My 2 sisters and I decided we wanted to do a journal project together. But we all live in different places, so we can’t really just get together and create stuff. We usually only see each other once or twice a year, so we needed a better plan. We also wanted to be able to work on some different techniques and ideas together, and really work on our own style, and also be able to have some work from each other.
I had recently done a round robin journal project with my local journal group that went pretty well, and I thought we could adapt what we had done to accommodate just the 3 of us. Most round robin projects have more participants.
We decided to each have a journal, but we all wanted the exact same thing so that we would be working on the same size pages and have the same number of pages. We got 3 journals that had heavier weight paper so we could also easily do paint or glue without too much trouble, but that was also good for drawing and writing. We would each design our own covers once the project was done. It has been my experience that the covers can get pretty damaged passing them back and forth for months, so waiting until the end is best.
Then we each chose 10 themes, so we had a total of 30 themes to work with (plus we added 4 free themes to the mix) that went in an envelope. The idea was we would draw 2 themes out per month, in no particular order, and each of us would work on those themes in the journal we had at the time, and at the end of the month send it on to the next person. Then do it all again the next month, and keep going until the books were full. We would each be doing the same theme each month, but would only be working in one book. Every 3rd month we would have our own journal to work on.
Here are a few of the pages in the journal I have right now. You can see that we each have such a different style, that it makes a very interesting journal. It will be so nice at the end of the project to have a joint project that we have shared, with each journal being similar but completely unique.
We have been having lots of fun with this. The best part is getting the new journal each month and going through it to see what new pages have been added. To see how we each interpret a given theme has been very entertaining. I encourage all of you to find somebody that you can do this with. You will be creating this fabulous shared project that you can cherish forever. What could be better than that?