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Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 17th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a wonderful Valentine’s Day spent with the ones you love most! I wanted to continue the love theme around here even though Valentine’s day has passed. I mean, what’s not to love about love, right! This week, I have gathered a little collection of heart themed vintage items to share with you all today. I love hearts! Here are some of my top favorites from Etsy’s wonderful vintage shops this week:

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Tammis Keefe Linen Towel Home Is Where the Heart Is 1950s Kitchen Decor Hand Tea Towel  from Barking Sands Vintage

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vintage 40s / 50s fascinator hat – RED HEART felt hat from Ms Tips

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Vintage Embroidered Puppy Spade Diamond Heart Club Ladies Bridge Club Card Table Tablecloth from Step In Time

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Set of 3 Heart Glasses Striking and Bold Graphic Rocks Cups MCM Heart of Glass from Electric Marigold

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Vintage Heart Flower Necklace – 1950s Clear Lucite Rose Pendant on Sterling Silver Chain Jewelry from MaeJean Vintage

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1950s Vintage Dress – Aqua and Coral Hearts with Bows – Novelty Print Dress from Vintage Frocks of Fancy

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60s ivory pumps with original box and receipt . mid century heels . wedding shoes from Coral Vintage

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Vintage Trifari Crown Turquoise Heart Pin with flower center from Charmed Kitty

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Fun Flirty Half Apron Pink Heart Pockets Valentines Day Fun Attire Vintage 1950′s-60′s from Classic Endearments

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Vintage 1950s HEARTS Wallpaper – Assortment of Colors from Snippets of Time

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1950s “Hearts” Card Game from palimpsette

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Vintage 1950′s Gold Tone Heart Shaped Pill or Trinket Box from Acoda Mercantile

 

Don’t you just love them all! I do! I especially love the apron! I have quite a little apron collection in my cupboard these days. I hope you all enjoy browsing through these lovely Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then….

Happy Shopping!

I Heart Etsy Fridays- Madie’s Charms

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all are having a lovely Valentine’s Day! My hubby actually had the day off of work today which was fantastic since he is usually out of town most of the time! Today I wanted to share a special artist with you that I have personally shopped from. Madie’s Charms is a wonderful Etsy shop filled with hand stamped jewelry and accessories. I gave my husband one of Madie’s guitar pick key chains with our wedding date and initials for Valentine’s Day this year. He absolutely loved it! Each piece in the shop is hand stamped and I love that the key chains are made from durable aluminum, and the jewelry is sterling silver. There is a real sweetness to all of her designs, the crystal charms that are on a lot of the jewelry pieces are so lovely. And, I especially love the key chains! Here are a few of my favorites from Madie’s Charms:

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Aren’t they all so sweet! Personalized gifts are the best! To see more of Madie’s lovely work, visit her shop, Madie’s Charms on Etsy Here. You can also find her on Facebook Here. I will be back next week with another cool handmade artist. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Happy Shopping!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- February 10th

Happy Monday everyone! Are you all excited Valentine’s Day is coming up at the end of the week? I am having fun finishing up Valentine’s projects and really loving all the cute and sweet decor in my home! Since Valentine’s Day is this Friday I thought I would share a little collection of vintage valentines themed items with you all. Here are my absolute favorites:

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VALENTINES DAY SALE! Vintage 1950s-60s Red Frilly Neglige/ Nightie Size L from Gadzina’s Hamper

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1950s rhinestone earrings // vintage 50s heart rhinestone earrings from Vivian Vintage 8

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Vintage NOS Hearts Hankie / Handkerchief / Hanky – Hearts and Roses from Lovely Linens and More

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Vintage Rose 1960s Dress – Cotton Candy Pink Chiffon Party Dress – XS XXS Valentines Day Dress from Zwzzy

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Vintage Towel Peynet Lovers Valentines Day from Neato Keen

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1950′s Love Bench Sterling Silver and Enamel Bench from Collections 4 U

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A Fun/Comical Vintage China Dish/Pin-Dish Courting Couple & A Park Bench Circa 1940′s-1950′s – Valentines from Townshends Emporium

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Vintage Love Poems Book 1950s from Evelyn and George

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Vintage Wind Up Toy / Wind Up Valentine / 1950s Valentine / Mechanical Valentine from The Vintage Mistress

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Vintage Dennison – For My VALENTINE – Valentine’s Day – Gift Wrap Wrapping Paper – 1950s from Mid Century Addiction

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Retro Valentine Planter, Vintage 1950s Girl In Red Hearts Dress from Bliss and Vinegar

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Five Vintage School Kids Valentine Cards 1940s from Rosie Moonbeams

Don’t you just adore them all! I love all the “couple and benches” finds! I am diggin’ the dress and nightie too! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Fabulous Printables for Valentine’s Day

Hi guys! I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend! I am getting ready to take Beau out to the flea market. It’s pretty much a weekly ritual in our house. Before I head out, I wanted to share some of my favorite Valentines printables you can get from Etsy’s amazing artists! You can find all kinds of digital goods on Etsy these days and I love so so many of them! Here are just a few of my faves for Valentine’s Day:

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INSTANT DOWNLOAD – Printable Paper Craft Diamond/ Gem Ring from Paper Built Shop

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Mason Jar with Flowers, Chalkboard Printable File, INSTANT DOWNLOAD in Pink from Mooseberry Printables

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conversation heart gift boxes – fits candy, cookies, favors and treats with customizable text PDF kit – INSTANT download from Claudine Hellmuth

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INSTANT DOWNLOAD, Printable Valentines, Digital collage sheet of retro, vintage couples for tags, cards, scrapbooking and more, atc aceo from The Vintage Remix

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Printable Classroom Valentine’s Cards – 2.5″x3.5″- I Wheelie Like You from Poppy Press SF

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Valentin’s day Fox card printable or to send by email 11×14 cm from Dagreedy Shop

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Mason Jar Valentine – Instant Printable from Corissa Nelson Art

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Valentine Milk Carton Box Printable PDF  from Paper Glitter

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5×7 “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day Printable–Black Stripes & Gold (Faux) Glitter from Steal My Heart Design

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Valentine Candy Bar Wrappers–fit Hershey’s minis girls teens ballet drum major Clipart–Clip Art–8.5 by 11–Digital Collage Sheet from The Digital Chick

 

Aren’t they all so cute! The ring box totally speaks to my quirky side, but I just adore them all! I hope you all enjoyed my little collection of faves! Definitely go check out these awesome Etsy shops, you’ll love them too! I’ll be back next week with more Valentine’s fun. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Valentine’s Day is coming up very soon! I am a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, and always have been since I was little! I love that it is a day about love! And it’s the one time of year I can get away with decorating my house extra cute. I wanted to share a little collection of some of my favorite gift ideas for all your special valentines this year. There are so many amazing artists on Etsy, there is something for everyone! Here are my favorites:

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Valentines Day Dog Collar, Red with White Hearts, 1 Inch Dog Collar by You Had Me At Woof

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Valentine’s Day Personalized Necklace – Couples Carved Initials Necklace – Custom Hand Stamped Faux Bois Jewelry in Sterling Silver by Eclectic Wendy Designs

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Heart bobby pins 2 cute red or pink glazed ceramic hair pins by Damson Tree Pottery

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Pink Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet – Valentine’s Day by Scrapuchino

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Valentine’s Day Card, Anniversary Card – To My Significant Otter by My Zoetrope

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Felt sheep red hearts garland Valentines gift Soft sculpture by Cozy Mil Art

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Light Teal Love Pillow by Honey Pie Design

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1.10 ct 8×6 mm Natural Oval Morganite Solid 14K White Gold Diamond Engagement Halo Ring by GNG Jewel

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Be My Valentine felt banner, Valentine’s Day garland by Tastefully Mismatched 

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There Is Nobody Else I’d Rather Lie In Bed and Look At My Phone Next To / Valentine Card by Emily McDowell Draws

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 valentines day for him, gift for boyfriend by Madie’s Charms

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B is for Bird Locket by J Topolski

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Valentine Card – Holding Hands by Hello Small World

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Love Birds fabric stuffed figurines Valentine’s gift soft sculptures by 5 Love Birds Nest

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You Are My Person Coffee Cup by Avonnie Studio

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love initial bracelet // silver or gold by Gigglosophy

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Valentine Gifts For Him, Guy Stud Hanger by Handmade Affair

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fishing men’s valentine gift – hooked on you hand stamped fishing lure by Wyoming Creative

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 funny valentines day card my life would suck without you by Letter Happy

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ITTY BITTY Bite Size VALENTINE Heart Sugar Cookies, 1/2 Pound by Sugar and Flour

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love the quirky Valentine’s Day cards! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fantastic Etsy shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more Valentine’s Day fun! Until then…

Happy Shopping!

The Wonderful World of Pinterest- January 2014

Hi guys! Pinterest has been one of my favorite things for some time now! I love all the beautiful photos, decor, and vintage and diy inspiration I come across! December was a little hectic and I didn’t end up with time to share my pins last month. In the last month, however, I have been making up for lost time. I have added several new boards and added to my everyday favorite boards too. Here are some of my favorite pins from the last month:

From my new board Vintage Hanky Love:

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From the new board Amazing Craft Spaces:

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From my new board My Life in Pictures:

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From my new board Be My Valentine:

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From my new board Gluten Free Goodies:

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From my new board Iggy Love:

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From my board DIY Ideas I Love:

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From my board Words to Live by:

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And from my board Pets and Animals:

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Aren’t they so lovely! I love Pinterest! To see these pins and more, you can follow along with me on Pinterest Here. I’ll be back next month with more beautiful pins. Until then…

Happy Pinning!

Midcentury Modern Putz Style Houses

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Hi guys! Welcome to day nine of my 12 Days of Christmas crafting! Today I am so excited to share my little christmas village with you all! Vintage putz houses are one of my most swooned over Christmas items! I love them, but I have never been able to score a set that was both affordable on my budget and still in great shape. The last couple of years my mom and I have planned on making our own putz style houses, but the holidays got busy fast, and we never ended up with the time. This year I just had to give it a go. My mom found a site that had a couple of templates with a midcentury modern home style, Retro Renovation. This site is a fantastic resource for mid century style home renovations.

Here’s What You Need:

*Original tutorials and patterns from Retro Renovation

*Ranch House 1 Here

*A Frame House Here

*Ranch House 3 Here

*And they just added a new one,  split level house 4 Here

*Chipboard (cereal boxes, cracker box, etc)

*Ruler

*Xacto Knife

*Self Healing Mat

*Pencil and Transfer Paper for marking

*Glue

*Paint (I like Martha Stewart Brand craft paint)

*Glitter

*Decoupage Medium for adding the glitter to the house

*Candy Sticks for extra beams

*Foil Paper for doors

*Mini Bottle brush trees

*Holiday miniatures

*Cardboard

*White Felt

*Hot Glue

 

You can find the full tutorials and the templates over at Retro Renovation Here. I was overjoyed to find their holiday posts for Kate’s mid century putz houses. There were three templates to choose from, and I ended up using the two ranch style houses. I changed mine up a little by changing up the window designs on some of them. You can just draw the outlines of the house and draw in your own windows on your chipboard. I also extended the roof pieces on a couple of them and added lollipop sticks for some side beams and a little car port on one. These did take quite a bit of time, but they were totally worth it, and I had such a blast! The best part is that they were really inexpensive to make, so I was able to create a whole neighborhood.

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I absolutely LOVE my little neighborhood! Be sure to check out the tutorials from Retro renovation to make your own neighborhood. I hope some of you guys will give this a go this holiday season! You will just love making them! I’ll be back next week with more holiday fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Cute Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper Mats

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Hey everybody! Welcome to the third day on my 12 Days of Christmas! Today I am going to share one of my favorite new Christmas crafts, Vintage Christmas Wrapping Paper Mats! I love how they add a cute festive touch to the frames on my shelves! They are perfect with my Printstagram square prints. These mats are so fast and easy to make! The best part is that you only need a few things to whip one up!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Holiday Wrapping Paper

*Chipboard (like a cereal box)

*Xacto knife

*Self Healing Mat

*Ruler

*Double Stick Tape

*Printstagram Squares or photos

*Frames

*Glitter and Minis for shadowbox frames (optional)

Instructions:

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These mats are really easy to make. The first thing you need to do is cut your mats to the size of your frame. So if you have a 5×7 frame, cut your chipboard to be 5×7. Decide where you want your photo to go and lightly mark. Now, take 1/4 inch off of the size of your photo. So if your photo is 4×4, your image opening needs to be 3.75×3.75. Measure out and mark on your chipboard for the image opening. Now carefully cut the opening out with your craft knife. Cut a piece of wrapping paper to be a little larger than your chipboard. Lay your wrapping paper piece face down on the table. Then lay your chipboard piece on top and center. Put some double stick tape onto the edge of your wrapping paper on the left and right side. Pull the sides over the back of the chipboard and press down to adhere the paper to the chipboard. Then add tape to the top and bottom of the paper, and fold them over to adhere the top and bottom to the back of the mat. Next you need to cut the opening for the photo. On the backside of the mat, where the image will go cut an “x” in the paper from one corner diagonally to the other of the opening. Now pull the triangles made by the “x” over and tape to the back of the mat creating the opening for the photo. Tape your photo in with some acid free tape and frame your mat into your frame. Enjoy!

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I LOVE my wrapping paper mats! They are so fun and a great way to display your favorite holiday memories or photos with Santa! They are so fast to whip up and a fast and inexpensive way to add a little holiday cheer to your everyday frames for your Christmas decorating. I hope some of you guys will give this diy a try, you’ll love it! I’ll be back next week with more Christmas fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Inspired Family Bell Jars

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Hi guys! As some of you know by now, my little bell jars are nothing new around here. My small obsession with them started with this post last Christmas. They are so fun to make, I have been making some for just about every holiday since. In fact, there will be some Halloween jars coming soon to the blog. I thought it would be fun to make some to display some of my favorite family photos year round. Check em’ out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Plastic Wine Glasses

*Dremmel with a cutter wheel

*Chipboard

*Scrapbook paper

*Scallop Punch

*Rubber Cement

*Family Pictures

*Hot Glue and Glue gun

*Beads, buttons, fabric flowers

*Paper Scrapbooking flowers, charms

*Yarn

Instructions:

You can find the full tutorial on how to make my christmas jars here. The basic design and steps are the same. You cut the stems off of your glasses. Then you punch your chipboard and paper and attach the paper with rubber cement to make your bottom. You then cut out your photo and fold the bottom under a little and then glue down the picture by the tab. I printed my photos out on cardstock and made them to be about 2.5″ tall. Once you have your photo in the middle of your base, you can add embellishments like the little flowers or plastic puppy I added to mine. Now you are ready to close up your jar. Run a bead of hot glue around the rim of your glass, then press onto the base making sure you place it evenly so it is centered. Then glue the bead, flower, buttons on the top of the cut stem of the glass. To finish off these jars, you need to glue and wrap a little yarn around the base of the glass and the top of the glass under the topper. And that’s it.

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I LOVE these little jars! They are so sweet and it is a great way to display those memories and people you love so much! These look really sweet displayed on a shelf with your books, or even in a grouping. They would make a really sweet gift too for family members, weddings photos, or for a new baby. I hope some of you will give this one a try, they are really so much fun to make! I will be adding kits for all of my bell jars to my store very soon. I’ll be back next week with more fun diy projects. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Recipe Box Scrappy Journal

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As some of you all know by now, I am a big fan of Instagram! I love taking pictures with my phone and tablet, and Instagram makes it easy for me to add artsy filters and easily share them with everyone! Last year I discovered Printstagram, and fell in love with their products! I have been instagramming every day this year with the end goal of creating a 2014 Printstagram calendar for next year. I have bought a few items from the company in the past, including the mini stickers, minibook, and miniprints. I love the feel of the paper and quality of the printing, and the miniprints are so lovely! They even have space for you to write on them! When I bought my miniprints, I wanted to do something fun with them and make some sort of scrapbook. I discovered that they actually are a perfect size for a vintage tin recipe box. So, with a bright floral mod tin recipe box, my miniprints, and some scrapping supplies I made this fun scrapbox journal!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tin Recipe Box

*Printstagram Miniprints (Here)

*Double Stick Tape

*Acid Free Pen

*Scrapbook Mini Pockets

*Scrapbook Journaling Pages

*Mini Scrapbook Papers (I used a set I found at Michaels that I can no longer find, but it is very similar to project life)

*Paper Die Cuts or Labels

*Large Paperclips

Instructions:

I am sure there are many ways to lay out a scrappy box, but here is how I did mine. I started off by organizing my miniprints. I wrote little notes on them with dates, names, or little memories. Certain pictures were just cute photos of my animals or family, and some were pictures from trips or events. I wrote up some journaling pages to go with the pictures of things I wanted to remember like the day we brought home Beaureguard, Hannah’s trip to DC, or even the little everyday things like when Beau stole the cat’s toy and got blue feathers stuck all in his mouth. Once I had my pages written, I paper clipped them to the corresponding picture or group of pictures. I taped some of my pictures to scrapbook papers, and I added some little sets to the mini pockets I had. Then I organized my collection into sections separated by the mini pockets. I made a section for Beau and Sadie, a section for the cats and the chickens, a section for family, and a section for me and the hubby. I added in a few decorative pages that had quotes on them in the bunch. I then arranged everything in order inside the recipe box. To finish off my box, I added a fun die cut to the top of the box for a little decoration.

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IMG 8661 599x600 DIY Vintage Recipe Box Scrappy Journal

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I LOVE my scrappy box! It is stuffed full of cuteness and memories! It holds my photos and pages perfectly. I have never really been into scrapbooking and creating super embellished pages, which is surprising for me since I tend to have an “everything but the kitchen sink” style when designing and decorating. The great thing about this project is that you can make it as fancy or as simple as you like. I have also discovered that you can fit two rows of the miniprints side by side in the box nicely. So, if you are more of a minimalist, a sweet vintage recipe box still makes for a perfect place to store your miniprints. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try! Go get yourself some fantastic miniprints from Printstagram, and a vintage recipe box, and create a one of a kind journal to store your favorite photos and memories in! I’ll be back next week with more fun diy projects. Until then…

Happy Crafting!