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Date Joined: February 20, 2018
Last Online: May 9, 2021
Birthday: February 16
Country: United States
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About Me

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"Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and its produced the most extraordinary results in human culture" - Ken Robinson

My name is Zoe. I was born in the 70's. I live in California. I have two teens and a wonderful husband. I am self-employed in a career that I love and considered an essential worker. I enjoy writing letters to my pen friends worldwide and paper crafts. I typically join the two (snail mail and paper crafting). I began paper crafting in 2017 and I joined Swap-Bot in 2018 and enjoy it. Watching crafting videos on YouTube is enjoyable to me. Pre-COVID19: Twice a month I meet with some other crafty ladies and we make cards/create together, sharing our designs and joy of paper crafts. Things that bring me joy are hearing my children laugh, seeing my husband smile, watching nature (esp. butterflies and birds), and of course making happy mail and crafting.

Instagram Note: My IG account is for papercrafting, happy mail, and mix media inspiration. If your IG account isn't about these things I will probably not follow you. I don't use this account to keep up with friends and loved ones. I do that through letters, in person, and with phone calls. It doesn't mean I don't like you or not interested in what you have to say. Remember, tech is a tool, NOT the master.

Current Pen Friend Count: 18 (19 if you count my wonderful 94 year old great aunt)


Color: violet, green, magenta, and browns (neutrals)

Flower: lily, violets, and roses (but love all flowers and succulents)

Movie: murder on the orient express & the original star wars

Scents: sage and tangerine

Season: winter and spring

Tea: jasmine, green tea, herbal, fruity

Time: I am a morning person


  • Paper-crafts& Stationary,

  • Exchanging Letters with Pen Friends,

  • Sharing Happy Mail

  • Word games & puzzles,

  • Cooking/baking,

  • Documentaries,

  • Fountain pens & hand-lettering,

  • Nature photos,

  • Tea

  • Spa Treatments of all kinds

  • Travel to warm climates,

  • Walks,

  • Swimming,

  • Handwriting Practice Books

  • coloring (pencils and water based markers)

  • Extreme Dot-to-Dot

Favorite Crafts

I enjoy paper crafts, specifically making cards to send to pen pals as happy mail. I enjoy making tags but typically use them on cards. I use die cuts, stamps, stickers, ribbon, color pencils, glitter, sealing wax, and other embellishments. My tools include a paper cutter, color pencils, full set of Zig markers, Empress die cut machine, heat tool, stamping platform, and envelope score board. I like to use anything postage or snail mail themed for my cards and to decorate my letters. I also like butterflies, owls, elephants, zebras, anything snail mail, things decorated with books, teacups/teapots, and flowers. Recently have become interested in some mixed media art and art journals.

Note: I am NO LONGER swapping DECOS's. If I receive some, I will return them to you as I don't have anyone to pass them on to. I DO NOT scrapbook or make ATC's. Just cards, happy mail, loaded bags/envies, and occasionally flip books or pocket letters.

Places to Travel

We enjoy traveling to warm climates. I have traveled to Jamaica, Mexico, Hawaii, Belize, Cuba, and St. Lucia. Our next adventure will hopefully be to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In the USA, I have been to many cities in California, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico (Carlsbad Caverns), Alabama, New York, Chicago, and Indiana. Our next adventure will hopefully be Arizona to see if we want to locate there.


Please note that: Extras are NOT expected or necessary for me. I don't rate my swaps based on extras.

This list is for someone to pick one thing for swaps that call for a PROFILE SURPRISE or HAPPY MAIL.

  • Current usable postage.

  • Small gift card to Etsy, Scrapbook.com, Amazon, or Joanns

  • Tea related ephemera (e.g. die cuts, stamped images, washi, stickers, etc.)

  • Snail Mail related ephemera (e.g. images of mail boxes, letters, stamps, etc.)

  • vellum floral stickers

  • avril yarn sample from Japan

  • floral book pages

  • Photograph of outdoors/flowers taken by you

  • Address labels with my address on them

  • VINTAGE: "Vintage" often indicates that the item is at least 20 years old, while items a century old or more can be considered antique.

I have recently began acquiring vintage items over the past year or so and have come to enjoy vintage items such as ledger paper, book pages, photos, transportation tickets, maps, used stamps, coupons, advertisements, cancelled checks, envelopes, onion skin/typing paper, and register tapes. I prefer things from 1975 or earlier.

I especially enjoy vintage items that are postal themed, images of flowers, sewing patterns, and typewriters. Triple bonus if the vintage photos are of people of color (e.g. African American, Asian, etc.). Finally, I love, a little too much, vintage numbering stamps. I have a small collection, but only out of restraint not desire.

  • Book/Library themed ephemera (e.g. vintage library cards, book die cuts, vintage book pages, etc.)

  • Personalized Swap Cards with flowers, violets, snail mail themes

  • We R' Memory Keepers (or similar) Eyelets - Standard

  • washi with script

  • Used postal stamps (especially purple and brown)

  • A profile based photo or gif posted on my profile

  • A profile based quote posted on my profile

  • Something from or inspired by my ETSY wish list

  • Something from or inspired by my AMAZON wish list

  • A letter about how you incorporate kindness into your day

  • Shop using my affiliate link (in bio)

I am open to private swaps with those who have a shared interest worldwide. I enjoy swapping vintage papers, ephemera, homemade cards, tea, used postage stamps, etc. Currently NOT accepting new pen friends.

Favorite Television

I don't have or want even basic cable. I'd rather spend my $$$ on craft supplies or a spa day. But a couple of shows have caught my eye and they are:

YouTube Card Making/Mix Media/Snail Mail Videos (let's be honest - this is mostly what I watch)

Agatha Christie (Miss. Marple/HP)

Sherlock Holmes

70's & 80's Saturday Morning Cartoons :-)


I pledge to rate.

(If I have not given you a rating, I have not received your item.)

Note: I enjoy swapping in the USA and internationally. A while ago, I decided to use Stamps.com to save money and time. This means, your mail will not have pretty stamps or be decorated on the outside (unless it is a mail art swap). I will continue to happily participate in international swaps, however, all international happy mail will be flat. Thanks for your understanding.


Last updated: February 2021


Comment: ZOE!!!! The envelope you made is gorgeous (I'm cutting it open and using it in my journal later today) and your handwriting: *chef's kiss* beautiful! The items you sent are perfect, I love the Mascara label and the onionskin especially. Thanks for a great swap!
Response: Yay! Happy you liked it! You are quite welcome. Enjoy the goodies and happy creating!
howdyholly rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R59 on Apr 29, 2021
Comment: Nice page!
Response: Thanks. This was a hard prompt for me, but tried not to over think it. Happy creating.
amyduff rated for VES: A Little of this and that #1 on Apr 26, 2021
Comment: Thank you Zoe for the amazing items you sent! Love the library pocket you tucked them into as well.
Response: So happy you liked everything. Pockets are so much fun. Happy Swapping.
Ashzaller rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R58 on Apr 23, 2021
Comment: I am so so sorry for the delay! I thought i rated once this arrived and i must not of saved it. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I am excited to pass it along <3
Response: Thanks so much for the heart - happy crafting!
Autist rated for I&B: SSS - MAR 2021 on Mar 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the cards! I think I even have envelopes that will work! I don’t get a lot of doctor who stuff so these hit a happy spot for sure!! Thank you!!
Response: Oh no! 🤦🏾‍♀️ I forgot envelopes. So sorry Erin. They are A2 size cards 4.25x5.5. Let me know if you need some and I'll pop them in the mail. I'm glad you like the cards. Have a great week.
Autist rated for I&B: See you next year! on Jan 7, 2021
Comment: This is a lovely card. I am going to put it in my journal. And thank you for the Starbucks!! It’s always welcome!! I drink it way to often! Thank you for thinking of me, Evan
Response: Yay! Happy it arrived so quickly and that you enjoyed the card. Happy New Year and happy swapping.
shellbede rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R56 on Jan 3, 2021
Comment: I love the spread you did! And the extras were great too. Thanks!
Response: Thanks so much! Have fun creating. Happy swapping.
CookieMomster78 rated for Snail Mail on Dec 13, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing these tiny mail items! I ❤️❤️❤️them & they’re perfect for my ATC theme! You’re the best 🤗
Response: You are very welcome. I'm sad the store that store that sells them has gone out of business because of COVID-19 :-(
kclicquot rated for I&B: 3-2-1 CONTACT! on Sep 25, 2020
Comment: I love the story about your name, and my fondest memories are also of summers gone by. . . . Thanks for another wonderful assortment of goodies too!!!
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy crafting!
1OldfoolPlanner rated for VES: A Mix of this and that! on Sep 24, 2020
Comment: Omg Zoe! I cannot thank you enough for your amazing package. It is so professionally wrapped and beautiful I hated to even open it. This is really a next level swap and it is really making me rethink how I send out my swaps in the future! I love the little business card that you use to indicate if it’s a swap or an RAK, etc! You just really have great ideas. And I haven’t even mentioned all the amazing things IN the swap yet LOL - one of my favorite all-time things are old bingo cards so I was so happy to see that. I love all of the stamps you sent thank you so much and a little note to the mail carriers is adorable. I just love all your little details. I cannot thank you enough what a thrilling swap to receive. It completely made my day. Hugs, Jill ♥️
Response: Awwww you are so welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. I love open swaps where I can express myself and have fun. Thanks for amazing rating. Happy creating!
Smsands2 rated for MAE: Handmade Flower Envies ~ US on Sep 15, 2020
Comment: Wow! so many lovely envelopes! Wow! Thank you so much!
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for the prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping.
shellbede rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R53 on Sep 5, 2020
Comment: What a gorgeous spread you did! It's beautiful. And the vintage extras will definitely get used - thanks!
Response: Thank you so much for the compliments on my work. I was inspired by a trip I took to St. Lucia. The snorkeling was amazing there. Thank you for the prompt rating and heart. Happy creating!
MamaD rated for CPG Aug '20 Move a US Deco - US Only on Aug 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you-Thank you!! What a fantastic package!! I love it! This made my day!! When I read the stickers I was cracking up at the "bribe" one!! Thank you so much for being a great partner!!
Response: You are quite welcome. I thought those may give you a giggle. :-) Thanks for the prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping.
BusyB rated for Vintage Transportation Ephemera! on Aug 18, 2020
Comment: LOVE what you did with the little folder that holds the tickets! Thank you for a special swap and sharing your creativity with me. Hope you are doing well.
Response: I am glad you enjoyed the goodies. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping!
Comment: Thanks for this great stuff! I love the envelope from Israel the best, it's so cool. And I love Mr. Zippy! THANKS :):):)
Response: So happy you liked the little treasures. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Enjoy and happy swapping.
shelleym rated for VES: Vintage Ephemera Flat Envie #4 on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: YOU HAVE SPOILED ME ROTTEN! Thanks so much Zoe, I love the vintage treasures you picked out for me. The cancelled cheque, the 1953 calendar page, and the gummed red number 14 are probably my favourite. Thank you!!
Response: Yay! So glad you liked the items. I do hoard cancelled checks...Thanks for the prompt rating and heart. Enjoy and happy swapping!
kclicquot rated for VES: Vintage Book Pages Swap #2 on Aug 11, 2020
Comment: I get so excited to receive an envelope from DrMom! And this one disappoint! The presentation, the variety, the emnvelope it was mailed in are all works of art! Thank you Zoe!
Response: Ha! You are so sweet! Thank you! Happy you like everything. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping!
Tamawi rated for Decos Only - 8/2020 on Aug 8, 2020
Comment: I have already made a page in 1 of the 2 decos. You'll want to check for that in the future. Thanks for the stickers.
Response: Oh no! I am SO very sorry. I thought I checked, but clearly not close enough. Gosh, I am so so very sorry.
shellbede rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R52 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: What a gorgeous spread you created! And the extras and envelope all fitting the theme - you are good!
Response: Yay! It arrived safely. I am glad to hear it. Thanks for compliment. Enjoy creating. Thanks for prompt rating and heart.
1koolkrafter rated for CPG Handmade Envies - US Only on Jul 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks so much for the envies that you sent me and the extras. They were all very nice.
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy swapping.

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StarryNights on Apr 27, 2021:

Thank you for the awesome RAK mystery paper craft box. I'm so excited to use all the goodies in my crafting and journals.

LauraM540 on Apr 24, 2021:

Thanks for the awesome Flat Rate Destash box! I am having an awesome time going through it all! Lovin the pencils and markers!

CookieMomster78 on Feb 16, 2021:

Happy Birthday, Zoe!🎂🎈🎁 🎉 🤗

loveretro on Feb 16, 2021:



Monique xx

CookieMomster78 on Nov 26, 2020:

You have been one of the lights in a seemingly dark world.

MrsAlderman on Jun 23, 2020:

Thank you so much for the ink spray RAK!!!! I'm going to have a ton of fun learning how to use these!! it made it safe!

Kirkdebb on Feb 26, 2020:

Thank you for the Cheers to That stamp set RAK! I am excited use it! Also, thank you for the cute decorated clothespins! I think I'll add some magnetic tape on the back and put them on my fridge.

loveretro on Feb 14, 2020:

Dear Zoe,

wishing you a very happy birthday !


many thanks for your happy mail ! Monique x

Heirloom on Dec 31, 2019:

From the USA Happy Mail group

grammypammy on Dec 23, 2019:


Hugs, Pam

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