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A Retro Santa Christmas!

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Happy Friday! I hope you had a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends, and made lots of new memories. 🙂 I so enjoy how Thanksgiving truly is a day to spend quality time with those you love, and hopefully share a bit of calm before the busyness of the Christmas season.

Which speaking of, I think my craft room has turned into Santa’s workshop! It is so much fun creating for Christmas with all sorts of vintage materials. I’m sure all of you can agree!



I definitely have a weakness for chubby retro Santas. They are just so cheerful!
Every year, we host a caroling party, and hand-made ornaments are our “party favor” to our friends. This is our 4th year, and I have to admit, I was struggling with ideas, until I came upon this sweet Santa image from a vintage comic book.

Layered over patterned cardstock, and trimmed with tinsel ribbon and glitter, this Santa is all set to adorn the tree! Now, to just make a dozen of these…


And, more Santas! These mesh stockings are certainly retro, and a festive treat for your holiday table. In the past, I’ve put these on the backs of the dining room chairs filled with candies, trinkets and occasionally, a lottery ticket. Also a great way to wrap a gift card! These stockings are also available in my Etsy store. You can find them HERE. 🙂

stocking-2Have a great weekend, and Happy Creating!

Michelle… Read the rest

Golden Book Christmas Journal part 2

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recipe-page-1Good morning!

Its my goal to finish up this journal before this weekend, and I think I’m just about there! I just have a section for my Christmas card list and a page for the annual caroling party to still make. The extra pages in the book I will fill with photos and special Christmas cards from this holiday season.

This section is for those special holiday recipes. I love vintage recipe ads-so sweet and colorful, and informative. Although, I don’t think I was able to produce such a quantity of goodies with my Easy Bake Oven!


I made this section of the journal to look like my Mom’s favorite big red Betty Crocker Cookbook, and the inside of one of her cabinet doors. The cookbook is filled with snippets of additional recipes from magazines, etc. and the absolute must try/favorite ones are taped to the inside of her 1940s kitchen cabinet door. Both have to be opened very carefully. 🙂  I know my mom will agree! Although, I can’t say that my Betty Crocker or the inside of my cabinets are much better.


This pocket is just waiting to be filled with the traditional Christmas dinner and cookie recipes. My daughter Meghan wants to try a few of the vintage recipes I found now too. We’ll give it a try and see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted!


I LOVE decorating at Christmas!!! These pages are filled with some of my favorite things to decorate with, along with notes of special traditions. I kept one page blank to make notes on how to decorate this year. It usually includes a lot of retro Santas and shiny brites. And, don’t forget the bubble lights!

decorating-page-2 decorating2-page-1 decorating2-page-2 decorating2-page3Now that this book is almost done, I can’t wait to start filling it up!

I hope you’re inspired to create your own journal this year. What a memory!

Happy Creating,

Michelle… Read the rest

Vintage Golden Book Christmas Journal

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Oh my goodness its been a while since my last post!!! But, I have been busy. I’ve decided to get as organized as I can for Christmas this year (don’t we all hope for that?), and have been working on my “Night(s) Before Christmas” Journal.

This concept is quite like the Golden Book Recipe Book that I made a while ago-you can find details of that project HERE.


This year’s Journal is made from the larger Golden Book, and is pretty simple to assemble. I removed the inside pages, trimmed the binding (separating the covers) and added spirals with my Zutter. If you don’t have a binding tool like the Zutter, simply punching holes along the edge and adding rings or ribbon will work just as well too. Before punching the binding holes, I trimmed the raw edges with red washi tape to give the book a more finished edge.

golden-book-christmas-4Of course, I had to add a little glitter to the title! What’s Christmas without some sparkle? I sporadically also added red flocking to Santa’s suit. Remember these vintage candy canes??? Love them!

golden-book-christmas-3I sparkled up the chimney top with vintage clear mica snow flakes and edged the chimney with silver tinsel.  A vintage bottle brush tree and vintage hard-plastic holly add a bit more texture to the cover.

golden-book-christmas-2For the inside, I added pages of plain white cardstock and trimmed the title page to fit! Love these illustrations don’t you?

golden-book-christmas-5Next page…

I “wrapped” a piece of chipboard with this fantastic paper by Cavallini Papers.

golden-book-calendar-1And, on the adjacent page, I printed a calendar from the internet. This will be my “go-to” for all the important dates next month! The Merry Christmas image in the corner is an image of a vintage Christmas card.

golden-book-calendar-2And, moving on to the next pages…

Shopping! I had to leave this page blank for blog purposes-don’t want anyone knowing what they’re getting for Christmas! 🙂

I decorated these pages “Smashbook” style with vintage Christmas shopping images and vintage Christmas card images. The combination of red and blue is very retro, and I wanted to tie these colors back to the cover of the book.


golden-book-shopping-2Bits of Soot Tinted Tape and red string add extra texture. Isn’t this vintage felt Santa cute??? It was a little packaging decoration, I think from the 60s/70s.

golden-book-shopping-3Well, that’s the first few pages of my Christmas Journal. I’ve been working on the others and will show you soon! I hope you’re inspired to make your own. What a fun reference book to revisit and add to each year!

Happy Creating,





















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