Swap-bot Time: February 27, 2021 8:04 am


Date Joined: July 3, 2019
Last Online: February 26, 2021

Country: United States
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My Handmade Stationery Shop

About Me

For anyone who's interested, I've opened up a little stationery shop of my handmade goods designsfromscratch.co. In the short term, I am only fulfilling domestic (U.S.) orders, but will expand soon (apologies for any inconvenience!). Hope you find something you like, but thanks for looking either way!!!

Hello there!

My name is Mary and I'm a graphic designer based in northern Virginia (close to Washington, DC). I've been married to my husband, Joe, since 2007. I spent the earlier (and longer) part of my career in biology, but have recently made the switch to more creative work (YAY!). When I make artwork, I often use watercolors, gouache, pens/pencils, and computer graphic tools (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite). I also enjoy using Posca markers (super fun!) and creating paper collages. I'm pretty much a paper nerd.

When I'm not being artsy, I like to do a bit of gardening, cooking/baking, sewing/knitting or watching a good flick or show. I like a wide range of genres, but some pieces I've liked include the Sherlock Holmes series, Dead Poets Society, Goonies, The Little Prince, several films based on Jane Austen works, Studio Ghibli films, the Harry Potter movies, and Marvel flicks. Same goes for music - love me some '80s, oldies, Big Band, classical, electropop, hip hop, rock, etc...songs from pretty much all genres.

I've always had a passion for anything to do with art, crafts, stationery, and design, and I'm excited to share that enthusiasm with fellow enthusiasts here at Swap-bot! I also love the personal aspect of snail mail and getting to know people for who they genuinely are (hope the feeling is mutual!). It's been a joy receiving swaps, especially knowing that people have taken the time to write or put them together. I also enjoy putting fun swap packages together (I can't help but include extras, heehee), so I always hope my partners are happy with what they get! If you have any issues (whether it be with what you receive, postage...etc), please message me and I will work with you to resolve them!

Just a note: I mark my swaps sent when they've been dropped in the mailbox. The mail is picked up at irregular times in my neighborhood, so sometimes the USPS comes before I drop it in the mailbox, meaning swaps may get sent out the following day. Also, our HOA is terrible at notifying us of maintenance activities - they recently withheld residents' mail for a few days while the mailboxes were being repainted and let us know AFTER the fact. I apologize in advance for any future impact this may have on receiving or sending swaps!


  • kawaii
  • botanical/scientific illustrations
  • woodland flora/fauna
  • vintage prints/ephemera
  • screenprinted or painterly effects
  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • washi paper
  • calligraphy
  • pretty or cute letter-writing stationery
  • stripes, grids, and dots
  • almost all colors, but faves are blues, greens, coral, neutrals, natural and citrusy tones (black and white are great, too!)
  • would love to receive your handmade art!

I'm sure there are a lot more likes I could list here, but just can't remember everything at the moment...


  • Disney (although I like the movies)
  • Diddl and similar cartoonish characters
  • deco tape
  • macabre/horror
  • profanity
  • nudity
  • planner stickers/items
  • teacher/reward stickers/items
  • not too fond of items with quotes and text, except for vintage script and some kawaii
  • animal prints (e.g. zebra patterns or leopard prints)
  • things with glitter that comes off
  • journaling cards
  • travel post cards (I have too many!)
  • keychains (again, too many!)
  • jewel-like embellishments


  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • thin, decorative papers (e.g. washi paper)
  • kawaii stationery (letter paper, envies, memo sheets...etc)
  • ephemera (e.g. old book pages, maps)
  • your artistic creations :)


  • coffeeeeeeee
  • I like a range of teas, but I especially like black tea-based varieties
  • chocolate
  • fruity or creamy hard candies
  • potato chips (even salt and vinegar...YUM...not sure why I'm listing this here, but why not, haha)


  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Within the U.S., about 11 states (California is one of my faves!)


  • Japan
  • UK
  • Australia
    (I'd be excited to go almost anywhere, really!)


Moxieroe rated for LSRUS- 12X12 paper -usa on Feb 20, 2021
Comment: What a beautiful flipbook! Thank you! I love all the goodies inside!
Response: Hooray, I'm glad the swap made it to you and that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the heart!
RockyBeach rated for ManE-INT: Mail Art Envelopes on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Oh wow that is a great envie! Well actually two. It was so fun unpacking it. I absolutely love the vintage turquoise one! And all the great goodies/collage material. Thank you again for this super fun swap. If you like we could do a private mail art swap?
Response: Yay, so glad you liked everything! Would love to do a private mail art swap! Just let me know what you had in mind 😊
kizzlets rated for ManE-INT: Mail Art Envelopes on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail and brightening my mailbox!
Response: You're so welcome! I had a lot of fun putting everything together :) Thanks so much for the heart!!!
isandie rated for ManE-INT: Mail Art Envelopes on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: I was so glad when I saw you joined this swap!!!! And SUPER excited when I got your package!!! Your envie is SO BEAUTIFUL! So was the envelope you mailed it in! And as always, all the little extras! Did you make the airmail stickers??? They’re so good! You spoil me!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Hi Sandie! So glad you liked everything!!! It was a lot of fun putting everything together for you. And yes, I made the air mail labels - that's one my newest offerings in the ol' shop :) Hope you're doing well, and thanks so much for hosting and for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much! Your creativity is amazing!
Response: You're so welcome! So glad you liked it! Happy (early) Valentine's Day and thank you for the heart :)
Comment: OMGoodness! It was like Christmas opening your package!!! I absolutely love everything you sent! I can put everything to good use. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Response: YAYAYAYYY :D Glad you liked everything and can use it all! Thanks for the heart!
lindseyjae rated for lindseyjae & thatsmemyk (#3) on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Mary! I wish I could give you ten-thousand hearts for this lovely package. You always put such great care and thought into your swaps and it is so appreciated! This envie couldn't have made it to me at a better time, I really needed the happy vibes that it brought with it! Thanks for always being such a WONDERFUL swap partner. I am so so glad to be lucky enough to get happy mail from you. Thank you! thank you!!! I hope you'll like what I send for this swap as well. Take care friend!
Response: Hey there, Lindsey! I'm thrilled you liked everything and that the swap successfully delivered those happy vibes :D Enjoy, and as always, looking forward to seeing you in the mail, friend! Hope you're feeling better!
krismakes rated for That’s me and me too! on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: So glad the postie came through with the goods. Absolutely delighted by your letter and the goodies. Now I have more to talk to you about in my next letter too! So glad we connected on swapbot ☺️
Response: Hooray, so glad the swap finally made it and that you liked everything! Looking forward to getting your letter, and I'm happy that we connected, too :) Thanks so much for the heart!
lindseyjae rated for thatsmemyk & lindseyjae on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: Hi Mary! I got your envie a few days ago! I am so sorry that I haven't rated until now but things have been so busy. Now, for this lovely private swap... oh my goodness!!! Thank you so much for this amazing envie! I will never get over how beautifully you package the contents of the envelopes you send out - it's always a literal JOY to open things from you! You're so creative and so very talented and the definition of a wonderful swapper. Your envies never fail to make me smile and I have so much fun opening them and seeing all the work and detail and effort you put in. And the things you've created are literal artwork in my eyes, and are always stunning. I hope that you're making progress on opening a possible online shop - because I would be so willing and happy to be a customer. You've totally brightened my start to this week and I needed it, so thank you again Mary. I am happy to swap with you anytime, and hope you are doing well and staying safe amidst everything going on. p.s. - your envie will be sent out soon!!! I hope you'll enjoy it (maybe not as much as I enjoyed yours, lol) but I hope it will find you happy and healthy. Take care, have a great week!!! -Lindsey
Response: Hi there, Lindsey! YAYYYY, so glad you enjoyed the envie! It's always fun putting stuff together for you :) Thanks so so so much for your encouraging words, as always - although I'm slightly behind schedule with the shop (last minute changes to the game plan!), I am making quite a bit of progress and plan to open very soon. Will let you know when I'm up and running! Can't wait to get your envie, and hope things are going well with school and work! Thank you for the heart, and have a wonderful week as well!!!
m3i5 rated for Make an Envelope and Add A Surprise! 38 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Hi Mary, Thank you very much for your lovely package full of little surprises with things that I love!! :D pretty creative artwork tag! :) Wish you all the best with your new online shop! Stay healthy and safe :)
Response: You're very welcome! So happy to hear you liked everything :) Thank you for the well-wishes and for the heart! Please stay healthy and safe, too!!!
bpl76 rated for LSRUS 🍓Strawberry Mail Art🍓 on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you love it all
Response: You're welcome! It was a fun swap to put together :) Thanks for the heart!
lindseyjae rated for lindseyjae & thatsmemyk on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: hi mary! was so excited to see mail from you in my mailbox today!! and as always opening it made me smile, everything you send is always packaged so nicely! you are so creative and it's so much fun to open and to keep finding more and more cute things from you! i ADORE all of the goodies that you've created yourself, i do hope you'll open a shop someday, as i think many people would buy from you!! anyway - thanks SO much again, it was wonderful to be able to do this private swap with you! i hope you'll like the envie you get from me soon as well. take care!!!
Response: Hi Lindsey, I'm so glad you liked everything I sent for our private swap and the destash envie!!! The shop is maybe a month away (fingers crossed)?? Thanks so much as always for your kind words and encouragement! Can't wait to get your envie. Thank you for the heart :)
Comment: I must not have hit "save" when I filled this out before. I've had that happen before. yikes! I'm glad you noticed. The past few months have been goofy as I broke my leg in April and spent months in bed as I wasn't allowed to put ANY weight on it... what a deal...I'm up walking around again...not as steady as I would like but that will happen. Now that I can use this computer, I'll get things right...using the laptop, tablet or phone, things don't come up like they do on here... and this is much easier to type on. Whoever thought people would like typing on a phone never used touch typing!! lol
Response: Oh my goodness, so sorry to hear about your leg! I'm sure it's been quite an ordeal to recover :( Thanks so much for joining my swap and for the heart - wishing you a speedy recovery!!!
mandigutterrose rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jul 5, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the stickers (I did end up sharing but only because I was caught redhanded!) I hope you had a goo July 4th.
Response: Haha, well I'm glad there was enough to go around ;) You're welcome, and thanks so much for joining my swap and for the heart! I had a relaxing 4th, hope you did, too :)
fortannam rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - Global on Jul 5, 2020
Comment: A million ❤️‘s to you! Thank you for the fun fabric, doilies, stickers, and vintagey goodies!! Can’t wait to use them in swapping!!
Response: You're so welcome! Happy to hear you liked everything and can use them in your swaps :) Thanks so much for the heart!
Sequoia183 rated for LSRUS:💓Stuffed Envie💓 on Jul 1, 2020
Comment: I love the items you made! Let me know when you are up and running
Response: Oh, thank you so much!!! I will definitely keep you posted! I'm so glad you liked what I sent, and thank you for the heart :)
ToujoursMoi rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - US Only on Jun 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so very much for the super special envelope full of great and amazing things. I really love the envelope itself, but the things inside really made my day. I definitely love everything. Thank you so much and lots of greetings out of Virginia to a fellow Virginian
Response: You are so welcome! Happy to hear you liked the envie and goodies :) Thanks so much for joining my swap, and thank you for the heart! Sending happy VA vibes your way :)
arystotle rated for CPG Color Combo Swap #4 - US Only on Jun 23, 2020
Comment: I love it all, thank you so much and the envelope was so cute.
Response: Great! Glad you liked the goodies and envie, it was fun putting everything together :) Thanks for joining my swap and for the heart!
Comment: Oh my -- TWO fun envies from you today. These is just a perfect little package for me! Love the pastels and all the fun things. Really like the lily-of-the-valley cards you designed -- how fun and creative. And what lovely penmanship you have -- I can only wish for such lovely writing! Thanks for a great swap!
Response: Yay! Relieved you got them both, considering the one getting misdirected the first time :P You're very welcome, and happy you like everything :) Thanks for the kind compliments and for the heart!
Lonestarchild rated for CPG 1+1 Swap #1 - Global on Jun 17, 2020
Comment: Oh what a fun swap! Love all the little bits you've cut out -- will be fun to use for collage. Thanks for wrapping it up so nicely too!

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lasciviouskisses on Feb 16, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely CPG Happy Mail Tag! I received it today and loved the contents + your envie decor too!

kiddomerriweather on Dec 28, 2020:

Wow! Your new shop is AMAZING! You should be extremely proud. =D

lindseyjae on Dec 19, 2020:

Mary! I was so surprised and happy to see some pretty mail from you waiting for me today! You are so kind and thoughtful and the envie and things you sent really made my day so much brighter!

Your creations always bring a smile to my face, I am so glad to be able to connect with you on SB, and I hope the holiday season and the end of this year goes well for you. Sending well-wishes for a better 2021 (for all of us hahaha!) I always look forward to swaps with you, and I really cherish the goodies you pick out for me :-)

By the way, I just saw your new Instagram for your upcoming shop! So happy to see some of your products displayed there - I can't wait to support you and your business! Take care friend, & thank you again!!

lasciviouskisses on Dec 16, 2020:

Thank you so much for the very generous CPG Blind Envies RAK - Global! I love everything and will be sure to put them into good use!

simplykaren on Dec 15, 2020:

thank you

Thank you for your sympathy!♥

weatherwax on Dec 14, 2020:

Thank you so much for this wonderful and adorable RAK envelope!!! I love all these pretty things and the caravan is already on my mood-board :) :) Thank you!! And : you are stunning with you packing-skills. What an inspiration!!! Have a good time and enjoy the end of the year :)

simcoe54 on Dec 14, 2020:

CPG Blind Envies RAK - Global -- Thanks for the envie with so many great paper items. Love everything and looking forward to using them.

anicka22 on Dec 11, 2020:

Thank you so much for the beautiful RAK. The envie was amazing! And love all the pretty things you included. Thank you very, verh much!

bluerose3 on Dec 7, 2020:

Thank you for the wonderful envie of goodies from the CPG Blind Envie RAK-global. So many lovely items :)

Ciska76 on Dec 6, 2020:

Thank you so much for you CPG blind envie RAK. What a joy to receive and explore your gorgeous envie. You wrapped all so nicely. I love so many of the things you put in. Thank you! ❤️ I wish you a lovely December.

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