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Date Joined: March 30, 2014
Last Online: December 5, 2022
Birthday: February 5
Country: United States
Nerd Girl Loves Books blog

About Me

Hi, I'm Jane. I will ALWAYS send my swaps, so if you do not receive the swap within a reasonable time period, please contact me so that I can track it down and/or re-send. I also rate all swaps that I get, so if you haven't received a rating from me, I haven't gotten it. I love to be crafty & take great pride in my work. I work hard to create projects that meet the criteria & spend a lot of time making sure the item is something of good quality and something that I would be thrilled to get. If you get something that isn't up to your standards please let me know & I will do everything I can to make it right.

I have been an avid scrapbooker and card maker for over 25 years. I just started learning how to make junk journals and am excited to absorb all the new techniques and everything about it. I enjoy traveling and exploring other countries and always come home with hundreds of pictures and dozens of postcards from wherever I've been. I am a huge hockey fan & used to have season tickets when I lived in St. Louis. My favorite team is the St. Louis Blues. Go Blues!! I have two adorable French bulldogs that are so cute & fun. We have a great time playing & going on walks & enjoying the outdoors.

Favorite Books

I love to read and usually read about 80-100 books a year. I read a lot of fantasy books, but have a wide variety of tastes. Recently I've read a lot of YA fantasy, historical fiction, general fiction, and mystery. I've gone to Comic-Con the last 15 years and have had the pleasure of meeting several of my favorite authors and get my books signed by them. I keep track of all of my books on Goodreads so you're welcome to check out my profile there. I also review a lot of books for publishers before they are released and post reviews on my blog (address above) and Instagram at @janeinsd I'd love you to check out my blog and follow me on Instagram! I follow back all bookish and crafty accounts.

Favorite Crafts

I just started trying my hand at junk journals, so I'm pretty excited about that. It's overwhelming, but I'm enjoying myself. The main crafts that I do is scrapbook and make homemade cards and envelopes. I also make homemade postcards from photographs that I take around San Diego and during my travels. I like making photo flip books out of scrapbook paper & clear envelopes, homemade decorative journal books, mini photo albums for friends, & other crafty things like wreaths, gift bags & boxes, baskets, flower vases, etc. I try to do other crafty things, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. :-) I really like using embellishments and decorative paper and special techniques when I do my crafts.


I appreciate everything I get because I know that people put a lot of thought and time into the swaps, so I'm not super picky. That said, I know that it's a lot easier to figure out what to send when a person lists some of their likes and dislikes, so I've taken the time to list a few things to help you with your swaps with me. :-)


Hockey, traveling, dogs, music, tv and movies, books & reading, scrapbooking and card making

Handmade envelopes

Stuff for junk journals, like ephemera, pockets, pouches, tags, foreign stamps, fabric, lace, trim, seam binding, envelopes, etc. I like vintage stuff (but welcome everything) flowers, butterflies, bees, vintage ladies, etc. There is so much cool stuff out there. I want it all!! ha ha ha

I love anything Batman related, but I also like Marvel characters, like Iron Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc

I also like DC heroes Green Arrow, the Flash, Deathstroke, etc.

Star Trek, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Unusual or rare die cuts (I have almost every Stampin' Up punch and die cut so am set there, but something unusual would be awesome)

Stickers of flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, bees

Pressed pennies (especially shiny ones) - usually found in touristy areas (you will get a BIG heart from me if you include one!!)

Patriotic Items from your country (something with your country's flag on it, postcards of your royal family, something commemorating a historic event, etc )

I'm not a huge fan of pastel or fluorescent colors. I tend to use richer and deeper colors. I really like deep, rich shades of red, orange, blue, purple, yellow, brown, green and turquoise. I really like Stampin Up!'s color pallets, so you can't go wrong with that.


Anything Hockey

City skylines, castles, lighthouses, windmills, historic buildings and overhead views of beautiful landscapes(but I do not like multi-view postcards)

TV shows or movies

Art (except modern art)



Butterflies, bees, dragonflies

I also really like postcards that depict characters from fantasy books & movies (think Harry Potter book series, Game of Thrones, Mistborn, Red Rising, wheel of time series, Assassin' Apprentice series, etc. )

Pretty fairies, non-horror monsters, pixies, etc.

I like postcards that are weird, funny, strange or ugly/hokey/corny and leave you a little off-put, or scratching your head thinking "what the heck"? I'm not easily offended at all, so if it's a bit sarcastic, sassy or racy it's ok. I mean, don't send porn for heavens sake, but anything short of that won't make me clutch my pearls or "take to my bed", so it's all good. 😎


I DO NOT LIKE TEA OR COFFEE, so please don't send

I do not want to get any kind of food or candy

Please don't send me any kind of beauty products or jewelry

Please don't send me any paper scraps or paper samples. While I love paper and regularly hoard it, I have so much that I fear I will never use it all.

I do not collect used U.S. stamps, so would prefer not to get them

I don't like stickers, paper, smash cards, etc. that are really young or juvenile looking

I don't like really bright fluorescent colors

I would prefer not to get any free or ad postcards

I do not have children and my nieces and nephews are all adults, so would prefer to not get any children stickers, teacher reward stickers, juvenile stickers, etc. I can't use them, so don't want you to waste them on me. :-)

I have a sensitivity to cigarette smoke, so would appreciate you taking care to not send me anything that smells like cigarette smoke.

This is for a special swap that I am in: JJJ Let's Make a Junk Journal

The most common style that I use for journals is either vintage or a bit grungy. I like old book pages, especially if they are in a language other than English. I like almost anything Tim Holtz or Edith Holden. I like flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, birds. I like Victorian ladies, and also ladies from the 20s - 50s. I like lace, pretty fabric, trim, dangles, and charms. The typical colors I use are shades of blue, pink, yellow, green, purple. I'm not a huge pastel person, I like deeper, more rich tones. I'm sure whatever you send me will be awesome. Thank you and I look forward to seeing how this journal turns out!


wolfeagle rated for AMA: Use Your Scraps Mail Art on Dec 5, 2022
Comment: Thank you. I also can't believe Christmas is just around the corner.
Jillemina rated for USAPC: Christmas slim pocket on Dec 2, 2022
Comment: WOW! What a wonderful swap. First of all, love the cute antler envelope. It was so fun to receive in the mail. And the pocket was so beautifully constructed. And the tags came just in time, I was putting together a couple and gifts and the tags you made went perfectly with them. THANK you so much!
laprochaine rated for EPUSA: Good Mail #1 on Dec 2, 2022
Comment: I love the distressed look of the card you made. Thank you ever so much!
Comment: Thank you - they're lovely - Happy Holidays!
Jillemina rated for YTPC: Accordion Pocket x 2 ~ USA on Nov 29, 2022
Comment: LOVE! You always do such a lovely job. I especially love the cute butterfly on the front. I also love how you added some thread to the front, it gives it some depth. Thank you so much!!
Comment: Such a pretty pocket! Thank you!
sweetgypsy rated for YTPC: Over Page Fabric Flip USA on Nov 16, 2022
Comment: Wonderful piece! Love the girl on the fabric! Thank you :)
Magenta3 rated for EPUSA: Scraptastic #3: Scrap Strips on Oct 31, 2022
Comment: Thanks.These strips will be fun to use!
sjbult rated for USAPC: easy book page tag on Oct 28, 2022
Comment: Love these! Wow— so cute. Thank you. I grew up in Iowa so I think it’s cute that you live on a fun street name.
Comment: Thank you for the cute little pocket holders with clusters! Everything is beautiful and I can't wait to put them in my journals ❤❤
Comment: Thank you, very nice cards
Kitty2cats rated for USAPC: Altered Playing Card #19 on Oct 19, 2022
Comment: Hi Jane, OMG! I’m crazy about the beautiful altered playing card! Thank you❤️ I love the color palette, the interesting shapes, layers, and elements you used to create the fall theme. Thanks for the fun extras as well.
kendall rated for USAPC: Index Card Collage Art #20 on Oct 17, 2022
Comment: Your Autumn index card is beautiful. Thank you and thank you for the lovelies that you included.
GypsieJ rated for EPUSA: Circle Snippets on Oct 16, 2022
Comment: Beautiful execution of the swap! Thanks for the extras too😊
Comment: Thanks for this beautiful swap, extras and collaged envie! This was so much fun to construct! I will definitely be making more of these! Stay safe and healthy! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: Hi Jane! Many thanks for the lovely folio you created for me. Mushrooms are my favorite and I love the fabric accent. Thanks, also, for the loveliest ephemera--such special pieces for me to use. Wonderful swap!
Comment: Thank you so much I really like your autumn journal. So many great details. And all the tuck ins are fun.
amyduff rated for YTPC: Halloween Journal US ONLY on Sep 26, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the retro Halloween JJ! So fun!
paperlover rated for EPUSA: I Have Never Made…#8 on Sep 23, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the master board. I really love it! I appreciate the extras especially the owl picture. Thank you again, have a wonderful day!
Jangonz rated for YTPC: Autumn-Themed Clusters US ONLY on Sep 17, 2022
Comment: Jane thank you for the lovely clusters and all the great goodies

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KathleenHope on Sep 1, 2022:

Was great having you as a partner for the Halloween junk journal. And yes, that truly was my first. You would not believe the one I got - AMAZING. Great group with real artists. If you want to learn a couple of easy projects to make for presents I can send you patterns/instructions. Bowl cozies are easy and make & a nice gift (to place your bowl inside to reheat soup, etc. in the microwave. Pillowcases are easy and fun to make. Placemats & napkins are a nice gift. Rope bowls!! All these only take sewing a straight line! Message me - [email protected]

Artstamper on Apr 9, 2020:

Hi Jane, I received my 1st round robin journal back today and want to thank you for the spread you did in it.It is so pretty and I like the quote you chose. Hope all is fine with you and that you are well. I have yours now and hope to get it in the mail soon.

CurlyTea on Feb 6, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

CurlyTea on Feb 5, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

sleepingrover2010 on Jan 24, 2015:


I never received a Christmas card from RandiPearl even though she marked it as sent. If she sent it, I never received it. I received your card the first week of January but I was out of town and just returned recently. So, this was my first time I have been able to rate you and let you know that I had received it. I would give you a 5 and a heart for your beautiful card. It is a card that I will look forward to using next Christmas.. You did a beautiful job. I love the sparkle paper you used. and the beautiful black and silver ribbon you used for the string on the ornaments. I also love the color of the card and the ornaments. Thank you for angeling me and making sure I got both of my cards. Happy New Year!!!!

Barb sleepingrover2010

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