Swap-bot Time: August 13, 2022 8:47 am


Date Joined: December 21, 2018
Last Online: August 13, 2022

Country: Canada
ATCs I've Made
My ABC List

About Me

Updated Aug 7, 2022

First half of August I'm taking a short break for CI surgery and recovery. I picked up mail from the post office on Friday and rated the swaps received. I probably won't be able to drive again for a couple of weeks. Ratings may be a little tardy.

August 7: Surgery is done and I'm recovering but I'm not home yet. I expect to be able to visit my PO box this coming weekend.

  • Personality style: ISFP - Adventurer

  • Married. Childless by choice.

  • 🦻 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.

  • Gmail: 3392048@

  • rSmith - PO Box 31013 WILLOWWEST - Guelph, Ontario - N1H 8K1 - 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.


Decos - Collaborative Deco Art-Style Handmade Booklets

Examples of decos I've received.

Also called: "go-round" zines, travelling journals, mini art journals (MAJ), index card minis (ICM), circle journals, etc.

Swappers contribute to one page and then pass it on to another swapper.

Have a look to the right at my "Currently In" and "Currently Hosting" section to see the latest.

My style is similar to my ATC style: flat, little to no embellishments. Cutouts, drawings, paint, ink, stamping, and handmade booklets made from upcycled note cards and art cards.

I welcome any stage - new, established, homer/last page.

I prefer lettermail size, no extra postage needed.

You can share my decos with your creative friends and family. They don't need to be a member of Swap-Bot (but they should return it to you so you can send it to me if it's full, or use it in another deco swap if it's not full). It would be great to have a variety of art in my decos. There's also the added bonus that my deco should end up back to me sooner. I'd love to know who decorated the pages and maybe get some extra info about what they created. 🤗

Deco groups and tags of interest:

Deco Books ♥

Deco Books TAG

These groups often have deco swaps:

Cheap Postage Swaps, Tags and Fun

Zines, mail art & other cool stuff

Groups.io and Facebook are also places that have deco swapping.

Groups.io Deco Swappers

Groups.io Lovely Decos

Facebook Deco Swappers


Please do not feel the need to send extras to me. I rate people on how much effort that they put in to whatever they are making for me.

The extra I'd really like is a bit of correspondence ✒️✍️. How your day went. What your favourite crafting materials are, etc. I'd love to know a little about what you have sent to me--how it was made, the materials you used.

If you love to send extras, go ahead. But rest assured, I do not rate based on extras.

The things I send

I put a return address on everything I send out.

If you haven't received a card within a month of my send date, please let me know.

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

If the postal equipment damages my card, let me know. I'll send you a photo of the card as it looked before I mailed it.

I will resend if my swap doesn't arrive.

Sending and receiving mail, including global, in 2021 has been as short as 4 days between Canada and the Netherlands, and as long as 8 weeks to Australia. On average 15 days within North America. Unfortunately all the mail I sent to South Africa in 2021 never reached it's destination. It's been over a year and I sent approximately 9 envelopes (all deco booklets).

Canada Post Service Alerts

Postcrossing Postal Monitor: Ongoing mail suspensions

ICC Logistics site - Mail disruptions

📩Re-sends sent to:

2020 and 2021 Re-sends


@Barbara for CPG: Cut n Paste PC #328363 (Global). Received May 5.

My Swap 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.

Rating booster or "Leave a Comment" swaps are red flags.


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?

To all who join my swaps and rate promptly and with a nice note...

Thank you

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:

All about ATC

ATC's Only

Hand Carved Stamps and Images

Snapshot Photo Craft Projects

Handmade Postcard TAG

Zeen TAG

Deco Books TAG


I will create a private swap 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.

If you are interested in a newbie-friendly swaps see Softawoo's Assuming the Best group.

Helpful topics for newbies:


teejlc rated for Deco - Collaborative Booklet #334331 on Aug 8, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great abstract Art Deco! Your page is so pretty! I love the circles and the way the colors mix!
Response: I like lrm1980's abstract deco. I enjoyed making the neurographic circles. It turned out differently then I had planned and I like the final look. Thanks for the kind words.
MuggleMom rated for DB ♥: ICM decos #334393 on Aug 6, 2022
Comment: Thank you for sending me 3 different and unique IMC decos. The moon deco is looking so inviting!! xxMuggleMom
Response: You're very welcome for the ICMs--Good Housekeeping - Mary Nguyen; Moon - lrm1980; Zentangle - Roxie Lilly. Enjoy adding your work to them. :)
Comment: Thank you 😊
Response: You're welcome for lylanni’s Hello mushroom cover MAJ.
Sonya rated for CPG Move Any Deco 16 - Global on Aug 3, 2022
Comment: Thanks, Rome, for sending Tracy's Awkward Animals. How bizarre is it that after I opened your letter, I opened someone else's and there was a pink flamingo sticker extra in there that said "Awkward"? Mind blown!
Response: Serendipity! :D
lrm1980 rated for Small Deco Booklet #334171 on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending these 2 great decos… Tracy’s pretty Birds of the World and your new marker/pen/ink free theme deco. I love the pattern you drew on your cover!
Response: Thanks for the kind words about my abstract cover. It was fun making it. :)
MuggleMom rated for DB ♥: ICM decos #334042 on Aug 1, 2022
Comment: Can I say I was a bit silly over the Canadian postage stamp glassine envelope you sent... I love these "crunchy" envies. Of the 3 decos, I think I am most excited to start on the pink deco - which your page is brilliant! xxMuggleMom
Response: Swappers love those glassine envelopes so I try to get one anytime I buy stamps. The generous staff will give me 2 but mostly they pretend they didn't hear me when I ask for two. =) So you are one of the lucky ones to get a canadapost glassine envelope. :D Thanks about my pink page. I had a flash of inspiration.
ccmmsu rated for CPG: Small Deco Booklet - Global on Jul 28, 2022
Comment: Very cool paper weave on this deco! Thank you for sending it to me. I'll log it on FOB, too.
Response: I'm so glad you like it. :) Thanks for logging it on FOB groups.io!
joppagirl rated for CPG: ICM Deco Booklets - Global on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: Thanks for the little books. The Valentine theme is already too full to close, and someone has already had to repair it. The thick paper it is made from plus all the additional paper added onto the pages hasn't been good for it. Three pages to go, hopefully it will hold together.
Response: I've been noticing that about the ICM decos. The larger decos seem to close better than the small decos, even when they use thicker paper and embellishments. I have to re-think ICMs. I really like the size, maybe I'll suggest regular computer paper thickness and only one page folded in half to give swappers 4 pages (6 if we count the inner covers) to work with.
hazelwitch3 rated for Photography scavenger hunt on Jul 26, 2022
Comment: Hi Rome, Absolutely fabulous pictures -- thank you so much for sharing them with me. I can't decide which one I like best -- the excellent picture of the carpenter bee (I spend a lot of time trying to photograph insects who fly away a milisecond before the shutter clicks!), the atmospheric graveyard, the lovely flowers, that wonderful rainbow or the fun of the Christmas band!
Response: Thank you so much for your detailed feedback. I'm so glad you like all of the photos. I really enjoy the swaps you create on SPCP. Thanks!
Comment: I loved what Rome sent me, its was beautiful and I really enjoyed the interaction and assistance. :)
Response: I'm so glad you like the Pappilon puppy postcard. I hope it was a good introduction to swap-botting. I just got your church postcard and will rate you right away. :)
mjhaertling rated for Photography scavenger hunt on Jul 20, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the photos. They are very nice. I like that you chose to have the graveyard picture in black and white. One doesn't see such a rainbow very often; you were fortunate to see that. Your photo of the musicians evokes such a happy vibe - sometimes those impromptu performances are the best.
Response: Thank you for the great feedback! :)
MuggleMom rated for Last Page Deco 7/2022 on Jul 19, 2022
Comment: Well, another challenging deco - circles?? I shall endeavor to come up with something (crop circles is my first flex, lol) and I will send home to it's owner. Thanks!!! xxMuggleMom
Response: That's what I like about decos, they can be challenging. Makes us do themes we don't normally do. Crop circles would definitely be an interesting subject. :) -------------------------------- Noting the dec: Circles by Carolyn P in Oregon. My page: neurographic circles.
RoxieLilly rated for Mini Art Journal Go-Round #2 on Jul 14, 2022
Comment: Thank-you for the mini zine🙂
Response: I hope you have fun making your bird theme page for hazelwitch3's deco. I had fun putting the budgie page together.
fighterangel rated for One Deco 7/2022 on Jul 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for passing along these awesome decos! I'm not a fan of Alanis Morissette but it'll be fun to decorate something I'm not comfortable with! ;u; Our nanday conure is a nut but I love him nonetheless. Take care of yourself!
Response: Same here. I know of Alanis but music after 1990 isn't really my thing. It was challenging. Then I remembered that I saw Alanis in the movie Dogma. So that made it more fun to create my page based on her role as God. :) Thanks so much for the heart. I hope you have fun with the Pearls of Wisdom deco too.
PaperPassion rated for CPG Move Any Deco 15 - Global on Jul 14, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the great deco and the wonderful note.Think I am going to love decos.
Response: I'm so glad that mistyinltown's Ace of Spades deco has made a great impression. :)
Sweetrizzo44 rated for CPG Minizines #30 - Global on Jul 4, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the lovely zine! It was very touching and inspired me to read The Little Book of Lykke. Keep spreading kindness and let it take root... 12 Aug 2022: I got your second zine today. Thank you for sharing the wise words of Walk Whitman. It made my day!
Response: I'm so glad to hear that my zine spurred you on to read Lykke. It's a cute little cosy book full of interesting information.
Comment: I love the frogs! It took a while wow it traveled for over 2 months it seems! I love the frog on the flower and hugging frogs. The crispy paper with blue chalk paint is a nice touch to the whole thing. Thanks!
Response: Thanks for the fantastic review DinkySparkle. I especially Ellen's cover. I'm relieved that the deco finally got there. I hope you have fun making your page.
lrm1980 rated for Artistic Decos 7/2022 on Jun 30, 2022
Comment: Thanks for sending Allie's "dance with the devil" playing card deco. The cover is so interesting, and your page is cute!
Response: I like Allie's work. I had never heard of the "Dance with the Devil" folktale. Learned something new and had fun coming up with a page. Thanks for the great comment and for the heart. :)
mjhaertling rated for SPCP: Profile Pic on Jun 29, 2022
Comment: Thank you for the photo of the church. Public worship with fellow believers is an important joyful part of my life.
Response: I'm really glad I picked the right subject for you. It was a fun photo exercise. Thanks for the heart.
Comment: You're right, the deco was a bit different design but I can easily fill a nature deco with some inspiration, fingers X. Thanks so much for all your help w/tracking down a homer's addy. I hope you host more origami booklets soon. xxMuggleMom
Response: You're welcome MuggleMom. You've spurred me on to host another one-sheet origami-style booklet swap. Here's the link https://www.swap-bot.com/swap/show/333627

Rating Overview

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kittyhahahotbot on Aug 1, 2022:

Thank you for awesome LEMON zine gif!

Sonya on Jun 28, 2022:

Hi Rome - just received Janet's firework deco for the Tag Swap. Thanks for sending a fun and colorful one! Best to you.

jeka396 on Jun 11, 2022:

Thanks so much for the tiger themed deco book for the deco books tag!

teejlc on May 13, 2022:

The extra deco you sent came today and I am so glad that you made the "mistake" with this swap! The book is so well made and fun. I have never heard of a knocker-upper before either, and I will admit my mind went elsewhere when you mentioned it in your note, haha! Thanks so much for this fun book.

9O96O on May 5, 2022:

Fantastic Barbara. So glad the seagull made it safe and sound and that you like the results. 🤗

Barbara on May 5, 2022:

Your resend came and that sea gull is so much nicer looking then the ones I see at Goleta beaxh. Thank you! Have a crafty day Rome!

MuggleMom on Apr 22, 2022:

Thank you for the winter and snowflake deco's from forum tag!



Shelleynwillow on Mar 7, 2022:

Thank you so much for the chihuahua deco swap I love it ❤️

9O96O on Feb 28, 2022:

Mugglemom, I love that goldfish gif. :D

MuggleMom on Feb 28, 2022:

Rec'd the deco and now I can't wait to decorate - I have so many fun ideas!



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