Swap-bot Time: September 22, 2021 7:20 am


Date Joined: July 3, 2019
Last Online: September 17, 2021

Country: United States
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My Handmade Stationery Shop

About Me

For anyone who's interested, I've opened up a little stationery shop of my handmade goods designsfromscratch.co. In the short term, I am only fulfilling domestic (U.S.) orders, but will expand soon (apologies for any inconvenience!). Hope you find something you like, but thanks for looking either way!!!

Hello there!

My name is Mary and I'm a graphic designer based in northern Virginia (close to Washington, DC). I've been married to my husband, Joe, since 2007. I spent the earlier (and longer) part of my career in biology, but have recently made the switch to more creative work (YAY!). When I make artwork, I often use watercolors, gouache, pens/pencils, and computer graphic tools (i.e. Adobe Creative Suite). I also enjoy using Posca markers (super fun!) and creating paper collages. I'm pretty much a paper nerd.

When I'm not being artsy, I like to do a bit of gardening, cooking/baking, sewing/knitting or watching a good flick or show. I like a wide range of genres, but some pieces I've liked include the Sherlock Holmes series, Dead Poets Society, Goonies, The Little Prince, several films based on Jane Austen works, Studio Ghibli films, the Harry Potter movies, and Marvel flicks. Same goes for music - love me some '80s, oldies, Big Band, classical, electropop, hip hop, rock, etc...songs from pretty much all genres.

I've always had a passion for anything to do with art, crafts, stationery, and design, and I'm excited to share that enthusiasm with fellow enthusiasts here at Swap-bot! I also love the personal aspect of snail mail and getting to know people for who they genuinely are (hope the feeling is mutual!). It's been a joy receiving swaps, especially knowing that people have taken the time to write or put them together. I also enjoy putting fun swap packages together (I can't help but include extras, heehee), so I always hope my partners are happy with what they get! If you have any issues (whether it be with what you receive, postage...etc), please message me and I will work with you to resolve them!

Just a note: I mark my swaps sent when they've been dropped in the mailbox. The mail is picked up at irregular times in my neighborhood, so sometimes the USPS comes before I drop it in the mailbox, meaning swaps may get sent out the following day. Also, our HOA is terrible at notifying us of maintenance activities - they recently withheld residents' mail for a few days while the mailboxes were being repainted and let us know AFTER the fact. I apologize in advance for any future impact this may have on receiving or sending swaps!


  • kawaii
  • botanical/scientific illustrations
  • woodland flora/fauna
  • vintage prints/ephemera
  • screenprinted or painterly effects
  • stickers
  • washi tape
  • washi paper
  • calligraphy
  • pretty or cute letter-writing stationery
  • stripes, grids, and dots
  • almost all colors, but faves are blues, greens, coral, neutrals, natural and citrusy tones (black and white are great, too!)
  • would love to receive your handmade art!

I'm sure there are a lot more likes I could list here, but just can't remember everything at the moment...


  • Disney (except vintage/retro)
  • Diddl and similar cartoonish characters
  • deco tape
  • macabre/horror
  • profanity
  • nudity
  • planner stickers/items
  • teacher/reward stickers/items
  • animal prints (e.g. zebra patterns or leopard prints)
  • things with glitter that comes off


  • flat stickers
  • washi tape
  • thin, decorative papers (e.g. washi paper)
  • kawaii stationery (letter paper, envies, memo sheets...etc)
  • vintage or vintage-inspired ephemera (e.g. old book pages, maps)
  • your artistic creations :)


  • coffeeeeeeee
  • I like a range of teas, but I especially like black tea-based varieties
  • chocolate
  • fruity or creamy hard candies
  • potato chips (even salt and vinegar...YUM...not sure why I'm listing this here, but why not, haha)


  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Within the U.S., about 11 states (California is one of my faves!)


  • Japan
  • UK
  • Australia
    (I'd be excited to go almost anywhere, really!)


amandat0913 rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on May 10, 2021
Comment: Holy moly what an amazing bunch of goodies!! Thank you so much!!
Response: You know you've done something right when you get a "holy moly" :D I'm so glad you liked everything!!! You're welcome, and thanks for the heart!
ashanti2106 rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on May 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful goodies. The envelope you've made is so pretty. Have a great weekend!
Response: You're very welcome! It was fun decorating the envie and putting all the goodies together :) Have a wonderful weekend as well, and thank you for the heart!
Comment: oh my gosh thank you so much!! I love all of it, and the way you packaged it is so cute! Thanks!! <3 Al
Response: You are so welcome!!! I had a lot of fun putting everything together, including decorating the envie - so happy you liked it all! Thanks so much for the heart :)
bluehairedmary rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on Apr 24, 2021
Comment: Thanks for making this a special swap! It's always nice to meet another Mary in the mail!
Response: Hello, fellow Mary! You're very welcome, glad you liked the swap! Thanks so much for the heart :)
fortannam rated for CPG: Mailbox Stuffer - Global on Apr 21, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the super fun selection of goodies! I can't wait to use them in upcoming swaps!!
Response: You're so welcome, and I'm so happy you like everything! Thanks so much for the heart :)
meeltje57 rated for meeltje57 and thatsmemyk #2 on Mar 24, 2021
Comment: Ohh, how I love receiving a swap from you. So many sweet surprises. So many delicate goodies. Your Protea Memo Pads are so very very pretty, I think I am in love with them. Gonna take another look or hundred to all the goodness in your package. Thanks for having this swap with me. Let's continue this ( seasonally?)
Response: Yay, I'm glad the swap got to you quickly and safely! Thanks so much for your kind words :) I'd love to have seasonal swaps with you (I PM'd you about it), so just let me know when's good for you! Can't wait to get your swap - I always love the stuff you send, too! Thanks so much for the heart :)
BizzyBusMom rated for MAE - Scrapbook Paper Envelope on Mar 21, 2021
Comment: Mary, honestly this swap was AMAZING!!! Words could never describe the love and care you put into it. I feel so special and it was like getting that beloved gift you have been wishing for. I truly wish everyone could have seen and felt as I did opening it. Loved the pattern paper, the PC's, note card, BEAUTIFUL tissue paper, the dories, and little notes and paper. As well as the playing cards...... thank you so very very much...... ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: Ohhh, you are SO WELCOME, Kerin!!! I'm ecstatic that you enjoyed opening the swap and loved the goodies inside! It was a joy to put together, and I hope that you have fun using everything :) Thanks so much for the kind words and for the heart! Take care!
Comment: OH - I'm so sorry for the late rating - I love the envie and the folder you sent, it's absolutely amazing and fun! Thank you so much, and I will respond asap (the last two weeks have been crazy here...)
Response: No worries, just glad you got it and that you enjoyed everything! You're welcome, and looking forward to hearing from you :) Thanks so much for the heart!
Moxieroe rated for LSRUS- 12X12 paper -usa on Feb 20, 2021
Comment: What a beautiful flipbook! Thank you! I love all the goodies inside!
Response: Hooray, I'm glad the swap made it to you and that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for the heart!
RockyBeach rated for ManE-INT: Mail Art Envelopes on Feb 15, 2021
Comment: Oh wow that is a great envie! Well actually two. It was so fun unpacking it. I absolutely love the vintage turquoise one! And all the great goodies/collage material. Thank you again for this super fun swap. If you like we could do a private mail art swap?
Response: Yay, so glad you liked everything! Would love to do a private mail art swap! Just let me know what you had in mind 😊
kizzlets rated for ManE-INT: Mail Art Envelopes on Feb 11, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the happy mail and brightening my mailbox!
Response: You're so welcome! I had a lot of fun putting everything together :) Thanks so much for the heart!!!
isandie rated for ManE-INT: Mail Art Envelopes on Feb 10, 2021
Comment: I was so glad when I saw you joined this swap!!!! And SUPER excited when I got your package!!! Your envie is SO BEAUTIFUL! So was the envelope you mailed it in! And as always, all the little extras! Did you make the airmail stickers??? They’re so good! You spoil me!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Response: Hi Sandie! So glad you liked everything!!! It was a lot of fun putting everything together for you. And yes, I made the air mail labels - that's one my newest offerings in the ol' shop :) Hope you're doing well, and thanks so much for hosting and for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much! Your creativity is amazing!
Response: You're so welcome! So glad you liked it! Happy (early) Valentine's Day and thank you for the heart :)
Comment: OMGoodness! It was like Christmas opening your package!!! I absolutely love everything you sent! I can put everything to good use. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Response: YAYAYAYYY :D Glad you liked everything and can use it all! Thanks for the heart!
lindseyjae rated for lindseyjae & thatsmemyk (#3) on Nov 19, 2020
Comment: Mary! I wish I could give you ten-thousand hearts for this lovely package. You always put such great care and thought into your swaps and it is so appreciated! This envie couldn't have made it to me at a better time, I really needed the happy vibes that it brought with it! Thanks for always being such a WONDERFUL swap partner. I am so so glad to be lucky enough to get happy mail from you. Thank you! thank you!!! I hope you'll like what I send for this swap as well. Take care friend!
Response: Hey there, Lindsey! I'm thrilled you liked everything and that the swap successfully delivered those happy vibes :D Enjoy, and as always, looking forward to seeing you in the mail, friend! Hope you're feeling better!
krismakes rated for That’s me and me too! on Oct 13, 2020
Comment: So glad the postie came through with the goods. Absolutely delighted by your letter and the goodies. Now I have more to talk to you about in my next letter too! So glad we connected on swapbot ☺️
Response: Hooray, so glad the swap finally made it and that you liked everything! Looking forward to getting your letter, and I'm happy that we connected, too :) Thanks so much for the heart!
lindseyjae rated for thatsmemyk & lindseyjae on Sep 1, 2020
Comment: Hi Mary! I got your envie a few days ago! I am so sorry that I haven't rated until now but things have been so busy. Now, for this lovely private swap... oh my goodness!!! Thank you so much for this amazing envie! I will never get over how beautifully you package the contents of the envelopes you send out - it's always a literal JOY to open things from you! You're so creative and so very talented and the definition of a wonderful swapper. Your envies never fail to make me smile and I have so much fun opening them and seeing all the work and detail and effort you put in. And the things you've created are literal artwork in my eyes, and are always stunning. I hope that you're making progress on opening a possible online shop - because I would be so willing and happy to be a customer. You've totally brightened my start to this week and I needed it, so thank you again Mary. I am happy to swap with you anytime, and hope you are doing well and staying safe amidst everything going on. p.s. - your envie will be sent out soon!!! I hope you'll enjoy it (maybe not as much as I enjoyed yours, lol) but I hope it will find you happy and healthy. Take care, have a great week!!! -Lindsey
Response: Hi there, Lindsey! YAYYYY, so glad you enjoyed the envie! It's always fun putting stuff together for you :) Thanks so so so much for your encouraging words, as always - although I'm slightly behind schedule with the shop (last minute changes to the game plan!), I am making quite a bit of progress and plan to open very soon. Will let you know when I'm up and running! Can't wait to get your envie, and hope things are going well with school and work! Thank you for the heart, and have a wonderful week as well!!!
m3i5 rated for Make an Envelope and Add A Surprise! 38 on Jul 25, 2020
Comment: Hi Mary, Thank you very much for your lovely package full of little surprises with things that I love!! :D pretty creative artwork tag! :) Wish you all the best with your new online shop! Stay healthy and safe :)
Response: You're very welcome! So happy to hear you liked everything :) Thank you for the well-wishes and for the heart! Please stay healthy and safe, too!!!
bpl76 rated for LSRUS 🍓Strawberry Mail Art🍓 on Jul 18, 2020
Comment: Thank you love it all
Response: You're welcome! It was a fun swap to put together :) Thanks for the heart!
lindseyjae rated for lindseyjae & thatsmemyk on Jul 15, 2020
Comment: hi mary! was so excited to see mail from you in my mailbox today!! and as always opening it made me smile, everything you send is always packaged so nicely! you are so creative and it's so much fun to open and to keep finding more and more cute things from you! i ADORE all of the goodies that you've created yourself, i do hope you'll open a shop someday, as i think many people would buy from you!! anyway - thanks SO much again, it was wonderful to be able to do this private swap with you! i hope you'll like the envie you get from me soon as well. take care!!!
Response: Hi Lindsey, I'm so glad you liked everything I sent for our private swap and the destash envie!!! The shop is maybe a month away (fingers crossed)?? Thanks so much as always for your kind words and encouragement! Can't wait to get your envie. Thank you for the heart :)

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HollyBear on Apr 6, 2021:

Thank you so much for the tea and fun goodies you sent for the CPG tea RAK!!!

bluerose3 on Apr 4, 2021:

Thank you for the tea and goodies (CPG Rak twinning English Breakfast tea giveaway). I love everything : )

bluerose3 on Apr 4, 2021:

Thank you for the tea and goodies (CPG Rak twinning English Breakfast tea giveaway). I love everything : )

LauraM540 on Mar 11, 2021:

I loved the goodies and the Mail Art envies you sent me from the CPG Pick 2 Tag.Thanks for the note too, you have beautiful handwriting!

susieq11 on Mar 4, 2021:

Thank you very much for the CPG: CPG Happy Mail Tag - Global! Oh it really is lovely! The envelope alone was fabulous and I wish I could be on a beach too!!! : ) So many beautiful items! Poodle stickers! And the Oz paper, just wow!!! I love every last goody and can’t stop looking! Thank you sooooo much!!! You made me smile!! XOXO

lasciviouskisses on Feb 16, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely CPG Happy Mail Tag! I received it today and loved the contents + your envie decor too!

kiddomerriweather on Dec 28, 2020:

Wow! Your new shop is AMAZING! You should be extremely proud. =D

lindseyjae on Dec 19, 2020:

Mary! I was so surprised and happy to see some pretty mail from you waiting for me today! You are so kind and thoughtful and the envie and things you sent really made my day so much brighter!

Your creations always bring a smile to my face, I am so glad to be able to connect with you on SB, and I hope the holiday season and the end of this year goes well for you. Sending well-wishes for a better 2021 (for all of us hahaha!) I always look forward to swaps with you, and I really cherish the goodies you pick out for me :-)

By the way, I just saw your new Instagram for your upcoming shop! So happy to see some of your products displayed there - I can't wait to support you and your business! Take care friend, & thank you again!!

lasciviouskisses on Dec 16, 2020:

Thank you so much for the very generous CPG Blind Envies RAK - Global! I love everything and will be sure to put them into good use!

simplykaren on Dec 15, 2020:

thank you

Thank you for your sympathy!♥

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