Friday, June 17, 2011

Smash* Mash-Up

I'm sure by now, everyone has seen the Smash Journal from K&Co! They're seriously the most amazing looking books ever. I have been loving it for awhile, but then when Allie posted about it, I saw it as a sign. haha

The premise of the Smash book is just to basically cut out and paste in anything and everything that you feel inspired by. Treat it as a sort of "catch-all" for all the random clippings that accumulate in drawers, tabletops, etc. Well I've really been wanting to buy the Smash Journal, but I know that's its really nothing more than a big blank book with a glue stick and pen. I probably WILL buy it someday, but being broke as I am right now, I decided to create my own Smash Journal inspired book! So... I created the Summer Book.

Products used on cover: Paper: Paper Studio (kraft) Stickers: American Crafts Thickers (dolce, text), Paper Studio (foil numbers), Basic Grey (chipboard sticker) Embellishments: washi tapes, paint chip

To create the book, I used some mat board that I had laying around to create the covers. I covered the mat board with kraft paper, decorated it, then used my Bind-it-All to create the spiral binding.

I've been having SO much inspiring fun pasting in all my favorite clippings. It's like a real live Pinterest! I love opening the Summer Book because it's like a picture book all about me. :) I have actually been using this idea book process for years. Here's some of the pages from my first idea snippet book I created in 2008:

Just lovely. Oh! And by the way...

I will actually be using a book like this as part of my new upcoming journal class Paper Popsicles!

So stay tuned in the coming weeks for information on the scrappy journal class fun!



angela said...

I'm pretty sure I'm goin to make my own version also...after alis post I've been thinking about it for a few days. U have some really neat stuff in ur summer book. Hope to see more.

Jane Cullen said...

Hey Elaine! I thought the same thing. I love how the smashbooks look but I could create my own. So that's what I did. I haven't done it yet though but your post has inspired me to get moving on it. Excited about your paper poscicles class, can't wait for the deets!

Alexandra Rae said...

I'm so excited about this! It looks amazing!!!

Do you like your Bind it all? I'm debating one....

As always, let me know what I can do to help with Paper Popsicles. :-)

Loooooooove ya.

Nicole Coffin. said...

Yes, your version of the smash book looks amazing! How much fun is it to flip through & see all those pretties in one place?! It must make you so happy. I may have to make one of these cuties myself!!

Megan said...

what a fun idea! just what I needed to get my creativity flowing for the summer!
time to get cutting and pasting! :)