The Best Etsy Shops for the Journal Lover

It may blizzard this weekend making Christmas shopping quite difficult. Thankfully I still have time to do some shopping online. I love supporting Etsy businesses!

I refuse to stress over the holidays this year. I think we all do our best to show our friends and family that they are loved. We all make mistakes. I know I tend to forget to put people on my Christmas card list, I try to make up for it by sending out new years cards.

I want to share with you some of my favorite Etsy shops since it is a time of much shopping! Of course I would prefer for you to shop from me, but you know I am able to share even though its not easy for me lol. Here are a few of my favorites:

Kit N Caboodle Paper

Vanessa makes nice junk journals using vintage book covers at a steal of a price

Paper Clay Junkie

This is Jenniebellie’s shop. If you don’t know who she is you are really missing out. She is a popular journal artist. She teaches a lot of workshops and she is all around a great inspiration to me and to many others. I am confident that her products are top notch.

AOR Journals

This is the shop to go to if you have a Midori planner/journal. The inserts here are high quality at a good price with fast shipping. Highly recommend.

Last but not least! My shop!

Old School Jenny

I have added some cute Christmas items including cards, ornaments, and tags. I just love working with paper! Please come take a look and see what you might find.

I will leave you with a picture of one of the ornaments I made, that is hanging on my turquoise and silver feathered Christmas tree 🙂 In the picture there is also a card that I made and a cardinal gift tag.




Kewpie Christmas Gift Tags

Thank you for supporting small online businesses on this upcoming Cyber Monday. Come visit my shop Old School Jenny on Etsy! This Monday I will be offering 20% off all items plus 50% off of Halloween items.

In my shop I offer all kinds of junk journal and scrapbook supplies including but not limited to Halloween journals both digital and print, a steampunk butterfly journal kit, digital scrapbook paper, digital alphabets, and a wide variety of gift tags.

I recently made adorable Kewpie Christmas gift tags. Kewpie is a sweet porcelain baby doll that was created in the early 1900’s by Rose O’Neill. On the postcards and other ephemera featuring Kewpie you will often find positive messages of love and caring. Kewpie is often shown with small angelic wings. I have personally hand-stamped, hand-colored, and sprinkled glitter on each of these tags. These tags are made with love. On Cyber Monday you can get a set of 3 of these tags for the low price tag of $2.66 plus free shipping on the first set and 10 cents shipping for each additional set. These tags add a thoughtful touch to any gift or can be used as embellishments for journals and scrapbooks.



Old School Origins


You never know when a moment will become a lasting memory. This month we are moving again. It’s our fourth time moving as a couple but the first time we have moved in ten years. We are moving from a very small town in central Michigan to another small town (but not quite as small) in Southern Michigan on the border of Ohio. The catalyst for this change is my husband Chris, who graduated this year with a degree in electrical engineering, landing his first engineering job at Adrian Steel Company.

The last ten years have been good to us. We moved from California to Michigan after we both had ended our contracts with the US Navy. We quickly learned that houses were out of our price range in Southern California and much more affordable in Michigan. We have lived very comfortably in an old craftsman house along with our two basset hounds, Willy and Flash, and our neurotic Jack Russel named Fez. Although we have been very happy here, I am excited about a new start.

As for the memory…shortly after moving into this old house I was rearranging my papers and as I walked into the living room from the hallway my clumsy self tripped and fell and the papers scattered across the floors. Chris observed this all with a smile and said “there she is, Jenny is being old school again.” This turned out to be one of his favorite memories of me and he continues to call me “old school Jenny” whenever he finds me working with my crafts. He says its me being old school because as long as he has known me I have loved everything to do with paper. Things like making paper crafts, writing in my journal, creating art journals, and just browsing the office supply section of stores.

For the better part of a year I have been trying to figure out the best way to share my arts and crafts with others. I gave a lot of consideration to creating a portfolio to take with me to the local artists outlet but once I opened my shop on Etsy I found that this was the absolute best way for me to take the next step for sharing my passion. For those of you considering opening a shop on Etsy, I can’t recommend it enough. It is a very affordable, relatively easy way to market your goods and Etsy’s popularity helps you to reach more people than one might otherwise.

Old School Jenny is my work of love. In my Etsy shop you will find all kinds of both paper crafted gift tags and digital tags,  premade scrapbook layouts, digital scrapbook pages, home made greeting cards, and printable journal kits. I aim to use this blog as a place to give you the background story of the items that I have for sale and to help you get to know me better. Please comment if you have any questions or if you would like to give me some feedback. All input is enjoyed and appreciated.

Other places you may find me:

Old School Jenny on Facebook

Old School Jenny on Pinterest

Old School Jenny on Instagram

Old School Jenny on Twitter