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secretterrabite

secretterrabite
Date Joined: April 12, 2009
Last Online: October 22, 2018
Birthday: April 27
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

I live in the middle of England and am obsessed with art journals, list journals, junk journals, Moleskine. Journals, Wreck this Journal...

I'm on a mission to make the most of life, and do something every day that makes me happy. Making swaps that make someone else smile gives a good feeling :-)

My love of art comes from 10 years living in London with it's amazing galleries and museums. I worked there as a magazine journalist before switching careers to graphic design, specialising in printmaking and handmade book-making.

Likes/Dislikes

I am a big Harry Potter fan and also Fantastic Beasts. I am always looking for rubber stamps, stickers or washi of them as they are not sold in England, despite this being the place where Harry Potter was created! I am Hufflepuff and my daughter is Ravenclaw.

I love stickers as they look great on a journal cover but don't want any cute/teddy bear stickers or kids/reward stickers or anything vintage/flowery. I also don't like things with animals on, just not my thing - probably from growing up allergic to every animal I go near.

My favourite colour changes all the time. I like yellow, cobalt teal, turquoise, violet and rainbow.

For tape swaps, I love geometric, triangles, chevrons, grids, arrows, maps, houses, I have little purple washi so would love that, also love yellow, turquoise/teal, Harry Potter/magic and any with writing/alphabet tape.

I like typography, quotes, triangles. I don't go for anything vintage, flowery or cutesy.

I love magazine articles about relaxation (not yoga or mindfulness) happiness, curing depression and anxiety without pills.

I like hand made prints, cool envelopes with doodles or patterns that you have drawn and love stamps on my mail.

I've been making zines since the 1980s so personal zines are appreciated and well loved. I love to find out about people and the secrets that get revealed in a zine.

My crafting hate is glitter. It taunts my OCD by getting where it shouldn't.

I don't do any sewing/knitting/quilting crafts so don't waste your money & postage sending me wool, ribbon, buttons or fabric. Not a clue!

I also don't use die-cut, Project Life cards or random pieces of paper, my house is full of it already!

Allergies

Please don't send me any tea/coffee/choc drinks, food, sweets or toiletries as I have a ridiculous amount of allergies - chemical, smell and food allergies. I'm also allergic to animal/pet hair and fur. These can bring on rashes, sinusitis, migraines and my nut allergy can make me really ill. And please no glitter! Thanks for understanding :-)

Swapping Etiquette

If I've spent an entire month making you a journal, and filling it with my heart and soul, please have the decency to rate and comment. It's so rude!

If I don't get a heart after so much effort, I wonder why...? Maybe you are one of those people who only give hearts when I spend a fortune buying you extra's. Did you know that the American washi tape you buy for $1 probably costs Β£5 here, about $7? I'm unable to work due to sickness right now, so do not have money spare to buy items that the swap doesn't ask for. I am spending my time, effort, art materials and artistic ability on your swap and if you can't appreciate that, it's pretty sad.

Did you know UK postage is 3 times more expensive than US? So please don't send me messages asking me why I am not doing a US version of one of my swaps because you are on a budget. It's actually impossible because I don't live there, but I am hosting international swaps which are therefore open to everyone. I could make them all Europe only to save myself a lot on postage, but I am kind and welcoming, so I make them international.

And finally language. I live in England, I speak and write in English. Guess what? That's where the English language comes from, therefore my spelling is correct. I have proof-reading qualifications, trust me. If you are in another country, you have no doubt taken my beautiful English language and destroyed it, pronouncing it differently and spelling it differently. If your country choose to rip my language apart, dropping the "U" from colour and favourite, then that is unfortunate for you. Do not waste your time messaging me to tell me I have made spelling mistakes in my swap as everytime you do I can hear Shakespeare turning in his grave.

Ratings

Wheat2bn rated for WIYM: List Journal - INTL on Oct 18, 2018
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Comment: Thanks a lot for the gift! You wrapped it so prettily and now Christmas really can't come soon enough, since you hinted you found the perfect gift for me!! I'm sooo excited! <3
Response: Actually if someone said that to me I would open it ha ha!
BeckyG56 rated for WIYM: The Napkin Exchange on Sep 22, 2018
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Comment: What a friend WE have in Jesus! Many many hearts to you, for the stickers, the notes, the wrapping of the napkins. I didn't know that she made napkins. I've seen her display at Michaels, but I don't think the napkins are sold here. What a fun mixed media project I can do with these. Thanks again, loved receiving from across the pond!
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Comment: My stocking stuffer has arrived! thank you so much. I am saving it for Christmas so have tucked it away in a drawer so I am not tempted to open it!
rianheimgartner rated for WIYM: Summer Scavenger Hunt on Sep 4, 2018
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Comment: Dear Alison, thank you for your scavenger hunt! I really love this swap so much...hope you had a lovely summer!
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Comment: Looking forward to your next swap πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽ
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Comment: I love the journal you sent! (I think I could spend a small fortune in Artbox, too! Lol) And thanks so much for the goodies - this was a wonderful swap! :)
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Comment: Thank you for the likes and comments! Great to have you back for another round of Insta-love!
Dasha rated for WIYM Random Act of Kindness Europe on Aug 6, 2018
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Comment: Thank you so much! I love the notebook and love the polka dot tissue paper. :)
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Comment: Thank you for your lovely comments :)
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Comment: Thank you! :)
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Comment: Thanks for the follow and the great comments. I followed you back!
RockyBeach rated for MA: Use your scraps PC! on Jul 16, 2018
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Comment: Thanks for sending me your scraps. :P I'm afraid but some of them got lost during the travel. Now somebody else has some scraps laying around.
Response: Oh dear, the hazards of mail art. I stuck them on with gel medium as well to try to protect them!
user2148 rated for YTPC: Index-Card-A-Day: Day 3 on Jul 9, 2018
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Comment: The index card is absolutely glorious!! The zine and package of goodies and your sweet note put a huge smile on my face! You didn’t include a return address so Please msg me your address! I’d love to send you some happy mail - I feel like we could be long distance BFFs! ❀️😁
Airam rated for WIYM: Match-a-Stamp Mail Art #5 on Apr 17, 2018
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Comment: Thank you!
Eudaimonia rated for A4 Art Journal on Dec 16, 2017
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Comment: 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖 Dear Ali, what a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much for your lovely artjournal! I Really LOVED IT!!!!! The colours you used and also that you wrote personal stuff and told what kind of materials you used. I learned a lot from you. Maybe we can do a swap later next year! I'm so glad I received yours first, because it's my first real art journal and I'm almost halfway, but was in doubt if it would be enough! I'm so glad with yours. Just like you do I like some of my pages, but certainly not all!!! Again thank you so much!!!
Response: So happy you're happy!
AliCrafter rated for List Minizine on Nov 8, 2017
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Comment: Yes! I do say my name the same as your's! I enjoyed I got a kick out of your Vogue list zine because my favorite magazine is Harper's Bazaar (do you have that in England?) because of its wildly garish jewelry and fashion. I subscribe to it just so I can cut it up! I'd like to have a word or two with you mother-in-law. How in the world could she not want to adore and dote on a granddaughter. I want to adopt a grandchild because my daughter is taking too long! I had no idea there were venues like the Zine fest you mention. And I didn't know that Zines have been around for so long. Thanks for all the fun.
rianheimgartner rated for List Minizine on Nov 6, 2017
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Comment: Thank you Alison for your zines! Lovely made and very colorful! Have wonderful day :)
seekingjoytoday rated for List Minizine on Nov 3, 2017
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Comment: Wow! What an amazing envelope to receive. I love your zine and the note about the background of zines. And the extra goodies are greatly appreciated. Have a great day!

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 290 49 58
Completed Fives Threes Ones
233 356 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
21 35 160 17
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Comments

CurlyTea on Apr 27, 2018:


Happy Birthday!

isabellasnow on Apr 4, 2018:

HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAY WISHES from WIYM!

ARTG33K74 on Aug 14, 2017:

My friend calls glitter Craft Herpes. Pass it on. :D

piratejimbob87 on Jun 10, 2017:


Thank you so much for my birthday card!

gothbarbie on Jul 28, 2015:

Oh crap! Just completed the art journaling in yours and THEN read all the way down to the part where you HATE GLITTER! OH NOS! The good news- it's totally enclosed in paint, shouldn't flake off anywhere...i promise!

sassafrass on May 28, 2015:

Welcome to The Journal Keepers! So happy to have you join us :) I hope you will enjoy the group.

KristinCali on Nov 14, 2014:

Hello hun! The mood ring you gave me has been a consistent deep purple shade :D It's so fun!

peanutbutter on Jul 20, 2014:

Thank you for noticing! It's nice to be back :) I'm slowly getting back into it, so hopefully I get to swap with you again in the future!

KristinCali on Sep 9, 2013:

Thank you again for the summer journal! It was so nice to receive one back as nice as the one I sent. If you ever want to do a private swap of journals let me know. We have lots in common :)

rngstgstll on Sep 7, 2013:

Sorry, that was a double excited. She was DOUBLY excited to wait to open the exciting package. Now that the package is opened, she is TRIPLY and QUADRUPLY excited.

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