As you all know, I absolutely love scouring flea markets and thrift stores. Whenever I go on a trip, I make it a point to look up thrift stores in the area I am visiting. On a trip last year with my girlfriends, they tagged along with me to a small thrift store in Glenwood Springs, CO. Once inside, I asked them to help me look for anything vintage in all areas of the store. My friend found a Christmas record album from the 1950’s. It was titled Around The Christmas Tree. I instantly knew I had to purchase it, even though at the time I had no idea what I was going to do with it.
The person at the check out counter gave me a deal since it was missing the record, $1.00. Funny thing is, I didn’t want the record, just the cover!
For a long time, I pondered how I was going to turn the album cover into a journal. It was way to large to use as it was….but I wanted to keep the images on the front and back cover intact.
Using a standard book as a size guide, I positioned the book over the images on the front and back cover and cut the album to these dimensions. The journal ended up measuring 6 ” x 8 1/2″. The Christmas Tree image was used for the cover and the photos below show how I used rest of the cut pieces.
Paper choices and Page Embellishments
All different kinds of paper are used for journaling pages: lined, unlined, penmanship, graph and cardstock.
I had a lot of fun looking through the public domain for images to use in the journal. I wanted to stick to the retro theme I had going for the journal. As you can see they are so cute!
Cute lady with tons of packages Retro Santa Fabric belly band with Retro Santa tag Naughty or Nice retro Santa journal card Center of signature with retro church image
In addition to all the retro images I found, I also added magazine clippings and pages from a December 1960 magazine I purchased at a flea market:
McCalls ad for colored aluminum foil used to wrap presents Life Magazine image along with journaling card from 1945 Beverly Hills Christmas Menu McCalls ad for making cookies using Gold Medal flour
Last but definitely not least, I created some ephemera with that retro look from the 1950’s.
Cardstock ornaments forming a tuck spot Christmas tree tag made from cardstock Christmas tree decorated liquid pearls and buttons
A full flip through is on my YouTube channel:
I hope this journal brings you joy this holiday season! The next time you are at a thrift store or flea market, check out the record albums! You never know what you might find!
Glitter on friends,