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secretterrabite

secretterrabite
Date Joined: April 12, 2009
Last Online: September 20, 2017
Birthday: April 27
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

I live in the middle of England and am an obsessed journal freak. Art journals, list journals, junk journals, Wreck this Journal...

I have a 12 year old daughter who loves drawing cartoons and filling her own arty journal. She likes anything to do with spy's, mystery, history and archaeology. She collects Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts memorabilia and would love anything to do with the 2nd Disney Descendants film, especially Cameron Boyce interviews and pictures.

I'm on a mission to make the most of life, and do something every day that makes me happy. Making swaps that make someone else smile gives a good feeling :-)

My love of art comes from 10 years living in London with it's amazing galleries and museums. I worked there as a magazine journalist before switching careers to graphic design, specialising in printmaking and handmade book-making.

I spend the majority of my free time filling journals. I've been doing this since 1991 and am on number 276.

My favourite swaps are zines and journals although lately I have been trying Mini Flip Books and Scavenger Hunt swaps.

I have always believed hearts are for effort, which includes reading your swap partners profile. Random bits of paper in an envelope don't do it for me.

Likes/Dislikes

I love stickers as they look great on a journal cover but don't want any cute/teddy bear stickers or kids/reward stickers or anything vintage/flowery. I also don't like things with animals on, just not my thing - probably from growing up allergic to every animal I go near!

My favourite colour at the moment is purple. I also like cobalt teal and turquoise.

For washi swaps, I love geometric, triangles, chevrons, grids, arrows, maps, houses, I have no purple washi so would love that, also love turquoise and teal and ones with writing on.

I like typography, quote postcards or tourist/where you live, triangles on anything. I don't go for anything vintage, flowery or cutesy.

I love magazine articles about relaxation (not yoga or mindfulness), curing depression and anxiety without pills and any Boy George interviews/memorabilia from around the world.

I like hand made prints, cool envelopes with doodles or patterns that you have drawn, (and love stamps on my mail). Any personal zines are appreciated and well loved. I love to find out about people and the personal/secrets that get revealed in a zine.

My crafting hate is glitter. It taunts my OCD by getting where it shouldn't.

I don't do any sewing/knitting/quilting crafts so don't waste your money & postage sending me wool, ribbon, buttons or fabric. Not a clue!

I also don't use die-cuts or Project Life cards, random pieces of paper, my house is full of it already!

Allergies

Please don't send me any tea/coffee/choc drinks, food, sweets or toiletries as I have a ridiculous amount of allergies - chemical, smell and food allergies. I'm also allergic to animal/pet hair and fur. These can bring on rashes, sinusitis, migraines and my nut allergy can make me really ill. And please no glitter! Thanks for understanding :-)

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Comment: Thank you for sharing! That little shoebox doll room is so creative :D
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Comment: Great happy thoughts!
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Comment: thanks for sharing, i love reading your list! it definitely makes me happy to pull the plug on social media too.
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Comment: Such accurate and laconic list. It very much was pleasant to me.
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Comment: Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had a pretty cool month :)
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Comment: Thanks for swapping with me in ESG~ fav photo! That sign is so funny!! Thanks for sharing it with me!! Happy Swapping!
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Comment: Thank you for sharing. I have a friend who spend every spare moment drawing and sketching in her art journals - she calls them "in-betweens". I myself never got around sketchbooks. I only use them for live model drawings... I wish you luck with your journals and hope you enjoyed the master class.
isabellasnow rated for WIYM: Halloween Mini Flip-Book on Sep 3, 2017
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Comment: Yippee!!! You are my sending partner again! Ali, this book is amazing. AMAZING. Not only was it packaged beautifully, you were so creative with the contents. The trees are beautiful! You hand-drew so many elements! Love the nod to Phoebe's 'Smelly Cat!' and Madame Darkmore, The Evil Cat Napper! And your spell for the Cat Transformation! Love that the whole thing is so 'catty';+) If I owned a company I would hire you as the artistic director ;+) You're the best!
Response: This is like a review! I will hold you to the job :-)
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Comment: Thanks for sharing, Ali! When I saw that your something happy in August was art-related, I had hoped for pictures! But there weren't any. Do you have any pictures of the art you've created that you could share? That's great that you were able to drop swaps to focus on your art. I wish I could do that and focus on my reading, but unfortunately, I only join those swaps that I REALLY want to do, sooo. . . :-/ Thanks again for sharing! :-)
Response: Are you on facebook? I post there in Dyan Reaveley's Society of Art Journaling and Dina Wakley's Media Tribe :-)
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Comment: Loved reading about how much you enjoy art.
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Comment: Hi Alison! Just opened my e mail today and began to look down the list. I forget that this wap was coming electronic as I usually dont do many e mail swaps! I received your list and I wanted to thank you for it! Have a great day!
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Comment: What a great list! Thanks for sharing
Fabriqueen rated for FCMA: Postcard with map paper on Aug 28, 2017
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Comment: Thank you so much for the cool map postcard! Hugs, Diane
rebeccag1986 rated for WIYM: List Journal on Aug 28, 2017
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Comment: Thanks so much for your journal which came today, Ali!
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Comment: Thanks a lot for the great Zombie-Adele-with Jane Davenport-eyes :-D It really makes me smile! <3 - Ellen
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Comment: Wonderful list!
oetje72 rated for WIYM: Mini flipbook - Creepy or Cute on Aug 23, 2017
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Comment: Nice flipbook.
Millia rated for one liners- a thought a day on Aug 21, 2017
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Comment: Hi Alison! Your one liners -journal is absolutely lovely, thank you for putting so much thought into it 🌹 I love the zine too, it's perfect! You are so creative 🍃 I'm sending good vibes your way and wish you all the best!
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Comment: Thank you for the eye postcard. I can tell you had a lot of fun with it.

Rating Overview

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Comments

ARTG33K74 on Aug 14, 2017:

My friend calls glitter Craft Herpes. Pass it on. :D

piratejimbob87 on Jun 10, 2017:


Thank you so much for my birthday card!

gothbarbie on Jul 28, 2015:

Oh crap! Just completed the art journaling in yours and THEN read all the way down to the part where you HATE GLITTER! OH NOS! The good news- it's totally enclosed in paint, shouldn't flake off anywhere...i promise!

sassafrass on May 28, 2015:

Welcome to The Journal Keepers! So happy to have you join us :) I hope you will enjoy the group.

KristinCali on Nov 14, 2014:

Hello hun! The mood ring you gave me has been a consistent deep purple shade :D It's so fun!

peanutbutter on Jul 20, 2014:

Thank you for noticing! It's nice to be back :) I'm slowly getting back into it, so hopefully I get to swap with you again in the future!

KristinCali on Sep 9, 2013:

Thank you again for the summer journal! It was so nice to receive one back as nice as the one I sent. If you ever want to do a private swap of journals let me know. We have lots in common :)

rngstgstll on Sep 7, 2013:

Sorry, that was a double excited. She was DOUBLY excited to wait to open the exciting package. Now that the package is opened, she is TRIPLY and QUADRUPLY excited.

rngstgstll on Sep 7, 2013:

A giant THANK YOU from my daughter and from me -- we decided not to open your exciting package until her birthday and she was so excited waiting for the big day. Wow, we don't know how to thank you both. A return letter/ package is forthcoming ... with a seasonally appropriate theme, we hope!

littlehana86 on May 13, 2013:

I got your mail..;)

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