The other spending thread got me thinking about where I'm spending my crafty dollars. I'd say most of my money has been with Stampin Up, mostly because I want to support my dealersupplier consultant and she shows us cute projects at our monthly gatherings. Next is Spellbinders. Sometimes I get their monthly club dies/stamps, but mostly I just wait for a great sale and then buy stuff. Lately, Pink Fresh has been getting my dollars, but that's only because of the Create and Connect event.
Post by scrappinheather on Nov 7, 2022 17:09:12 GMT
More like where do I not spend…. It’s bad. Me mostly if I see a cute jaded blossom release, definitely all the new lawn Fawn when it comes out. I buy ilawn Fawn at firefly farm since I get 15% off and free stuff as a farm girl. Recently hero arts. I also usually buy some hello bluebird enough to get the free stamp. Sunny studio got me with their 20% off everything. If spellbinders has cute new dies I usually buy them from scrapbookpal as they are cheaper. And if the stamp market has an amazing release I will buy that.
My problem is I want free shipping. So I usually spend more to get free shipping. If my favorite online crafty stores have sales I usually shop there too. I.e. Ellen Hutson, scrapbookpal, butterfly reflections, and Simon says stamp.
I used to buy a lot from both Stampin’ Up and CTMH, but CTMH changed their style to one that appealed far less to me. The Stampin’ Up rep that I found online didn’t bother to respond to my last email (I had a question which remains unanswered), and has made zero effort other than get her commission if I order. I looked through the latest catalogue and saw nothing of interest, anyway. So neither of those companies are getting my money anymore, although I loved them in the past.
I have a huge collection of stamps, anyway, so I’ve gotten much pickier about what I buy. My stamps are well organized, so I can easily find what I want very, very quickly. I buy very few stamps these days, even though I am a stamper. Don’t ask me how many I have. I’m not willing to tell, but if it were a “Who has the most stamps” contest, I’d probably win it. I do use my stamps. Since organizing them well, it’s so much easier and faster to find the perfect stamp for my project. Organizing all those stamps last January pretty much killed my desire or need for more stamps.
Since I really don’t need more stamps, I tend to spend my money on dies, particularly stitched dies. Queen & Co. is more affordable, and the gal who designs their dies has very cute designs, so they get most of my spending money these days.
I used to spend a lot of money at conventions and at Tuesday Morning pre-COVID shutdowns. I found Queen & Co. at a convention. During COVID, I started looking up companies I’d found at convention and started buying from them online.
I had a Spellbinders Monthly Small Die membership for a short time, and have bought some of their dies on sale.
I would love to get back to going to conventions again. I went to the one in June and spent a chunk of change on dies at the Tall Mouse booth. I was sick and missed the September convention. If I get a chance to go to a convention where Paper Wizard is, I would spend a bunch on their goodies. They have such high quality laser cut designs.
And $12/month goes to my Silhouette subscription, which gives me $150 in designs of my choice each month. As much as I love the look of a die cut that you get from an actual die, you can get some really nice and detailed designs from a cutter, too, and the dies that are super detailed are usually super pricey. My cutter keeps me happy, especially since I am adept at making my own designs, both from clip art and from scratch. The subscription, however, saves me design time. If someone else has done something that I like and works for what I want, and I am getting it for an average of 8 or 9 cents per design, why take the time to create it? I used clip art to make the vinyl designs for our Disney shirts.
I'd say most of my spending is on virtual events. I did the Spring and Fall Crop & Creates in 2022.
Next would be AliExpress and then I'd say stamp companies like The Greetery, My Favorite Things, Hero Arts. My problem is that I try to hit the minimum for free shipping and those have increased significantly in 2023.
My biggest chunks of money are spent on the virtual cardmaking events (SCT Crop & Create and Pinkfresh Create and Connect). Then after the events I tend to use the vendor coupons to buy something to supplement the things I got from the virtual events.
For online stores, I have spent more this year with Simon Says Stamp & Scrapbook.com mostly because I can find a variety of brands from both sites. I also try to wait for free or reduced shipping or a coupon to offset the shipping cost.
At the two conventions I attended this year I spent about $150-200 at each event (no classes or crops - just shopping). I've spent more in the past but the number of vendors has been reduced since Covid - I still manager to find things to buy though!!
AliExpress, no contest. Nearly 100% of this year's crafty spending was there. I got a few tools but mostly dies. I seem to go in cycles where I'll buy things, get exasperated with purchases - searching, price checking, hitting free shipping or discount thresholds, waiting for delivery, contesting anything less than perfect - eventually puts me off shopping. Which is honestly a good thing!
Scrapbook.com, Simon Sells Stamps, Stampin' Up!, Ranger Ink, local Joann's and Hobby Lobby have been the destinations of late. I try to go for sales first, once in a while I get something on a whim I should have waited one more week or one more day for. I also bought a couple of things from Hero Arts and Honey Bee recently. Once in a great while, I will peek in at Amazon if I cannot find what I want elsewhere.
Scrapbook and Simon have been good for looking for my "current wants" lists because of multiple company representation. Hobby Lobby is starting to fall out of favor, because it seems like they are reducing their papercrafting supplies quite a bit. They don't have much in the way of dies or stamps anymore, though they are still strong in paper and embellishments as well as Cricut (which I am not interested in).
Honestly, I have so many stamps, I really shouldn't look for those anymore, but I'm addicted. I'm always on the lookout for good standalone die sets, though. And one day, after I pay down my other crafty debt, I may end up with a Brother Scan N Cut to compliment all those stamps and my regular die cutting and emboss machines. I also have my eye on an expensive, though worth it, storage system for my stamps. I really need to cut down on my craft spending, but it is what it is.
I'm reentering the hobby after a decade (or so) long hiatus. I needed to replace many things, but there are also so many things I don't remember seeing commonly before.
So I've spent A LOT this year. I would say Altenew might be at the top of my spend list because I fell in love with their alcohol markers, buying them only on sale, but often throwing other items into the cart. I now have 8 of their 9 sets.
A fair amount at Michael's, Joann, and Scrapbook.com -- probably a tie for second.
And also some at the maddeningly slow Simon Says Stamp, as well as Stampin' Up and Club Scrap.
Post by MDscrapaholic on Nov 20, 2022 15:48:17 GMT
I think I spend most of my money on events - did Crop & Create three times this year - spring scrapbooking, fall card making, and just this weekend, the holiday event. I also joined their "Let's Stamp Together" for two months at the end of the year, so SCT is getting a lot of my money.
I also spend at Scrapbook.com, A Cherry on Top, Gina K Designs, Taylored Expressions, mainly for tools/dies/stencils. And Amazon - for envelopes, glue, ATG tape. I've veered away from buying patterned paper because I have a lot already.
For papers and general supplies, I spend the most at our LSS. She brings in the new lines I like, and will even pre-order or hold something for me to pick up when I am in town. When I see something new, I always check with them before ordering from somewhere else.
This past year, my other crafting dollars have gone mostly to Spellbinders (for their glimmer foil system plus plates), and to Jaded Blossom (for the gnomes and add-on sets.) Also paid Karen Burniston for a class and supplies. Gnomes again: those little guys will be the death of my savings!
I have a Cocoa Daisy sub, so they get money every month from me. Every couple of months I will place an order with Scrapbook.com or A Cherry on Top. I also attend a twice yearly crop retreat that a scrapbook store hosts. I consider it my LSS even though it’s about 4 hours away. While I’m at the crop I usually spend a fair bit because it’s my only chance to see scrapbook stuff in person before purchasing. The store is doing a monthly kit and I may start getting that instead of Cocoa Daisy. For classes, Shimelle and Scrapbook Generation are my go-tos