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Old 11-02-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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2013 swap calendar - interest and comments thread.

Do you like the calendar? do you not like the calendar? Does it help with organizing or is it a little to OCD?

Suggestions on how to improve would be most welcome.
Or tell me if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Anyone have ideas for the upcoming year. Bring back old favorites? See some new technique you'd like to try? Categories we can dump because they aren't the it thing anymore?

And how do you feel about the mega swaps? I don't want to burn out our hostesses because these can become very overwhelming, very quickly. Should we scale back and have more smaller swaps?

lemme know!!! This is y'alls board, so I want to make this work for all of you.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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I think there are some that we haven't done in the past year or so that could be eliminated...


I am getting more picky with the swap selections so I'm leaning more toward completed pages/sketch swaps...
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:29 PM   #3
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I am really liking the sketch pages, letter swaps, small embellishment swaps the most instead of the mini kits, think some house cleaning of some of the older swaps is a good idea.
one thing I think would be really helpful is to have past swap threads stickied together to make it easier to find, sometimes I've had problems searching for older ones.

I'm up for hosting the MAW album swap again down the road if there is interest!
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:47 AM   #4
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The problem I have with completed pages is the postage Muich as I love making and receiving completed pages I really can't justfy $40+ each way now I work locally. I love the letter swaps but my Xyron is so frustrating I'm not sure I can justify that any more either.

At the risk of being restrictive, what I find most useful is a small page kit (so it does for a single page as well as a double if necessary) - one photo mat, one journal box, one topper and possibly an extra embellishment (but not necessarily paper, maybe some ribbon, flowers or something to "go with" the colours/theme of the page kit). Non-Disney for next year, as I've nearly done my vacation album and we won't be going for a couple of years now.

I love colour swaps but honestly I've got two boxes full! Next year is going to be light on swapping for me, I fear.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:25 AM   #5
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I'm a little (and that's an understatement) OCD, so I don't care for swaps that only have one photo mat. I rarely (okay, never) have just one photo and I'm too anal to make another mat (or title or journal box) that will not match perfectly and therefore have stuff I'll never use. That being said, I do have a new scrapper who is not as anal in the house.

I love love love the completed page swaps because it's mentally easier for me to find photos that work than it is it make something that won't match perfectly. That being said, postage is so expensive (even domestic!). Perhaps we could do completed page/sketch swaps that don't include the background paper? Use a sketch to make the mats, embellishments, title, etc. The hostess would email a document that has the 'completed' page pictures when the swap is done (that way if people move things in PhotoBucket, you'll still have the pictures).

I would still love to hostess a 'digital' file swap, where we make a list of titles and each person makes an SVG and a SCAL file that can be cut at home. People who sign up would email the file and a picture of the cut title (you cut one for yourself, to test it out and photograph), and I would create a zip file of all the files and photos. Everyone would get every title.

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Old 11-03-2012, 09:07 AM   #6
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Lisa, I kept the links active for this year's swaps on the swap calendar... but I don't have time to go back and search for years past.. so if we can start from the 2012 swaps then I'd be okay with it...

Jennifer, what about cuts in craftroom?? Could we do that for those of us that don't own the other programs?? I don't know how that works.. and I know most don't have it... just wondering if that was an option..
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Jennifer, I do like the idea of a completed page with no background paper but a photo of completed layout... that is a very good idea...especially considering expense of postage.

Are you considering that option for the current swap you are hosting??? May be another option that would eliminate problems with shipping costs...
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Lisa, I kept the links active for this year's swaps on the swap calendar... but I don't have time to go back and search for years past.. so if we can start from the 2012 swaps then I'd be okay with it...

Jennifer, what about cuts in craftroom?? Could we do that for those of us that don't own the other programs?? I don't know how that works.. and I know most don't have it... just wondering if that was an option..
that would be fine Nan, having the current year is a big help....would it be hard to put them all in one sticky and then add from there?
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What we could do is put the link to the previous year's swap calendar in the opening post of the current calendar swap... (I think it's been done in the past)... it'd open up another tab on your computer that you could then find your swap you needed..

I know exactly what you mean about trying to find previous searches... sometimes what you think it was named is not what it was named...
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What we could do is put the link to the previous year's swap calendar in the opening post of the current calendar swap... (I think it's been done in the past)... it'd open up another tab on your computer that you could then find your swap you needed..

I know exactly what you mean about trying to find previous searches... sometimes what you think it was named is not what it was named...
sounds good, whatever is the easiest for you! let me know if you need some help with searches!
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Jennifer, what about cuts in craftroom?? Could we do that for those of us that don't own the other programs?? I don't know how that works.. and I know most don't have it... just wondering if that was an option..
Craftroom is a free program, so anyone with an updated Cricut can use it (I think the baby bug even? Not sure, I only use my E2 with it). The problem we run into using Cricut Cartridges is using cartridges that everyone already owns, because you can only cut items from cartridges you own or are loaded to your Gypsy. It's not impossible, but it will be more of a chore. I'll get a spreadsheet made in Google Drive with a list of cartridges. If we work with only those cartridges we have, we should be fine.

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Jennifer, I do like the idea of a completed page with no background paper but a photo of completed layout... that is a very good idea...especially considering expense of postage.

Are you considering that option for the current swap you are hosting??? May be another option that would eliminate problems with shipping costs...
I don't know how I feel about this for the MK swap...I've been thinking about my own groups and I may want to use the pre-printed Snow White paper (for instance) which will help finish the page. But, I'm not completely against it, especially if it helps with costs. We would need to get a list of paper used for our own info though.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:22 PM   #12
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Craftroom is a free program, so anyone with an updated Cricut can use it (I think the baby bug even? Not sure, I only use my E2 with it). The problem we run into using Cricut Cartridges is using cartridges that everyone already owns, because you can only cut items from cartridges you own or are loaded to your Gypsy. It's not impossible, but it will be more of a chore. I'll get a spreadsheet made in Google Drive with a list of cartridges. If we work with only those cartridges we have, we should be fine.

Ugh, that would be a LOT of work Jennifer.. just keep it to svg/scal... No reason to worry about all the cartridge stuff too..

I don't know how I feel about this for the MK swap...I've been thinking about my own groups and I may want to use the pre-printed Snow White paper (for instance) which will help finish the page. But, I'm not completely against it, especially if it helps with costs. We would need to get a list of paper used for our own info though.

Ok, I was just checking... I was trying to think ahead for the MK swap.. and didn't want to have any confusion.. I'm fine with completed pages...
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Keep the ideas coming!

I wonder if we can do an every day or month/season 90% finished swap, design using the sketch but keep out the full sheets to keep the cost down for those overseas and domestic.

Love the SVG file swap, but I haven't figured out how to break images down for that yet. I guess I need to practice.
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Hope it won't all be cricut-based or I'm out of it completely. I've got my stupid Xyron (which i hate but can't quite bring myself to ditch) and a Big Shot with a few dies and embossing folders. No room for even a baby bug.

I'm obviously being thick as I can't see how the page swap would work without pages Get all the elements together and send them in for someone to stick down on their page according to the template?
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Hope it won't all be cricut-based or I'm out of it completely. I've got my stupid Xyron (which i hate but can't quite bring myself to ditch) and a Big Shot with a few dies and embossing folders. No room for even a baby bug.

I'm obviously being thick as I can't see how the page swap would work without pages Get all the elements together and send them in for someone to stick down on their page according to the template?
Mazda,

I don't think anything is all going to be cricut-based with the exception of SVG/SCAL digital swap... this would be a database that they girls can share their designs. I'm out on that one too because I don't have SCAL..

Also, the page swap would be exactly like you are thinking.. we would send all the elements together w/ a copy of the sketch and you can put the page together with all the supplies you were sent.. we just wouldn't seen the background paper to keep costs down for those overseas.
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