Swap name: August 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: rscowtown
Sign-up date range: August 1st through 31st (2015)
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after claimAugust 2015 Gallery and Discussion board is here.
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
Additional Age requirement? No
Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: affirmed
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES
Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: correct
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
Details of swap:
This is a Pinterest swap, meaning that your fellow Craftsters will claim you for something you have pinned on your Pinterest site. If you don't have a Pinterest but are interested, go here www.pinterest.com
to request one. We recommend having at least 50 pins before you start a Pinterest Swap (so that others can get an idea of your likes & style wants)
(strikethrough doesn't apply to this round, since it's been a year since last round)
If you are late in a previous Pinterest swap, please do not sign up until you send. You will not be accepted. If you still have outstanding claims in any previous round, however, you can still join as long as you are not already late in sending. Also, these swaps are totally independent of each other so if you have maxed out your unreceived but not late claims in last month's swap, you can still make that number this month. Also, the swap organizer reserves the right to refuse participation to those C-sters that she does not feel can meet the requirements or that do not jive well with the group.
Also please note that this swap requires that you communicate with your partner and the organizer (+ co-organizer). Please send a PM (including the month of the swap) when you claim, when you send, and when you receive. People who consistently fail to communicate will be asked to take a break from the Pinterest swap and maybe try again in two months.
** for the August 2015 round, PLEASE be sure to include both kayrun & rscowtown on all communication
Please do not post in this thread until you have been approved by the organizer. This thread is for lists only. Only post once. If you need to change/add something, simply "Modify" your post. The discussion/gallery thread is located here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439845.0
FAQ: Please READ
How does this swap work?
You may choose from anyone's Pinterest board once they have posted a link and bio in this thread. This is not a chain list swap; its more of a free for all swap. However, when possible it is nice to claim from those who haven't been claimed or who have claimed more than they have been claimed for. You have two weeks from the date you claim to send your item on its way to the lucky recipient. Remember to PM the organizer ( & co-organizer) and the recipient when you claim, send, and receive.
Please include the swap name and month in your subject line! Please make sure to include who you are claiming, sending to, or receiving from. You may have up to 2 outstanding (not received) claims. If you are FOC you may have up to 3 outstanding claims. Everyone MUST make at least one claim.
What should my bio and link look like?
Once you have been approved, you may post in the list thread. There is no one way to do this but please be sure your bio includes the following:
- your location and a brief bio (include allergies in red please)
- your Pinterest link
- list of boards that are to be used for this swap, or simply say something like "all my boards are game"
- whether you are okay with supply claims
if you'd like to see a sample, please check a previous round:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434910.0
What do I need to send?
This swap is for either one medium or 2-3 small items for each claim. A medium item is one that takes 2 or more hours, $10 - $30, some examples are a single necklace or bracelet or a scarf. A small item is one that takes 2 or less hours, $10 or less, some examples are earrings/wallets/pouches/bookmarks.
How do the organizers ensure that claims are even?
We don't. But we do try. One way is that we highlight your name when you have claimed more times than you have been claimed. We ask that people claim from those that haven't been claimed yet or who have claimed more often than they have been claimed, but there is no guarantee that if you send 5 times that you will receive 5 items. In fact, theoretically it is quite possible to not get claimed at all. If this is a major concern for you and you know you would miserable if things were not always even, this may not be the swap for you. However, I will say that for the most part this is not a big problem in this swap so far.
How closely does the item I send need to resemble the item pinned?
It depends on who you are claiming. Read the bios carefully. Read the pins carefully. Some of us pin items for inspiration and are fine with items that are simply inspired by our pins. Others would like the item to look as close to the pin as possible.
What happens if I am flaked on?
If you are flaked on, you will only receive an angel for as many packages as you have sent. If you were claimed for 3 packages and you sent 2 packages and one package was flaked on - you will not receive a swap angel.
What do I do if I'm not being claimed?
If you are not being claimed, it might be time to consider your pins. Do you have enough variety? Are there enough small and medium items? Do you have items pinned that require a variety of crafty mediums (ex: knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, embroidery, etc...)? Are your pins realistically craftable? You should shoot for at least 20-30 pins (this includes only those pins you want to be claimed); maybe more if most of your items are on the large side or primarily in one crafty medium. We have some talented folks on here... but not everyone can do all crafts. If you find you aren't being claimed...try adding more pins. Annchen posted a great reply about this in the December swap that I highly encourage reading if you are not being claimed.
I hear a rumor that there is a giveaway; is this true?
YES! It is true. Each month, there is a giveaway. You get one entry into the random drawing for each claim you make. At the end of the month, we'll use a random number generator and that lucky person will receive a crafted item or crafty supply. We cannot tell you what the item might be upfront because we like to cater it to the winner's interests and needs. Also randomly but not necessarily every month, there might be additional giveaways so make sure to stay up to date on the discussion thread so you don't miss out!
If you want to participate, information to send to organizer + co-organizer:
QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: August 2015 Ongoing Pinterest Swap
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Do you understand that a tracking # (within US) or copy of your postal
receipt (when sending from abroad to US) is required as proof of mailing? YES/NO
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Your Pinterest link:
Have you posted in the discussion thread? (required in order to join swap) YES/NO
IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.
Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.