Swap-bot Time: December 8, 2021 2:42 am


Date Joined: January 22, 2010
Last Online: December 7, 2021
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:

-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]


MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R64 on Nov 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the journal from Denise. And i love this swap ;-)
Comment: Sara, first off great envie with all those stamps. Great sense of colour with the stripes with the heart overlay. Very Joyful. thanks, D.
Comment: So excited for my first go round! Received today!
Response: So glad you joined us! : ) You're gonna enjoy this series! : )
Comment: Love this journal.
Meba rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R59 on May 2, 2021
Comment: Wow! This arrived really fast.
howdyholly rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R58 on Mar 29, 2021
Comment: What a beautiful journal! And I get to be the first to deco it.
Meba rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R57 on Mar 20, 2021
Comment: Finally arrived!
Comment: Thank you.
Comment: Happy V-Day❤️ I am thankful for your sweet Handmade Valentine Card. You did a very nice job on it. I hope your day is filled with love.
Comment: Thanks for the great e-mail! I will respond today, so I'll save all my thoughts for there!
Response: Awesome swap! Thanks for creating a fun way to interact with other fans here! : )
Meba rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R56 on Feb 4, 2021
Comment: Nice! It took forever to get here. I am so happy to see it.
Response: Wow! USPS is still lagging! But I'm always happy when they make it safely to their destination! : ) Thanks for the lovely rating!
Comment: Very cool journal I’m excited for the next one.
shellbede rated for Art Journal Swap - SB x GB on Nov 30, 2020
Comment: Love it all - the envelope and spread are gorgeous!
Comment: Thank you for accepting my journal. Yours is wonderful! And, welcome to Texas!!
Comment: Hi Sara, loved what you did with this page! Thanks for your sweet note and the early arrival.
thebragal rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R54 on Nov 1, 2020
Comment: Gorgeous Thank you. Love the page. So glad it finally got here!!
Comment: Thanks for the great homemade card and thoughtful note!
samsstuff rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R53 on Sep 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you! I also really like how this journal is made!
Artstamper rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R52 on Jul 28, 2020
Comment: Love what you did in this journal. I will do the two page spread. I like the next prompt a lot. Thanks .
Response: Thanks Joan! You are one of the constant fabulous participants in this series and I'm so glad you liked what I created. Thanks for the sweet rating!
Comment: Thank you so very much for sending this journal to me. I am looking forward to work in it. Just by chance do you know where my own journal currently is?

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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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