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fantasy firebird
09-27-2008, 10:40 AM
Well ladies, and gents. After taking part in three circle journal groups I have now decided to be the group Momma. What I would like now is for five more people to join me!!
After due consideration on the type of journal group I would like to run/take part in, I have decided to go for an open media group. With people being able to create the pages in the way that they can do best for the subjects chosen. Having taken part in both hand-drawn and open media groups myself I have found that the theme chosen by the other participants have made a great difference in how able I am in being able to create pages that I am pround of.
To that end I would therefore suggest that people taking part with me a) choose their theme and b) specify whether they have any particular dislikes in any media (whilst leaving a fairly openchoice of media for others).
When you join a circle journal group, please remember that you are signing up for a long haul swop. You have to be prepared to complete your pages and post them to your monthly partner in good time. I want this to be a fun event, I don't want it to feel like you are having to do that hated homework on time - we must all enjoy the experience, and to do this we all have to promise to keep everyone informed about where we are at throughout the event.
I do hope that some of you will wish to join me - I am waiting for your message!!


Fantasy Firebird - 8 x 8 pages please. I have decided to asked for pages of Inspiration - whether that be of quotes to inspire you, people that have inspired you to try new things, places, poems, pieces of art etc. Sometimes the beauty of a single flower can inspire you to attempt to draw it, or it may inspire you to set pen to paper with prose, what do you find inspiring?
Lily Lemon - theme of "Girl Power"-- depictions of, quotes about, artists' personal definition of girl power and/or artist's journal entry on when she realized her girl power/ any other thoughts artist has on girl power, etc.Size 8 x 8 . I, too, would love to see "handmade" elements in the pages!
alteredmommy - 8 x 8 pages (but if you want to make some smaller feel free, I like when things don't match up) in the theme of icon art. I love the style of old Russian icons with the gilding and saintly figures. I'm looking for the style rather than religious content so go right ahead and make up saints if you like, please nothing too "cute".
hokeycokey - The Dark Side
think gothic, spooky, creepy, horror, supernatural, etc
I would like the pages to be 8"x8" to fit in a standard album. All medias welcome but can i ask for some element to be 'by your own hand' (ie if not hand drawn/painted (my favourite media), then to have hand written journalling such as a poem or quotes etc.) I think that the pages would be more 'personal' that way, thanks!

goodmorningstarshine - pages to be 8 by 8, and for the theme to be fantasy. Not to be too dorky, but fantasy in the tradition of dungeons and dragons, such as dragons, elves, gnomes, fairies and the like
I would like some element of my pages to be done by hand, too. I am a big fan of collage, but I really don't like receiving something that is just a computer page print out of someone else's art, so if you prefer to collage it, by all means collage it!

isisjean - 8 X 8 journal around the philosophic theme/question of "How should one live a good, happy life?" I would like the CJ participants to include personal antidotes, stories, thoughts about what it means to be a good person, to do good, to be happy, basically what is your personal life philosophy. I do not want overtly religious entries (no preaching or demeaning or misinformation), but welcome answers/replies that are supported by a personal religious devotion. And, above all they should explain WHY they hold the philosophy they do!!!I really want mixed media, collage, handdrawn work, and ESPECIALLY journal entries!!!

Lily Lemon
09-27-2008, 11:16 AM
I would love to join (as you all probably know from my pouty little post in the "Art Discussion" forum!:))

I would like the theme of "Girl Power"-- depictions of, quotes about, artists' personal definition of girl power and/or artist's journal entry on when she realized her girl power/ any other thoughts artist has on girl power, etc.

ETA: Size 8 x 8 . I, too, would love to see "handmade" elements in the pages!

fantasy firebird
09-27-2008, 11:35 AM
Hooray, welcome Lily!! any more takers??

Dadreemer
09-27-2008, 12:50 PM
:embarrassed: Excuse me for being really dumb here, but what is a Circle Journal? Is it that the artist would do a page (in a theme) for a book?

Never mind, I've been enlightened.

fantasy firebird
09-27-2008, 01:04 PM
Daydreemer, congratulations on your enlightenment!! Yes a circle journal is where each person in the group makes 2 pages to the set theme of each player. Each month you send out the pages to the person to whom you have been assigned. At the end of the circle you will have received 10 pages of your chosen theme.
Are you interested in maybe joining us??

fantasy firebird
09-27-2008, 04:50 PM
This sounds interesting.... so am I right in assuming that each partner tells you the size of page they want as well as theme? And what exactly is required for a two page spread - artify the open spread pages OR the front and back of both?

I really did read the sticky about circle journals:D

LOL I am sure you did, I had the same problem first time round LOL
size - it is usual for the individual to choose the size 7x7 or 8x8 being the size choices I have previously come across.

2 page spread - all we ask for is the one side with the back having your information on. Your choice as to whether it's a 2 page spread or 2 separate pictures.

I hope I am being better than a little vague?!!

hokeycokey
09-27-2008, 05:28 PM
I would like to join - I have a couple of questions (being new to this, so please bear with me!): am I right in thinking that we have 1 month to complete each set of two pages? therefore 5 months in total to complete the 'swap'.
also that we will be mailing the finished pages directly to the recipients, rather than mailing the journals (if you see what i mean!) obviously this cuts down on postage weight so i think that's right....now i'm rambling on...

so, if i've assumed the above rightly then i would like to choose my theme:

The Dark Side
think gothic, spooky, creepy, horror, supernatural, etc
I would like the pages to be 8"x8" to fit in a standard album. All medias welcome but can i ask for some element to be 'by your own hand' (ie if not hand drawn/painted (my favourite media), then to have hand written journalling such as a poem or quotes etc.) I think that the pages would be more 'personal' that way, thanks!

goodmorningstarshine
09-27-2008, 06:43 PM
I would love to be a part of my first ever circle journal! I'm so happy that everyone else answered all the questions I had. I would like the pages to be 8 by 8, and for the theme to be fantasy. Not to be too dorky, but fantasy in the tradition of dungeons and dragons, such as dragons, elves, gnomes, fairies and the like.

Like hokeycokey, I would like some element of my pages to be done by hand, too. I am a big fan of collage, but I really don't like receiving something that is just a computer page print out of someone else's art, so if you prefer to collage it, by all means collage it! ;) I'm not trying to be overly demanding, I promise to spend hours making something artsy for you!

Siena
09-28-2008, 01:42 AM
If Dadreemer decides not to take the last spot (if I'm counting correctly), I'm interested... but I'd like to know some dates... when would the first one be due? Sorry if I missed this info elsewhere in the thread.

fantasy firebird
09-28-2008, 05:17 AM
If Dadreemer decides not to take the last spot (if I'm counting correctly), I'm interested... but I'd like to know some dates... when would the first one be due? Sorry if I missed this info elsewhere in the thread.

no you didn't miss the dates I did LOL. on the basis that we should be up and running for the start of October I would suggest that we make our first deadline the first week of November and so on, if that is acceptable to everybody?

isisjean
09-28-2008, 12:25 PM
Can I play??? I really want to do this since it would be my first. If I an get in, I will PM my info.

Lise Bu
09-29-2008, 02:05 PM
I hope you got my pm as I would really like the last place. preeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetty please with sugar on top.

Lily Lemon
09-29-2008, 04:04 PM
I can't wait to see who will round out our group!

fantasy firebird
09-29-2008, 04:54 PM
ohhhhhhhhh its soooo hrd when you get two people in atthe last after one space. But sorry Lise, please forgive me but I have gone in order of posts on here along with the pms received. So isisjean welcome to the group!!

goodmorningstarshine
09-29-2008, 04:58 PM
Awesome! I just finished the last of my chunky swaps, so when do we start?

fantasy firebird
09-29-2008, 05:15 PM
Well we have our members, all we need to do is find a name for ourselves, so suggestions welcome, then I'll get this group up and moving!!
I thought it would make sense for the pages to be with our partners in the first week of November. Would that work out ok for everyone??

Lily Lemon
09-29-2008, 05:20 PM
Do you mean send during first week? I think I would need right up until that time but, yes, that would work!

goodmorningstarshine
09-29-2008, 07:52 PM
The coolest name I saw on the CJ forum was the Felterellas. It wouldn't apply, of course, as we aren't doing felting, but it's still cool.

Maybe we could have a cool rock band kind of name, like Altered Sunshine or Moonglow Masterpiece or something.

isisjean
09-29-2008, 10:00 PM
YA! I am excited! I am up for whatever is needed, I just want to get started in my first CJ ever!

isisjean
09-29-2008, 10:02 PM
If anyone's seen and loves Reno 911, the "Grape Slushies" is a great name to go with! :biglaugh:Hint: I suppose it only seems funny to those who know what I am talking about. Oh, well!

fantasy firebird
09-30-2008, 09:52 AM
If anyone's seen and loves Reno 911, the "Grape Slushies" is a great name to go with! :biglaugh:Hint: I suppose it only seems funny to those who know what I am talking about. Oh, well!

missed that series!! LOL

fantasy firebird
09-30-2008, 09:57 AM
I like the idea of a rock bad type name - how about something like The Creative Divas??

Lily Lemon
09-30-2008, 10:00 AM
That would work! Any name is fine with me! I'm more concerned with knowing who our first partner will be as the send date is already determined as in a month from tomorrow! With some of these tough themes, it might take the whole month to do two pages!

fantasy firebird
09-30-2008, 10:02 AM
Heck with those themes and me to still set mine it could take a month just thinking about them LOL
ok I'll email you all the info of addresses and get the thread set up. I'll post a link here so don't panic!!

fantasy firebird
09-30-2008, 10:17 AM
isisjean - I need your address and email/phone number before I can send out the addresses - please!

With regards to the rotation I am going for the easy version!! Well I find it an easy version lol.
First month you send to the person directly below your name if you are the last name on the list, panic not - you send to the 1st person!! The following month you will send to the 2nd person below you and so on!! I will set out the rotation so there is no confusion.

fantasy firebird
09-30-2008, 10:36 AM
to be posted 1st week of November 2008
Fantasy Firebird to Lily Lemon
Lily Lemon to alteredmommy
alteredmommy to hokeycokey
hokeycokey to goodmorningstarshine
goodmorningstarshine to isisjean
isisjean to fantasy firebird

hokeycokey
09-30-2008, 10:45 AM
sounds good to me - i can start bouncing ideas around now i know what i'm doing!

btw: had a terrible day off today - our pc has died and won't boot up, so am stealing time on my daughter's macbook. my son will be sad to hear that his pc will have to come downstairs until we can sort ours out!

Lily Lemon
09-30-2008, 11:25 AM
Sounds great, FF! Thanks so much for doing this! I just knew I'd get a tough theme right off the bat so I'd better get to work! :)

Lily Lemon
09-30-2008, 12:35 PM
FF, Can you add this info to the first post for me? Thanks:

Size 8 x 8 . I, too, would love to see "handmade" elements in the pages!

goodmorningstarshine
09-30-2008, 02:18 PM
Lily Lemon, I know what you mean about having a tough first page! I must now prepare myself to wax philosophical. What does it mean to me to lead a good life? Do good people do journalling, even when they don't feel philosophical? Who would have guessed there'd be journalling in a circle journal!?!

I love making handmade elements for my pages! As this is my first cj, let me ask, can our pages have chunky elements, like chunky pages? Can we hang fibers off the page? If we were to describe the overall thickness of the pages, how thick would they be?

fantasy firebird
09-30-2008, 02:45 PM
FF, Can you add this info to the first post for me? Thanks:

Size 8 x 8 . I, too, would love to see "handmade" elements in the pages!

no sooner asked than done!!

I am glad that we have a good selection of themes, they will certainly stretch all of us!! I had terrible trouble deciding what theme to set I hope I haven't gone too wild!
With regards to chunkyness I think the best thing is if each of us state our preference and I will put it onto the master requirements. Have you all considered how you intend to store the page? My other pages are all in the 8 x 8 scrapbooking plastic folders, but I know that some people prefer to either bind their pages or use rings etc. In my case you are able to fill the pages right up to the sides but if the pages are to be bound the left side would need to be left free. Have a think about this and let me know! If we get all the wants down to start with there will be less confusion later LOL

Lily Lemon
09-30-2008, 02:50 PM
I think I will collect them in a scrapbook/photo album for now and decide later whether to bind them. So, backs should probably be neat and tidy with artist info. As far as chunkiness : whatever you want to do is fine with me!

goodmorningstarshine
09-30-2008, 04:25 PM
I bought a bind it all. An expensive bind it all. Which I've used. Once. I need to use the very expensive bind it all. ;)

I will be binding mine on the...hmm, I'll change it up and make it the top. Please leave the top inch or so without anything thick; I've messed up some pages trying to shove pages in! And if the backs could be pretty with scrapbook paper or the like, that would be swell.

fantasy firebird
10-01-2008, 10:54 AM
http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?p=234574#post234574

Right girls pack up your paint, your brushes, the glue (make sure the top is on safely and securely) put those sissors safe, tidy all those bit of fibres, papers and buttons etc - we are MOVING!!! Coome and play at our new home - first there gets the choice of the rooms!!!

hokeycokey
10-01-2008, 11:31 AM
With regards to chunkyness I think the best thing is if each of us state our preference and I will put it onto the master requirements. Have you all considered how you intend to store the page? My other pages are all in the 8 x 8 scrapbooking plastic folders, but I know that some people prefer to either bind their pages or use rings etc. In my case you are able to fill the pages right up to the sides but if the pages are to be bound the left side would need to be left free. Have a think about this and let me know! If we get all the wants down to start with there will be less confusion later LOL

I'm not sure whether to store mine in an album or bind them myself - it really depends on what pages i get. If i do bind them it will be on the side like a standard book, so keep that in mind, just in case - other than that i really don't mind. looking forward to working on and receiving a varied assortment of pages.