Swap-bot Time: October 22, 2018 7:54 pm


Date Joined: July 7, 2009
Last Online: October 21, 2018
Birthday: April 22
Country: Netherlands
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About Me

Hi there, time for a profile update. 😊

I am Marlies from the Netherlands - mom to three teenagers. I live near Amsterdam and I work as an instruction designer / online learning expert at a major Dutch university.

Always looking for more Instagram pen pal friends!

Favorite Crafts



Art journaling,

Mixed Media/paint

Planner/bullet journal

Favorite Books

Anything by Frederick Backman

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, as I like music from the 80’s so much.

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 love items featuring hot air balloons, type writers, rainbows! I love items with rainbows on it!__ .

I also like to receive planner or project life items. And pretty, carefully made (mixed media) ATC’s.

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

I like charms and pins... rubber stamps and badges and coin purses and magnets. I love bunting, too.

My favorite holiday destination is the South of England. I like piers and lighthouses and the Jurassic coast line.

I also like retro patterns 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.


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.



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.)

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

Typewriter/cash register retro stuff

Silver stud earrings

Pretty PLANNER stuff

Polaroid items (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).


Lantana149 rated for Cut and Paste Postcard - October on Oct 22, 2018
Comment: I love the picture you used for this swap, it looks so peaceful. Thank you. :)
Comment: Thanks for all of the lovely pages. I really liked your booklet. Let me know if you want to swap another.
JanJak rated for Happy Mail International! on Oct 13, 2018
Comment: Lovely flip-book. Thank you
Charonna rated for Heb jij voor mij... on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: Leuke goodies, heel erg bedankt. Kan er zeker wat mee :)
Comment: Your envie alone was worthy of a star, Marlies, but I love your Luftpost themed ATC and will enjoy the extras (especially those tissue circles) as I incorporate them into my own collages. Thank you for such a fun swap.
djb rated for DIY Letter Writing Kit: Int. on Sep 9, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for my beautiful letter writing kit and being such a great swap partner!
Response: Yay, it arrived! I am glad you like it! Thanks for the heart. :)
Comment: Hey, wat leuk, een Nederlandse swappartner! Bedankt voor deze super leuke swap, ik ben er blij mee. Deze soort swaps zijn zo leuk om te maken en te krijgen. Fijne herfsttijd voor jou!
Response: Jij ook een fijne herfst, wat een heerlijk seizoen he. Bedankt voor het hartje, ik vond het ook een hele leuke swap!
Comment: Thanks for your letter and goodies. :)
porpie5 rated for Why are you keeping that? on Jul 24, 2018
Comment: Marlies! Thanks so much for the coin purse and the WASHI tape - a whole roll! Thank you so much! I LOVE washi tape and to know that it is one of the first is extra-special. I do like the little coin purse - such a happy one! I was looking for one for my backpack and this will fit the bill. Thanks for the offer of the book , but I am happy with what you sent. Right now I have nothing more to swap, but I might host another "Why Are You Keeping That Swap" and I will let you know if I do! Thank you so much!!!! Thanks for joining my swap!
Comment: Thank you for the letter. You used such beautiful stationary! :) I plan to write back. :)
Comment: Thank you so much! Yes, I love both the kraft and the cork ones also. Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
khronicole rated for Woodland ATC on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: I received the envelope today :) I love everything in it, the deer, the cute little zip up bag, the marine paper items - thank you so much for angel-ing and setting up this swap with me! Have a nice day!
Saba rated for Blind Envelope - International #17 on Apr 13, 2018
Comment: What a fun swap - loved it! Thank you!
Cosychaos rated for Journal out of ad cards on Apr 7, 2018
Comment: Thankyou so much for your Ad card journal, marliese! It's absolutely beautiful, you have put so much work into it. There are some really nice cards in there and you have given me some nice ideas for my next handmade journal :)
Comment: Dear Marliese, thanks so much 😊 My sister was excited like a child. ❤I asked her if these will be "useful", & she said, "of course, I will do "something-something " " She wanted to thank you, I told her that I will. This was fab & so much fun! I hope my swap will reach you soon too!
angelasunshine3 rated for Everyday favourite items on Mar 11, 2018
Comment: Wow! I got your swap today and it's LOVELY! I love every single thing you sent to me! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! Thank you so much! You really took care to see what I like and sent me such a beautiful swap!! Thank you 1000 times!! I would love to do another private swap with you! <3 <3 <3
Avi rated for TIAZ: One Word Swap on Feb 16, 2018
Comment: Thank you
dancingDog rated for ISS: Scrappy Background ATC on Feb 9, 2018
Comment: lovely - your card made me smile. love the trim too!
Response: Thank you for rating and for the heart!
Comment: Dank je wel voor je gezellige doos met heerlijke dingen om de komende periode door te komen. Gaat zeker lukken! En die Londen kaarten vind ik helemaal geweldig!
Response: Blij dat je ze leuk vindt, niet echt binnen het thema maar gezien je profiel kon ik het niet laten om deze set kaarten te gebruiken voor deze swap. :)

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shinyserra on Sep 24, 2018:

Thank you so much for sending me a letter for the International Letter Writing Day! I was so happy to get a second letter after learning that my assigned partner was a flaker :/ I am definitely going to write you back!

Chelle on Apr 30, 2018:

Thank you for the lovely teas you sent for the Cheap Postage Tags Intl! :)

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

Poftoffel on Feb 18, 2018:

Bedankt voor de leuke spulletjes! Ik ga er wat moois mee maken :D

anicka22 on Feb 17, 2018:

Dankjewel voor de mooie RAK!

mgallardo68 on Feb 1, 2018:

I just received my Shabby Chic Scrapbook mini kit you sent me for the Cheap Postage Tag International! and I LOVE IT! Thank you so much!! ♥♥

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!

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