Swap-bot Time: January 30, 2023 2:19 pm


Date Joined: January 22, 2010
Last Online: January 28, 2023
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]


MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R77 on Jan 23, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the journal again. Greetings Mieke
Comment: Hi Sara, thank you for this letter. It’s great to get to know you. What great work you do to help out with your letter writing campaigns. Very inspiring!
MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R76 on Dec 25, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the journal. Have a Nice holidays.
theshyone rated for FLL: National Letter Writing Day on Dec 13, 2022
Comment: Sara (´• ω •`) ♡ I always love hearing from you, so I was excited to see that I was your partner. Your letter did not disappoint and I was so tickled with your choice of stationery! Look forward to my reply soonish ( ´ ∀ `)ノ~ ♡
lynnerfb rated for Handmade Art Journal L x GB Nov 22 on Nov 25, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the journal. I think I forgot to sign the spread I did. Would you please put my name on it and circles if I did not. 😊
shellbede rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R75 on Nov 23, 2022
Comment: Wow this is a beautiful little journal! I'm excited to add a spread. Cheers!!
MiekeC rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R74 on Oct 28, 2022
Comment: Hi Sara, i have received your lovely journal. Greetings Mieke
Comment: Hi Sara, what amazing mail art you never disappoint!! And I do love Maremi Small Arts stuff thank you for the extra ephemera. I haven’t taken any in person art nor craft classes but I’d like to do that some day. There isn’t much around here you probably know we have had strict mask and social distancing and gathering mandates but hopefully we are really through all that this time.
FLWAVE rated for HEUSA: Handmade Card on Oct 3, 2022
Comment: What a beautiful fall card. You’re right, the only falling leaves we get around here are palm fronds. The temps have actually been decent this past week, and I look forward to 66° tomorrow morning to walk the dogs. 🍂🍁🌴
luluvision rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R73 on Sep 26, 2022
Comment: Journal received! Thank you! Can't wait to add to it and I'm so sorry you have been sick! :-(
Comment: Thanks for the fun selection - i will put them to good use. Thanks for hosting!
Karen07 rated for FLL World Letter Writing Day on Sep 14, 2022
Comment: Hello Sara! Thanks for the cool letter with awesome stamps and extra postcards. Love your ledger paper stationery! I write letters on what I consider to be interesting paper myself.
Comment: I love love love the images you sent and the big one on the awesome deli paper (is it deli paper?!) These are so fun ! I will have a lot of fun using these in my crafting and journals! Thank you sooo much! xx G
Response: Awesome! Yes I did some on deli paper b/c I love collaging with stamps on deli paper : ) So glad you love everything!
Comment: Yay such an amazing assortment of faces and text! Thank you for these, I will have hours of fun with them!
Response: Fabulous! This was a really fun swap! I'm so glad you swapped with me! Thanks for the great rating and heart!
lynnerfb rated for LF & GB Art Journal move it along on Sep 6, 2022
Comment: Beautiful.
pynart2 rated for FPE: Lets Cool Down on Sep 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your lovely letter. I do hope your not effected by the wild fires. And Now we will have to watch for Hurricanes, Have a great day.
Rrush19 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R72 on Sep 4, 2022
Comment: I really like the quality of art on the journal. Very nice.
Lablauri57 rated for FLL: Not on stationery #2 on Aug 20, 2022
Comment: That was a neat way to write a letter. Sorry about the drought. We just drove to Iowa and was pleasantly surprised by the green hills. I guess they got your rain.
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. :)

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Heirloom on Dec 31, 2022:

Happy New Year from USA Happy Mail

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! ;)

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