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Date Joined: February 20, 2018
Last Online: October 25, 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 teen boys 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. Every week I meet with some other crafty ladies via the web, 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 have a WELL stocked craft room at home with a good variety of tools and coloring mediums. 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. I am a beginner mixed media artist who enjoys art journaling.

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 have a well stocked craft room with plenty of craft supplies. I do not 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 Joann's

  • 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

  • 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.

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: JUNE 2021


Mimi7 rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R63 on Sep 27, 2021
Comment: Thanks Zoe for the journal to create in and sent on its way.I loved your colorful create pages. NIce work!! thanks so much for the kitty envelopes, I love them!!
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for encouraging words, prompt rating, and heart. Thought you might like the cat envies :-) Have a super day!
annanymark rated for ISS: 3-2-1 Swap on Sep 3, 2021
Comment: I just loved the 3-2-1-letter that I got from you. Thank you so much for making it so personal for me and for all the extras! I loved it all ❤️
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for the prompt rating and heart. Enjoy your week!
amyduff rated for VES: Finances and Banking on Aug 30, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome. Have an amazing day and thanks for prompt rating and heart.
Ikat78 rated for ISS: Five Facts Postcard on Aug 28, 2021
Comment: =Thank you for the butterfly pc! I’d love to see your stripes journal spread. Sounds like fun.
Response: Thanks for the prompt rating and heart! The spread is on my IG (link in bio). Have a wonderful day and I hope you are safe and healthy where you are.
AmyMarie rated for VES: Let's Go Shopping! on Aug 25, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the vintage shopping ephemera. I appreciate the packaging, creative pocket, and postage stamps. I love your swap card! Take care.
Response: You are quite welcome. Have a great day. Thanks for prompt rating and heart.
Comment: Thank you. Love all you sent. The note card is cute :)
Response: Glad you liked the goodies. Thanks so much for prompt rating and heart. Have a wonderful day!
Sasha42 rated for VES: Vintage Ephemera Flat Envie #8 on Jul 13, 2021
Comment: What an awesome swap! It was more like a gift of my favorite things and was packaged so beautifully. It is a stand alone piece of art. Thank you sooooo very much.
Response: Yay! It arrived safely. Glad you enjoyed everything. Have a super day!
Comment: I received your swap this morning and I LOVE the presentation! SO CREATIVE!! The envelope is full of lovely postal goodies, the letter, of which, is absolutely darling!! how sweet love letters were back before there was constant communication via phone and social media! This is lovely and I am loving every bit! Thank you so much! xx Gabi!
Response: You are very welcome! Glad you enjoyed everything. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Have a super day!
wincejl rated for SMSUSA: 3 shaker coin envelopes on Jul 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for all the cute shaker envelopes! They are great and the tiny paperclips are adorable!
Response: You are quite welcome. Aren't those clips cute! Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy crafting!
katjalves rated for Handmade Art Journal Go Round R60 on Jun 25, 2021
Comment: Got the journal! Thank you for the goodies!
Response: You are quite welcome. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Have a wonderful day.
monsbrick rated for EPUSA - Mix Media Tag on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you Zoe what a perfect tag you gave assembled for me. Thank you!
Response: Glad you liked it. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Have a super day!
georgiafae rated for EPUSA- Floral Card on Jun 21, 2021
Comment: Beautiful card-very well done-Love it! Also love the extra pieces you sent along-they are just the kind of extras I like to receive! Thanks for sharing! Take care!
Response: Glad you liked everything. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy creating!
Comment: Thank you for such a wonderful selection and I love the way you presented it. I can put it straight into a journal.
Response: You are very welcome! So happy you liked everything and can use it in your journal. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Happy crafting!
Comment: Hi Zoe! Many, many thanks for the lovely piece you sent to fulfill this swap--it definitely made my day ;+) Love that it is handmade and REALLY love all the little inserts you included; how sweet to send something handmade. Thanks for joining and I hope we're partnered again soon!
Response: I am so happy to hear that you liked the goodies. I enjoyed making the pocket and finding a use for the woodland creature paper. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Wishing you wellness.
ScrapHappyGabi rated for VES: Colour Swap #4 - GREEN on Jun 10, 2021
Comment: Wow thank you SO much for the green ephemera goodies! I will definitely have a great time sorting through these and using all of the special bits in my journal! It's all super awesome and I LOVE it! xx Gabi
Response: Yay! Happy you enjoyed everything. Thanks for rating and hosting fun swaps. Have a great weekend.
Comment: Oh WOW! Happy Dance Mail! So much fun -- and all my fav things. Thank you for a wonderful swap!
Response: Yay! Glad you enjoyed everything. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Have a super weekend!
Reign747 rated for SMSUSA: Go Ahead ... Make My Day! on Jun 8, 2021
Comment: OH! MY! I absolutely love everything! Thank you for the Lou Paper pc’s and the recipes! My favorite items are the handmade cards creating by you - totally fabulous! Oh and even the mailing envelope was profile based! Wow!
Response: I am so happy that you enjoyed the happy mail. Thanks for prompt rating and heart. Have a super weekend!
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.

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Kittybob83 on Sep 22, 2021:

Thank you so very much for the 12x12 RAK!! Im shocked, there is so much pretty paper here! The card you made is awesome too! You are a generous and talented person, thank you!

jeka396 on Aug 7, 2021:

So glad that you received your deco! Thanks for the lovely bundle of cute paper goods you sent!

January on May 27, 2021:

Thank you for the planner stickers RAK, Zoe! What an amazing assortment - they are already being used in my book and will continue to be used! Love the variety!

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.

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