Oh my …… you might have seen the comment Carole left in the chat box yesterday …. Carole look what you have made me do?
I’d never heard of a Smash Book, so naturally, I had to have a look to see what it was all about ……
“So, what do you Smash? Well, it doesn’t have to be a life event, just the special little moments and mementos of your day—some of that stuff in your junk drawer, for example. A snapshot, a ticket stub from that movie you loved, a newspaper clipping, a magazine snippet, a cardboard coaster from a favourite restaurant, your child’s first crayon doodle…get the idea? Smash it, jot a note or add a caption sticker, and go!”http://scrapbookobsession.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/memory-works-smash-book-by-k-company/
The film on YouTube got me hooked straightaway. I knew I wanted one but soon discovered that any shop in the UK that did have them was now out of stock …. There was one on e-bay, but it was orange …. and I just don’t do orange!!! However as I looked into the whole thing more I came round to thinking nice idea, but some of the pre printed pages in the books just weren’t me …..
…… then I remembered a heavy, really old fashioned type folder I had bought at a car boot for 20p, still with the original paper in, much more my style … old and shabby (…. some would say chic!) which measures 9.25ins x 6.5ins ….. well, after that I was on a roll.
I needed to make some pages first and wanting to keep with the shabby style I decided to use a Cosmo Cricket kit I had from QVC years ago …. but had hardly done anything with, the papers and embellishments were perfect.
I used the original file paper as a template to make the 8in x 5.5ins pages. My mind was racing now …. I found some old Kraft tags and pockets, they too were embellished, punched and added to the file, as were some 12 x 12 papers from the Papermania Kraft basics set, which I also cut in various sizes as well as ordinary kraft paper.
My desk was such a mess as I thought of more and more things that I could use!
I was unsure about what to do with the cover, then decided to go the whole hog and embellish that too …… (see top picture)
I’ve wanted to do something like this for ages but just never had quite the right sort of inspiration.
I’m always cutting things out of magazines, but they get stuffed in a book or in a drawer and are then lost and the idea/inspiration I had is gone! Now I am on my way….. on a sort of journaling journey.
I am going to have a look through my drawers now as I have quite a few bits of journaling paraphernalia squirreled away.
But with the money I have saved by making my own book I can now treat myself to a few choice K & Co Smash Book bits.
Thank you Carole for inspiring me to get started, and having an afternoon fiddle farting when I should have been cleaning the lounge!