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Date Joined: April 22, 2014
Last Online: June 24, 2024
Birthday: July 18
Country: United States
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About Me

Hi everyone! I'm Laura. Had some health challenges and a major life change a few years ago and was absent from swapping for a bit. Feeling more settled these days and looking to get my creative life back on track, I am 56 years old and I am a wife and a mother of four adults (only one still at home). So basically an empty nester. Untill recently I lived in Central New Jersey, USA. I just moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in November of 2022. Wilmington is a fun coastal town close to the border of South Carolina. I work as a graphic designer for a sign shop & I am a stylist for Color Street (message me and I will send you a free set to try) I love all kinds of crafts, was an avid scrapbooker and paper crafter. and have moved on to Zentangle, collage and visible mending. Really I like to play with anything that catches my fancy and makes me feel creative.

My favorite color is green...but I really like all colors and use them all in my crafts.

Since moving to the beach I have been attracted to all things ocean and beach. Especially shells and octopus and fish images.

I have been doing a lot of collage lately so vintage book pages, cool images, stamped papers, and items I can use in my creations are always appreciated.

I also love images of lotus flowers, anchors, vintage images like old typewriters, phones, mason jars, light bulbs, anything really.

I also have a love for polka dots. All my craft storage bags are black with white polka dots. I was looking through my paper the other day and noticed so much of it is also polka dots.

Just a note: I usually send my swaps out quickly often within a few days of partners being assigned and I rate quickly too. If I didn't rate you...I probably didn't get it yet. If you are waiting for a swap or rating from me please let me know:)

Also, I love real stamps and prefer to use them for most swaps. I have started collecting vintage unused postage for this purpose. However, for many large or international swaps... I am sorry but I often do not use stamps. The metered mail at my post office allows me to get tracking and proof of mailing. My post office is very cranky and gets annoyed at me for using stamps. So I am sorry if occasionally you will get swaps from me with metered postage.

Craft Loves

I love washi and deco tape. All colors. I do tend to go for patterns over solids.

Washi Stickers are a new favorite.

Would love some music paper or foreign language items for collage.

Address labels & air mail stickers are always appreciated.

I really enjoy decorating my envelopes and packages, so anything like cutouts, ephemera, fun pens, decorative paper napkins, or things I can use to decorate them will make my day.

I also enjoy making my own envelopes out of recycled paper items like shopping bags & magazine pages.

Also, with all the notes and letters I am writing to go along with my outgoing swap-bot packages... stationary items would always be welcome.

Recently have started visible mending on clothes so fabric scraps, embroidery floss, lace and appliqués are always on my wish list.

Swap Loves

Post cards Swaps: I do not collect them (...yet) but love participating in postcard swaps. I don't care what is on them. I have a good sense of humor so even funny and bizarre ones are welcome! I also really enjoy creative handmade post cards that are made with care.

Mail Art: I love creative envelopes and packaging. I love to decorate everything I send out and was doing it long before I joined swap-bot even just drawing on them with sharpies. I also used to make a lot of postcards and mail when I was studying in college to send to friends made out of bizarre upcycled things. It is so much fun. So if you enjoy creating mail art too I would love it:)

Favorite Books

I do a lot of reading. I like all kinds of books. I love to read mostly fiction and often what my friends or kids are reading so we can talk about it. I do like to read some non-fiction books and biographies too. Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, Barbara Kingsolver, & Coleen Hoover. Always love a good book recommendation.

Favorite Music

I like all music really. I can listen to anything from classical to rap. My playlists are filled with such a wild mix and I love to put it on shuffle and let it go.My all time favorite band is Pink Floyd.

Favorite Movies and Television

I love all kinds of movies. I especially like thrillers that keep you guessing. I also love science fiction movies and time travel is a favorite.

I like to watch TV series but I have a full life. So I tend to binge watch series when I have a block of time.rather than watching something weekly.


I like chocolate really all kinds, although I really don't like white chocolate much. But I LOVE things sweet and salty. I am GLUTEN FREE so I need to be careful there is no wheat in my snacks. I also like chocolate covered cherries. I also like to try unusual snacks that I can't locally get or are unavailable in the United States. I am adventurous but again I am GLUTEN FREE. Plus I have a husband and he will appreciate any sweets or snacks I don't like:)

I love lip balm and gloss in fun flavors. I am also fond of burt's bees products.


These are not really dislikes but things I am not that interested in... Disney items (although I love Alice in Wonderland), ATC's (just because I have so many), white chocolate, anything wintergreen flavored, foam stickers, & teacher reward stickers.


Lobo816 rated for Altered Puzzle Piece Collaboration on Jun 22, 2024
Comment: Hi Laura-Received your puzzle piece and love it!! I like the way you made the bird raised off the surface!! Sorry my pieces were delayed getting to me so I haven’t started working on them yet!!❤️
Response: So glad you liked it. I am having fun seeing each piece as they come in. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
Comment: Thanks so much I love these pockets!
Response: So glad you liked them. I have been making little folders and pockets a lot lately. So easy and keep things organized. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
LeslieLovesMail82 rated for TC: Envelope flipbook on Jun 22, 2024
Comment: Hi Laura! I just love the envelope flipbook and all of the goodies that you included :-) Thank you so much for the lovely happy mail!
Response: Glad you liked it. The flip books are easy and fun to make. thank you for the rating and the heart.
wolfeagle rated for AMA: COLLAGE ENVELOPE - Natura on Jun 21, 2024
Comment: Thank you.
Response: Thank you fort he rating and the heart:)
m0xiegal rated for Altered Puzzle Piece Collaboration on Jun 20, 2024
Comment: What a great job you did! Love the bird! :)
Response: Glad you liked it. Looking forward to seeing what everyone creates. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
papercraft70 rated for HMPC: Sender's Choice PC - June on Jun 20, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the swap
Response: thank you for the rating and the heart
ladyaries7 rated for Summer Swap (send 2) on Jun 18, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the watermelon fun!
Response: Glad you liked it. I bought some for myself too. thank you for the rating and the heart:)
Comment: Love this puzzle piece. the bluebird is great. Thank you. Can't wait to see this all together.
Response: Glad you liked it. Just bought that stamp a few weeks ago. Thank you for the rating and the heart. I am excited to see it all together too.
lmacdavis93 rated for USAPC: One Page Wonder Folio on Jun 17, 2024
Comment: Hi Laura and thank you for this very cute one page wonder Folio. Such a fun project - I am glad there are people out there who can figure out how to make these things so we can follow along! I love hot air balloon images so the one on the cover is so awesome! Wonderful matching paper as well the goodies you tucked into the pockets - as much as I have in the way of craft supplies I am always amazed at how many freebies I get from swappers of things I have never seen before! Thanks so much for a fun swap!
Response: This was a fun swap and so glad you liked it. And I agree it is fun to get things from other swappers. haven't figured out the best way to organize what I have though, lol. thank you for the kind rating and the heart. Happy swapping!!
hibiscus rated for CO: Surreal Collage #10 on Jun 17, 2024
Comment: What an excellent example of surrealism.. really like every element.. I keep finding something new in this.. thanks so much… love the outer banks and coastal n.c. Is so very amazing.. you are so lucky to live there! Thank you for the postcard!!
Response: Glad you liked it. I am still learning collage and surrealism ones are fun but challenging I feel. Also need to find a better glue/medium technique to avoid bubbles and wrinkles. thank you for the rating and the heart. I do feel pretty lucky to live here for sure:)
mspandatrain rated for Neurographic Art PC #4 on Jun 15, 2024
Comment: WOW! I loved the sunset neurographic postcard. It is beautiful!! What a great idea. Thanks!
Response: So glad you liked it!! Thank you for the rating and the heart. I have been doing a lot of these swaps and wanted to try and change it up some.
youngsenior rated for Make an Envelope Week of June 2 on Jun 15, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the enteresting envelope. Your friend Joy
Response: Was fun collecting and using pieces of this and that. thank you for the rating and the heart.
Jbee rated for AAHMPC:Collage Masterboard PC- May on Jun 15, 2024
Comment: Thank you very much for your lovely piece out of 4 cards. I really love masterboards! have a wonderful summer time! Love Jill
Response: I had fun making it. thank you for the rating:) I have been wondering if people use the master boards they receive for other projects or just as art? I have a bulletin board in my offie where I have some of my favorite swap art pieces displayed.
wolfeagle rated for AMA: USA Puzzle Collaboration M24 on Jun 13, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the great puzzle piece.
Response: Glad you liked it and thank you for the rating and heart:)
Comment: Thanks for this great doodle card! Did you know that the word "Doodling" was on the background paper you used? I'm glad you enjoyed Alaska! We have lived up here almost 30 years now and have enjoyed exploring all the byways. Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Response: I did use that page on purpose. it is from an old damaged dream interpretation book I got from good will. So glad you liked it. I would love to do more exploring in Alaska at some point. I love all the unspoiled nature that is much harder to find here. Thank you for the rating and the heart:)
monsbrick rated for AMA: Collaboration PC #129 on Jun 12, 2024
Comment: Hi Laura, this is a really cool collab. card and I also like your envelope. I try to up cycle everything I get though sometimes I toss the stuff into my compost so it gets recycled into material that way!
Response: So glad you like it and I am a big an of recycling on all forms. I hate to see things wasted in general. Part of why I love swapping is making seemingly useless scraps of things into art. thank you for the rating and the heart.
Kimmiekaylewis rated for collage an envelope X2 #2 on Jun 10, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the wonderful envelopes and papers/ephemera!! Love it all!!
Response: So glad you liked it all:) I have been having fun with the collaged envelopes lately. Thank you for the rating and the heart.
Eulegirl rated for MAE: Handmade Envies ~ Green ~ US on Jun 5, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful envies!
Response: Thank you...So glad you liked them. Did they just get to you?? I find mail from here has been so unpredictable lately.
Comment: Thank you for your card! Well done for your first masterboard card. Maybe some more will follow. :)
Response: Thank you...it was fun to make using up bits and pieces to make something pretty.
debbee2014 rated for Paper Towel Technique on May 31, 2024
Comment: Just love the colors you used on the paper towel, it looks awesome. And I just love the doll you drew and colored with the wings and everything. The envelope is totally awesome as well. Thank you
Response: So glad you liked everything. I did two towels and have them put aside to use in other swaps. I had fun with it. thank you for the rating and the heart:)

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Rainydancer on May 8, 2024:

Welcome to Sunshine Swaps!

ScrapHappyGabi on Jan 1, 2024:

May 2024 bring you and your loved ones a year full of love, laughter and good health!!

xx Gabi

ScrapHappyGabi on Dec 24, 2023:

Laura and Family

May your Christmas be filled with lots of love and joy and the new year bring you lots of good luck and good health! xx Gabi

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ladydy5 on Apr 25, 2023:

Welcome to our group Artistically Inclined.
Good bunch of members here.

ScrapHappyGabi on Apr 1, 2023:

Happy April 1st!!! xx

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