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Magpie Journal Swap - Autumn 2017 (US Only)

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Swap Homepage:http://www.mamabearsaidso.com/swap-bot-magpie-journal-swap/
Swap Coordinator:chelle523 (contact)
Swap categories: Journals 
Number of people in swap:56
Location:Regional - United States
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:September 30, 2017
Date items must be sent by:November 15, 2017
Number of swap partners:1

For some idea of what a Magpie Journal looks like, you can check out my blog post

I was in several of these swaps a few years ago and just loved them. I've hosted several over the past few years and they're always fascinating! I think the original was hosted by honeyblossom.

What's a magpie journal? Well, a magpie is a bird related to the crow that is know as being a collector. Similarly, people are called "magpies" who collect things, particularly things that seem to have little value. So, for this journal, you're going to collect various items and paste them in a small journal.

For the sake of postage, you need only fill 30 pages of collected items - you don't need to fill an entire journal (but please feel free to do so if you wish). Please keep the journals no larger than roughly 5 x 7 inches - smaller is definitely okay. I generally use a small composition book (roughly 4x6 inch size). Decorate the cover any way you like.

What to include inside the journal? Here are some ideas:

Recipes/Menus/Postcards/Playing cards/Stickers/Tags and labels/ Interesting stamps /Coupons /Found items (as long as they're clean)/Notes /Grocery Lists /Poems /Song Lyrics/ Interesting bits of paper /Interesting ads /Flyers /Clippings from newspapers and magazines /Inserts /Labels from favorite products /Candy wrappers (make sure they aren't sticky) / Washi samples

Try to include things that have visual interest or meaning. Feel free to add a note here or there to explain why you included something if you'd like. Doodles and other decorations are likewise encouraged but not required. If you'd like an extra challenge, see how much of the journal you can fill within the deadline!

Basically anything goes - just make sure you have 30 pages full and nothing dirty, smelly or sticky! I've included photos of my own Magpie journal for inspiration as the official swap photo, but if you have any questions about the swap or requirements, feel free to ask!

There's a long lead time on this one, so you can go ahead and get started as it's sender's choice and not partner-specific! I am also running an International version of this swap if you'd rather do that. It can be found here,

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE SIGNING UP: There is no artistic or written requirement for this swap. The swap is also not partner-specific, so your partner is not under any obligation to make a journal that meets any requirements other than 30 pages of magpie goodies. Because this swap is open to the participants' interpretation, you may receive something that is completely different than what you've created. If you are not okay with that, then this may not be the swap for you.

I reserve the right to drop anyone from this swap for low ratings, recent unsent swaps, too many "1" ratings, etc.

Have fun!


smmarrty 07/21/2017 #

This says "International" in the description box but title says US Only.

secretterrabite 07/21/2017 #

Thanks for hosting this again, I lived doing the Summer one :-)

annielou 07/21/2017 #

if this is indeed USA only, I would love to sign up for it. My dear friend does these and has so much fun doing it. let me know if it is USA only.

AZmom875 07/21/2017 #

You know I thought the THEME was AUTUMN, which of course I love. I am glad that is not the theme, as I might have a hard time finding enough autumn items to fill a magpie journal.

But I got it, the first magpie was in the summer and the next one is in Autumn.

basykes 07/22/2017 #

Signing up because it's supposed to be US only, though the description says International. If it is truly international, I will drop out! (Can't afford the postage)

chelle523 07/24/2017 #

@smmarrty - it's been edited. Thank you :)

chelle523 07/24/2017 #

@secretterrabite - thanks for joining!!!

chelle523 07/24/2017 #

@annielou @basykes It is indeed US Only.

chelle523 07/24/2017 #

@basykes It is US only

chelle523 07/24/2017 #

@AZMom875 - haha nope - no theme, just the time of year ;)

AZmom875 07/24/2017 #

I have it on the watch list.

chelle523 07/26/2017 #

@AZmom875 - Awesome! I hope you join - it's lots of fun :)

honeyblossom 07/27/2017 #

It still has it listed as international. I was the person who originally came up with the idea, thank you for giving me credit. I love these journals and intend to sign up closer to the start date. I'm happy that these swaps continue to be offered.

chelle523 07/29/2017 #

@honeyblossom - LOL Thank you - I think I finally got it fixed! And you're welcome - I just adore these swaps!

January 08/14/2017 #

Clarification question - what does 30 pages mean? 30 sides of a page? Of course more if we can, but what is the minimum 30 intended? Thanks! Love this idea, BTW

cynaemon 08/19/2017 #

I had the same question January.

valentina22 08/21/2017 #

This sounds like fun but I am concerned about swapping a time intensive swap without a rating minimum.

chelle523 08/22/2017 #

@January and @cynaemon - 30 sides of a page is just fine! :)

chelle523 08/22/2017 #

@valentina22 - the swappers are carefully monitored during the time leading up to the assignment of partners and I will remove anyone that's problematic.

January 08/24/2017 #

Thanks for clarifying @chelle523 I'm in! and starting now.... :)

Twizzle 08/25/2017 #

Because it's composition notebook paper, can we glue 2 pages together for stuffiness? I'm in and starting!

chelle523 08/25/2017 #

@Twizzle - that's perfectly fine!

ShireSeamstress 08/28/2017 #

Have never done a magpie journal - well let's just say now I have a name for what my journals look like 😊 I'm so excited to try this 'professionally' for a swap 🙃

SuZignomeMoM 08/28/2017 #

I was wondering if I could use a Smash book. I have about a half dozen I bought on sale back when they were a new idea. I have stopped using them as journals but they sound perfect for this.

Please let me know soonest so I can join the swap and start this.

chelle523 08/29/2017 #

@ShireSeamstress that's awesome! :)

chelle523 08/29/2017 #

@SuzignomeMoM - just messaged you, but that will be just fine!

bearnbabs 09/ 5/2017 #

I loved the last one I did and really loved the one I recd, but it wasn't a collection of what was found throughout the month. It was a collection of flowers, stickers, glitter , washi tape etc. Isn't this suppose to a collection about your daily living and things found along the way or did I miss understand?????

chelle523 09/ 6/2017 #

@bearnbabs - it's not a month-long swap, so it doesn't strictly have to be about what your life has been about over the last month. It's basically just a random collection of things you find interesting and put in a journal.

quiltncat 09/ 7/2017 #

I have a tiny notebook, 3.5" x 5.5" with exactly 30 pages...will that work? I would fill it, so technically it would be 60 tiny pages of stuff. I just love this idea, already have tons of stuff gathered :)

Terri07 09/ 8/2017 #

@chelle523 - Way to go on being in the Top 10 Swaps!!

chelle523 09/ 8/2017 #

@quiltncat - That will work just fine! :)

chelle523 09/ 8/2017 #

@Terri07 - thank you! I'm so glad people are enjoying these swaps!

scrappermama 09/20/2017 #

So this is basically a junk journal?

chelle523 09/27/2017 #

If concerns about being flaked on is preventing you from joining the swap, please be aware that I will angel this swap if the need arises.

chelle523 09/27/2017 #

@scrappermama - you can call it whatever you like. I've seen some call it gluebook, smashbook, junk journal, magpie. Just a random journal of awesomeness.

institches 09/28/2017 #

Will you be offering this swap again in the future? I can't join right now, not enough time. (Have 3 babies coming in our families and have to get afghans and lovey's made for shower gifts this fall)

chelle523 09/28/2017 #

@institches - yes, I will. I'll be posting a winter version soon! :)

AZmom875 10/10/2017 #

I mailed today here is my tracking info


chelle523 10/16/2017 #

@AZmom875 - thank you!

ScrapHappyGabi 10/19/2017 #

Mailed! You can check Tracking here - USPS.Com -

9500 1163 2782 7292 0811 00

have a great day!!

chelle523 10/25/2017 #

@ScrapHappyGabi - thank you!

ShireSeamstress 11/15/2017 #

In today’s mail 😊 Tracking number: 9500 1145 0886 7319 1018 54

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