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Old 01-04-2010, 10:58 AM   #1
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Here's how it works:

For every fifteen cards you complete, allot yourself $20 to spend on supplies. That way you're using your stash but able to shop as you go! (Adhesive is NOT included - you can buy those whenever you need to do so)

If you're a scrapbooker, every five layouts would be $20. If you're big on altering, every ten altered items would be $20.

Put it on your profile and keep it updated on how many you've done and how much you've spent. For instance:

Layouts: 17
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You can change the amounts as needed for your own budget.

I'm actually going to follow this myself again this year. I was a slacker in 2009.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:11 AM   #2
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Sign me up!!! I was a double-slacker in 2009...need to get back in the groove.
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Old 01-04-2010, 11:29 AM   #3
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I will try again, I did not do well last year.
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I think I will add a section for swaps, I wonder what that would count as?
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I will try too but it's hard because SAB is this month so I think I will start the year in the red.

Pia, are you awarding yourself earned money for swaps you host or swaps you participate in? Just curious.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:19 PM   #6
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How do you get Stamp 2 spend infomation under your siggy. I am new enough that I have not figured it out yet, I tried and it limited it to 3 lines, but I see most of you have more then 3 lines in total between Siggy and design teams and then the challenge in addittion.

I still have to start a Gallery also, any assistence on where do I go to start one? I need to get it started. So can someone please attempt to give me some help, just try to explain it in basic and easy to understand terms. I want to become very involved this year here at SCS- so any help would be wonderful especially about Siggy lines.

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Old 01-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #7
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You would count swaps as whatever you're making. If you're making fifteen cards for a swap then it's $20.
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:43 PM   #8
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I will try too but it's hard because SAB is this month so I think I will start the year in the red.

Pia, are you awarding yourself earned money for swaps you host or swaps you participate in? Just curious.
I was thinking just the swaps I participate in. I have been working hard to use what I have on hand for swaps. I often have to buy some patterned paper. I would love to know what others are doing. I love swaps and it is making something so I figure it should count for something! What do you think?
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I changed the siggy to red swaps completed, that sounds reasonable
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Old 01-05-2010, 05:03 PM   #10
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I'm in again for this year - I wasn't great about updating SCS, but I kept track on my own and really helped me keep spending under control. Plus, I ended 2009 with about $30 in my "account". Sheena - on the left side of your screen you should see "Upload a Card" - click on that and follow the instructions - I think that should start your gallery.
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I forgot sale a bration is this month, I am going to start in the hole, I better get crafting.
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Last year I started participating in swaps so that I would actually use my supplies and stop shopping so much. I found that I bought more paper, adhesive and embellishments because you have to make 6 - 8 identical pages. But then maybe that's my excuse for shopping. I will sign up for this year because I did find it interesting trying to keep up.
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I do find that I have to buy paper for swaps, I stopped doing 12x12 swaps for awhile but now I have started again. It is worth it to me, I enjoy swaps.
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I'm in again this year! I failed miserably last year, but I am going to try a lot harder to keep track and stay honest this year. I did ok for a while last year, then made a big purchase, and gave up. But I have also applied this to other areas of my life, and I find that really interesting. I'm not too good about updating my signature, but I'm going to see if I can be better at doing that this year....
Oh, and BTW I use different amounts, they are as follows:
$2.00 per card made, $0.25 per envelope stamped, $5.00 per 2-page layout, $5.00 per altered item, $5.00 per workout at Curves, $0.10 per Wii Fit minute, and lastly, an extra $1.00 per card that I sell.
Some of you may think that my 'prices' are high, but the time and effort that I put into my cards makes it worth it to me. The $2.00 barely covers the cost of the cardstock, so that's how I justify it. I also make and sell my cards as a side business, so my cards have to be pretty perfect in my eyes to be considered 'done'... Not that I don't think other people do this, I'm simply justifying my $2.00 + $1.00 per card!

and btw... you find the cards that I sell in my Gallery... That's another resolution - to get that baby updated!!
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I can't seem to edit, but that last line was supposed to read 'you CAN'T see the cards that I sell.......'
sorry about that!
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this should be interesting....should i keep up with it. however i'm going to backtrack a little. i've done 70 invitations for my babyshower, 5 valentine day cards....so far, 2 thank yous, and 2 birthdays. then of course i'll need thank yous for the shower and i'm working on the favors. but i have already spent $200.
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I am going to keep track on my own. I thought about it and I want my crafts to be fun for me! Good luck all
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I failed miserably last year (keeping track of what I made)......I'm in again this year and 'I promise myself' to keep track of everything!!!!!!!
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Old 01-06-2010, 02:07 PM   #19
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Hmm, I will be making 200 wedding invitations, thank you cards and wedding programs this year!! Maybe I will have to try this, lol!
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:35 PM   #20
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Smile ARGH! I just wrote out this whole post and then it disapeared!!!

Ok, here it goes again -

Hi!
How is everyone doing so far this year? I've managed to finish 72 cards, 20 envelopes and have done 2 workouts at curves so far. That puts me at $199 in the positive because I have yet to spend anything! Unfortunately, I have not put my SAB order in yet, and that's going to run me about $450! Yikes! But that 'should' do me for another six months... but who am I kidding!!

I was just curious as to how everyone else is doing? It's been a quiet thread this year!

I also want to add that I have updated the spreadsheet that was going around last year for this years days/dates, etc. and have attached it to this thread for anyone to use. It's quite simply, you simply enter the amount of items you make for each day, and the spreadsheet calculates your 'earnings' automatically. You manually enter the amount you spent in the red 'spent' column, and again, excel does the math for you and calculates your net over/under amount. It's really cool!! I can't take credit for it, it was designed and posted by someone else last year. (if you know who, please le me know, so I can give them credit!!)

The columns that are in the spreadsheet right now are the ones that I use. If you want to delete some of the columns it can get tricky because then you have to start tweaking some of the formulas. If you don't want to do this, you can either a) ignore the said column and simply not use it, or b) send me a pm with the changes you would like to see, I can change it for you, and e-mail it back to you. I really don't mind doing this, I work with Excel all the time at my bookkeeping job, so it's really really not a big deal!

if you want to change the amounts that you earn, change the amount that is shown in column B, rows 2 through 9. This will automatically change it in the corresponding formulas, and the calculations should then be correct.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

Cyber-Hugs to all, and happy stamping!
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Thank you for the new spreadsheet. I was going to clear 2009 and reuse that spreadsheet. I'm glad I didn't. I can compare my spending this year to last year. I see you've been very busy already. Way to go girl!
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Thank you for the new spreadsheet. I was going to clear 2009 and reuse that spreadsheet. I'm glad I didn't. I can compare my spending this year to last year. I see you've been very busy already. Way to go girl!

I don't understand this.....are you actually selling cards? or do you just give yourself credit, if you make a card and don't buy anything to make it?
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I don't understand this.....are you actually selling cards? or do you just give yourself credit, if you make a card and don't buy anything to make it?
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I do sell my cards, so in essence, I take $1 from the sale of that card and put it back into my business as a re-investment... At the end of the day, most of what I spend comes from the sales of my cards anyways, but this is simply another way of tracking, and giving myself an 'allowance'... does that even a little bit of sense? Sorry if I'm confusing the matter more....

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Thank you for the speadsheet. Last yer was the first time I ever kept track. I had a small notebook I kept in my purse. It worked, but this will be better.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:20 AM   #25
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I have started keeping track also, this is my first full year at SCS and look forward to this Stamp to Spend Challenge. I started keeping track about the first of the year- one thing that I also did was just started at the beginning with Zero even though I had X-Mas $$ to spend on Craft Suppiles.. All those suppiles were from last years money... Now I have started with $0.00 money except projects I have started and finnished already this year.
10 cards = $20.00 (2 dollars each)
5 Altered Items = $20.00 (4 each)
5 Scrapbook LO= $20.00 (4 each)
30M Yoga= $5.00

I think this will work good for me. I do need to use what I have before buying to much more! I am running out of room for store things...

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