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Date Joined: November 2, 2009
Last Online: October 30, 2016
Birthday: December 12, 1979
Country: United States
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La Papierre
League of Extraordinary Penpals

About Me & Things I Love

Hello! My name is Julie and I'm a 35 year old mom, stationery designer, penpal, sushi lover, photographer, writer, blogger, friend, daughter, French speaker and much, much more.

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I have a 10 year old son who's creative and witty, just like his mom! ;) More about him below. ♥

I'm married to a wonderful woman named Denise. She makes me happy and we complete each other!

I've been into penpalling and swapping for years. I started writing letters when I was 9, so it's been over 25 years now! I used to swap decos and slams, but am now focusing on letters. I have wonderful penpals who are very dear to me. I love snail mail and everything that has to do with it: pretty letter sets, colorful pens, stickers, decorated envelopes, rubber stamps, notecards...

My love for paper products + my interest in penpalling + my creative side = La Papierre! I started designing letter sets just for fun and eventually opened my own stationery shop. I love having my own business!

Here are some of my creations - you can find them in my Etsy store:

Bird Lady

Butterfly Fairy

Monsieur Hibou

Madam Bat

Punk Pin-up

My other interests are psychology, personal growth, spirituality, reading, cooking, badminton, movies, music, alternative medicine, animals, photography, the law of attraction, communication, etc.

I usually get along really well with people who are unconventional (or at least open-minded), artists and creative folks, writers, photographers, independent but friendly and genuine people as well as optimistic and positive individuals.

Things I always love receiving: writing paper, notecards (especially letterpress), creative or funny postcards, sticker sheets (not loose please), envelopes (size A2 or bigger), things for my son (see below), etc.

My Son & Things He Loves

Louis-Justin is 10 years old and he loves writing and reading.

He enjoys receiving mail too!


His favorite characters / TV shows / movies are: The Smurfs, Garfield, Monsters Inc, Toy Story, Robots, etc.

Things he would love receiving: stationery (paper, notecards, stickers - airplanes, robots, etc), clothes (wears a size 8 for pants and 10 for shirts), etc.


I'm open to one-on-one trades.

One of my favorite things in the world is stationery: notecards, postcards, letter sets, stickers, envelopes, washi tape, etc.

I'm currently obsessed about notecards. I especially love letterpress, but regular cards are fine too. I also always need birthday cards!

I like my postcards blank and sent unwritten in an envelope. I'm not interested in viewcards (tourist type postcards), ad cards or freecards. I prefer cute / beautiful / funny / thoughtful postcards. I use them to write little notes to my son. So "manly" postcards are always welcome!

I don't really like loose stickers that much, but always need sticker sheets! My favorite themes are listed below.

I love letter sets and I write long letters, so I prefer bigger sets with at least 6-8 sheets of the same size. If envelopes are included, that's great! If not, that's OK too, as I have several of them already.

I also love notepads and journals with decorated sheets (not plain). I prefer larger ones (4"x6" and bigger).

I recently discovered washi tape and I love it! Tissue tape & deco tape = wonderful too.

If you want to make me happy, I would LOVE to receive "airmail" (par avion) stickers from other countries as well as vintage (or vintage looking) flash cards!

I'm not really into kawaii, though I like some of it. I usually prefer stationery that looks vintage or sophisticated. But I like some cute stuff once in a while too!

I'm not too crazy about characters like Winnie the Pooh, Disney in general or Hello Kitty... I do like cute characters and animals, but not most big brands!

As you can see, I mostly like stationery, but I'm also interested in a few other things, like tote bags (for trips to the library or for grocery shopping), candy, bento boxes and accessories, (Matryoshka) nesting dolls, letter openers, gift cards that can be used in Canada, unused (Canadian) stamps, tights (size large, xl or tall) in darker colors (black, grey, burgundy) and with fun patterns (think sockdreams.com), etc.

My favorite themes:

  • letterpress
  • love, romance, couples
  • kitsch
  • vintage / retro
  • snail mail (letters, stamps, envelopes, mailboxes, airmail, etc)
  • woodland creatures (owls, foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs, deer, rabbits, etc)
  • gnomes and mushrooms
  • octopi
  • anatomy (heart, brain, etc)
  • cupcakes
  • candy
  • popcorn
  • fruit (cherries, strawberries, etc)
  • picnics
  • tea time
  • sushi
  • food in general
  • cats / kittens (especially Sphynx cats!)
  • Boston Terriers & Pugs
  • circus
  • birthday
  • photography (cameras, polaroids)
  • books
  • anything French / European
  • antique keys
  • carousels and carnivals
  • vintage florals, butterflies & birds
  • Cath Kidston
  • bird nests and eggs
  • fairies and mermaids
  • pin-ups
  • vintage housewives
  • Barbie
  • Marilyn Monroe / Audrey Hepburn
  • Mr. Men and Little Miss
  • The Smurfs, Tintin, Asterix
  • Babar and other cute elephants (giraffes too!)
  • Beatrix Potter (Mrs. Tittlemouse, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten, Peter Rabbit)
  • Dick and Jane
  • Sarah Kay (and vintage Holly Hobbie)
  • Matryoshka
  • anything asian / oriental
  • religious icons
  • handwriting / calligraphy
  • anything gothic / dark / spooky
  • friendship
  • robots
  • ghosts
  • monsters
  • zebra print
  • 80's cartoons
  • rainbows
  • ballerinas
  • anything Victorian
  • children's illustrations
  • old tickets (admit one or blank)
  • "hello my name is..." labels
  • anything weird / unusual / quirky / unique
  • turtles (my mom collects them)

No Thanks!

These are things that I DON'T like and would prefer NOT to get. Thank you in advance for not sending me anything listed below!

  • plain, one color felt or foam stickers
  • 3D stickers - I prefer flat ones since I mostly use them to decorate envelopes!
  • tourist type postcards / viewcards
  • art postcards
  • most handmade cards
  • stuff covered in glitter (a tiny bit is fine!)
  • memo sheets or pads (I like larger sheets and notepads - 4"x6" and bigger)
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Lisa Frank
  • Diddl



  • Lana Del Rey
  • Mika
  • Les Trois Accords
  • Stream of Passion
  • Pascale Picard Band
  • Tori Amos
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Loreena McKennitt
  • Within Temptation
  • Delerium
  • Scorpions
  • Evanescence
  • Tryo
  • Noir Désir
  • Chromeo
  • Michael Jackson
  • Portishead
  • Depeche Mode
  • Madonna
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Rammstein
  • Vienna Teng
  • Adele


  • Mr. Nobody
  • The Life of David Gale
  • The Sixth Sense
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Saw I, II, III, (IV, V, VI, VII)
  • The Polar Express
  • Amélie
  • Running With Scissors
  • Practical Magic
  • Sideways
  • Inception

TV shows:

  • Dexter
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Lost
  • Medium
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • The L Word


anicka22 rated for NTG Scavenger Hunt #1 on Jun 29, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the lovely notecards
Comment: Thanks for all the lovely notecards! I loved the Christmas one and the one that's blue concentric circles best, but they're all really neat :)
JaneK rated for April swap - MAILBOXES! on Apr 22, 2013
Comment: Thanks! This was fun! :)
savagerose rated for Superhero postcard swap! on Feb 11, 2013
Comment: Thanks for the sweet League of Extraordinary Penpals postcard. I'd never thought of sending something laminated through the mail, but now I want to try it!
Tinkerbell1982 rated for Penpalkit on Nov 7, 2012
courtmm11 rated for Finders & Keepers on Oct 18, 2012
Comment: Great package...and I thank you so very much for all... lots of keeepers... thank you again...Pat
bananais rated for Destash Notecards/ Stationery Swap! on Sep 20, 2012
Comment: Thank you SO much for all the lovely notecards! You sent me such a beautiful mix—and I love them all! Lisa Frank took me down memory lane :) Thank you kindly!
grannysimpson rated for Sticker's Party! on Sep 10, 2012
lady86 rated for Sticker's Party! on Sep 9, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the lovely stickers..
Hannelore rated for Sticker's Party! on Sep 8, 2012
Comment: Thank you for the stickers. The sheet with 1 sticker missing is also welcome here :-)
tatipop rated for Easy..... send 3 sticker sheets on Sep 6, 2012
Comment: Thanks a lot, I loved the stickers!!!
Comment: Thanks! lots of cute sheets! Some i can share with the little ones I babysit for too! :)
Comment: Thankyou for the great stickers. I think that this Ruth Morehead sheet is one of my favs to date. :) I have never seen one like this before.
Comment: thanks soo much! :)
Moni rated for Blank Christmas cards on Dec 11, 2011
Comment: Thanks so much for the lovely cards you sent me, merry christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely package - I'm especially fond of the owly sticky notes, & adore the matching promo packs. I'll be adding a blog post in the next couple of days to promote your store & my promo giveaway. :)
Jess18877 rated for Mix 'em Up: Any 5 in an Envie on Nov 10, 2011
Comment: Thank you Julie for the nice cards, Great to have you as a partner again! ~Jessica
minniepic rated for Note Cards for You Swap on Nov 4, 2011
Comment: Thank you
djzmommy rated for Note Cards for You Swap on Nov 2, 2011
Comment: Thank you so much, what a nice selection :)
Marleen1979 rated for Postcard swap - Marleen & Julie! on Oct 31, 2011
Comment: Amazing postcards, thank you so much for this swap. I will keep on eye on your etsy shop for new cards.

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gothbarbie on Jul 10, 2013:

Thanks for the pretty Bday card! LOVE IT! I hope you're having success in all endeavors! Good luck catching up on letters! : )

KarlaKC on Mar 27, 2013:

Thank you for joining NTG ♥ A Handful of Notecards ♥! I actually created it after reading your post in the April 2013 Check-In thread in the Group Forums. So you could say it was created in your honor! :)

grumpylaura on Feb 8, 2013:

Thanks for being my first friend. Without you I'd be drawing faces on fruit and calling them Julie. But with you, I get to call YOU Julie, and everyone rests a lot easier knowing that.

lettergirl on Dec 11, 2012:

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday, dear JULIIIIIEEEEEE!!! Happy Birthday to YOUUUU!! :) I hope your day is wonderful tomorrow.

gothbarbie on Nov 29, 2012:

Come join the It's All in the Card Group

Cathleya on Nov 7, 2012:

Thank you for being a member of LetterSet Lovers! Group. We will soon have new and fun swaps. Hope you will join us!! ^-^ Letter Set

PukeFacedFreak on Oct 3, 2012:

I started a swap. Sharing the link with people I've swapped letters with in the past. http://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/131080?new=1

RyeRye on Sep 29, 2012:

TeePeeMaiden on Sep 24, 2012:

Thank-you so much for the wonderful RAK,I will be using all of it.

PATHACKER on Sep 24, 2012:

I received my envelope full of the goodies...the girlscouts loved them and worked on their scrapbooks some more over the weekend....Thanks! Your awesome

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