It all began when Katie Pietrak Diec, a music enthusiast and craft hobbyist, was organizing her own record collection one afternoon – a collection of several thousand albums she started amassing when she was 15. Something clicked while she was admiring the shiny black vinyl, the colorful circular labels and the vintage album art. Why not take these beautiful albums and make them into notebooks?
Vintage Vinyl Journals, started in Pennsylvania, was then born and launched in the Spring of 2011 creating unique handmade gifts from recycled vinyl records and high quality acid-free paper. Most of the albums are damaged and unplayable and would otherwise wind up in a landfill.
Since launching, Vintage Vinyl Journals have been sold on their e-commerce website, in over two dozen retail stores and at local art, craft and music festivals. Vintage Vinyl Journals is now located in Northern California and they are a member of the Green Business Network and have been certified Silver with Green America. The offices have also been certified green.
Katie has recently launched her own blog, Busy Bee Kate, where she blogs about being a small business owner, DIYing, upcycling, thrifting, and being a Mom!
We have been featured as part of the following newspapers, tv shows, websites and blogs:
The Souderton Independent – “Vintage Vinyl Journals Spins Records Back Into Use”
The Reporter – “Spinning a New Career”
The Intelligencer – “Old Records Get New Life as Handmade Journals”
Diane Sawyer’s World News – Made in America gift product list
Manayunk Eco Arts Festival – Eco Artist Sneak Preview and on CBS3 Philadelphia Talk Philly television program
HelloGiggles.com – Item of the Day
Modern-Vinyl – Journals Created for the Love of Music
The Alternative Consumer – “recycled musical memories – vintage vinyl journals”
greenUpgrader – “Vintage Vinyl: Recycled Record Sleeve Journals” feature article and interview
Upcycle Magazine – Hands-on review
Philly.com | Earth to Philly news – “Grooviest book covers ever”
Buy-Her.com – Friday Find
Journal For You – feature article
Handmade in PA – feature article
Athens Music Junkie – Gifts for Your AMJ Valentine
Eco18 – The Art of a Hand Written Love Letter
OTHER BLOGS / SITES
Green LA Girl, Green Living Ideas, Moms Going Green blog, EcoSmartProducts, unfillthelandfill.com, Wellsphere, ecofriendlynation.com, Large Hearted Boy, madeusaproducts.biz, ReUse Connection, The Culture of Me