I wanted to share this yesterday, but I was out all day at an “Assessment Day” including an interview for a new job (so here’s hoping). I was originally going to simply take some photos of some completed projects, and put them into a small photo album, but that seemed boring, so I got my papers out, and gave myself time to do something I’ve wanted to try out for a while. Smash Booking (or, if you prefer, Junk Journalling).
For those of you who don’t know, a smash book is a small scrap-book you “smash” whatever you want into. (Tickets, reminders, addresses, calendars, photos, cards, letters, the possibilities really are endless.) You can buy different products or like me you can make your own! And just to show you how easy it is, here’s mine:I’m going to warn you now, this is a pic heavy post, where I will walk you through my book, so feel free to skip to the end!
The outside: I measured two pieces of thick card to the size I wanted, and covered them with scrapbooking paper. I measured the binding, and lucky for me I used some pages originally part of it, to mark holes the right distance apart, I then used a “pokey tool” to make the holes (you can use a punch, I couldn’t fit mine through a regular hole punch). The covers were put to one side until I bound the whole book together (a time-consuming process) using a coil binding from an old photo album, which has been recycled into the smash book. I threaded some ribbon up through the binding (to make it pretty) and then, as I didn’t want to over-do embellishing or decorating the front, I simply added some chipboard lettering for my initials.
Inside the cover, I have put some inspirational quotes, because I like quotes, and sometimes its nice to read something for a bit of a pick me up! The next page is a sheet from the original photo album, with the plastic removed, I’ve used a few of these, just because I didn’t want to simply throw it away. I have kept some too for when I decide to make another one (which I’m sure will happen). I’ve used a lot of scrap papers (you’ll see punches out of a few bits too, from past experimenting) I’ve tried to use stickers and lettering to keep things interesting, as well as using different sizes, shapes, colours and patterns. All papers were hole punched, using a photo album sheet as a guide.
This is the first page to show any of my work, I printed off some different pieces, and here I have my jubilee mini stitches, they’re just attached to this piece of paper, which I’d decorated with a stamp sticker, with a paperclip.
Oh look, it opens up! Here I’d written a small reminder of dates to myself. On the reverse of the paperclip holding the photos, I attached a book of stamps, so I can always find them!
Not a lot has been done here, I just stuck the note from my diary in, of a list of “crafty goals” I hope to complete this year.This is the first photo album pocket (but not the last) The opposite was just the shiny side of the cardstock embellished with some lettering. The stitching is a piece I did for OH last year.Another cross-stitch photo, this one a little more recent. And again, just some blank floral cardstock.This is a page I really like, I cut the calendar from my diary, and then wrote a list of birthdays on some cardstock. There’s still a bit of room if anyone gets added. The opposite page, has some notes for birthday card messages because I like to write down any good ones I hear.Another couple of WIP pages, I want to use these pages for things that inspire me. Like I really love the decoration on sweet wrappers, as they are usually fun, but quite simple.This page will be another page of notes to myself, which I’m sure will fill up quickly! Opposite are some more photos of cards.Again more cards here. And also a piece of paper I’d doodled on with things I love, from bright colours to buttons!Some more blank cardstock waiting for something, and then my VW campers piece.Another recent card, and a pocket for papers I like, just in case I see them to buy more!I added a paperclip and an address label for notes here, and another blank page.This page was a bit silly, I’m a big fan of Simon’s Cat, and I doodled him in, and then did a version of my cat, and thought, why not stick it in! The opposite page has “craft” in stickers down the side. But is blank for now.I decided to use a bit of measuring tape to decorate, and the opposite page has more general card messages. I’m always stuck for what to write in cards, so now I have somewhere to make notes of any I like!Plain page, and then a squared page.Squared page, and a hard backed envelope page, with some aida, a needle, safety pin and a button. I will add some thread or maybe a sewing kit at some point. For those little emergencies, though I generally have some stitching in progress in my bag.I loved this little rhyme, and again used some tape to decorate. Across is a small piece of patterned cardstock.Some more photos, this time my nephew’s Peter-Pan birth sampler.And the Mowgli sampler, as well as the “Wow you’re a Big Brother” card. And some stamped paper, to inspire me to do that some more!New baby boy card.
New baby girl card. A stamped Xmas tree paper-clipped to a pocket, which just carries a note on a bit of paper at the moment.Other side of the pocket, and blank page.Another blank page, and then on the back cover, I made an envelope from patterned paper, and attached it. This contains scraps of paper, but will also be a handy place to put anything I want to stick in!
To bind this, you hold all the papers together where you want them to “sit” in the book, (I used bulldog clips) and thread the binding through, from one end, until it’s in the right position. It WAS time-consuming, and some bits obviously moved, which was a bit of a pain, but I got there in the end, and I think it looks really good, which makes the effort and time totally worth it. Obviously you could use jump rings, ribbon or anything you like to hold the pages together! You could even cover the binding with another piece of paper or fabric, the possibilities are endless… Well maybe not endless, but many!
I hope you’ve enjoyed todays post, and maybe you’ve even been inspired to make your own.
Have a lovely day