No worries! It has gotten rather confusing, hasn't it? Scavenger hunts are easy, but when you turn it into a swap, well... that's where the confusion comes in.
Okay, I think it's like this (TheBon, please correct me if I'm wrong):
When you sign up for the swap, you'll fill out the questionnaire. One of the questions will be to include 3-4 "scavenge" items for the final list.
For example, you would write:
- something with your partner's first initial
- something striped
- something round and green
When you get your partner assigned to you, you will also get a huge Scavenger Hunt list, comprised of everyone's contributions. You will recognize 3-4 items on the list, because you
contributed them! (See my example list above).
Now, you will get to crafting. You will use as many items from the list as possible in your crafts. To combine my example with a fine one earlier, using the above items, you might buy a wooden letter that is your partner's initial, decoupage photos of tennis balls on it, and glue chenille bumble bees to it (assuming your partner like tennis and bees... it would be nice if they liked the stuff... that's kind of the challenge of all swaps, right?)
You will craft at least 2 medium or 3-4 small items (unless someone wants to speak up now about that number -- is that enough? We'd love feedback) using as many items from the list as possible. If 10 people sign up for this swap, there will be 30-40 items on the list, so that's quite a few.
You should use at least 10 items on the list. In my above example, I only used 3. You can always make more crafts if you need/want to... I've never heard anyone complain about getting "too many" items in a package.
After all of the items have been received and posted, the person who has included the highest number of items from the list wins (just like a scavenger hunt!)
As for the "Scategories" rules as to who wins, that could still be up for grabs (again, feedback welcome here), but here's how that would work:
If I used tennis balls in my package for "green and round" and you
used tennis balls in your package for "green and round," then we cancel each other out.
So if we keep using the example above, you sent the decoupaged letter w/ tennis balls and bees. I embroidered my partner's initial on a pillow along with zebras playing tennis (this is just getting weirder and weirder, isn't it?) We did not use the same things for "initial" and "striped" (you used wood, I used thread, you used a bee, I used a zebra), but we did
use the same thing for "green and round." So we'd each get 2 points: one each for the initial and striped thing, but cancelling each other out for duplicating the tennis ball.
Whew! Perhaps we should just count things straight up (therefore, 3 each in the above examples) and then if we need a tie breaker, we can apply the Scategories rules? It might end up easier, but then the fights that break out at Scategories games are always so much fun
So, what does everyone think of all of this?