Swap-bot Time: July 23, 2024 10:44 am


Date Joined: January 22, 2010
Last Online: July 22, 2024
Birthday: July 7
Country: United States

What i like love like:

I LOVE HEARTS! I put my best effort into every swap and ALWAYS read my partners profile for inspiration. I'm here to send things that will make people HAPPY!

Themes I enjoy:

-Fountain Pens and Ink, Typewriters and Typeface

-Astrology, crystals and galaxy

-Succulents, cactus and flowers

-Vintage lace, floral and tea time

-Gothic, spooky and Halloween

-Travel, Asian art and maps

-Books, hand lettering and letters

-Dessert, foodie and sweets

-Paris, Marie Antoinette and frippery

About Me

I really enjoy Swap-bot for inspiration, connecting with pen pals and trading art. Art Journaling and mixed media are my favorites right now for swapping.

Some of my hobbies are letter writing, reading (sci fi and the classics), crocheting, travel, card making, shopping and stamp carving.

I look like a party on the outside- but I've always kind of been a little old lady on the INSIDE - things even out more each decade : )


I was living in the San Francisco area and there were MANY MANY opportunities to take classes and join groups for any kind of hobby or interest. While living there I took lots of amazing mixed media workshops, joined great groups of crafters that met up monthly and had access to lovely shops and artist markets!

Some Favorite Artists I've learned from in person:

-Julie Balzer

-Traci Bautista

-Kelly Kilmer

-Seth Apter

-Pam Carriker

-Dina Wakley

Favorite Movies

I am in LOVE with the TCM channel, old movies from the 1920's-1950's make me so happy. The clothes, the style, the refinement, the actors and actresses, the singing and dancing, the magical sets they created - all of it adds up to a world of glamour that this world lacks in the current day.

Anything with Bettie Davis, Marlene Deitrich, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Doris Day, Rosalind Russel, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, Marilyn Monroe or any other glorious gentleman and ladies that graced the screen!

Favorite Music

Goth, Industrial, Synthpop, New Wave, Rockabilly and Psychobilly. Some favorites in no particular order - Orange Sector- Leaether Strip- Funger Vogt- Faderhead- Lana Del Rey- She Past Away- Die Krupps- Doris Day- Fink- The Andrews Sisters- I AM X- The Faint- Panzer AG- Prince- Madonna- Red Flag- She Wants Revenge- Radiohead- Wolfsheim- Covenant- oh i could go on and on and on...

Favorite Books

Science Fiction/ Fantasy and the great literary classics are my two favorite genres.

If you have suggestions for authors similar to the following favorites - I'd love to hear about them!

-Sharon Shinn

-Carol Berg

-Kim Harrison

-Jim Butcher

-Patricia Briggs

Swapping with me

I love to find new penpals from all over the map. I'm a wordy penpal, so I appreciate people who have a lot to say.

I love doing long term journal swaps, message me if you're interested. When I do these, it's really about the writing part of journaling and less about the art part.

I really enjoy seeing handmade creations. I love ATCs and art journals because each person makes one of a kind art when they sit down and create. Handmade postcards are awesome.

I'm interested in the following types of swaps: Mixed media art, ATCs, Handmade Journals, Art Journaling, penpal and I'm thinking of starting a swap series for advanced/experienced card maker pen pals. I'd really enjoy seeing what some other card makers are doing and it's only fair to exchange something that takes that much time and effort to create for an equal effort.

Ideas for flat items I'd enjoy: vintage ephemera, ATCs, Stamped Images, used postage stamps, gelli printed papers, handmade cards or postcards, vintage book pages, vintage tickets and ledger paper.

Dislikes/ Do not send


-#1- please don't send ANIMAL anything - dogs, cats, goats, horses - no thank you. I am afraid of animals and i have nightmares about them, and am also allergic. (of course i am not allergic to hello kitty!)

-Don't send things smelling of SMOKE - allergic to this too

-NO Country Cutesey, rustic, Mary Englebright

-NO Outdoorsey sportsman type things

-NO Sports things

-NO Patriotic, Americana, Armed Forces etc.

-NO Religious Themes

[added extra "NO"s for skim readers, I swear I've gotten envies filled with just my dislikes - lol]


Kaytee2678 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R94 on Jul 21, 2024
Comment: Thank you! I apologize for getting the rating out so late!
DParker85 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R93 on May 31, 2024
Comment: Got it, thanks!
Comment: Thank you so much! I really enjoyed reading your letter. I am so jealous of your cursive typewriter! And a Lego typewriter?!? What?!? I have to investigate this right away! Thanks for the goodies, too. :-)
MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R92 on May 5, 2024
Comment: Hi Sara, I have your journal from PenpalThoughts/Anna received. Greetings Mieke
Shellyr rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R91 on Apr 2, 2024
Comment: I love your page.
metrognome rated for FLL: InCoWriMo 2024 #6 on Mar 15, 2024
Comment: Thanks! Your art journal swap sounds like fun, but I'm not sure I'm up to the challenge. 😅
USAFwife rated for FLL: InCoWriMo 2024 #4 on Mar 14, 2024
Comment: Thanks so much for your letter. :) LOVE the stationery paper and envelope!
Comment: i love this journal! your page is amazing! and thank you for the mixed media suggestions! the book says angel book. is that the theme or is there no theme?
Response: So glad you like the art journal! We have a great group contributing. I've sent you an angel book that will replace a lost journal when needed. See each swap description for the current round's prompt.
DParker85 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R90 on Mar 4, 2024
Comment: I'm blown away by the creativity in this book already! Can't wait to add to it!
Response: USPS was fast with this one! YAY! Thanks for joining this series, I think you'll get plenty of inspiration and a fun art collection!
Comment: Sara! I love your card. I love the die cut on the front with the words. Is that from SU? I really enjoyed the newspaper you included. So interesting to read from that time. Thank you so much! Oh, I will be writing back soon!
Response: Thanks for the compliments! I've sent so many cards this month, remind me the sentiment that was on yours and I can pinpoint the brand.
Comment: Sara, what a beautifully handmade card - I love it! I watch @CallmeCraftyAl on YouTube! I love all the yummies you sent - thank you for reading my profile - you're such a sweetheart to do so - you made my day! Loved your letter - so nice and makes me want to delve off into astrology (I used to do so when I was a teen). I'm married to a Gemini...he's a hand full at times. But we've been good for the past 18 years! Thank you so much!
jandmterry rated for FLL: InCoWriMo 2024 #3 on Feb 17, 2024
Comment: I really enjoyed reading your letter. I love being a card angel too. I like that I am able to add a little cheer to someone’s day. Thank you for the beautiful card and envelope. ❤️❤️
Lablauri57 rated for FLL: InCoWriMo 2024 #1 on Feb 12, 2024
Comment: Hi, thank you for the card, letter, and wow, the postcard. That was pretty neat. I'd love to know how he made it. Your letter was very enjoyable, and I would love to write back with my favorite places too. Cheers.
Response: So glad you liked everything! Social Print Studio is the service he used to make his photos into postcards. I'd love to hear more about your travels! Thanks for the kind words and great rating!!
monsbrick rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R89 on Jan 30, 2024
Comment: Hi Sara, yes this has treasures in it! Thank you for adding more treasure to this journal.
Shellyr rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R88 on Jan 15, 2024
Comment: Love your page
Shellyr rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R86 on Oct 31, 2023
Shellyr rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R85 on Sep 20, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the angel book
lrm1980 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R84 on Sep 10, 2023
Comment: Thanks for sending Shelly’s new book. I love your fun and colorful page!
Hwbayley rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R83 on Aug 2, 2023
Comment: You made the envelope awesome. I took the two flower stamp stickers and repurposed them. And I loved the map washi tape. Thanks!
nancyjo49 rated for Snail Mail Related Questions on Jul 15, 2023

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Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

raveniacono on Feb 1, 2021:

GothBarbie - AKA Sara the GREAT! has done so much for me and allowing me to grow while doing the art journal swap she's in charge of. I love that it's international and amazed at how she manages to wrangle everyone from across the globe to create amazing artwork and send it off monthly. I am sure it must be like herding cats but she makes it look flawless and it's smoooooth as butter! EVERY MONTH. I never have to worry about her or my swap. She is the QUEEN of swaps. KNOW that you will be better for joining her group.

thebragal on Jan 31, 2021:

Miss Sarah is a brilliant organizer keeping the craziness that is the Handmade Art Journal Go Round series afloat! I only say crazy because she manages to track packages all over the world and make sure everyone has a journal to work in even when some go missing or arrive late. Brilliant! So far the quality of the journal pages has been amazing. I’ve gotten one book back now and love it. Anyone who loves art journaling should join ASAP.

DRMOM on Dec 28, 2020:

Handmade Art Journal Go Round Swaps

Thank you so much for hosting these swaps! I have participated for over 6 months and am so impressed with how organized this swap is. Sara stays on top of the participants, the location of the journals, and works hard to ensure the journals make their way home. The quality of the spreads in the journals are inspiring. I love everything about these swaps and am so sad whenever I have to skip a round. Thanks for making swapping art journals amazing!

CookieMomster78 on Dec 17, 2020:

🎨Thank you for coordinating the Handmade Art Journal swaps! I always enjoy participating and really appreciate your hard work & organization! You do such a fantastic job keeping our journals filled with awesome art! I really ❤️ how my completed journal turned out & look forward to more creative journeys with you in the future! 📬

phillaine on Sep 14, 2019:

Welcome to Profile-Based Swaps!

January on Aug 18, 2019:

Thank you for the gorgeous spreads you added to my MiniJournal - and for sending it back safely to me!

thisismeAXiD on Jul 7, 2019:

Happy birthday month

WoodlandBanshee on Jul 4, 2019:

Hello! Thank you for finishing up my collaboration postcard and sending it back to me! The embossed bits and the swirl stamps you added are a wonderful addition to the undersea theme that octopus promoted ;)
All the best to you and happy swapping!

Vickyen on Jul 3, 2019:

Hi! Thanks so much for getting my Art Collab pc sent out to me - I love everything that was added to it and these swaps have been great fun! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)

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