Swap-bot Time: July 3, 2022 7:12 pm


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: July 3, 2022

Country: Canada
ATCs I've Made
My ABC List

About Me

Updated June 28, 2022

  • Personality style: ISFP - Adventurer

  • Married for 37 years. 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've started the process of getting a cochlear implant.

  • I'm always looking for creative ideas and inspiration.

  • 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 Deco Art-Style Handmade Booklets

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

My style is similar to my ATC style: flat, little to no embellishments. Cutouts, drawings, paint, ink, stamping, and handmade booklets made from upcycled note cards and art cards. Examples of decos I've received.

I welcome any stage - new, established, homer/last page.

I prefer lettermail size, no extra postage needed.

Please share my decos with your creative friends and family. They don't need to be a member of Swap-Bot (but should return it to you so you can send it to me if it's full, or use it in another deco swap if it's not full). It would be great to have a variety of art in my decos. There's also the added bonus that my deco should end up back to me sooner. I'd love to know who decorated the pages and maybe get some extra info about what they created. 🤗

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 for extras.

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 label 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.

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.

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 card received. Let's make our partners feel like their projects matter. If you have a hard time thinking about what to write, this example might help you: Thank you for {describe the item}. It brightened my day...Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard. It brightened my day.

As a host, I read the comments each participant receives. I really appreciate reading a little description of the item you receive. I get to live vicariously through you, and by describing it we get confirmation that you received your partner's item.

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

Active FB Swappers International

Handmade Postcard TAG

Zeen TAG

Deco Books TAG


Please PM me for a private swap. I will create an official swap for us.

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. It's also, a great way to find out if you are committed to swapping. Swapping may seem like a good idea, but 3-4 months in you may find it costs too much, or you are not as enthusiastic anymore.

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.


Comment: I love the frogs! It took a while wow it traveled for over 2 months it seems! I love the frog on the flower and hugging frogs. The crispy paper with blue chalk paint is a nice touch to the whole thing. Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the fantastic review DinkySparkle. I especially Ellen's cover. I'm relieved that the deco finally got there. I hope you have fun making your page.
lrm1980 rated for Artistic Decos 7/2022 on Jun 30, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending Allie's "dance with the devil" playing card deco. The cover is so interesting, and your page is cute!
Response: I like Allie's work. I had never heard of the "Dance with the Devil" folktale. Learned something new and had fun coming up with a page. Thanks for the great comment and for the heart. :)
mjhaertling rated for SPCP: Profile Pic on Jun 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the photo of the church. Public worship with fellow believers is an important joyful part of my life.
Response: I'm really glad I picked the right subject for you. It was a fun photo exercise. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: You're right, the deco was a bit different design but I can easily fill a nature deco with some inspiration, fingers X. Thanks so much for all your help w/tracking down a homer's addy. I hope you host more origami booklets soon. xxMuggleMom
Response: You're welcome MuggleMom. You've spurred me on to host another one-sheet origami-style booklet swap. Here's the link https://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/333627
Ajijic rated for Zines #24 on Jun 28, 2022
Comment: Thank you for your interesting zine. These amazing little zines, all so very different, I love them all!
Response: That's what I like about these little zines too, that they are all unique. It's exciting to get one. :)
Comment: Thank you for the Deco will pass it along!
Response: Enjoy filling AmookIslandCreation's 'Woven' deco.
Comment: Thank You
Response: You're welcome.
JanHardt rated for Mini Art Journal Go-Round on Jun 14, 2022
Comment: Your mini art journal is amazing. I hope I can do it justice. Can’t wait for the next round.
Response: I'm so glad you like my glue art work. You've inspired me to make some more. It's a fun technique. Thank you so much for your kind feedback. 🤗
joppagirl rated for One Deco 6/2022 on Jun 12, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the great deco. I love getting decos that are made via [email protected]! Your page is interesting, I've never watched the tv program that inspired you.
Response: It's a goofy british comedy. I wasn't sure about it at first, but then the characters grew on me. So much so that they inspired my deco page. 🤗 Thanks SH!
dvmac rated for Zine-Go-Round Round 12 on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Hi Rome. Nice work as always. Thanks.
Response: Thank you for your kind words and thank you for continuing to host these great go-round swaps. :)
jeka396 rated for DB ♥: ICM decos #331811 on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much for both the beachy and ‘the new black’ themed Deco books! I love your entries in both, the tiny little beach umbrellas in the one and then the cool older lady in the other, well done!
Response: Oh my gosh jeka396, thank you so much for your detailed description. I really appreciate it. 🤗 I'm so glad you like my entries. 😁 🧡
jeka396 rated for CPG Move Any Deco 14 - Global on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the little mail deco, it is turning out cute so far!
Response: My mail got to you really quickly, the same week. Nice. I like the size of DinkySparkle's Mail deco, definitely makes for a cute little booklet.
lrm1980 rated for Artistic Decos 6/2022 on Jun 11, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending Scenes of the Arctic! Love your penguin page.
Response: I hope you have fun decorated Katrin S's arctic deco. I enjoyed putting my page together. Always a pleasure to trade decos with you lrm1980.
user6937 rated for Say it with flowers! on Jun 9, 2022
Comment: You lily of the valley are so tall! Mine are just starting to flower - I love their smell, too.
Response: They love the location in my backyard, under the shade of the cedar trees. Glad the PC got across country to quickly, 4 days. Our postal service is working smoothly.
Comment: Nice job.
Response: I'm glad you like lrm1980's deco and my glue art abstract page. Thank you. :)
Sonya rated for Deco - Collaborative Booklet #331818 on Jun 7, 2022
Comment: Love jeka396's little bird deco...I need to do a few in this format. Your watercolor bird is wonderful! Thanks so much.
Response: I agree, I like jeka's booklet style. It's a fun fold-out. Thank you so much for the compliment on my little wren.
Comment: Sorry Rome, I'm a little behind on my ratings. Not any reflection on the swap, though! I love this one. Thanks for passing it along (Lindsay's woven paper deco). Abstract art is so cool.
Response: No problem, Softawoo. It's an easy deco - open theme. Have fun coming up with something. Thanks so much for describing what you received. I really appreciate the extra information.
MuggleMom rated for One-sheet booklet deco #331549 on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Oh-my-lanta, you drew the log frame on the deco! You have serious patience AND art skills because I thought for sure it was a die cut or cardstock at first look. smh, can I have 1/100 of your art skill, please!! I'm heading over to YouTube to watch Bob Ross now...xxMuggleMom
Response: MuggleMom, you always make my day with your cheery detailed comments. Thanks for noticing the logs. They do take a bit of patience. I draw the dots/knots first then work the lines around them.
Shoreart rated for Deco Booklet - 4 inches or smaller on Jun 6, 2022
Comment: Thanks so much.
Response: You're welcome.
DecemberWishes rated for Paper Clip Embellishments on Jun 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you so much for the paper clip embellishments! I love the colors you went with! Take care!
Response: You're welcome. It was fun trying something new, and creating a Portuguese theme embellishment.

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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

MuggleMom on Feb 28, 2022:

Rec'd the deco and now I can't wait to decorate - I have so many fun ideas!



Deco Book Tag

Hell0Z0mbie on Feb 1, 2022:

Thanks so much for the plant deco and tiny deco! I love the way you made the tiny one, that will be a lot of fun to decorate! :)

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