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Last Online: April 28, 2012
Birthday: March 9, 1972
Country: United States
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About Me

USERNAME CHANGE: For those of you who are in my swaps, YES, my username did just change (on 5.5.10). Rachel was kind enough to change it from "user2972" to "allaboutpaper". Just in case you looked at your computer screen and thought you'd gone crazy. :D

I'm a 38 year-old woman living in Colorado, USA. I found a book about altered books 5 years ago at Michael's, and fell in love with the world of mixed-media at first sight. My passion is Art Journaling, and learning mixed-media techniques to play around with. My art journal inspirations are Juliana Coles, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Samantha Kira, and Julie Prichard.

I'm single with no kids, and because I became disabled about 5 years ago, I have/spend a lot of time doing art, and looking up/learning art techniques. The internet has seriously saved my sanity!

I had forgotten about this place for a long time, but I am raring to go for some swaps! I'm a responsible swapper, despite being a newbie, so I hope that you'll give me a chance to prove myself. When I sign up for a swap, I only sign up if I can begin working on it right away - I do NOT put swaps off to the last minute. I mark my swaps as sent after I have physically mailed it off (either from my home mailbox, or the post office).

If you do not receive a swap item from me, PLEASE, PM me, and we'll work it out to get your stuff to you. I love taking the time to think of what a person would like, according to their profile, so I'm very anxious that you get what you signed up for!

Favorite Crafts

  • Altered Anything
  • Altered Polaroid Photos & Techniques (now Fuji film, since Polaroid stopped making instant film :-( )
  • Art Journaling
  • ATCs
  • Bookbinding & Journal Making
  • Collage
  • Collecting Epherema
  • Knitting
  • Lomography
  • Mail Art
  • Mixed-Media Art
  • Photography

And even though I list a lot of scrapbook supplies under my "Other Art Stuff That I Like", I don't actually scrapbook (art journals are my scrapbooks). I just like the more design-y elements that are made for scrapbookers.

Favorite Books

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, Galileo's Daughter by Dava Sobel, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, The Diviners by Margaret Lawrence, The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkein, The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein, The Oxford Book of Modern Fairy Tales, compilation, The Reckoning by May Sarton, The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkein, The River King by Alice Hoffman, The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkein, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkein, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo (The Crafty Chica), Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chodron, Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Favorite Movies

Adventures of Baron von Munchausen, Brazil, Heavenly Creatures, The Last Unicorn, Shrek, Howls' Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Final Fantasy: Advent Children, the whole Twilight saga, Avatar. I love Fantasy films (obviously, lol), and Hayao Miyazaki rocks my world!

Favorite Music

Nightwish, Within Temptation, Evanescence, HIM, The Rasmus, The Northern Kings, Nicci Costa, Kate Tucker & The Sons of Sweden, Imogen Heap

Favorite Television

Law & Order SVU, Glee, America's Next Top Model & Project Runway (TGPs = Total Guilty Pleasures)

Vintage Art Stuff I Love

This is just a list of stuff I like, to make it easier for profile-geared swaps.

  • Vintage Office Supplies (papers, ledgers, labels, receipts)
  • Vintage Magazines ('60's and before)
  • Vintage Ads
  • Vintage Labels (both ad-printed and things like the old gummed Dennison labels)
  • Vintage Medical stuff (like old scripts and labels)
  • Vintage Postcards
  • Vintage Fabrics
  • Vintage Lace
  • Vintage Ribbons
  • Vintage Photos
  • Vintage Children's Illustrations
  • Vintage Wallpaper
  • Vintage Buttons

Obviously, I love me some vintage stuff - 1950's back to the Victorian era. And it's not the age (although authentic vintage ephemera is cool) - it's the design aspects - so I'm totally happy with reproductions, or things that are modern, but have a vintage feel to them (via the colors or the designs). Like, I'm always finding ribbons, papers and fabrics that seem to convey "vintage", even though they're modern. :D

The Other Art Stuff I Love

Again, just a list of stuff I like, that people are more likely to have in their stashes (versus vintage/vintage-inspired items), to make it easier for profile-geared swaps.

  • Altered Art Materials (That's really up to your interpretation - lol, there's too many possibilities)
  • Architectural Elements (Columns, Doors, Pillars, Ladders, etc.)
  • ATC Background Cards
  • Birds
  • Bunnies
  • Cool Found Objects
  • Cuttlebug Folders - Anything that's been run through them
  • Decorative Fabric
  • Decorative Napkins
  • Decorative Ribbons
  • Decorative Tape
  • Design Elements (Medallions, Flourishes, Swirlies, etc.)
  • Flowers and Floral Designs (Gerber Daisies, Orchids, Poppies, Daffodils, Roses, etc.)
  • Labels & Journaling Spots
  • Ladybugs!
  • Mail Art Materials (Blank Address Labels, Envelopes, Notecards, Postcards, etc.)
  • Punched Out or Die-Cut Shapes (Scallops, Circles, Tabs, Flowers, Hearts, Flourishes, but really, anything)
  • Owls
  • Rubber Stamped Images (but no Country Cute, please)
  • Shabby Chic Anything
  • Scrapbooking Supplies (Papers, Stickers, Rub-ons, Photo Corners, Embellishments, etc.)
  • Tabs (I love modern office supplies, too!)
  • Tissue Paper (the thinner, the better)

There's only one style of stuff out there that I don't like, and that's Country Cute. I also don't need any text pages (like dictionary pages, pages torn out from old foreign texts, that kind of thing), because I have enough to last a lifetime, lol.

The Colors I Love

  • Easter Colors - Pastels (Pink, Peach, Yellow, Pale Green, Robin's Egg Blue, Lavender)
  • Beiges, Creams & Buffs
  • Red
  • And I do like Orange!


Starrby rated for "N" ATC Swap on Jun 17, 2010
Comment: I love the card; Notions are my favorite part about sewing! XD <3
Response: I'm so glad that you liked it!! And thank you for rating SO quick!
Arizona rated for VINTAGE WHIMSY matchbox on Jun 15, 2010
Comment: I must say that is one of the most beautiful matchboxes I have seen :) definitely! Thank you for this little box of treasures - the bird is soo pretty. I can't believe that is the first box you made - great work - it's not one heart from me but as much as possible. Thank you also for a lovely letter. One more thing - thank you for your suprising bonus :) The matchbox was really one of the best I received on swap bot and it's not a bought rate ;)
Response: Thank you SO MUCH, Arizona, for such a heart-felt rate. This really warmed my heart, and I'm so, SO happy that you liked the matchbox. This is the BEST rating/response I've ever received, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate your words.
bjohnston67 rated for "Make Up" Swap "A" - "L" on Jun 6, 2010
Comment: Thank you for sending both Rachael and I love bunny ATCs!! I love the envelope you made!! Hugs, Bobbie
Response: I'm SO glad you liked them! And thanks for saying something about the envie - I really appreciate it. :D
Comment: I'm still alive!! lol Thank you for the goodies. I especially loved the brads and other metal pieces, and I can't wait to try the pearl ex. I just might be pm'ing you on how to use it. Thanks again and best wishes!
Response: OMGosh - yeah!!! LOL, I'm so glad you didn't have a reaction, and I'm so glad that you liked what you got! And yeah, PM me if you have any questions. I did a great big experiment with the stuff, and put up the results on my blog. So, if you want the url, just PM me. :D
suzmoon rated for Use those Punches and Machines! on Jun 1, 2010
Comment: I loved everything you sent! I will definitely find them useful! Thank you so much, Kristina, for doing them for doing them in my favorite colors!
Response: You're so welcome! I'm so happy that you liked it!
kbare rated for "M" ATC Swap on May 31, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the great Mushroom ATC! How cute is that? Nice swapping with you, neighbor!
Response: I'm so glad you liked it, neighbor!
nermalski rated for Use those Punches and Machines! on May 26, 2010
Comment: The brown paper is perfect...reminds me of leather. I love the papers you used. Giving me some great ideas to try. Thankyou for such an awesome envie of punchies/embossed papers. JEss
Response: You are so welcome!! I'm glad you liked them, and that they gave you ideas - that's what I'd hoped for. :D
marija rated for Simple Notcard Swap *Quick* on May 17, 2010
Comment: Thank you for the nice cards, the embroidered one is lovely. I doubt I'll ever send it to anyone, just keep it for myself. We have had some rain but temps are normal for us here. All that awful snow is gone, thank goodness. Mary
Response: I'm so glad that you liked them! I know, those embroidered cards are like ready-to-frame art. Glad your snow is finally gone - ours may be gone, too :D I hope - you just never know in Colorado, lol.
winniethepooh rated for Cute Cupcakes ATCs on May 14, 2010
Comment: Thankyou Kristina for the lovely creative cute cupcake, it is cute and it is so nice to be your first in the UK. So nicely wrapped up and thankyou Kristina for the nice card, love Jennifer.
Response: Thank you so much for your kind sentiments. That was really quick - quicker than I thought!
Shebumba rated for Broke Folks Postage Control Swap #7 on May 14, 2010
Comment: Thank you.
Response: You're so welcome - I'm so happy that you got it!
CajunLady rated for Cute Cupcakes ATCs on May 12, 2010
Comment: Awesome ATC!! I love it!!
Response: Thank you so much!!
playkonstantine rated for Evil/Scary Cupcake ATC!! on May 11, 2010
Comment: Hehe I love the ATC and stickers. I actually have not read American Gods yet, I think this is a perfect time to start though :) Thank you!
Response: You're so welcome, I'm glad you liked it!
JKupsh rated for Evil/Scary Cupcake ATC!! on May 11, 2010
Comment: AWESOME!!!! You did such a fantastic job on this!!! So much better than mine too, lol! Keep going on the non-smoking!!!! I'm so proud of you! I've been smoke free for about 15 months now. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Response: OMGosh, thank you so much! I'm so glad that you like it - I was nervous. :D And thank you SO MUCH for the encouragement, and congratulations to you!!! :D I'm glad to meet another quitter. :D
Comment: thank you!
Response: You're welcome! I hope you can use them!
Comment: Thank you for lovely paper and paper cutout. It will be wonderful for my scrapbooks or other projects.
Response: You're so welcome! I'm so glad you liked it!
Comment: thank you for the stuff i exspecially love the cat images !! (:
Response: I'm so glad you like the kitties - I hoped you would!
Comment: What a great package! Thank you for everything. I really love it.
Response: I'm so glad you like it! I was worried about it arriving in one piece, because the mailman actually helped me pack it to bursting, lol. I'd used the wrong envelope type to pack it (a Tyvek one), thinking that was a flat-rate, and so we re-did it right there at the counter. I just wanted him to use more tape, lol, so I'm glad it didn't explode on you!

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onelovelygurl05 on May 12, 2010:

Hello. I wanted to thank you for joining Random Bits of Lovely. If you have any ideas about swaps themes, please post them in the group forum or comment on the main page. Hope you get some time to participate in the swaps and visit the group blog.

AlyxBee on May 1, 2010:

Hey! we are both in the Evil/Scary cupcake atc swap, :) Came by to read your profile and saw the bit about the username, and thought id drop ya a line--If you contact Rachel with the name you would like instead she will be able to change it for you, you dont have to be stuck with the user name!

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