Swap-bot Time: August 18, 2022 11:09 pm


Date Joined: January 22, 2010
Last Online: August 18, 2022
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, dancing, 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.

If you want to send along vintage ephemera it's my new obsession! I will put it to good use!

Ideas for flat items I'd enjoy: ATCs, Stamped Images, Ephemera, Washi tape in my favorite themes, 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]


Comment: What a nice Inky Journal. Loved your history, pens, inks and more. Thank you for the extras , loved the post cards and stamps. Sending you a Bouquet of hearts..
Lantana149 rated for UHM: Mini Penpal Challenge #4 on Aug 5, 2022
Comment: Hi Sara, so yes the letter finally made it to S.A. :) The colorful envie caught my eye right away, very nice! Thank you for the informative letter, I used to go to a monthly Stampin Up meet up, but since the pandemic there hasn't been any more meet ups. I also haven't been able to find the lady that used to host them. I hope she is okay. Enjoy your weekend. :)
luluvision rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R71 on Jul 19, 2022
Comment: Sara! I absolutely love your spread!! Gorgeous!! And thank you for the letter too! YAY!
Inesrv rated for AMA: Sender's Choice Mail Art -July on Jul 15, 2022
Comment: Thank you Sara for your journal page, I like it and I like the envelope as well. Take care, Inês
USAFwife rated for FLL: Rainbow Rainbow Rainbow! on Jul 7, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for your very colorful letter! :) I"m your opposite - I cannot take the heat at all, and will gladly take colder temps any day. :) Not a huge fan of snow & ice, but I can deal. :)
lynnerfb rated for Handmade Art Journal L x GB on Jul 5, 2022
kankalin rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R70 on Jun 29, 2022
Comment: thanks Sara I did receive the book and I am passed it on as well :)
theshyone rated for FLL: Getting to know you on Jun 17, 2022
Comment: I enjoyed your letter immensely ❤❤❤ Oh my goodness ❤❤❤ First off, nine whole pages...I've written eight before and was suitably impressed! Second, your handwriting, along with your ink, I was so in love. Third, and most importantly, I was highly entertained by your letter. I so enjoyed reading your answers, getting a peek into who you are :D Your answers were thoughtful and engaging. I look forward to returning the favor in a reply letter! Thank you for spending the time to write such a lovely letter ❤❤❤
Response: Well you just made my day : ) I'm SO glad you enjoyed my letter! It is such a fantastic thing to have someone appreciate what you send!! Looking forward to hearing from you in the mail! Thanks for the sweet words of encouragement!!
circularlogic rated for FLL: Not on stationery on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing how special your mom is! Will write back! Our CVS receipts are the same in length but the paper is completely different! Lol! Happy swapping!
Maddashin rated for INKY THOUGHTS on Jun 2, 2022
Comment: Loved the use of different inks Thanks 🙏 Hearts 💕
galadkria rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R69 on May 29, 2022
Comment: Sara, thank you, I really enjoyed reading about your love for fountain pens!
shellbede rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R67 on Feb 27, 2022
Comment: I got the journal from luluvision. :)
cmalaina rated for January 2022 Journal Swap on Feb 26, 2022
Comment: Love love love how it came out and you did an amazing job I would love to use your book for images for the traveling journals that I host if you will allow me to take pictures please let me know !!
saturnsrings rated for Fountain PenPal Letter Swap on Feb 15, 2022
Comment: Oops forgot to rate you! There's a reply in the mail to you!
BusyB rated for CPG: Stamped Images & Words - Global on Feb 3, 2022
Comment: Thank you! Can't wait to use these. Love all that you sent and the hand colored envelope is so pretty. Great swap!
Response: Awesome! I'm so happy you like everything! Thanks for the sweet rating!
Comment: Thanks for the great selection you sent--I love it all! -k
Response: Hooray! I'm always thrilled when my partner loves what I've sent. Thanks for the lovely rating!
saturnsrings rated for FPE: My Favorite Nibs! on Jan 24, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the letter showing off your favorite nibs and the extra sheets of tomoe river paper! My current journal is TRP and I like it a lot but I can always use more for switching and testing!
luluvision rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R66 on Jan 16, 2022
Comment: Thank you Sara! I love your spread!!

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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! ;)

Frickenjazzed on Jun 8, 2019:

Thanks so much for adding to my Art Collab PC!

Love your name stamp, too!

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