Swap-bot Time: September 28, 2020 11:45 am


Date Joined: November 16, 2019
Last Online: September 9, 2020
Birthday: November 13, 1979
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi everyone! Newbie here as of November 17th 2019. My name is Chantal, most people call me Chantie, and I’m from the Netherlands (Nov 13 1979). Here’s some more about me.

I started penpalling when I was 14 or 15 years old - long before we all held the whole world in one hand all day long. I fell into it by accident; I wrote a letter to a teen magazine for their swap request section asking people to swap clippings of our favourite pop groups. Apart from swaps I also received some letters from people who shared my fandom and suggested we be penpals, first nationally, later all over the world. Any old time penpallers might remember the time when FB meant ‘friendshipbook’ ;)

When I moved out on my own and I could finally go online (my parents were a little late to that party), penpalling slowly dwindled down and I joined Facebook and found other places to communicate with fans. I started writing fanfiction, created websites and was active on forums. All of that is now behind me, but I’ve realised a while ago that I just miss paper A LOT. I started a journal to feed my need for writing with an actual pen and as an excuse to use some of the lovely stationery I kept seeing online.

I will probably love anything you send me, i’m not super picky! Follow the swap instructions and you’ll always get a 5 from me. Anything I can’t use or isn’t my taste, I will use in a swap, for my penpals or I’ll do a RAK.

Personal: I’m a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and I’m an ally to every letter of that acronym. I’ve determined my sexuality as a bi-romantic asexual. I am also an atheist liberal.

Work: I work as a logistic administrative assistant in a wholesale company that sells timber and building supplies. I’m surrounded by men, fork lifts and big trucks, our office is a small, smelly hangar and I wear work gear and safety shoes. It’s a fun job although trying at times ;)

Favorite Music

It ranges from country to pop to dance. I’m currently into folk/americana, dance, pop, hardrock, metal, and I will listen to some classic or opera tunes from time to time. Some faves: Roxette, Lizzo, Danny Vera, Jason Isbell, Melissa Etheridge, Therapy?, Céline Dion, Cher, Ray Lamontagne, First Aid Kit, Todrick Hall, Brandi Carlile, Elton John, The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, LP, Marilyn Manson, Limp Bizkit, Rammstein, Green Day, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Ludovico Einaudi, Yiruma, Yann Tiersen, 80’s/90’s playlists

Favorite Books

I love reading detectives and thrillers, especially Scandinavian writers. My all-time favorite is Henning Mankell, I even visited the area of Sweden he write about. Then there’s Patricia Cornwell who I’ve been fangirling over since I was a teen. Other names that come to mind: Michael Robotham, Jo Nesbo, Lars Kepler, Stieg Larson, Liza Marklund.

Favorite Movies

I love movies and I go to the cinema every week. I will basically watch any genre although I’m not very good with horror and I can’t deal with slapstick humor. I love super heroes (I’m a Marvel girl), animation, thrillers, and action movies. Recent favourites: Doctor Sleep, Bohemian Rhapsody, Jumanji.

Other interests & hobbies

I’m in love with Rupaul’s Drag Race and I’m a very big drag fangirl. For anyone who’s familiar, some faves: Alaska Thinderf*ck, Trixie Mattel, Katya Zamolodchikova, Bendela Creme, Chi Chi Devayne, Raja, Eureka O’Hara, Manila Luzon, Gia Gunn, Jasmine Masters, Latrice Royale, Crystal, Davina De Campo.

I LOVE Queer Eye on Netflix.

I love YouTube, I find it very calming to watch/listen while I’m doing other stuff. I like makeup reviews even though I don’t wear makeup ;) I love watching art videos, journaling videos etc. I like to listen to podcasts too.

I love crochet!

I have a journal that I glue full of stuff and write down my thoughts when I feel like it. I’ve been making junk journals for a while and I absolutely love it.

I’ve always loved writing, whether it’s journalling or fiction. I’ve written a gazillion words of fanfiction but I’m currently not producing anything. My brain sometimes locks down and I can’t think of anything - writer’s block, although as an amateur that terms is a little over the top ;)


What I’d love to get: Paper scraps/ephemera Paint color cards Stickers (no: journaling stickers, Disney) Washi tape (I prefer the paper tape to the plastic ones) Decorated writing paper Hand dyed paper Book pages/newspapers/magazine pages Decorated/color/ interesting Envelopes Magazine clippings Die cuts (shapes, embellishments, bought or homemade is all great) Decorative / cute / text / minimal / animal postcards (either written on or empty is both fine) Lomo cards (kawaii, landscape, botanical, pets, etc) Any paper crafts, hand made, hand written, crafty goodies Snail mail themed items (air mail, envelopes, etc)

If you’re unsure you can always ask! But I will never rate down if it’s not my taste. For me, when I rate a 5 it means you’ve met the objective and a heart means you picked items that I really love.


Lotusemilia rated for Tourist-y Postcard Swap on Sep 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you! It's so nice to see some dutch scenery, it's been almost five years since I did my exchange study there!
suepier rated for LARGE POSTCARD EXCHANGE! on Jul 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the pretty postcard.
suepier rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #40 on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the cute kitty postcard.
MallowCat rated for Stickers and Silver Linings on Jul 7, 2020
Comment: Your parcel arrived today! I hadn't even noticed that it hadn't got here before now, it must have gotten stuck in all the backlog that happened when the virus was getting troublesome. It is beautiful though, I hope that things start to settle down again for you soon! Stay safe as much as you can.
ayahsantos rated for New Penpal Swap on Jul 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Chantal! I'll reply to you soon! Take Care always
dmwcheng rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #40 on Jun 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the stamp themed postcard. Looks cool, Chantal. Stay human and wash your hands. =) Cheers.
Fabriqueen rated for Cute Envelope Swap #4 on Jun 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the darling envelopes! I love them. Have a great day and stay safe! Hugs, Diane
roosje rated for NS: Flipbook - vintage on Jun 14, 2020
Comment: Wow, wat een prachtige mail ontving ik van jou Chantal! Daar word ik errug blij van! Mooi al dat vintage papier wat je gebruikt heb in je collage's En dan al die vakjes met goodies, heerlijk. Het is altijd leuk om van anderen een flipbook te ontvangen, ze zijn altijd anders...en die van jou is erg inspirerend! Heel erg bedankt voor een geweldige swap!
carrotkate rated for LARGE POSTCARD EXCHANGE! on Jun 11, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the card. I like the square shape!
ThePaperLetterBlog rated for NS: Loaded Envelope #2 on Jun 9, 2020
Comment: Wauw Chantal, you absolutely spoiled me!! Love how you packaged the goodies in a large envelope flipbook, and I think there's not one part of "things I like" from my profile you missed. So many thoughtful things! Going to make the bedtime tea riiiight noowww!
levittamara rated for LARGE POSTCARD EXCHANGE! on Jun 9, 2020
Comment: Chantal! All your cards are so nice always! Thank you very much!
Ymbryne rated for New Postcard Pal Swap #3 on Jun 6, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the postcard :) I love poppies
Comment: Thank you for the lovely papers, I liked how they were grouped into matching sets. and you letter was sweet! Have a great day!
Zindelo rated for Send stuff from the list #2 on Jun 2, 2020
Comment: Oh wow, this got here way faster than I thought it would! Everything is gorgeous, top to bottom, the envelope, the things you sent- I was having a rough time and this has brightened my world, thank you so much. I can't decide what I love most, but the coaster and magnet are super lovely, and I see you have excellent taste in magazines too! I hope you're having a wonderful day. Thanks again!
Response: You’re sooo welcome, I’m glad you liked it and it cheered you up 😃
shellbee8 rated for Ratings Booster Postcard Swap #40 on Jun 2, 2020
Comment: I love your collage! Thank you for such a cute work of art!
Response: You’re very welcome, glad you liked it :)
dorcii rated for Book Suggestion #2 on Jun 1, 2020
Comment: Thanks for your lovely letter, I received it! :) You have an amazing handwriting! The book sounds very interesting, maybe I should read it as well! I have a friend who is a part of mormon church, but she never mentioned these kind of traditions before! Maybe I should check it with her with more details :)
Response: So glad you liked it! The book was very interesting to me and it has gotten some good reviews on how well the writer stuck to history how it has been recorded. So I definitely recommend :)
gmd rated for LARGE POSTCARD EXCHANGE! on Jun 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much 💜
Kts6girl rated for LARGE POSTCARD EXCHANGE! on May 31, 2020
Comment: hi!!! we get paired quite often!! thanks so much for the card. i loved it!!!!!!
Response: Yes, same interest in card swaps 😄 glad you liked it!
Cindymt rated for Moment of Zen Penpal Swap on May 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the lovely flipbook! Please tell me how you make those!
Response: Aww thanks! Glad you liked it :) I have a video on my Instagram if you are on there? My account is chantiesjournal and it’s in my IGTV videos. I can send you the link if you want :)
ToujoursMoi rated for Mail Art and Stickers on May 28, 2020
Comment: Thank you so very much for this great swap. You did a great job to upcycle the wrapping paper
Response: Glad you liked it 😄👍

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EverydayAngels on May 26, 2020:

THANK YOU so much for the unbelievable and amazing package of goodies! I haven't smiled that big in a while. You are incredible and I loved reading your letter and I will be drinking your tea tonight. Just so you know, YOU ARE AWESOME! Blessings, Martha "EverydayAngels"

bblue on Jan 4, 2020:

Thank you so much for sending on the misdirected Mail Tag swap to me. I really appreciate it!

USAFwife on Nov 19, 2019:

Hello and welcome to swap-bot! :) Your profile looks great, and wish you lots of luck and love here on swap-bot. :)

tcornell on Nov 18, 2019:

Hello, and welcome to Swapbot! I'd say that your profile is excellent, especially for someone so new. I hope you enjoy it here!

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