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12-29-2005, 09:24 AM
I love doing the .37 cent swaps and the christmas stocking swap. I am inquiring as to whether anyone ever does a secret sister scrapbooking swap on this board. I have searched out other boards as I think this is something I would enjoy on a 6 month or year long basis but I prefer not to go to other boards as i am comfortable with the people on this board. Is this something that anyone has done in the past here? Does someone know where I could go to get a secret scrapbooking sister? I think it would be great fun. Thanks for your help.

12-29-2005, 10:54 AM
Can you outline what this entails? You might get some interest if you can give the details....although you might also drum up more enthusiasm if you wait until the holidays are completely over. Some people have 2nd celebrations with extended family around New Year's....I know we do - so I'm still finishing gifts for the ILs & can't think of anything else right now. :rotfl2:

12-29-2005, 10:54 AM
Can you explain more about this type of swap for some of the newer swapper.


12-29-2005, 11:16 AM
I would love to know more about it........

12-29-2005, 11:37 AM
There have been a couple of SS swaps on this board. I participated a couple of times and really had a lot of fun!

12-29-2005, 12:34 PM
basically the hostess would hold signups for the swap and y'all would sign up for whatever time period is decided upon. (for example if it's a 3 month swap, you would send stuff once a month for a total of 3 packages). usually there is a money amount (10-15$ per month). anyhow once you sign up the hostess will send out a questionaire asking what you like, don't like, etc and then pair everyone up. at the end of the time period you would reveal who you are to the secret sister. maggie

12-29-2005, 02:13 PM
That sounds like a really cute idea. :goodvibes

12-29-2005, 02:26 PM
i maybe interested in this -- i have soooooo much to scrapbook!

i would like to add my .02 that i would prefer to keep it at $10 or under though.

i would be fun to get things that i wouldn't normally splurge on, embellishment type stuff

12-29-2005, 03:38 PM
that's great that so many people are interested in this. i really had a good time doing it on another board. the only thing is that i don't think i have it in me to coordinate this. it is still intimidating to me to host a swap. afraid i will really mess up. but....if someone does decide that this is interesting and wants to take the reigns i would definitely participate. i also agree that after the new year as i am also in another christmas this weekend. ugh. i love these types of swaps. yoo hoo.

12-29-2005, 05:28 PM
Sounds like a great swap. Will I be able to take part from the UK?

12-30-2005, 05:53 PM
I'd play, but can't really commit for longer than 3 months. Work is too unpredictable and I never know if I won't be able to commit mailing deadline more than 3 months out.

12-30-2005, 08:09 PM
I'd be interested in participating if this gets going. I think 3 months is a good time frame too.

12-30-2005, 08:43 PM
Count me in! Sounds awesome! I have only participated in the Christmas Stocking Swap, maybe if I get one or two more swaps under my belt I might be willing to host one. Keep us posted, sounds super fun!

12-31-2005, 06:38 AM
I participated in several "secret sister" swaps on the old AOL board when I first started scrapping over 6 years ago. They were so much fun and I made some lasting friends from them. They're just like nicurn described. You are assigned a SS and you send them a package once a month for the length of the swap. In between, I would receive (and send) handmade cards, email cards and messages. My SS always put a lot of thought into the packages and it was really fun to get the packages. Most people create a SS email account so they can send messages/cards etc w/o giving away their identity. My first SS was from AZ and after the swap was over we continued to email and even went to a couple of scrapping conventions together. She and her family become good friends and we remain in contact even today. This is really a great swap but takes committment to make sure that everyone benefits.

12-31-2005, 10:30 AM
This is going to sound like a stupid question, but do you buy stuff for your secret scrapping sister, or do you have to make things like special tags or cards that she can use? I would be interested if you bought stuff...I'm not very talented when it comes to creating things on my own!

12-31-2005, 07:09 PM
This is going to sound like a stupid question, but do you buy stuff for your secret scrapping sister, or do you have to make things like special tags or cards that she can use?
In the ones I've been involved in, it's a mixture of both. Everyone fills out a questionaire with info on what types of books you're working on (baby, christmas, pet, etc) size, product preferences and fun stuff like favorite snack. Your pal will then use this list to put together your monthly surprise package based on the $$ limit established. In between packages, you can send your pal cards and/or small items either via snail mail or email. You can also start giving small hints about your identity as you get close to the reveal date.

12-31-2005, 07:29 PM
I would like to do this. Count me in.

12-31-2005, 07:57 PM
Sounds fun.... Count me in ...

01-01-2006, 08:58 AM
I'd like to do this too, if it's kept at 3 mos and $10 or under. :)

01-01-2006, 01:24 PM
I would like to join in princess:

Paula S.
01-01-2006, 05:35 PM
I would also like to join in the SS club. I have been here a while but I am one of the quiet ones. I would like to get more involved with the events and scrapin fun. If no one is in charge of this and someone is willing to "wlak" me thorough how to set it up I would also organize it. That'd be a quick way to get aquainted with everyone.

01-01-2006, 07:45 PM
I'd love to join in the fun!! :flower:

01-01-2006, 08:54 PM
I am interested in participating and possibly hosting or co-hosting.

I think we should do three months and less than $10 for each month. Have sign-ups start on Tuesday the 3rd, have them sign ups run through the 6th, fill out your preference survey by the 8th and receive your name by the 10th. Maybe mail your package out by the 20th of each month. First mail out would be January 20th and last mail out by March 20th.

The preference survey would be created ahead of time so you could complete it as soon as you have signed up.

Or do people think this timeline would be too short.

Paula if you are interested I would be willing to co-host with you, since neither of us have ever hosted before maybe this would be a good idea. I have participated in swaps before just never hosted. Also this way both of us could have a Secret Sister that is truly secret. I am also PMing you.


Paula S.
01-01-2006, 10:46 PM
Looks like we have a plan to start the SS. Becky and I am willing to co-host it. I think that we should have sign ups for a full week though since some people are still getting back to a "normal life" since the holidays. So how about if sign ups run until Jan. 7th. Once Becky and I confirm this we will ge tthe questionairre out to those of you that have said that you are definatley interested and SS assignments will be assinged on Jan. 8th.
The obligation is that you have to send something each month totaling $10. Remember that this does not limit that you can only send your SS something 1 time a month because you may send more than 1 thing a month. The items DO NOT have to be scrapbook oriented. This will also last for 3 months.
Any other suggestions, please email myself or Becky.


01-02-2006, 06:33 AM
The items DO NOT have to be scrapbook oriented.

What type of items are we ment to send?
Thank You

01-02-2006, 07:29 AM
Count me in.

01-02-2006, 08:43 AM
This sounds so fun! I can't wait for signups! :Pinkbounc

01-02-2006, 08:49 AM
ME TOO ME TOO!!!! :Pinkbounc

This sounds like fun!!!

01-02-2006, 09:00 AM
What type of items are we ment to send?
Thank You

anyone?? is it "made" items, or supplies?? or Cards etc... please give ideas so I can decide if this is something I can commit to.


01-02-2006, 09:05 AM
I'm hoping it can be bought items. I'm OK with making a few things, but I don't think I can make $10 worth in a month for 3 months. Nope, I KNOW I can't do that.... :rotfl:

01-02-2006, 09:14 AM
I think you can make it or buy it. I will be buying most of mine. Not very handy at making things.

01-02-2006, 09:24 AM
Oh this sounds like a wonderful idea, so count me in. I have been keeping a scrapbook for my grandson since he was born. He just turned 2 in October, and I have just planned a trip to DisneyWorld when he turns 4 October 2007. We are staying in the Fort Wilderness Cabins. :earsgirl:

01-02-2006, 09:48 AM
Count me in too! It's been a while since I've joined in a swap and now that life has settled down some, I would love to participate.

Paula and Becky, thanks for hosting!


01-02-2006, 09:53 AM
yes i'd love to be in this -- thanks for hosting it!

01-02-2006, 02:33 PM
If we can buy things, I would like to do it too. I've never done a swap before. Where do we go to sign up?

01-02-2006, 08:22 PM
I have started a sign up thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=11027737#post11027737). If you are interested please read through this and then send reanst or paula S. a PM.

As for what to send: You can send scrapbooking items, candy, snacks, for my stocking my buddy included some ornaments, a picture frame, maybe something of their favorite character, basically whatever you would like, the focus is on scrapbboking items but you may include other items as well.

The items can be homemade or they can be storebought it is up to you, personally I think a mix of both might be nice but it is entirely up to you.

If you have any other questions just let either Paula S. or myself know.


Paula S.
01-02-2006, 09:05 PM
I wanted to add to Becky's post that all people interested must sign up by January 8th. We will assign names by email on January 9th.

Here are a few more things that we are asking to ensure that this is a success:
*Make sure you email your SS by January 14th.(*) This way everyone will
know they have a SS assigned to them.
*Make sure that you post when you have received a package or card so that
your SS knows that you have received it.

(*) I have been told about a way to send emails without coming through your email and I am in the process of finding out how to do that. If anyone already knows please share this so we can send stuff to our SS through emails.

Thanks, Paula

01-02-2006, 10:27 PM
I tried to send a e-mail to REANST but it wouldn't let me, any help???