined in the past at Swap-bot.


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. HAHAHAHAHA

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. )

For the journal, you can use a composition notebook and adhere you photo to one page and journal on the next or you can even create your own journal. It is up to you. Just make sure that your "journaling" portion of the Photo Journal is more then a few lines. 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. You may mail media mail if you wish. They should still offer free tracking with that option.

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 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.

Thank you!!


jinxspinx 08/13/2019 #

Question about the time frame- I love this idea, but Im worried about the time after the 30 days are up for journaling.

So you have basically 4 days (i dont see a week, unless im overlooking.) to get your pictures printed from walmart (etc) and mailed to you, and glued in your journal?

Sometimes the PO doesnt deliver in a timely matter.

Just wondering, Id love to join but i think I may be overlooking something?

aligurl75 08/13/2019 #

Thank you! I updated the swap and extended the send date. Hopefully two weeks is enough. I will track how long it takes me to get my pictures. I ordered them on August 9th and I will comment here when I get them.

junemoon 08/13/2019 #

I can print photos I take from my computer on regular paper. Actually what I would do in this journal is print the photo, write the note about the day and paste it in a journal (or put it in with various washi tapes. That is an easy way to get photos and it saves my partner the head-ache inducing pain of trying to read my handwriting. I am going to join this swap BUT IF the method I just described doesn't meet your description tell me so and I will drop out.

shinyserra 08/13/2019 #

Love the idea for this swap. I am starting now so that I can have plenty of time to get my pictures printed.

Mickiruth 08/13/2019 #

I think I would like to do this if I can print the pictures out on my computer - I would use photo paper. It could be fun to do one for my swap partner and one to keep. Sort of a mini-scrapbook of 30 days in the life of Mickiruth!

StardustForThePoet 08/13/2019 #

I love this idea! When i make my own photo journals, i print my pictures on 4x6 label stickers from the dollar store, would this be acceptable for this swap?

aligurl75 08/13/2019 #

However you want to print the photos is fine. Walmart was just a option for those that don't want to use all their printer ink up!! hahahahaaha. As long as the journal has pictures and written/typed entries that is fine!!

lawchick 08/13/2019 #

Would instax photos work for this or do you want photos of a certain size? I promise the journal would be cute!

aligurl75 08/13/2019 #

Instax is fine too! A photo is a photo!

Kokoxo 08/16/2019 #

Wow! This may be my new favorite swap i've come across! Definitely the most intense. I am SO excited!!! Are there regulations on the journal? Can it be from the dollar tree? Will it be okay as long as it'll fit a photo on one page, and 1-2 paragraphs on the other?

Kokoxo 08/16/2019 #

I am 100% going to join, but watching for now so i can do other swaps in the meantime!

Kokoxo 08/16/2019 #

Sorry to comment so many times, but I just did a test cart on Walmart, and it's $4 shipping, is there a way to make it free shipping? Or do I need to pick up in store?

aligurl75 08/16/2019 #

@Kokoxo Journal can be any size as long as you have room for a photo and a journal entry of at least a paragraph (or two). You can buy a journal, use a notebook or even make something. It's all up to you. I will send a remind notice when the date gets closer. I always forget to look at my watchlist and end up missing swaps I wanted to sign up for. HAHAHAHAHA

If you can pick up at the store that would the cheapest option because they don't charge. But otherwise I'm not sure on shipping costs.

I just did a test on several sizes of orders. The flat fee is $4. If picking up is not a problem with you, like if you are going to be in the area of that Wal-Mart anywya then I would use the pick-up option and save $4.

Nevi2018 08/19/2019 #

I want to Join Gotta talk to my Mister

bluecrayons 08/20/2019 #

i love making photo journals. i do a lot. im watching but definitely joining. thanks for another fun swap aligurl

Nevi2018 08/26/2019 #

@aligurl75 Looks like you got LOTS of attention with this swap LOL

arimails 08/27/2019 #

I love this idea! I am so excited to get started !

aligurl75 08/28/2019 #

@Nevi2018 I'm so happy!! It is so much more fun with a lot of people.

aligurl75 10/ 8/2019 #

I pushed the send by date back another week to help those that haven't received their photos yet.

jinxspinx 10/12/2019 #

tracking to my partner : 9400109699939334289744

jinxspinx 10/12/2019 #

tracking to my partner : 9400109699939334289744

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