If you like the idea of scrapbooking on a smaller scale and sharing a bit of your personality, getting involved in a circle journal group is a great way to try your hand at different techniques while learning more about other scrapbookers.
WHAT IS A CIRCLE JOURNAL? Think of a circle journal as a round-robin style community scrapbook: a group of friends passes around a series of albums with each person creating a page or a layout in each book.
HOW IT WORKS Circle journal groups require a host [anyone can host at any time] to lay the groundwork and to arrange the participants for handing off the journals. The host will buy an album and create the first few pages. There is usually a sign in page for each member to sign their name, dates that they had the album and location. Members may also include pictures of themselves. The host will also decides the dates when the journals should change hands. Once the album is ready to go, the member holding the journal will pass it along to the next person on the list so he/she can fill out their pages, and then so on and so forth.
ANYONE CAN HOST Anyone can start an album at any time. Please post a new entry with all of the details. You can have a theme specific album where each member creates a layout for your specific theme or an open album where the memeber will create his/her own theme. The host will then arrange everyone in an order where postage will not be that expensive. [don't be to extensive in this, just don't have 3. [Europe] 4. [USA] 5. [Eurpoe], If you catch what i'm talking about. Also.... please do not choose an album where the cost of postage will be expensive! Think of your members.
The host will be the one who'll keep the album when it is finished. So if you want one of your own.... HOST! :)
HOW TO SIGN UP The host should tell you how to sign up. It could be in a post or in an email. After the host makes a list all you have to do is sit back and wait.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I GET THE ALBUM IN MY HANDS? It depends on the theme that the host sets. If it's a free theme you can make the page look like anything. The number of pages you do will also depend on the host. Once you finish your pages, you'll have to send it to the next person on the list. Once it's out of your hands you are done.
HOW MUCH MONEY WILL I HAVE TO SPEND? Not much at all!!! You can use anything for supplies that you have around the house, you do not need to go out and buy things specific to the album if you do not want to. Postage will be the main cost, and it'll depend on the album size, so postage will vary, but it will not be that much at all.
HANDWRITING Some of us get so concerned that our handwritting is not very good. SO WHAT? Everyone tells us that they would rather get a scribbled personal note in a Circle Journey Book than anything thats pre-printed. It is so true that its the thought that counts.
MOST IMPORTANT RULE HAVE FUN!!!!!!!
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