Swap-bot Time: November 14, 2018 11:53 pm


Date Joined: January 7, 2017
Last Online: November 11, 2018
Birthday: August 31
Country: Canada
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About Me

IMPORTANT: There is currently a rotating postal strike here in Canada. Cities are on strike for a 24-hour time period (bigger cities like Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, etc., often stay on strike for 2 or 3 consecutive days!). There is currently a HUGE backlog of mail following the Toronto and Montreal strikes.

So please be mindful of your Canadian partners, if things seem to get lost in the mail, if they fail to rate promptly, or if their swap is taking a long time to get to you. Your swap might be getting held hostage by Canada Post!

Hello everyone!

Welcome to my profile! I'm a French Canadian girl in her early thirties (yikes!). I'm also fluent in English, and can understand Spanish and Italian. I really love learning new languages and wish I had the time and energy to learn them all! The next two languages I want to learn are Danish (I know a little bit) and German.

I've had many changed in my life in 2017-2018. My first child, a baby girl, was born in March of 2018. Because of that, I can sometimes be slow with my ratings but I'll always rate within a week or two of receiving a swap. You can always check with me if you are worried your swap hasn't arrived.

I took a long hiatus from Swap-Bot, but now I am back and loving it more than ever! I just love preparing something for someone I don't know and knowing it will brighten their day. I take my swaps very seriously, I always send on time, and it is why I would prefer you contact me and give me a chance to re-send if something gets lost in the mail before rating.

I have a large variety of interests which include (but are not limited to) reading, paper crafting, bullet journaling, computer/video games, and writing letters/novels.

I love participating in any kind of swaps, but type 1s and 2s are my favorite. I host many swaps here on Swap-Bot, but also in my Facebook groups (pen pal groups). (See above for more details). I also have a blog where I review books and I write a newsletter for one of my groups.

In 2018, I hope to develop my skills in art journals and ATCs. I love the feeling of freedom that comes with creating something out of nothing!

Favorite Books

I'll read anything that catches and holds my attention. My preferred genres are thrillers, crime novels, chick lit, and non-fiction (self help and autobiographies).

Some of my favorite authors:

Louise Jensen, Karen Clarke, Kathy Reichs, Ken Follett, Camilla Lackberg, Dan Brown, Amelie Dubois, and L.M. Montgomery.

Favorite Television

Netflix is my best friend and so is the French Canadian version of it tou.tv. I mainly watch sitcoms, game shows, reality shows, and paranormal shows.

Sitcoms: How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory, Full House, Fuller House, Friends, 2 Broke Girls, Scrubs, One Day at a Time

Other shows: Castle, Bones, Ghost Hunters, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Gilmore Girls,

For your French Canadians: Les beaux malaises, Radio Enfer, District 31, and shows with Patrice L'Écuyer or Véronique Cloutier.

Favorite Crafts

I love making pcoket letters and flipbooks. I sometimes dabble in scrapbooking, but I find it too time-consuming and I never have enough time to finish my projects.

I also like to cross stitch. Again, I rarely finish any projects. I've got about 5 on-going projects at the moment.

My goals for 2018 are art journals, ATCs, and junk journaling.

Swaps - Likes

  • Stickers
  • Touristic postcards (but other kinds are okay too)
  • Washi tape (ADDICTED!)
  • Magnets (touristic)
  • Bookmarks
  • Tea bags (please don't send at the moment, since I am breastfeeding)
  • Embellishments/die cuts for paper crafting
  • Anything Harry Potter
  • Planner stickers
  • Small journals
  • Blank notecards
  • Handmade envelopes

Swaps - Dislikes

There aren't many things I don't like to receive. Here is a small list of things I would prefer not to receive:

  • Nothing violent (against any living creature)
  • Nothing with spiders (my phobia)
  • Nothing religious. Spiritual and/or paranormal is fine.
  • Nothing erotic/nude
  • Nothing related to politics.
  • Though I like to color, I don't like receiving coloring pages. Got too many coloring books at home!

Swaps - Misc.

I am opened to doing private swaps, especially if you are new to Swap-Bot and have been banned from my swaps because of it. You need to be committed though.

I'd be interested in doing easy swaps like postcards, washi samples, and loose stickers.

Stickers & Washi

I thought these deserved a section of their own. My wishes are just that... wishes. No obligation to send!

Stickers (likes): dolphins, butterflies, owls, and frogs

Stickers (dislikes): Disney, religious, children stickers (ie Paw Patrol, Spiderman, etc.)

Washi samples: LOVE all kinds, but right now I am looking for either skinny samples or themed samples (ie books, dolphins, butterflies, etc.).


satinification rated for MEGA Fan of Washi #2 on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you! I love flamingos and colorful stripes ;)
crochetjunkie rated for MEGA Fan of Washi #2 on Nov 14, 2018
Comment: Thank you for some lovely washi!
Comment: Hi Valerie, thank you for your letter. Great bucket list. I hope you become a published author. I have 4 friends who have done this and it seems to be lucrative for them.
mb58ca rated for Only in Canada: Eyes Closed Swap #2 on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: Thanks for picking the van Gogh painting ;)
emiiy8 rated for IWTS: A-U-T-U-M-N Samples on Nov 5, 2018
Comment: Hey Valerie, thank you very much for the washi and for hosting! :)
tigermousecat rated for Winter ATC on Oct 29, 2018
Comment: Thanks for a fun swap!
Comment: Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for sharing. 📖 absolutely loved everything everything, and i am loving your log. will definitely check them out. sorry for the late rating.
Kathy821 rated for Halloween ATC on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Oh, you're too sweet. Thank you so much for the great cards!
bblue rated for Only in Canada: QUICK SWAP - Flat Item on Oct 16, 2018
Comment: Thanks for the cute winter and Christmas stationery.
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
Comment: I also love pocket letters! They are sooo pretty
Comment: Thank you for sharing.
Comment: Thank you for your list, have a nice day!
kasa rated for Why I Like Swap-Bot - Electronic Swap on Sep 28, 2018
Comment: Hi Valerie for sharing your answers with me. I am the same with atc's. I also like postcard swaps, but mainly do letter swaps now. Happy swapping, thanks for hosting this one.
Emro rated for Why I Like Swap-Bot - Electronic Swap on Sep 28, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing your answers with me. I'd love to join more ATC swaps too, but like you I feel that most of the interesting ones are US only (I get that it's a postage issue, but still it's disappointing a bit)...
Comment: Thanks for letting me get to know you.
manme rated for FTLOC#1 Mini Pocket Letter Fall Themed on Sep 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much! Your mini pocket letter is just wonderful, it is so fall/autumn themed - just like it should be. Perfect! Thank you! 🍃🍂🍁

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CurlyTea on Aug 31, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

ReadMoreBooks33 on Aug 3, 2018:

Unicornblitz on Mar 3, 2018:

Profile quote #12 (huge apologies - i am late!)

Those who look only to the past and present Will sure miss their future

J f kennedy

adaywithmom on Mar 1, 2018:

Profile Quote #12 From: April - (adaywithmom)

"Be strong you never know who you are inspiring." -unknown

Have a great day! 😊 April

ncnurse04 on Feb 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #12: If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things. Albert Einstein

Happiness in a nutshell. Who knew? Nice to meet you! Michelle

Scrapinitblue on Feb 28, 2018:

Profile Quote #12

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

krissyhead1990 on Feb 28, 2018:

For > Profile Quote 12

Here is one of my favorite (and true!) travel quotes... I hope you are inspired to travel as much as I am.

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block


bluecrayons on Feb 27, 2018:

Profile quote 11

Laughing is one of the best exercises, it's like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with a friend.

bluecrayons on Feb 27, 2018:

Profile quote 11

Laughing is one of the best exercises, it's like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with a friend.

WritersSoul on Feb 27, 2018:

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

...well said...I like a man that's honest and crafty

Profile Quote #11

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