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Posted 1/13/2013 by Sophikins in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 577,311
January 2013
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Loc: Texas

Posted: 1/14/2013 5:29:38 PM
Some of my stuff - quite a few stamps, my stamp pads - especially my distress ink stamps - yes I've gotten my money's worth out of them. But I have TONS of different embellishments etc that seem to just languish away. Thankfully I don't have to justify my scrapping supplies to anyone. The up side of being single I suppose.

~~Melani....once upon a time I was Sailorslady, now I'm just the fish

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PeaNut 80,424
April 2003
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Loc: Southern California

Posted: 1/14/2013 6:15:04 PM
Overall, yes, because I buy carefully and spend as little as possible. Some things, no, e.g. used the Cinch only once so far. Some things, way less than $1, e.g. my "Storybook" Cricut cartridge that I use the most often. Way more than once per dollar price.

Price per page: Wildly varies
Sheer delight: Priceless!

Well therapy out here is $120/hr so if I multiply that times 50. Then subtract my scrapbook purchases for only that year. If I come out ahead, it's a bargain.
I don't even understand that, but it sounds good, LOL!

If I have to use all this paper before I die, I'll live forever!


PeaNut 472,447
June 2010
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Posted: 1/14/2013 7:09:48 PM
Not even close! But, this is my hobby and it is my splurge.


PeaNut 318,259
May 2007
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Loc: Florida

Posted: 1/14/2013 7:21:00 PM
I feel like I have because all my stuff makes me very happy!!
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PeaNut 42,180
July 2002
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Loc: Beautiful British Columbia

Posted: 1/14/2013 7:24:00 PM
Probably not for most tools except my paper cutter, scissors, etc.

But, I think the calculation should also include how much enjoyment my children got out of looking at their scrapbook albums and reading the stories many, many times. That alone is worth every penny I've ever spent on the hobby that I love.


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PeaNut 63,578
January 2003
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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:46:17 PM
My husband bases his hobby and entertainment purchases based on entertainment value. So if he gets 2 hours of entertainment for 5 bucks he feels like is doing good - a $60 game should give him 24 hrs of gameplay minimum. Based on his formula - I think my enjoyment from what I have spent has certainly given me my money's worth using that scale. Between actually scrapping and the planning I have had many hours of enjoyment!


PeaNut 422,247
May 2009
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Loc: Queens NYC

Posted: 1/15/2013 7:41:30 AM
i really need to use my cricut more often

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PeaNut 422,247
May 2009
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Loc: Queens NYC

Posted: 1/15/2013 7:41:30 AM
i really need to use my cricut more often

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PeaNut 272,954
August 2006
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Posted: 1/15/2013 8:20:47 AM
Out of everything? No, because there are some items that I honestly wish I hadn't spent the money on. Out of some things? Definitely!

The tools that I have used most and gotten the value of beyond the purchase cost are my Wishblade, my Gazelle, and my Cuttlebug and Big Shot. My paper trimmer and scissors. A few punches, and certain embossing folders would also qualify. The CM cutting system. I use those ovals and circles fairly often.

I have quite a few tools that I haven't used enough YET to have gotten my money's worth by the criteria you listed, but that doesn't mean that I won't eventually. My Cricut and cartridges are in that category, along with some punches and embossing folders.

I have a huge stamp collection that will never be used enough to say they have paid for themselves, but I don't really care because I don't use that criteria, anyway. If my tools/supplies make me happy, then I have gotten my money's worth, even if it takes me years to really use them enough to have gotten full value by the criteria you listed.

Do you try to figure out if you got your money's worth out of a vacation/trip? How about out of the flowers you plant in your garden? Or the dessert you bought but probably shouldn't have?

Money is spent in many ways, and not all of them on necessities. Why should scrappers be made to feel guilty for buying things that are useful but aren't used constantly? Or even that might have been a little frivolous?

I don't have to justify how I spend my scrapping dollars, thankfully.

They make me happy and are convenient, so I have gotten my money's worth by MY criteria, and no one is going to make me feel guilty about it.

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PeaNut 537,586
January 2012
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Loc: Southern CT

Posted: 1/15/2013 10:31:11 AM

Scrapbooking is fun and social for me so I don't worry about getting my money's worth out of individual items or tools

Nicely put...I agree 100%.

But I have gotten my money's worth out of my xyron and punches, etc.

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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
Posts: 19,346
Layouts: 785
Loc: Southern California

Posted: 1/15/2013 6:47:46 PM
I think, overall, I have gotten my money's worth on my pages. I couldn't begin to calculate it under that formula, because to begin with, how about that trimmer I paid $22 for in 2004 and I am still using thousands of layouts later?

The ones I'm not sure about were layouts like the last one I did, where I was possessed to print one of the photos 8 x 10. That means I had to pay almost $5 in photo printing alone! But does using scraps of very old paper, a little less old paper, a very old star punch, a kind of old circle punch and a 1-year-old snowflake punch, and some buttons that maybe just showed up one day make up for that?

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PeaNut 254,376
March 2006
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Loc: Australia

Posted: 1/16/2013 4:13:41 AM
My Cameo yes, Sizzix and dies yes, Slice no. My stamps - some more than others, my inks yes yes yes.

I estimate each page has cost probably $100 given what I have bought to date. That is beside the point - I am recording my family history, keeping my blood pressure low as I joyfully create and I have at my fingertips everything I need to create day in day out. When I retire and can no longer spend as I have, I will have everything I need.There are some risks to this indulgence - my granddaughter may kill me off to get my supplies!!!!

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