Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: March 24, 2023
ATCs I've Made
My ABC List
Updated March 10, 2023
Got my first homer Pass & Paste postcard back! Thank you PrincessLeia. I made and mailed it in October 2022.
Enneagram 9 - a desire to live in peaceful harmony with their environment.
Married. Childless by choice. Not retired yet but I qualify for senior discounts.
🦻 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 had cochlear implant surgery and activation in August 2022.
Gmail: [email protected]
🤗 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.
CREATIVITY IS GOOD FOR US
Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even If You Kind Of Suck At It
"Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making," found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent.
Crafting can reduce your chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by 30% to 50% according to a 2011 study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry.
Definition: basically it is a blank little handmade book (usually 4-6 pages) that has a theme (it can be open theme). When you receive it, you decorate 1 page and pass it to the next person. When it is full, it gets sent home to the person who made it! So they get a nice little decorated booklet back!
I've started a group for Collaborative Swaps
About decos, deco resources, collaborative projects. Also my preferences, and available decos
If anyone has unfinished Pass&Paste/Add&Pass postcards they no longer want to participate in, you can pass them on to me. Address: R Smith PO Box 31013 Willowwest, Guelph, ON NIH 8K1, Canada
Deco swaps are my favourite swaps to host. Everyone sends and rates quickly. Most of the time all of the decos are sent before the swap deadline and I'm flabbergasted when all of the decos are rated before the swap deadline. Deco makers are a great group of swappers!
I hope I don't jinx myself but I feel fortunate to have had about half of my decos come back to me, 8 out of 20. I'm attributing it to my note in my decos that says I'll send each contributor a pdf copy of the finished booklet. And maybe also because I include a FOB number (Following Our Booklets code) in the deco.
A list of other papercraft swapping sites
No need to send extras to me. Rest assured, I do not rate based on extras.
The things I send
I put a return address on everything I send out.
I keep a photo-log of my outgoing swap items--front, back, and at the mailbox.
It takes on average 10 business days to get to most places. However, delivery is often 4 weeks to many places in the United States.
I will resend if my swap doesn't arrive within 6 weeks.
Postcrossing Postal Monitor: Ongoing mail suspensions
ICC Logistics site - Mail disruptions
📩Re-sends sent to:
Jan 2023 - CookieMomster78 for DB: Small Deco Booklet #338836. Mushrooms by PaperPassion got lost in the mail. Sent Snowflakes by DeboraCreates as a replacement. Received Jan 31. I let PaperPassion know that her deco is lost in the mail. Sent her photos of the deco pages.
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.
Please, no blank comments. When rating please comment on the item received. Example:
"Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard."
As a host, I read the comments each participant receives. I really appreciate reading a little description of the item. A description tells me the item was received and noticed.
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?
Thank you to all who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note.
Great swapping advice, tips and checklists:
Thinking of hosting a swap? Things you should consider.
Hosts: Rating Requirements Too Low?
Giving/Getting/Reacting to a Poor Rating
Groups and Tags I help manage:
NEW! : Collaborative Swaps
I will create a private swap for the two of us. Contact me.
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.
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.
Helpful topics for newbies:
Join the group CPG Newbies
Check @OrigamiGrace 'Currently Hosting' list for 'Nice to Newbies' swaps
How to embed an image on Flickr into your markup text on Swap Bot
The meaningful comments you leave are a big reward and motivator!
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Thank you for all your helpful tips on your profile about Deco books. I'm trying to get into them ♡ -Adrevica
My first Pass & Paste postcard that I made is the first of my P&Ps to return. Thank you PrincessLeia for sending it back to me!
Leslie Knope is dope!!
Thank you for sending Kyoto's Fruit Drinks Deco in the CPG: Established Deco Tag!
OMG Sonya, how cool is that. It was meant to be! 🤯😁🤗💖
EXACTLY 365 days ago, I made/sent my first deco to you in a private swap. Today, I received my first ever HOMER from you!!! What are the odds???? Thanks so much for sending it home and introducing me to decos. :)
Thanks for your "Deco Book tag!"
Hello received back my HD/HP postcard and want to thank you for adding the clear blue winter day scene to it....... many hearts you YOU.....
Wishing you a fun filled New Year!