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Posted 6/11/2013 by bab275 in General Scrappin'

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PeaNut 364,850
February 2008
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Posted: 6/11/2013 1:35:05 PM
I added up all the money I've spent on craft supplies this year. It may be a little bit low because I paid cash for somethings that I have not included, but it's pretty close to correct.

OMG. $1153 and some change. It's not even half of the year. I am definitely on a spending FREEZE!!! That's ridiculous!!! I can't even imagine how it got that high. Most of the purchases were around $20. That's over 50 shopping events.

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PeaNut 395,153
October 2008
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Posted: 6/11/2013 1:39:49 PM
Wow! That sounds like a lot to me, but everyone has different amounts of disposable income, other hobbies to spread their budget around, etc.

Get yourself frozen and put those products to use, I bet it will feel good!


PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
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Posted: 6/11/2013 1:41:53 PM
I have not added mine up because its scary too. I'm with you on being frozen for the summer. I have enough stuff to last me for a long time.


PeaNut 563,248
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Posted: 6/11/2013 1:47:40 PM
After thought, maybe we could do a certain amount of layouts in a certain period of time and use only our stash and start a thread. Can call the thread Stash Raiders or something else. Keep in touch and even load up the layouts that are being done. I have not loaded a single layout but I am willing to do this to help support others in the same position.
What ya think?


PeaNut 44,618
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Posted: 6/11/2013 2:02:39 PM
You are a brave woman to do that. I'm afraid to do it myself, although lately I have tried to do less shopping. I do have too much of everything so I too must go into freezer mode.

Worker Bee

PeaNut 108,418
September 2003
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Posted: 6/11/2013 2:42:54 PM
I'm blissfully ignorant as to how much I spend. It's better that way.

Actually, we have no bills, house is paid off, no car payments, just the normal bills so I'm okay with not knowing. Plus we're DINK's (dual income, no kids) so everything I make goes into savings/investments (minus my scrappy spending LOL)

At some point that will change once we adopt a child, so I'm stocking up for the future (at least, that's what I tell myself)!


PeaNut 260,218
May 2006
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Posted: 6/11/2013 2:43:58 PM
I am not too far behind you. I do need to slow down though. I said no buying products this month and then ordered a hundred dollar class. So that obviously didn't go well. I do think I will say nothing new until school starts. I have two classes that span July and August, so I should be fine on the inspiration front and I have a whole room of supplies.


PeaNut 327,283
July 2007
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Posted: 6/11/2013 2:50:48 PM
I am frozen for the most part. I still get a monthly kit, my Silhouette sub, and two monthly quilt kits. Outside of that I make very few purchases, just adhesive, printing pictures, and thread. Without those monthly indulgences I would have far surpassed you. Knowing those things are coming each month keeps me out of the stores and off the internet shops. As long as you are using things, or at least enjoy fondling them once in a while, I think it is money well spent.



PeaNut 454,595
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Posted: 6/11/2013 2:50:54 PM
A couple of years ago, I joined a FB group (local gals mostly) that made a pledge to do 100 layouts each before we could buy anything new. How fast or slow you made the 100 layouts of course depended on your available time and everybody had to post them in an album online so we could see how the others were doing. Quite a few fell off the wagon but it showed me how little a dent in my supplies 100 layouts made! I could probably do that 20 times over!


PeaNut 580,417
February 2013
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Posted: 6/11/2013 3:08:39 PM
Oh my! Me too on the overspending! I am gonna have to consider the frozen pea solution. I just get so darn caught up in saying that this will be the last order for a long time. And a long time ends up being a few days! It might help to accountable to others....!


PeaNut 81,992
April 2003
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Posted: 6/11/2013 3:23:19 PM
I am feeling bad I have a two peas order on the way and have just found out our budget needs to be tightened. I am definitely frozen now


PeaNut 578,239
January 2013
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Posted: 6/11/2013 5:33:21 PM
I am heading to a deep freeze myself. Found out today that my hours will have to be cut at work.


PeaNut 176,471
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Posted: 6/11/2013 5:43:15 PM
$884, calculated to the cent, all the way up to yesterday when I had to buy some Copic refills. This seems like a lot, and it IS a lot. I know it is. And I'm working every day to spend less and do with less.

But, a little thing to make myself feel better. Looking at last year, at this exact time, down to the day? $2,447. Sooooooo yeah, I'll take $884 and feel REAL good about it!


ETA: I don't have other hobbies, or luxuries aside from a Venti White Mocha on Tuesdays. I colour, I scrap, I write, that's all I do *all day* so my supplies are a pretty good investment. I'm on a DT that would, were I not getting DT benefits, cost me a lot more money. But, I mean, I don't buy clothes/shoes/bags/hair cuts/manicures/dinners out and whatnot. I make art.

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PeaNut 565,186
August 2012
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Posted: 6/11/2013 6:54:48 PM
I don't have a lot of money to spend on supplies but whatever I do spend it is soooooo worth it. I love this hobby so much.

Amber Girl

PeaNut 197,200
March 2005
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Posted: 6/11/2013 7:15:40 PM
you're brave! I'd be depressed to know, but I know I've done a lot of damage last year...(you'd have to add a 0 to your figure to get close to what I've spent).


PeaNut 543,339
February 2012
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Posted: 6/11/2013 7:32:03 PM
I have so many stamp sets that have not even left their package. I was a little depressed when I took a honest look. I am going to put new things on a list for Christmas. By that time I may not even want some of the items.
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PeaNut 345,847
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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:37:24 PM
I'm so curious to know what 11 thousand dollars worth of scrap supplies looks like? Would those of you adding a 0 care to share the details? Is this just supplies or tools, crops, a scrapbooking cruise?


PeaNut 193,655
February 2005
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Posted: 6/11/2013 8:51:14 PM
OK, since my dh is out of town right now, I decided to break out the secret folder of reciepts for last year and this year. And, I have to say I was completly scared! But, Iguess I haven't done too bad...

For 2012, the year total was $1310.92

For 2013, so far, it is $419.32. Of course, June is not over...I have a sequin order (less than $20) and a Frantic order (Around $30) that are coming this week. I also joined Scraptastic Kit club this month. So... we shall see how well I do by the end of the year.



PeaNut 405,405
December 2008
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Posted: 6/11/2013 10:25:05 PM
My monthly budget is $100 but I'm a Stampin Up demo and get heaps of freebies as part of that. I'm lucky because DH is into model trains and he has the same budget without the perks I have being a demo.
For us our hobbies are hugely important because we have 5 kids and it's nice to be something other than parents for a small part of the day. I am a SAHM and my husband is a teacher so we don't earn a lot. We don't have meals out, have hair done,nails, go out so our hobbies are our luxury items.

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PeaNut 176,471
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Posted: 6/11/2013 11:05:53 PM
I'm curious as to those adding zero as well. My money, more than half of the $200 I appear to be spending each month, goes to stamps to colour with my Copics. And those are digital, so you cannot see the impact in my space at all. My general space I try to keep very minimal, but by far the largest impact is my stamps.

I know how quickly things can add up, but I'm curious what a yearly (or half-yearly) budget of $11,000 looks like. Also, I'm nosey.

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Megan Liane

PeaNut 551,624
April 2012
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Posted: 6/11/2013 11:07:25 PM
That is brave! I dont want to add up mine! I am about to be frozen too..the other day I actually was going to try and make 50 layouts (or other items..cards, pl) before purchasing..I made it to 10 items...oh well. I am now back on the wagon!


PeaNut 184,116
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Posted: 6/12/2013 12:07:42 AM
I wish that's all I've spent.

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November 2010
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Posted: 6/12/2013 1:13:53 AM
No surprises for me. I keep track of my scrapbook spending, and any other spending, on an excel spread sheet. I keep a sheet for every month.

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PeaNut 587,472
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Posted: 6/12/2013 1:46:29 AM
Oh gosh I did this a few years back and I could have bought a new car over 3 year span

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PeaNut 185,443
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Posted: 6/12/2013 3:55:17 AM
I spent about the same amount that you did when I was teaching a class a couple of years ago in a four month span. The cost I paid for teaching classes and ordering products up front for classes was expensive.

When I am trying to say within a buget I don't spend as long as I am not looking for new things and watching videos about hauls or new proucts. Being on in this situation really is about how you think or feel about the situation. If you feel like you are being "punished" then it will feel like that to you but when I was on a no spend budget I really would get much more done and enjoy what I had.

You probably have some amazing products that you got with the money that you have spent so far, so enjoy those products. Have fun being creative.

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PeaNut 295,825
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Posted: 6/12/2013 6:00:16 AM
Cheryl1955, I need to find friends like that, Im part of a crop circle meeting bi-weekly at one of our LSS and it fuels spending not saving. How did you find the group?
I won't total my expenses, and the hubs never will. His hobby is more $$$. But I want to use this stuff and create not shop!

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PeaNut 579,055
January 2013
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Posted: 6/12/2013 6:53:50 AM
i've spent about $600 ytd, and i'm ok with that because i have loads of completed projects. sadly, in the past, i would spend that kind of money and the products would sit there lookin' real pretty on the shelves.


PeaNut 294,285
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Posted: 6/12/2013 10:02:44 AM
I did that last year...kept all my receipts in an envelope and added them up. It was about $1300, so I am ok with that. With DH's health, I have a lot of weekend where he is too fatigued to go out, so I need a hobby to keep busy.

I work really hard (we all do!), long hours, so this is my escape. It's worth every penny.


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PeaNut 48,410
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Posted: 6/12/2013 10:37:44 AM
Wow! I'm sure my spending was similar back in the day! Since then, I've cut myself off and am trying to concentrate on using up what I already have. Sadly, it looks like it would take me several lifetimes to get through the supplies I already own!

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Posted: 6/12/2013 2:36:26 PM
Last month I spent about $850.00 on scrap supplies. I did get a Cameo and a lot of the fun stuff to go with it. We got an unexpected check that we were able to put 6 months of savings in the bank. DH bought a new Nikon D800 with a few new lenses and we each took out some for fun money. I did buy my Cameo with overtime money. I was quite proud of myself for doing it.

My DH has a Nikon D70S and a D200 with all the lenses that I will now use. I have some learning to do. LOL I have a small Sony point and shoot that I have been using with I really love.

No more spending for me.

Sylvia in MN

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PeaNut 26,836
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Posted: 6/12/2013 4:35:10 PM
You all make me feel fabulous about my spending (or lack of spending, in comparison!).

But my budget for scrap stuff is very small, so it's no surprise.


PeaNut 440,898
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Posted: 6/12/2013 4:41:08 PM
When I first started scrapbooking several years I spent loads of money, like thousands, and hardly used any of it. It just hung around for years and then I finally gave it to my then 5yo who used it all up in about a month, lol.

I'm back into scrapbooking now and so far this year I have spent $100 last week at the Joann's firefly sale, which includes stuff for me and my now 6yo. Paper packs were $10 and papercrafting boutique stuff was 40% off so I got smashbook stuff and a bunch of paper. I've made one page with it in my smashbook so far, but my plan is to use this stuff up before I buy anything else. I just don't have room for a lot of stuff piling up.

Donna in GA
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PeaNut 60,695
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Posted: 6/12/2013 8:18:04 PM
I don't even want to know. I just know that I need to stop spending for a while.

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Posted: 6/12/2013 8:20:31 PM
I am afraid to even go there! Lol

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PeaNut 516,416
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Posted: 6/12/2013 8:40:54 PM
Wow, that is scary. I know that mine would be high. But, now that I have a Cameo, I actually spend less. When I only used my Cricut, I was always getting new carts. Then they stopped coming out with new carts as often, and I had other things I wanted to cut.
My spending is also higher since we really do not go out much out at all due to DH's health. So, there is virtually no money spent on going out to eat, and no vacations or going to the movies or anything like that. So, my crafting kind of is my vacation and entertainment. That's my story and I am sticking with it.


PeaNut 454,595
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Posted: 6/12/2013 9:23:19 PM

Cheryl1955, I need to find friends like that, Im part of a crop circle meeting bi-weekly at one of our LSS and it fuels spending not saving. How did you find the group?

This was mostly started by a few of the gals that I scrap with at the LSS, and a few more FB friends that scrap joined.

k d girl

PeaNut 68,628
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Posted: 6/12/2013 9:43:55 PM
y'all are crazy! you don't keep these receipts, you throw them away and then you're just blissfully happy with your supplies! LOL!!!

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PeaNut 114,614
November 2003
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Posted: 6/12/2013 9:47:33 PM
Ooooh, I throw out my receipts = no one needs to know the truth!

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Posted: 6/12/2013 9:52:10 PM

I'm so curious to know what 11 thousand dollars worth of scrap supplies looks like? Would those of you adding a 0 care to share the details? Is this just supplies or tools, crops, a scrapbooking cruise?

In a week or so, I'm gearing up to do my 1st ever art room video tour, so I'll show 'ya!

Mind you, the 11K would not be in one year I estimate on the conservative side, that I've spent into the +30K since I started scrapping in late 2004 that's a luxury car! I don't do cruises, don't do crops either, haven't taken any workshops (although I'm thinking about it). A lot of my 'big ticket' purchases went to really nice, good quality wood furniture and organizational supplies for the new art room,... the pricier scrappy items were: Silhouette Cameo, PictureMate Photo printer, Scanner, Vegabond Die cutting machine (and of course all those pricy Tim Holtz 'Alteration' big dies), DSLR camera & multiple Canon lenses, and books books and more BOOKS - I'm an Art & Crafts book/magazine junkie.
Also it's not just scrapping supplies, as I do a lot of other cross-over art hobbies: jewelry -making (precious metals & gemstones aren't cheap), embroidery/cross-stitching (professional framing costs a LOT for finished pieces), furniture refinishing, decoupage, and painting, and I'm dying to try encaustic because mixed media is calling my name....
Art-making is my life and passion! That's where almost all my money goes ...my wardrobe hasn't been updated in a few years though


PeaNut 554,467
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Posted: 6/13/2013 1:36:06 AM
i don't want to add up mine... as long as i use my stuff and i still have enough money to live, i don't want to count a hobby in $. but i have to admit, that when i see a BIG scrapping room i always wonder how many $ are hidden in the shelves i see on the pictures.
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