Swap-bot Time: January 18, 2018 7:58 pm


Date Joined: July 21, 2017
Last Online: January 18, 2018
Birthday: August 22
Country: United States
My Etsy Store

About Me

1/6/18 - This past week I went through to see which swaps I have yet to be rated for as well as swaps I have not yet received. I will be reaching out to these partners in the coming weeks. I am not on as much as I have been but I do still check my messages fairly regularly (not weekends) and always follow through with my commitments.

10/25/17 - I have received a swap from zip code 21044 please message me if this is you!

Hello, my name is Valerie. Native Texan. I love animals, I have two rescue dogs, a rescue cat, and a bunny. [I cant wait to learn how to place their pics here!] Most of my time is spent being lazy with them or being a hermit in my craft "cave". Spend lots of time being an animal advocate, which is why my friends call me Animal.

I love paper crafting, not a day goes by that I am not making something "artsy" or learning something new to try. I love taking pictures, my camera is practically attached to me though I rarely get them printed even though that is the goal. I have a full time job, a sometimes job and recently opened an Etsy store I hope to expand on as well.

I like creepy things and cute things and basically anything with skulls on it, I keep buying Halloween themed things to decorate my house but I have no more shelf space for any of it. I can never get enough cute bunny themed items! Literally, I don't know where to find them!

I am really bad at letter writing portions, I'm pretty antisocial but I am making an effort. Please keep that in mind when receiving things like Pocket letters/note cards etc. I join these swaps more for the craft component and to push myself to be more open and to socialize with people. Thought I would put this even though it makes me sound a bit deranged.

Favorite Music

I'm very eclectic especially when it comes to my music taste! I listen to just about anything and everything, but lately feel "old" as I have not been keeping up with current songs/artist, which I feel horrible about as I used to promote bands locally and online YEARS ago. I feel like a fraud as I lived in Austin (the dying "Live Music Capital") my entire life until about 10 months ago. Most tuned to Radio stations: Country 80's pop Alternative/Rock but I do listen to EVERYTHING! Feel free to give me suggestions on what you're listening to right now :)

Favorite Television

I do my best not to watch TV but sometimes I get sucked in, I watch You're the Worst, This is US, Doctor Who, a lot of crime shows, AHS, still watch Grey's Anatomy even though that show should probably end already, The Orville, Bull then I also watch dumb shows like KUWTK and Floribama Shore. My husband watches a lot of car shows and he has me watching Americas Got Talent lately as well.

Favorite Books

I love anything art/craft related that I can get inspiration from. I also love books on crime, steampunk, mystery, etc. Sadly I collect books more than actually read them.

I also rescue books from a terrible fate and give them new life in the journals I make for myself and my Etsy shop. Though mostly they just mingle in their own walk in closet turned mini library.

Favorite Crafts

Making handmade journals and art books. I love to scrapbook; art journal, I work on at least 4 books at a time; paint; collage, probably one of my oldest and favorite things to do; making journals and planner charms for my Etsy shop.


Swapping: >>> Paper Open to serious, fun, reliable and quick swappers who don't forget to rate. Please join if you fit these criteria.

>>> Texas Swappers Open to reliable swappers/raters with Texas postal addresses


TOP LIKES: Skulls (all styles- realistic-cartoony) and BUNNIES. Other Likes: Mammoth, Elephant, Rhinosorous, Scarab Beetles, Jelly Fish, steampunk, Circus/Carnivals! arts/crafts, sparkly/shiny things, "dark" things, happy things, dried flowers, hand drawn things, unique images, random photos, vintage things, new things, robots, dinosaurs, space, stars, aliens, anything HALLOWEEN (at any time of the year), glitter, confetti, things that remind me of that old school Funfetti cake with matching icing!!, sequence, unique packaging, decoupage papers/ cool tissue paper designs/gift wrap, anything animal related, small toys (under 2 inches - like you find in gumball machines), zines, used stamps especially from other countries, playing card/random cards with different designs/for different unusual games.... Favorite colors in no particular order: Pink, Gray, Black, Green

POSTCARDS: NAKED! - dont know what to write? Weird facts are cool! the more random/weird the better, not to fond of touristy cards but I know how hard it can be to find cool ones. I've been loving those cards with glitter. Do not mind handmade cards as long as it is clear that effort was involved.


Absolute: If you get nothing else from below PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY FOOD/DRINK ITEMS...Please no letter writing paper, especially copied/printed, I am not a letter writer and these just take up space before I am able to send them along.


***Store bought items (brand new), as I am not finacially able to purchase brand new items for everyone in every swap I participate in, I NEVER expect you to go out and purchase something brand new for me as a swap partner (unless swap specific). If its a new unused product from your stash you will never use thats fine. I just dont want you to feel pressured into having to do something like that, for me! Frankly I much prefer random ods and ends that would make great additions to my personal journals.

Reduse! Reuse! Recycle!

The Fine Print

If I have an option of sending a PC naked or in an envelope, I will likely send naked because that makes me happy (sorry I'm weird y'all!).

Posting this again because I think it is important: I am really bad at letter writing portions, I'm pretty antisocial but I am making an effort. Please keep that in mind when receiving things like Pocket letters/note cards etc. I join these swaps more for the craft component and to push myself to be more open and to socialize with people.

I will send swaps on time (typically as soon as partners are assigned though not always) unless I'm dead or imprisoned, so if you don't get my swap check the jail or the obits then let my family know!

☹️ I would probably join more swaps if everyone stopped requiring tea packets! 😝

I will RATE as soon as I get my mail from you and hope you would kindly do the same as that lets me know you recieved what I sent.

PLEASE try to write the name of the swap somewhere on the outside of the the envelope/package it helps me when rating. It would be greatly appreciated. I always try to do the same as it also helps me with keeping my outgoing mail straight! Thank you!!

Please message me here if needed as opposed to email if you are able as I typically only check my email if im looking for something specific. If you do email please include the swap name as I join several of the same type of swaps.


You're the WORST:

The Worst Experience with a Swapper Award goes to: @lynndespin for sending one swap a couple months late and never sending another, as well as flat out admitting to no longer sending out swaps she's owed people for several months!



Comment: Thank you!
damilola rated for Paper - Junk Journal Swap on Jan 4, 2018
Comment: OMG ! I never rated you ! Silly me, I am VERY SORRY ! I LOVE your journal and cant thank you enough for the wonderful pages your created and all the goodies you sent along ! It deserves more than just one star..... Hope to swap with you again !!! !
stiffneck78 rated for Private: stiffneck78 & animal87x on Dec 28, 2017
Comment: Thank you for all of the great decos. I understand about being busy. I wish you the best with your business and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Happy New Year!!
Response: I hoped you'd like them! Thank you so much! <3 HNY to you as well!! <3<3<3
drgngirl rated for Randomness Journal on Dec 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the great journal! Sorry this rating is so late! Been super, super busy lately! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Response: No problem! I've been pretty busy myself! Hope all is well! Glad you liked it!
draco rated for what i listened in high school lyrics on Dec 21, 2017
Comment: thank you for the great journal and songs
Response: Glad you liked it! Thanks for the fun swap!
Cariboocarol rated for A 3'fer - Happy Paper mail on Dec 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the items! Merry Christmas!
Response: So glad that you liked the paper! <3 Merry Christmas!
FrostedPeppermintLolita rated for Decos for DAYS #11 on Dec 11, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the cute deco. Also thanks for making this swap !!! :3
Response: <3 NP
mgallardo68 rated for PAPER: Pocket Envelope on Dec 7, 2017
Comment: Very beautiful envelope, pocket envelope and goodies!! I loved the vintage look all the package has!! Thank you so much for a fantastic swap!! ♥♥
Response: So glad that you liked it!! <3 Hope all is well!
Lilpurplepig rated for Halloween Pocket Letter on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Loved this pocket letter. Thank you for such a great design, just live it.
Response: WOW that took a long time! LOL So happy that you enjoyed the swap though! <3<3<3
Lina279 rated for Origami Swap (Newbies Welcome!) on Dec 6, 2017
Comment: Thank you!I like it a lot!
Response: So glad you got the resend and that you like! Its probably better you didn't get the first one I sent lol Origami is harder than I remember!
naturenerd3 rated for WIYM: PocketLetter - birds on Dec 4, 2017
Comment: Wonderful. Thank you
Response: So glad that you are happy with it! It was fun to make :)
piashlara rated for Make Unthemed Deco #2 on Nov 29, 2017
Comment: Got your Deco! Thanks so much! <3
Response: Hop you enjoyed it! <3
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful bookpage, is so fun to see what other people make and how They make it
Response: So glad that you liked it! <3 It was a fun swap!
janetr rated for Artistic Decos - November on Nov 27, 2017
Comment: thanks for the decos :)
Response: <3
DaiziDruke rated for Mini Insect PL on Nov 25, 2017
Comment: Hi, Valerie, loved the mini Insect PL. It’s too fun. One side cute and the other side wicked insect...nice touch. Thanks for the extras...the insect ribbon is awesome.
Response: Super fun swap! Thanks for hosting! <3 glad you like the PL!!
Kdguard rated for Stuff the Mailbox #3- Halloween! on Nov 25, 2017
Comment: 🎃🎃. Thank you
Response: YVW! <3
Comment: Valerie! So lovely to get a swap from you - thanks for all the goodies! xo
Response: You are very welcome! <3 Glad I could return the favor! :)
Sola79 rated for Pocket Letter 'Halloween' on Nov 22, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for great Pocket letter :)
Response: So happy that you liked it! <3
Comment: I love your awesome journal, Valerie! It's full of very interesting things - hand drawn skulls, purple baby octopus, strawberry cake box, cute little pockets and envelopes with goodies, and so much more - I find something new everytime I open the journal! Thank you so much!
Response: YAY! I am so happy that you like it!! it was a fun process! :)
Bridgette rated for Decos for DAYS #9 on Nov 20, 2017
Comment: You are so talented! I love the page you did!!💙
Response: HA! Thank you! I love your pages too! <3

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stiffneck78 on Jan 2, 2018:

Cariboocarol on Dec 20, 2017:

Valerie---thank you for the lovely sparkly mistletoe Christmas notecard.....you can be sure that I will be using it in a future pocket letter!! Merry christmas to you too!

stiffneck78 on Dec 20, 2017:

kweandee on Nov 25, 2017:

Amy old me I missed the last deco swap...I'm sorry I miss every couple of em, I'm not on all the time then I find out later lol. Would you be able to message me when you post em? I love them :)


widelo123 on Nov 14, 2017:

Valerie I just received your postcard. I do not mind getting a postcard from you at all. I love receiving postcards from everyone. The postcard put a smile on my face. I love the expressions on the animal faces. Shirley

nevers on Nov 8, 2017:

Thank you for angeling for Postcard Party for Newbies! I love this deep-sea fish postcard. They are so delightfully ugly!

Chaosfay on Nov 8, 2017:

Thank you for angeling!

crochetjunkie on Nov 6, 2017:

Thank you for angelling for Postcard Party! The pc was nice and sarcastic...just how I like it! Lol

stiffneck78 on Oct 31, 2017:

LadySunshine on Oct 12, 2017:

I am sorry for the late comment! This is for Profile Hello #1. Hope your day is going well and that you're having a wonderful time! hello

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