The really cool thing about this swap is that these are rather ordinary items, but they're chosen by someone else, so they end up being things you'd like, but not necessarily things you'd have. Especially when your partner makes special effort to include things specificallly to your taste, which is what my partner, zcrafter did.
Yes, those are real, old card catalog cards and card pockets. I know, how awesome is that? Other things you see are 2 dustcovers, transparent wrapping paper (love transparent papers), magazine images, alpha die cuts, alpha stickers, chipboard shapes including my stars, sparkle paper, little stickers and bits and bobs featuring my themes of stars and butterflies, old book pages including super cool Latin dictionary pages, fabric clothing tags, a scary-cute safety diagram, local ephemera, fuschia ribbon (fave color), and black lined paper.
I was especially touched by her inclusion of a butterfly calendar, since Butterfly is my totem animal right now. Another synchronicity was her inclusion of a book card pocket of a book by philosopher John Locke, since I'm a huge Lost fan who deeply identifies with the character of John Locke, who is named after the philosopher.
She made me a gorgeous card I plan to frame:
I'm really grateful to have been paired with not only a wonderful swap partner, but a new friend. I really love that these are ordinary things selected with me in mind, but from her world. That's really inspirational to me and I've already started using some of the items in my art journal this morning.
Thank you Patty. And thank you Smmarrt for putting us together and running this totally fun, super neato swap. I could do this every month. And really, I wouldn't even end up with any bigger stash, it would just change all the time!