RAKs, PIFs and Swaps: Rules and Etiquette

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RAKs, PIFs and Swaps: Rules and Etiquette

Postby Jess » Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:20 pm

A RAK is a Random Act of Kindness by one member to another member of our board. For whatever reason the member deems worthy, he or she sends another member a goodie bag or item out of the goodness of their heart. No money or trade of scrapbooking items is involved. Sometimes a RAK is done because a member has an extra of something, sees that another member is looking for a scrapping item they can't find, is having a good day and wants to share their wealth, etc. The reasons are endless! It is a wonderful way to build community rapport and friendships, and to get to know fellow scrappers better.

A PIF is a Pay It Forward. A PIF is a great way to receive a scrapping item without having to spend money! With a PIF, a member offers up a scrapbooking item to be taken by another member of the community. If someone wants it, he or she will then state that and offer up a different item of equal value. Here's an example:

1. Sally states that she has 2 yards of pink ribbon to PIF.
2. Sue says that she would like Sally's pink ribbon and PIF's 20 pewter MM mini-circle brads.
3. Missy takes the brads and offers up 2 handmade cards.

A BPIF is a Backwards Pay It Forward. It will go like this..

1. Sally is in need of some photo anchors.
2. Sue says she has extra and will send Sally and assortment.
3. It is now Sue's turn to ask for something, so she asks for some assorted ribbon.

Participating in a SWAP is a great way to add more enjoyment to a hobby you already love. Swaps are a popular way to trade supplies and creativity with other scrapbookers to get a variety of new ideas and samples. Swaps are also a wonderful way to meet people within the scrapbooking community.

A swap begins when a member chooses to organize the swap. She is called the hostess, will announce her swap and invite others to participate. There are many ways to do a swap, so the hostess will specify which type of swap she is hosting and how the swap will be carried out.

In all cases, the swapper will be asked to send a specified number of chosen item(s) to the hostess by a predetermined deadline. The hostess will then collect, sort and mail the agreed-upon items to each swapper in the group, ensuring that each person receives a selection of every item in the swap. It's customary to enclose a small hostess gift when you send your swap along in recognition of your hostess's work on the swap. A lot of time and effort goes into holding a swap.

Before signing up for any swap, be sure to read all of the details. If you have any questions, ask the hostess. Don't enter a swap unless you are serious about participating. It can be quite disappointing to your fellow scrappers to have a swap be delayed or even cancelled because some of the participants did not complete their assigned task.

Swappers need to be aware of the required level of involvement and financial resources used before committing to a swap. The other participants are counting on you to do your part. However, if life comes up, be sure to notify the hostess promptly so she can replace you in the swap if necessary. Finding a replacement can be difficult, so giving as much advance notice as possible is greatly appreciated.

*All swap envelopes need to be received on time. We will give you 2 business days grace, then the envelopes will be returned unopened. If you need more time, please contact the hostess of the swap and she will decide for her swap whether to wait or not. Thanks!

Have fun participating in this forum!!

*Scrapshotz is in no way, shape, or form, liable for any swaps/pifs/bpifs. Thank-you.
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