Swap-bot Time: October 6, 2022 1:19 pm


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: October 6, 2022

Country: Canada
ATCs I've Made
My ABC List

About Me

Updated September 30, 2022

  • Personality style: ISFP - Adventurer

  • Married. Childless by choice.

  • 🦻 In mid-life I started to lose my hearing and now I'm profoundly HOH. I lip-face read. I do not know sign language. I had cochlear implant surgery and activation in August 2022.

  • Gmail: [email protected]

  • rSmith - PO Box 31013 WILLOWWEST - Guelph, Ontario - N1H 8K1 - Canada

🤗 ABC List - Things I find interesting

Handmade is what I like because it's unique and personal. There's a greater feeling of camaraderie and community when sharing something we've made. It's a means of supporting and encouraging play, mindfulness, creativity, originality, and authenticity.


Decos - Collaborative Fill-a-Page-Pass-it-On Handmade Booklets

More examples.

Also called: "go-round" zines, travelling journals, mini art journals (MAJ), index card minis (ICM), circle journals, Add & Pass, etc.

Swappers contribute to one page and then pass it on to another swapper.

Have a look to the right at my "Currently In" and "Currently Hosting" section to see the latest. >>>

I prefer lettermail size, no extra postage needed. Any stage - new, established, homer/last page.

You might like to share my decos with your creative friends and family. They don't need to be a member of Swap-Bot to contribute to the deco (but they should return it to you so you can either send it back to me if it's full, or use it in another deco swap if it's not full). 🤗

Deco groups and tags of interest:

Deco Books ♥

Deco Books TAG

These groups often have deco swaps:

Cheap Postage Swaps, Tags and Fun

Zines, mail art & other cool stuff

Groups.io and Facebook are also places that have deco swapping.

Groups.io Deco Swappers

Groups.io Lovely Decos

Facebook Deco Swappers


No need to send extras to me. I rate people on the effort they put in to whatever they are making for me (I always join handcraft swaps).

The extra I'd really like is a bit of correspondence ✍️. How your day went. What your favourite crafting materials are, etc. I'd love to know a little about what you have sent to me--how it was made, the materials you used.

If you love to send extras, go ahead. But rest assured, I do not rate based on extras.

The things I send

I put a return address on everything I send out.

If you haven't received a card within a month of my send date, please let me know.

I keep a photo-log of my outgoing swap items--front, back, and at the mailbox.

If the postal equipment damages my card, let me know. I'll send you a photo of the card as it looked before I mailed it.

I will resend if my swap doesn't arrive.

Sending and receiving mail, including global, in 2021 has been as short as 4 days between Canada and the Netherlands, and as long as 8 weeks to Australia. On average 15 days within North America. Unfortunately all the mail I sent to South Africa in 2021 never reached it's destination. It's been over a year and I sent approximately 9 envelopes (all deco booklets).

Canada Post Service Alerts

Postcrossing Postal Monitor: Ongoing mail suspensions

ICC Logistics site - Mail disruptions

📩Re-sends sent to:

2020 and 2021 Re-sends


@Barbara for CPG: Cut n Paste PC #328363 (Global). Received May 5.

@Byn0604 for One-sheet booklet deco #333627. Received Sep 12.

My Swap Hosting Style

If you join one of my swaps here's what you should know about my hosting style:

I screen participants to minimize the risk of flakers getting in, and those who do not rate, and those who leave blank comments. I will remove participants with swapping histories that worry me. If you have any negative unresolved swapping history and want to join my swap please proactively message me to explain.


If you haven't received a postcard around the one month mark, let me know. I will send out a nudge message.

If I have had to send more than one nudge message to a member, I may "ban" them from future swaps.

Blank comments

Please, no blank comments. When rating please comment on the item received. Example:

"Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard."

When I host I read the comments each participant receives. A description tells me the item was received and noticed.

Rating booster or "Leave a Comment" swaps are red flags.


I check to see that everyone is rated and will add a "Finished" stamp to the Discussion section when all items are sent, received, and rated.


If your partner flakes, PM me to let me know you posted the "1" and I will angel the swap.

Swap-Bot Frequently Asked Questions: What are the rating criteria?

To all who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note...

Thank you

Great swapping advice, tips and checklists:

Thinking of hosting a swap? Things you should consider.

Joining a swap tips

Hosts: Rating Requirements Too Low?

Giving/Getting/Reacting to a Poor Rating

Groups and Tags I help manage:

All about ATC

ATC's Only

Hand Carved Stamps and Images

Snapshot Photo Craft Projects

Handmade Postcard TAG

Zeen TAG

Deco Books TAG


I will create a private swap for the two of us. Contact me.

While you are in the honeymoon-phase of membership, successfully completing private swaps are a great way to show you are serious and committed to swapping.

Many hosts have felt the sting of accepting a new member into a public swap before the 6-month mark only to have them disappear, leaving behind unfulfilled swaps. An example that affected me.

If you are interested in a newbie-friendly swaps see Softawoo's Assuming the Best group.

Helpful topics for newbies:


Elliepatterson rated for Zines #27 on Oct 6, 2022
Comment: Happy Fall Greetings, Thank you for your Zine. I too have sent so many out that I begin to wonder if I've already sent to them. Gott start keeping watch! Blessings ps what a darling decorated envie! so artsy
kittyhahahotbot rated for Zine-Go-Round Round 16 on Oct 5, 2022
Comment: tHANK YOU for the zine. I think your zine is DANCE, right? I just sent that one on too. The front of your DANCE zine is so pretty!
Myself333 rated for Last Page Deco 10/2022 on Oct 4, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the cute deco! Can't wait to finish and send home.
Response: lrm1980's Strawberry one-sheet deco is a cute one. I especially like the fabric cover. Thanks for the heart. I enjoyed making my strawberry page. I hope you do too. :)
teejlc rated for Deco Books ♥: ESTABLISHED DECOS on Sep 30, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sending the winter and the shoreline themed decos. They are both going to be fun ones to add pages to!
Response: You're welcome. They are 2 opposite seasons (summer/winter). Nice to pass them along. Thanks for the heart!
joppagirl rated for CPG: ICM Decos #336221 - Global on Sep 30, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the colorful decos!
Response: You're welcome. :) Enjoy lrm1980's icecream deco and laprochaine's abstract deco.
user6937 rated for SPCP - September photo on Sep 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for the nice photo's and the explanations! I could have taken better ones if I'd waited a bit - weird about the leaves taking longer than usual this year. That sumac is beautiful.
Response: The leaves are looking quite good this weekend. Some years are later than others. Around here I think it's because we haven't had enough crispy cool nights. But that's OK with me. :) Looking forward to next month's halloween photo swap.
Sonya rated for CPG Move Any Deco 17 - Global on Sep 29, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending Janet's (Crash Solo) Transportaion Deco. I think I'm going to choose a more comfortable means of transportation than camel! lol
Response: 😁😄🐪I agree. I think I'd choose Saundra's cruise or Diane's train travel over camel trekking.
freespirit66 rated for SPCP - September photo on Sep 28, 2022
Comment: The leaves in your hand were a beautiful shade of red. We, like you, have a lot of green left on our trees too. I liked how you were able to spot the changing leaves of different types of trees.
Response: It was a fun photo challenge. I enjoyed the excuse to scout out my area for some photos to share. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the mini deco, I'll have to do some thinking on what I'll do for my page.
Response: Yes, Sonya's Mid-Century Modern deco is a unique theme. It was interesting reading a little about the style.
Comment: Thanks for Lindsay's free theme deco. Love the inks she used. xxMuggleMom
Response: Me too, She did a great job with the inks. Thanks for the heart. :)
freespirit66 rated for SPCP: Photo scavenger hunt #2 on Sep 26, 2022
Comment: I loved the reflection at Bon Echo Provincial Park. What an amazing place to be able to camp. The statue from the frog's perspective was unique. That's such a great idea to take the photo from an unexpected way!
Response: Thank you so much for you thoughts on my photos. It was a fun project and I hope to join another one of these scavenger hunts. :)
Comment: Oh how I love the fish image on the front of this booklet that you created! Animal themes are some of my favorites :)
Response: I'm so pleased that you like the goldfish cover. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out too. :) Thank you so much for the encouraging feedback.
Response: Mailed to Shellyr: 2 decos Travel the World by jeka396 and Aloha from Hawaii by Mugglemom
ReginaDrago rated for One Deco 9/2022 on Sep 25, 2022
Comment: Thank you! Will be moving along soon!
Response: You're welcome for Sonya’s open theme paper weave cover. Thanks for the heart. Have fun. :)
Comment: Loved the no glue cover style. Way cool.
Response: I'm so happy you like it. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out too. Perhaps a scooch thick but I really wanted to share something different.
Ajijic rated for Zines #25 on Sep 23, 2022
Comment: Very interesting zine, thanks.
Response: Yes, unusual. I'd say it reflects my personality. :) Thanks for the heart for my shadow self-portraits.
candytuftcolors rated for SPCP - September photo on Sep 22, 2022
hazelwitch3 rated for SPCP: Photo scavenger hunt #2 on Sep 22, 2022
Comment: Hi Rome -- loved the pictures you chose and your explanations! The frog's eye view you chose for your picture of the nude statue gives a whole different dimension to the picture and makes it in my opinion more interesting than a straightforward shot would have done -- well spotted! The gingko leaves against the sky are beautiful and the picture is admirably sharp. Food photography is notoriously difficult and you've captured the cookies well. The Bon Echo reflection picture is lovely -- I've found myself going back to it several times. There's something very calming about it and the various shapes and lines work so well together. And a good shot of John McCrae. That strikes me as a difficult photo to take -- it's obvious that the statue is on a slight tilt in relation to the building behind it. I like your photo but wonder if it might be worth going back and exploring angles and tilts. Is it possible to get the building straight without tipping the statue? But I do like all of your pictures and am glad you enjoyed the swap!
Response: Really nice feedback on my photos. The McCrae background was especially constructive. I got a bit of tunnel vision there, not taking into consideration the background. An important photography point I will be aware of and apply for the next photo challenges. 📷😊🖼️
Comment: Thank you for creating this newbie swap for me and for sending such a nice image so quickly!
Response: You're very welcome KS. I'm really happy to get you started at Swap-Bot. I'm also pleased that you thought my postcard was store-bought. That's what I like about Cut n Paste PCs, there are so many upcycled images that make great PCs. :)
ccmmsu rated for Artistic Decos 9/2022 on Sep 21, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sending me Mady's Citrus deco. It's so cute! And for the extra stamps -- that little circle pocket is really cool!
Response: You're very welcome. :) I'm glad you like the stamps and their little pocket.

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Hell0Z0mbie on Sep 16, 2022:

Got the tag deco! Thanks so much. It's super cute, I'll enjoy decorating this one!

kittyhahahotbot on Aug 1, 2022:

Thank you for awesome LEMON zine gif!

Sonya on Jun 28, 2022:

Hi Rome - just received Janet's firework deco for the Tag Swap. Thanks for sending a fun and colorful one! Best to you.

jeka396 on Jun 11, 2022:

Thanks so much for the tiger themed deco book for the deco books tag!

teejlc on May 13, 2022:

The extra deco you sent came today and I am so glad that you made the "mistake" with this swap! The book is so well made and fun. I have never heard of a knocker-upper before either, and I will admit my mind went elsewhere when you mentioned it in your note, haha! Thanks so much for this fun book.

9O96O on May 5, 2022:

Fantastic Barbara. So glad the seagull made it safe and sound and that you like the results. 🤗

Barbara on May 5, 2022:

Your resend came and that sea gull is so much nicer looking then the ones I see at Goleta beaxh. Thank you! Have a crafty day Rome!

MuggleMom on Apr 22, 2022:

Thank you for the winter and snowflake deco's from forum tag!



Shelleynwillow on Mar 7, 2022:

Thank you so much for the chihuahua deco swap I love it ❤️

9O96O on Feb 28, 2022:

Mugglemom, I love that goldfish gif. :D

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