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Re: New gal proving herself- open tracker.
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971110 by condo
Feb 6, 2019 12:30pm
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They actually aren't all that hard, though the first time is pretty daunting.
1) Pick a theme.
2) Decide on a due date (in hand or send by).
3) Decide on how many people you want in your swap. Best to start kind of small to begin with.
4) Set up the tracker.
5) Have a location to keep the sent envelopes together as you receive them.
6) Remember to make your own cards in a timely fashion.
7) Once you have all the cards, or have reached the due date and have established you have all the cards you are going to get, then it's time to sort. What works best for me is to have a clear table and make one pile for each participant. I take each set of sent ltcs and deal them into each pile, kind of like dealing a hand of poker. I then return any extra ltcs to the envelope of the sender. That way I don't misplace any or return them to the wrong person. When I have sorted all the sent ltcs, I make sure that I have one of each card in each pile.
8) Log the cards you receive. You can do them all at once, or one at a time as you receive them.
9) Remove the mailing label with your address, so that you can return the sorted sets, tape the envelopes, and attach return postage, then mail them back.
10) Have fun.
11) Communicate with your participants. If something comes up that might cause a delay, let people know.

After you've done a few, you'll figure out what works best for you. This order may not be exactly how you do it, but these are the basic steps.

dp
Re: New gal proving herself- open tracker.
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971145 by dancingpecan
Feb 6, 2019 3:15pm
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Great advice from a great host.
Re: New gal proving herself- open tracker.
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971145 by dancingpecan
Feb 6, 2019 6:13pm
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hahaha...#9. I forgot to remove my address from one envelope in a swap. Two days later, there was an envelope in my mailbox and the cards looked awfully familiar! Oops.
Re: New gal proving herself- open tracker.
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971145 by dancingpecan
Feb 6, 2019 8:42pm
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Great advise from DP!

I’ll add that it won’t always go as smoothly as you might wish. I don’t say that to dissuade you (I think you should take the plunge!) rather, I say it to remind you that they seem to take on a life of their own and you should just accept that. Remember, have fun.
Re: New gal proving herself- open tracker.
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971158 by Sheep Thrills
Feb 6, 2019 10:26pm
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The second swap I ever hosted had about 24 participants. After sorting and repackaging I was a little brain dead. I left my mailing label on at least three of the envelopes. I got mail for several days. lol
Re: New gal proving herself- open tracker.
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Reply to: #971166 by dancingpecan
Feb 7, 2019 12:36pm
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24!!! Yikes. 😬

I have enough trouble with 9 - 12.
😄
Re: New gal proving herself- open tracker.
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971178 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Feb 7, 2019 12:59pm
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What can I say, I was young and naive. Of course, since I'm currently hosting 3 Interactive ltc swaps all due at the same time, I guess I now qualify as old and crazy. lol
Re: Domos!
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Reply to: #971026 by Rebiccola
Feb 8, 2019 12:20pm
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My Little Domos! tracker could use a few more people. If I push the date back a few days, can I interest any one else to join? How about mail by February 26, so that will add another weekend to finish them? These are mini LTC's, with flexibility on size and shape, so they don't have to be super involved.
Re: Domos!
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Reply to: #971227 by Rebiccola
Feb 8, 2019 12:26pm
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Oooh! I didn't read it well enough. I didn't realize they were mini and no size restriction!!

Joined!!
New tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Feb 12, 2019 12:31pm
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We’ve had several requests to host another Visual Puns tracker. If you want to join again or missed out last time now’s your chance! 😄

https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?trackerId=10138
Re: New tracker
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971380 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Feb 12, 2019 8:57pm
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Full!! Thanks everyone!
Childhood fears and how my first tracker went
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Feb 13, 2019 12:06am
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People have all received their cards back from me on the valentine's swap. I am hosting another that still has room-childhood fears. It will be a pretty cool swap, I'm excited about mine, and there's gonna be some other great cards I'm sure. A theme with an intriguing scope. Thanks for trusting the newbie! I'm doing Just fine so far.
Re: Childhood fears and how my first tracker went
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971396 by Neoterra
Feb 13, 2019 7:48am
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I should correct this to one person hasn't yet received theirs in the mail.
Re: Childhood fears and how my first tracker went
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971396 by Neoterra
Feb 13, 2019 9:10am
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Here's the link!
Sad...
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Feb 13, 2019 4:46pm
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https://www.atlasquest.com/showinfo.php?trackerId=10097

It's not full... :-( I just carved up my stamps for this tracker and you are going to miss out.

;-)
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971417 by Linden Leaf
Feb 13, 2019 5:22pm
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I am not at that level of carving, but I can imagine that this is going to be a beautiful set of cards. Hopefully the tracker will fill soon!
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971418 by RDHG
Feb 13, 2019 5:28pm
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Oh. Well I am just teasing. ;-)

But on a side note, do not like your carvings?
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971417 by Linden Leaf
Feb 13, 2019 5:29pm
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Woman, you are killing me!
Must. have. self. control...
Must. have. self. control...
Re: Sad...Linden Leaf
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971419 by Linden Leaf
Feb 13, 2019 5:44pm
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Forgive me, but I could not decipher your side note. 😉
Re: Sad...Linden Leaf
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Reply to: #971422 by RDHG
Feb 13, 2019 5:57pm
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Ack!! Ok. Do you like your carvings?
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971420 by The Vs
Feb 13, 2019 5:59pm
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Ooh...the V's...I'm your facebook friend. I could entice you with a photograph....muhahahaha!!
Re: Sad...Linden Leaf
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971424 by Linden Leaf
Feb 13, 2019 6:02pm
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Aah. I am pleased with some of my carvings, and I feel like a novice with others. I have no confidence carving people, and I feel like I cannot find a gouge narrow enough for some details.
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971418 by RDHG
Feb 13, 2019 6:52pm
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Honestly, I feel intimidated sometimes, but it's something in me.
Words of encouragement. ... your art should make you happy. Find your joy not in comparison to others, but something you created that means something to you. I bet they are great!
This is the most helpful, encouraging group of people. Everyone is so supportive & shares tips & techniques.
Re: Sad...Linden Leaf
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #971426 by RDHG
Feb 13, 2019 7:09pm
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Oh ok. I don't know if anyone is really ever satisfied with a their details. It seems it's a natural tendency to push ourselves at times to carve more detail than some of our previous stamps. But at least you are pleased with some of your stamps. Otherwise it would be discouraging!!
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971425 by Linden Leaf
Feb 13, 2019 7:57pm
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Nope. No. Not gonna look! I always think my cards look like a kindergartner made the compared to the amazing things you all create!!
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971429 by The Vs
Feb 13, 2019 8:06pm
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Well if that's what you think(which is totally not a true interpretation)...then I will tell you that I like kindergarten artwork and would love to see it in my queens swap.
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971429 by The Vs
Feb 14, 2019 6:21am
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I know I'm late to this party but I just wanted to say that often times I feel the same as you. I join LTC trackers because I enjoy the time I spend on them even when they look like juvenile art compared to others. I've learned not to compare myself to the LTC masters and just do what brings me joy.
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971417 by Linden Leaf
Feb 14, 2019 8:19am
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OK, I will join, and will try something new (to me). Will this be a wonderful card? Oh, dear ~ no promises!
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971417 by Linden Leaf
Feb 14, 2019 10:50am
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Don't tempt me like this! You know I always enjoy your trackers! Your cards are always wonderful!

::Must stay strong..::
::Already working on cards for another tracker::
::Must stay strong::
::But this tracker is due before the other one::
::Must stay strong..::
Re: Sad...
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Reply to: #971446 by Only Dreaming
Feb 14, 2019 10:56am
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No. You are weak. You have no self control.