A Look Inside the VVJ Studios

We often get asked to give locals a tour of where we make our journals so we thought we’d share some photos of our studios and give everyone a closer look inside.

Our offices and studio are based about 40 miles outside of Philadelphia, PA in an old restored barn in the small town of Telford with a population of about 5,000.  On our property we do plenty of gardening and grow fruits and veggies.  We also house some bee hives, a small pond and have plenty of rabbits running around (trying to eat our veggies of course!)

Here’s a closer look inside our studio.  We’ll get some photos up of our residences soon.

rosieMADE – Real Life Rosie Feature

Honored to be featured on rosieMADE today!  Here’s a snippet:

What are the biggest keys to your success? Focus is definitely a big one for me. I failed at another business in the past where I had one strong product but thought I needed dozens to get the business off of the ground. With Vintage Vinyl Journals I’ve focused on one product that I’ve been able to call “my baby.” I think focus is underrated and often times it is very hard for entrepreneurs to embrace.

What are the biggest keys to the advancement or success of women? Support of one another is key. Personally I belong to a couple of women groups locally which focus on women issues and supporting one another has helped many of us to succeed in business and also living a more meaningful and fulfilled life.”

Check out our full feature and interview here!

Upcycle Challenge Winners!

Last year at this time it was quite busy for me!  Sharing a fun write-up about the Upcycle Challenge :

Much of my March and April are a blur, in case you hadn’t seen I was selected to be a participant in an Upcycle Challenge with my local Restore Montco and Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County! I was super excited to get selected and knew I couldn’t handle the challenge all myself so I called my Mom and she was up for it! She’s a better designer than I am… if either of us can call ourselves that.

Last Tuesday evening the winners were announced during a V.I.P. open house which included wine and hot d’oeuvres. There was a wonderful turnout for both of the house tours and my Mom and I walked away taking first place in the Challenge! We were on pins and needles for the last few weeks and after the last home tour we thought first place could have really gone to any of the contestants.

With no formal design training my Mom and I are so honored to take first place, we put a lot of time and effort into this challenge and we are really proud with how our master bedroom took shape using over 95% of items from thrift stores and staying well within our $500 budget.

If you’ve been following along with us during the Challenge (which started March 8th), on my new blog, Busy Bee Kate, you’ll know that we have been turning many, many pieces from trash into treasure – 32 items to be exact!

{In case you missed the blank slate we started with, you can see those photos here.}

Without further adieu, we are excited to share with you our final master bedroom photos on my new blog here!  {Here’s a sneak peek}


Sharing Some News…

The time has come… and it is with bittersweet emotions that I announce that Vintage Vinyl Journals is going out of business!  (But who knows maybe we’ll be back in a few years!?!)

My family and I are moving cross country and there’s just not enough space for the four of us – one of them being VVJ which will forever be “my baby.” 

I cannot thank everyone for their support, kind words, and help in getting this business off the ground. It’s been about 3 1/2 years of doing something that I never dreamed possibly, meeting some great people along the way, and having fun selling a product that I never thought was in my cards!

Throughout the next couple of weeks I’ll be taking a trip down memory lane and will post some fun memories and encourage you to share how VVJ has become a small part of your life too.

For now we’ve got 15% off everything on the site – just use code SALE15 at checkout.

NOW Is the time to stock-up on your holiday gifts!!

(And we apologize in advance, we’re only shipping within the U.S.)

Enter to Win a Grease Journal and Merch Pack! (Ends 10/31)

Sharing the other side of “me” and my blog, Busy Bee Kate along with Vintage Vinyl Journals with a fun #giveaway!

Hop over to the blog to win a handcrafted (by me!) Grease Vintage Vinyl Journal, t-shirt, and tote bag… and also check out the other bloggers that are giving some fun items in the All Treats, No Tricks Giveaway Hop! #AllTreatsNoTricks

Enter here!  Good luck!

Giveaway ends October 31st at 11:59pm EST, open to US only, ages 18+. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  One winner will receive a Vintage Vinyl Journal Prize pack (journal, t-shirt & tote bag.)