Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2018 8:11 am


Date Joined: July 7, 2009
Last Online: January 20, 2018
Birthday: April 22
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

I am mom of three, trying to settle in my roaring forties. I live in a small town in the Netherlands, near Amsterdam, with my three teenage kids, my husband, a pet rabbit and a little blue budgie.

I work as an instruction designer / online learning expert at a major Dutch university.

Favorite Crafts


Art journaling,

Mixed Media/paint

Planner/bullet journal

I love to get out my GelliPlates to create funky backgrounds with acrylic paints! Please PM me if you want some - I would love to do a private swap with you and receive whatever is your craft in return.

Favorite Books

Anything by Jonathan Tropper

The night circus

The time traveller's wife

The Solitude of Prime Numbers (Paolo Giordano)

Anything by Curtis Sittenfeld

Anything by Annie Proulx

Favorite Music

People used to tell me I was born at least a decade late. :-)

Ska, Punk and New wave music make my heart jump. Some of my favourite bands are the Cure, the Pixies, Blondie and Depeche Mode.

But I also love all projects Paul Heaton was ever involved in (like the Beautiful South), and the same goes for Neill Finn.


Please check out my wish list below.

I loooove woodland items (mushrooms, foxes, squirrels, trees, acorns, owls), cute birds, hot air balloons, type writers, rainbows!__ I love items with rainbows on it!__ . I love rubber or acrylic stamps with these subjects.

(Please no reward stickers, very childish/cute stickers or Disney stickers).

Among my favourite authors/illustrators are Dr. Seuss, Lauren Child, Astrid Lindgren & Ilon Wikland.

I like charms and rubber stamps and badges and coin purses and magnets. And laser cut veneer wood FLAT thingies to use on cards or layouts. I love bunting, too.

Turquoise/teal/petrol are my favorite color. I also like woodgrain prints or (large) houndstooth (b&w).

I love everything polaroid (or instax) related. Also, items with cameras on them.

When you are thinking of sending me chocolate, I love that! Just not anything with mint. I love chocolate bars with peanutbutter filling, (like Kitkat or anything Reese's) but also Doubledeckers, most Cadbury bars, you name it.

If you're from Australia: I once received TimTam's and I loved loved loved them! Would like to receive those.


At first, I felt bad about listing my dislikes, but you might as well save the shipping costs so here's a bunch of things I don't like to receive. Please:

  • NO budget stickers, disney, reward stickers and unpersonal premade notes or swapcards (if not subject of the swap).
  • NO smelly things (perfumed items or things from a smoky environment). I am very sensitive to scent. Even scented stationary gives me a headache and triggers my asthma.
  • I don't like Rooibos or Green Tea.
  • No Diddl, Disney, fairy tale figures (two exceptions: Little Red Riding Hood and Alice in Wonderland, well, she's not really from a fairy tale...)
  • NO recipe cards
  • NO black tea or candy with mint
  • NO dog items
  • no religious items or animal rights (or political) items

Also, I have no use for postcards of your town. I don't participate in postcard swaps and it's really a waste to send them to me. I throw them out eventually.

Please don't send me jewelry which isn't 100% nickel free.

Please don't send me scraps or clippings unless it is the specific purpose of the swap. I also prefer NOT to receive washi tape samples. I prefer whole rolls, as the samples always tear.

Note to my Dutch partners: please no Zeeman/Action items.

Thought Cloud

Kids laughter, ukelele, graphic design, chocolate, the smell of a freshly mowed lawn, spring, log cabins, crosswords, magazines, miniatures, Blythe, strong black coffee, book stores, fresh new notebooks, craft supplies, drawing, writing, children's books, instructional design, karaoke, cotton, silkscreen, e-learning, satisfaction, rocking chairs, porches, hot tubs, bubbles, champaign, love, my DH, Dorset, the beach, furry animals, clever birds.


My kids


I have 2 boys (aged 16 and 10) but they're not really into small treasures.

My 13 yr old daughter though, loves horses and ponies. She likes stickers, washi tape, lip gloss and funny magnets for her white board.

She loves to craft with paper and shrink art. She also loves to read (she's learning English in school).


I really, really like to receive:

White chocolate milk (instant)

Nice hair clips / barrettes

If you can find items with a squirrel or fawn, I would love that. Little figurines (squirrel, fox, deer) too.

Items (charms, stamps, stickers) with clouds

Washi tape rolls (not samples)

Washi paper

Paint markers

Blackbird or swallow themed items (pins, cards, charms, etc.)

Wood veneer lasercut shapes

Rubber or acrylic stamps with hot air balloons, type writers or sewing machines

Airmail items

Typewriter/cash register/retro stuff

Silver stud earrings

Pretty PLANNER stuff

Polaroid stuff (I own a Fuji instax mini)

My Planner

I use Paperchase A5 binders for my planner! I am participating in the UNPLANNER project by Art to the 5th, and I use all kinds of papers and dividers in these binders.

So that's Paperchase A5 - 3 ring binders. The binder itself (outside) measures (approx) 23 x 19 cm. The refill page size is 8,5 x 6 inches.

I usually punch the 3 holes myself to be sure the contents fit. If you're in a planner swap with me I love it when you just leave some room for this on one side.

EDIT: Just ordered a filofax A5 binder (6 holes), would love to receive filling for that. (July 2017)

I am also looking for project life/photo pockets to fit in these binders. (the transparent kind).


Wildchild rated for Quick and Easy Profile message #4 on Jan 19, 2018
Comment: This was super cute, thank you!
Comment: Hello, Thank you for the profile message. I am new here and I really love swap-bot already! Thanks again and happy New Year for you too!
Comment: Thank you for the nice card :)! I remember these Elmer-books were one of my kids´ favourites... Happy New Year to you too!
Comment: Thank you for the most lovely package of goodies! I like all of it!
Comment: Thank you for this very generous package! I of course unwrapped everything :) My boyfriend and me absolutely LOVE the chocolate rolls!!! And the wooden card is really beautiful. Thank you.
Comment: Hello Marlies, I will thank you in english. I LOVE your very diverse package with so many gems. Even though we are both dutch, you did'nt need to worry, there were absolutely no doubles in the package. It is all completely new to me. How about that? Thank you ♥
trogers4 rated for ★ FULL ENVELOPE #7 ★ on Sep 7, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for all the cool goodies! It really made my day.
postcat13 rated for Postcard Purge-Int'l on Aug 5, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for nice postcards!
greenafy rated for The BIG One - International- on Jul 24, 2017
Comment: I loved your package! Thank you for the card AND the colorful Earth Stamp. :) Have a good day.
Vaidilute rated for SIE: One Big Gift Swap on May 14, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much for your attention. I already know how to use the gift <3
Comment: i love the postcard you sent...
wittmert rated for Earth Day Upcycle Postcard Swap on May 1, 2017
Comment: Happy belated birthday! Love the Van Gogh postage.
kochijapan rated for Send Something! #6 (INTL) on Apr 15, 2017
Comment: Thank you for nice envelope!! I love all something!
Comment: Thank you so much for this lovely envelope and all the effort you put into this to repack the items to match it to my taste. I really appreciate this extra work. Thank you so much.
Comment: Hoi Marlies, wat fijn zo'n envelop met allemaal kleine papieren schatten! Heel erg fijn, deze swap. Bedankt voor alles!
Ikran3 rated for happy little Rainbow scavenger hunt on Apr 3, 2017
Comment: I love the little rainbow pincushion - I'm currently doing the Scheepjes rainbow CAL so it's perfect for the cross stitch needle :) Also can't wait to plant the bulbs :) Thank you!
Comment: Marlies! Thank you SO MUCH! I LOVE this envelope of goodies for my planner! The Flow Weekly is LOVELY <3 I am definitely going to have so much fun with this! Sending love and so much gratitude!! xx Gabi
Response: Well you had that coming Gabi, you're just such a wonderful swapper and host! Glad you like it! xx Marlies
sakameg rated for ISS: Themed Snail Mail on Mar 21, 2017
Comment: Thank you Marlies for the wonderful snail mail. I love the starry envelope and the pretty postcard and I'm going to have so much fun using the lace and vintage paper bits in my art journal!
Response: Thank you for the heart, I am so glad you liked the envelope and its contents!

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XiaAshlee on Jan 13, 2018:

Hello from the US! My name is Xia. I see you are from the Netherlands. How neat! I have always wanted to visit there. I actually tried to find a pen pal from where you are from on PenPal World but had no luck. Hope you are having a good start to the new year! Also I feel like I could honestly copy and paste your wish list from your page to mine because I love all the same things you do. Hahaha

Best of wishes


ancientgreed on Jan 10, 2018:

Hello! My name is Tagreed. I see that you like journaling!! Me too! I only got into it early january 2017, but now that I've been doing it daily for a year, I absolutely love it as a hobby. I'm also really into decorative journal items like washi tape as well ❤❤❤ I hope you're having a good year so far! -Tagreed

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djacesong on Jan 10, 2018:

Good Day! Hello from Watsonville, California!!! I am Dolan (djacesong) < Not a Dj really, but I write Poems and love it, so I make music/songs out of POEMS! why not right? Your ROARING 40's you say? I am 46 and I charge hard like a 22 year old !


Arhel on Feb 6, 2016:

Welcome to the "Hand-Drawn or Painted swaps" group - I hope you have fun in our swaps! :) Best wishes!

UrsaMinor on Jun 24, 2015:

Haha! I just mentioned the little piece of soap on a string and the Silly Things swap from last October to my partner last night. The soap hangs in our bathroom and I use it to wash my face when I shower. Welcome back to swapping :)

Jacoline on Apr 15, 2013:

Ha Marlies, zojuist heb ik al je cadeautjes voor de Vossenjacht ingepakt. Ik vind het erg leuk geworden ben natuurlijk reuze benieuwd naar jouw reactie. Morgen (dinsdag) breng ik het pakketje weg. Groeten Jacoline

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