Swap-bot Time: February 4, 2023 6:34 am


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: February 3, 2023

Country: Canada
ATCs I've Made
My ABC List

About Me

Updated January 21, 2023

  • ISFP - Adventurer

  • Enneagram 9 - a desire to live in peaceful harmony with their environment.

  • Married. Childless by choice. Not retired yet but I qualify for senior discounts.

  • 🦻 In mid-life I started to lose my hearing and now I'm profoundly HOH. I lip-face read. I do not know sign language. I had cochlear implant surgery and activation in August 2022.

  • Gmail: [email protected]

  • Canada

🤗 ABC List - Things I find interesting

Handmade is what I like because it's unique and personal. There's a greater feeling of camaraderie and community when sharing something we've made. It's a means of supporting and encouraging play, mindfulness, creativity, originality, and authenticity.



Definition: basically it is a blank little handmade book (usually 4-6 pages) that has a theme (it can be open theme). When you receive it, you decorate 1 page and pass it to the next person. When it is full, it gets sent home to the person who made it! So they get a nice little decorated booklet back!

I've started a group for Collaborative Swaps

About decos, deco resources, collaborative projects. Also my preferences, and available decos

If anyone has unfinished Pass&Paste/Add&Pass postcards they no longer want to participate in, you can pass them on to me. Address: R Smith PO Box 31013 Willowwest, Guelph, ON NIH 8K1, Canada

Deco swaps are my favourite swaps to host. Everyone sends and rates quickly. Most of the time all of the decos are sent before the swap deadline and I'm flabbergasted when all of the decos are rated before the swap deadline. Deco makers are a great group of swappers!


No need to send extras to me. Rest assured, I do not rate based on extras.

The things I send

I put a return address on everything I send out.

I keep a photo-log of my outgoing swap items--front, back, and at the mailbox.

It takes on average 10 business days to get to most places. However, delivery is often 4 weeks to many places in the United States.

I will resend if my swap doesn't arrive within 6 weeks.

Canada Post Service Alerts

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📩Re-sends sent to:

2020 - 2022 Re-sends


Jan 2023 - CookieMomster78 for DB: Small Deco Booklet #338836. Mushrooms by PaperPassion got lost in the mail. Sent Snowflakes by DeboraCreates as a replacement. Received Jan 31. I let PaperPassion know that her deco is lost in the mail. Sent her photos of the deco pages.

My Hosting Style

If you join one of my swaps here's what you should know about my hosting style:


I screen participants to minimize the risk of flakers getting in, and those who do not rate, and those who leave blank comments. I will remove participants with swapping histories that worry me. If you have any negative unresolved swapping history and want to join my swap please proactively message me to explain.


If you haven't received a postcard around the one month mark, let me know. I will send out a nudge message.

If I have had to send more than one nudge message to a member, I may "ban" them from future swaps.

Blank comments

Please, no blank comments. When rating please comment on the item received. Example:

"Thank you for the Van Gogh sunflower postcard."

As a host, I read the comments each participant receives. I really appreciate reading a little description of the item. A description tells me the item was received and noticed.


I check to see that everyone is rated and will add a "Finished" stamp to the Discussion section when all items are sent, received, and rated.


If your partner flakes, PM me to let me know you posted the "1" and I will angel the swap.

Swap-Bot Frequently Asked Questions: What are the rating criteria?

Thank you to all who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note.

Great swapping advice, tips and checklists:

Thinking of hosting a swap? Things you should consider.

Joining a swap tips

Hosts: Rating Requirements Too Low?

Giving/Getting/Reacting to a Poor Rating

Groups and Tags I help manage:

NEW! : Collaborative Swaps

Hand Carved Stamps and Images

Snapshot Photo Craft Projects

All about ATC

ATC's Only

Handmade Postcard TAG

Zeen TAG

Deco Books TAG


I will create a private swap for the two of us. Contact me.

While you are in the honeymoon-phase of membership, successfully completing private swaps are a great way to show you are serious and committed to swapping.

Many hosts have felt the sting of accepting a new member into a public swap before the 6-month mark only to have them disappear, leaving behind unfulfilled swaps. An example that affected me.

Helpful topics for newbies:


Comment: This looks like it'll be a fun one. Thank you!
Response: I'm liking the twinchie square size. I hope I can get more interest in small art collaborative projects like these twinchie PCs. I find them quick, easy, and rewarding. I enjoyed painting the paper, weaving it and turning into the doodle bird square.
Comment: Thank you for re-sending a deco for this swap, Rome. This time I did in fact receive the "snowflakes" deco by/for @lrm1980 and it's a last-signer so woot! I'll be sending it home to Lindsay as soon as I finish my page. Your page is adorable! Is that a hand-carved snowman stamp? I like it a lot!
Response: Yes, I hand-carved that snowman. It's a favourite of mine. I like to use it for my winter projects.
mcorbus rated for AMA Pass and Paste Postcard #99 on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you :) I will add and send on
Response: Looking forward to seeing the filled postcard! Thanks for the heart! ♥️
mcorbus rated for PA: Pass & Paste #2 on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Thank you:)
Response: Looking forward to seeing the filled postcard! I had fun making the rabbit section. I hope you enjoy making your section. :)
Hotthreads rated for DB ♥: ICM decos #339336 on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Another great Deco
Response: I'm glad you like my "Bloom Where You're Planted" plant theme ICM and Heather's Fairy ICM deco. :)
Hotthreads rated for AMA: Deco booklet #339909 on Jan 31, 2023
Comment: Very cool thank you💕
Response: I had fun with Hell0z0mbie's Weird Fish deco. I hope you do too. :)
Comment: Thank you for the deco book will pass it along!
Response: You're welcome. Received: Open theme with bird cover by Teia for Hell0zombie.
Comment: Thank you for Kyoko's "cocoa deco" and Tamara's "wish I was here" deco. I will enjoy adding to these.
Response: Thanks for taking an extra. :) And thanks for the heart. ♥️
swapwithyi rated for AMA: Mini Art Journal Go-Round #8 on Jan 27, 2023
Comment: well received,thanks again <3 happy swapping
Response: Joey, please remind me which deco did I send to you? Edit: Thanks for letting me know that it was my new Flora deco. I look forward to eventually seeing the finished results. :)
Comment: So excited to join in future projects!! 🌟
Response: You're very welcome for my black paper one-sheet MAJ. FOB221-028. I had fun making the sunrise over mountains cover. :)
monsbrick rated for PNS: Pass and Paste Postcard - 40 on Jan 26, 2023
Comment: Hi Rome, I love this postcard. It reminds me of Miro. But of course your own style.
Response: Oh wow, I'm so chuffed that you compare me to Miro. Actually I was thinking 'who's Miro?' So I googled the name and recognized some of the paintings. I'll be doing so more reading up on Miro. Thanks monsbrick! :)
Sonya rated for AMA: Deco booklet #339574 on Jan 24, 2023
Comment: I just returned from Antarctica to find LuckySweetPea's pretty Sunshine & Music eco. Your page came out great! Thanks for your patience with my rating. Cheers!
Response: Wow, Antarctica!! Mind-blowing. Thank you for the kind words about my page in LuckySweetPea's lovely deco.
Comment: Thank you - these look like fun - this is my first one - Happy Posting!
Response: I'm pretty new at this too. I think this was my 3rd P&P. I hope you get hooked, we need more pass & paste PC makers. :)
Comment: Thanks for the postcard!
Response: I'm looking forward to its return voyage when I get to see all it filled with art. :)
Comment: Thank you for the swap, I really like wales and this one is so happy haha I hope to enter your group and also move along your P&P Postcard in a next swap.
Response: It was great swapping P&P PCs with you Lubado. I have just created a new P&P PC swap and I hope you will join. I PM'd you the link.
Comment: Thank you for the fun deco for @lrm1980. I will be adding my page this weekend!
Response: I hope you enjoy the process. :)
jeka396 rated for DB ♥️: Small Deco - 1 (USA/CAN) on Jan 14, 2023
Comment: Thanks so much for Christine’s flamingo deco. I like working with pink so I’ll enjoy adding a page to this one!
Response: You're welcome. I hope you enjoy making your flamingo page. It's nice that CookieMomster78 is getting into hosting deco swaps. I don't seem to get enough of them.:)
Comment: Thanks for Robin’s open theme deco book. I like the size of it. Also, your circles with enhanced doodles page was superb!
Response: Thanks so much for the kind words about my circle doodles. They inspired me to work on some more circle doodles. :)
Comment: R, I am enjoying these deco swaps! Thank you for the deco and the nice note. E
Response: So glad you like deco swaps. Check my profile "Currently In" and "Currently Hosting" for other deco/MAJ swaps you might be interested in joining. Have fun filling your page in Hotthreads' Dog & Cat deco.
Apelser rated for Deco Swap #329171 on Jan 12, 2023
Comment: At long last. I started thinking that the South African Postal Service didn't want to send me my mail. Luckily it arrived :)
Response: I mailed Sonya's Wilderness deco; lrm1980's The Sea deco; joppagirl's Flower deco

Rating Overview

Overall Hearts Stars Hosted
5.0000 843 490 524
Completed Fives Threes Ones
853 921 0 0
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3 Uncategorized
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DeboraCreates on Jan 28, 2023:

Thank you for sending Kyoto's Fruit Drinks Deco in the CPG: Established Deco Tag!

9O96O on Jan 27, 2023:

OMG Sonya, how cool is that. It was meant to be! 🤯😁🤗💖

Sonya on Jan 26, 2023:

EXACTLY 365 days ago, I made/sent my first deco to you in a private swap. Today, I received my first ever HOMER from you!!! What are the odds???? Thanks so much for sending it home and introducing me to decos. :)

bblue on Jan 22, 2023:

Thanks for your "Deco Book tag!"

ktk8 on Jan 3, 2023:

Hello received back my HD/HP postcard and want to thank you for adding the clear blue winter day scene to it....... many hearts you YOU.....

MuggleMom on Jan 1, 2023:

Wishing you a fun filled New Year!



Sonya on Dec 27, 2022:

Thanks for all the great swaps this years!

wolfeagle on Dec 24, 2022:


ktk8 on Dec 20, 2022:

Hello AND happiest of holidays to ya....


THANK you for working on my pass and paste postcard and sending it home.... I LOVE LOVE LOVE the butterflies.... THANK YOU SO MUCH! so fun to receive these cards home.....

Sonya on Dec 13, 2022:

Love your new profile image, Rome!

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