August 21, 2012

Vintage Ladies Notebook

We will be visiting my husband's family very soon and to me it is a nice opportunity to prepare some special and unique gifts for them.  Today I share with you one easy project: A Notebook that I have decorated with some vintage graphics.

Just with few elements and in few steps a simple blank notebook can be decorated in any style making it different from the rest.  This notebook is for my young cousin who is in College and I'm sure no other classmate will have the same one.

An architectural background paper, some postage stamps, an antique clock and a couple of Vintage ladies are the main focus of the collage.

For the inside the notebook I choose a beautiful graphic of a greek lady for the back of the cover and a vintage clock for the first page.

The materials or supplies I used in this project are:

  • A blank notebook
  • Vintage prints (ladies, clocks and others of your preference)
  • Scissors & brush 
  • Postage stamps
  • Mod Podge

The easy steps are:

1. Print the background paper and the graphics you want to use and seal them to prevent the ink from running.  You can seal them with a fixative in spray or a mixture of white craft glue with water.  Let it dry and then cut them.

2. Glue the background paper to the notebook with Mod Podge or any white craft glue you have in hand, and then continue with the graphics and postage stamps.  Create your own collage.  This particular notebook had a soft paper stripe on the left of the cover, in orange color, so I decided to maintain that color and only glue the paper to the rest of the cover.  

3. Once everything is dry, give 2 coats of Mod Podge to protect the whole project and the collage is done!.

This collage is ready, now few more gift ideas are running through my mind and then I'll be ready to go.  

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Every week we have the honor and pleasure to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating.  They are not in any particular order, just from the oldest till the most recent one I started participating on:

Brag Monday @ The graphics Fairy  
Vintage style link party @ Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff  
Just Something I Whipped up @ The Girl Creative 
Making Monday marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.  
Boggieboard Cottage @ Masterpiece Monday 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life  
Meet me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ Craft O Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus  
The Cure for the Common monday @  Lines Across
Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss
Mom's Monday Mingle @ The Naptime Review
Made with love @ Colours Dekor 
Get your craft on @ Today'screative blog 
Knick of Time tuesday @ Knick of Time 
Tell it to me Tuesday @ Creatively Living 
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z  
Cowgirl up Linky Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner 
Be inspired link party @ Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm @ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking 
Take the Time to Challenge @ Raising 4 Princesses 
Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able @ Project Queen
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Linking Pary @ Passionately Artistic
Take a look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee crafts 
Open Call Tuesdays @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our Delightful Home 
Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvysouthern style 
Primp your stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Share the love @
It's a Party @ DIY by Design 
Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts 
What is it Wednesday @
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy man, crafty woman 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
Waste Not want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK 
What We Wore and Made Wednesdays @ Rae Gun Ramblings
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild  
Wednesdays Adorned from Above Blog Hop @ Adorned from Above
Catch as Catch Can @
Open House Party @ No MinimalistHere
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Hookin' up with @ House of Hepworths
Time Travel Thrusday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
20 Below Thrusday @ Cristinas Adventures
Home and Garden Thrusday @ A Delightsome Life 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Share your cup Thursday @ Have a daily cup of Mrs. Olson  
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
What's Cluckin @ Chicken Scratch  
 Vintage Thingie Thursday @ The Coloradolady
100 Ideas under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence 
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspirational Friday @ At the picket Fence 
Do something Crafty @ See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature @ Redoux Interiors 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
Look at Me I'm so Crafty @  Fun to Craft
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage   
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Rustic Restorations Weekend Linky Party @ Homespun Happenings  
Feture Friday Linky Party @ Blissful and Domestic
Garden Fun & Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme
Weekend Show off Party @ Ladybird Ln  
Feature Friday Free-for-All @  Five days Five Ways
Friday's Favorite Pin @ Decor to Adore
Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter 
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different act Normal
Site Nite special @  Funky Junk Interiors 
Get schooled Saturday @ Too much time on my hands
Scrappy Saturday @ Candace Creations
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog 
What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 
Sunday Round Up @ Heather & Kayla

Have a wonderful week,



  1. Beautiful collage, I love the vintage images you selected. I love to do collage too, Laura

  2. I could use a dozen of these notebooks! Great idea and you did a beautiful job, can't wait to make one, thanks for the how to!

  3. Pretty collage. I especially like how you brought the images onto the backside of the cover. Clever!

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  4. I really like this idea. Love a personalized notebook! Thank you for posting on Handyman, Crafty Woman's Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  5. Such a lovely notebook and a fantastic idea!

    I would love for you to link up this wonderful post on Friday's Favorite Pin!
    Have a blessed day.

  6. An excellent gift idea for anyone!

    Visiting you from Ivy and Elephants WIW.

  7. Lovely! thanks for visiting my site (boxes with vintage dictionary pages) so I could find your site. I'm anxious to spend some time looking at your other creations. This one is beautiful. Gail (

  8. I really do love this. I'm going to do one for my niece who is big on notebooks. Where did you get your graphics for this one?

  9. Nothing can replace something personally made. The young lady will be most pleased.

  10. Great graphics. This turned out great! Happy VTT

  11. A great Project Erika! Love it! patsy

  12. You have such a beautiful well organized blog! I love love love your notebook!

    Thanks for sharing!, hope youll visit me too!

    Ciao Bella
    Your newest follower
    Sensible Sarah

  13. what a beautiful and creative idea!

  14. Wow! You have such a good eye! I love the graphics that you chose to use once again! What another creative and special gift! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  15. Great job, Erika!
    Besos, Silvina

  16. Love your notebooks. Handmade gifts are the best.

  17. I have been journaling since I could hold a jumbo pencil and form letters. Your creation is lovely and sure to put a smile on the recipients face and gratitude in their heart.
    I am popping over from Friday's Favorite Pin. I'll be returning to explore more of your blog!

  18. Erika this is really cute. I definitely think she will be the only one with such a charming notebook. Filled with love inside and out. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. Unique collection of gifts. love to use it as Send gifts to Pakistan to my friends from you collection.

  20. So pretty and a wonderful gift idea!

  21. Erika, Thanks so much for sharing this creative collage on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Always inspired by your ideas!


  22. What a fun notebook. So pretty - it's perfect for a lovely office or as a gift. Thanks so very much for sharing on Show & Tell at SNAP!


  23. I love how you make ordinary objects and make them extraordinary. This makes for a very lovely lady's journal. I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  24. I love your pictures! I secretly with I got to wear dresses like that, but only sometimes. Thanks for sharing at what's cluckin, you were our most viewed think this week! Stop by for your feature button!

  25. Loving your pictures, you always take ordinary and make them beautiful. So pretty - perfect in so many ways! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  26. You did a beautiful job with these journals. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  27. I really like brilliant lovely clock blog!!
    Thanks for share great informative blog................:-)

  28. WOW.. WOW! Erika.. another absolute stunner from you!! honestly.. its rocking..

    thank you for linking into Colours Dekor.. Im following you now.. and sure hope to see more inspirations from you.. :)

    Have a fab week ahead..

  29. So sweet!

    Thank you for linking it up at our linky party at

  30. Hi! I am your newest follower and i love the vintage notebooks! I would love a follow back at


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