Hi everyone! I'm Laura, I am 49 years old and I am a wife and a mother of young adults. I live in Central New Jersey, USA. I work as a graphic designer for a sign shop. I love scrapbooking and paper crafts. I have a Filofax Finsbury A-5 size planner.
My favorite color is green...but I really like all colors and use them all in my crafts. Lately I have been drawn to gold and pink combinations. I have a love of things with animals especially elephants, hedgehogs, owls, penguins, cows, frogs, turtles and pigs. All the woodland creature stuff out now I think is adorable.
I also love lotus flowers, anchors, vintage images like old typewriters, phones, mason jars, light bulbs, anything really.
I also have a love for polka dots. All my craft storage bags are black with white polka dots. I was looking through my paper the other day and noticed so much of it is polka dots too.
Just a note: I usually send my swaps out quickly often within a few days of partners being assigned and I rate quickly too. If I didn't rate you...I probably didn't get it yet. If you are waiting for a swap or rating from me please let me know:)
Also, I love real stamps and prefer to use them for most swaps. I have started collecting vintage unused postage for this purpose. However, for many large or international swaps... I am sorry but I often do not use stamps. The metered mail at my post office allows me to get tracking and proof of mailing. My post office is very cranky and gets annoyed at me for using stamps. So I am sorry if occasionally you will get swaps from me with metered postage.
I love washi and deco tape. All colors. I do tend to go for patterns over solids.
I really enjoy decorating my envelopes and packages, so anything like cutouts, ephemera, fun pens, or things I can use to decorate them will make my day.
I also enjoy making my own envelopes out of recycled paper items like shopping bags & magazine pages.
Also, with all the notes and letters I am writing to go along with my outgoing swap-bot packages... stationary items would always be welcome.
Planner Item swaps; I love it all. I am a total planner nerd and love to collect goodies for it. Clips, magnetic bookmarks, charms, stickers, post-it's, washi, you name it!
Post cards Swaps: I do not collect them (...yet) but love participating in postcard swaps. I don't care what is on them. I have a good sense of humor so even funny and bizarre ones are welcome! I also really enjoy creative handmade post cards that are made with care.
Mail Art: I love creative envelopes and packaging. I love to decorate everything I send out and was doing it long before I joined swap-bot even just drawing on them with sharpies. I also used to make a lot of postcards and mail in college to send to friends made out of bizarre upcycled things. It is so much fun. So if you enjoy creating mail art too I would love it:)
I do a lot of reading. I like all kinds of books. I love to read what my kids are reading so we can talk about it.
I like all music really. I can listen to anything from classical to rap. My ipod is filled with such a wild mix and I love to put it on shuffle and let it go.
I love all kinds of movies. I especially like thrillers that keep you guessing.
I like to watch TV series but my schedule is crazy with large family, work, and all that kind of stuff. So I tend to binge watch series when I have a block of time using Netflix or Amazon Prime. I just finished watching "Girls"
I like chocolate really all kinds, although I really don't like white chocolate much. But I LOVE things sweet and salty. Things like Pretzel M & M's are awesome. I also like chocolate covered cherries. I also like to try unusual snacks that you can't get here in NJ or the United States. I am adventurous and I have no food allergies. Plus I have four kids and they will appreciate any sweets or snacks I don't like:)
I love lip balm and gloss in fun flavors. I am also fond of burt's bees products.
These are not really dislikes but things I am not that interested in... Disney items (although I love Alice in Wonderland), ATC's (just because I have so many), white chocolate, anything wintergreen flavored, foam stickers, & teacher reward stickers.
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