I have been scrapbooking since about 1994. During this time, I have heard my fair share of people tell me that they want to scrapbook, but “don’t have time.” Or “aren’t creative.“
Enter the SMASH book.
The SMASH Book line, by K&Company®, is perfect for the un-scrapbooker.
I categorize an “un-scrapbooker” as someone who doesn’t want to spend hours with cutesy stickers and catchy titles, but would still like a place to cram ticket stubs, thoughts, and the occasional photo.
Memories are much easier to re-live when they are not stuck in a drawer.
I put the SMASH book to the test on our last vacation. We spent a week in England. It was “SMASHing!” (See what I did there?)
I took some very basic supplies:
- K&Company® Mod Black SMASH Folio
- K&Company® Travel SMASH Pad
- K&Company® Like This SMASH Tape
- K&Company® SMASH Bands
- K&Company® Red & Blue SMASH Stickies
- K&Company® Flag SMASH Clips
- K&Company® Date SMASH Stamp
- K&Company® SMASH Pockets
Seriously, this thing is genius! One side, pen. The pen is a really nice permanent ink felt-tip pen. Other side, glue-stick.
We started out our trip on an airplane. I began documenting our vacation right from the plane. I included our boarding passes, itinerary, and receipts. They all went into a SMASH pocket.
The SMASH pads are perfect for journaling your thoughts or facts about different sites you see on vacation.
During the vacation, whenever I accumulated ticket stubs, brochures or receipts, I would stuff them into the zip-lock in my bag, and every evening when the day was winding down I would take a few minutes to add those items to the book.
Along with the scraps of the day, I would use pages from the SMASH pad to document the day’s events. I recorded my thoughts and interesting facts, and added those to the book also. Since I knew how many photos I took that day, I would leave as many pages as I thought I would need to add the photos when I got home.
Here I am working on the SMASH book in the garden of our English Cottage in Cheddar. Isn’t it beautiful?
Here is a sample page of the SMASH book, where I added receipts and journaling- the journaling was done on a page from the SMASH pad. They pages in the SMASH pads are all pre-printed and themed. The pre-printed made it easy for me to come up with a journaling topic. There are pages for a “Top Ten Things I Love About _______.” Or the one shown, “Favorite Restaurants.“
I left room on my pages for photos to be added later.
Later, I added the photos:
Each page is a different pattern. The patterns are very neutral, easy for any theme of album you choose.
You guys. Seriously. This was the easiest vacation album I have ever done!
Do you know how nice it was to come home, print photos, and glue them into the (practically) finished book? I really blew people away when we came home and they asked how our trip was and I was able to pull out this finished book and SHOW THEM!
The best part about this album, is that the journaling was done when my thoughts were fresh. I have wonderful details about this vacation documented as they happened. I even involved the kids, from their perspective:
Here are some tips I wanted to share with you, that helped me to get the most out of my album. I want you to know, that I was able to fit 150 photos into this book. 150! Can you believe that? Thank goodness for the SMASH bands, they help to hold it all in.
- When I had several photos that I wanted to add to a page, I used this cascading photo technique.
- Choose photos that are all the same orientation. (All vertical, or all horizontal.)
- Begin by placing the bottom photo, lining it up with the bottom of the page.
- Adhere the bottom photo in place. You can tape it, use photo corners like I did, or adhere the whole photo with the glue-stick.
Since the photos lift, the back of the photos are prime real estate for journaling or additional photos.
I didn’t feel pressure to be perfect, or line things up straight. The charm of the SMASH book is the randomness.
I did not use my usual arsenal of tools. Just SMASH it all in! Slap some tape in it! Done! Simple.
I love the SMASH pockets for corralling little bits of memorabilia.
“Happy Place“, “This Warrants a Fist Pump” and “Hot Mess.” Good stuff!
I purchased a key chain in London, and added it to the elastic.
Okay, remember how many photos I told you I crammed into this thing? When I was finished there were still some empty pages in the SMASH book. I just carefully tore them out.
I added a super easy glitter chipboard title, some SMASH tape stripes and some stickers to the cover: Darice® Silver Glitter Chipboard Alphabet Letters -2 inch & Martha Stewart Crafts™ Postcard Stickers
And then I called it good. Check it out!
You can use a SMASH book for whatever you would like.
I hope I have inspired you to give it a shot. Whether you are a seasoned scrapbooker or an un-scrapbooker, SMASH books are a fun way to push out of your comfort zone and unleash your creativity! Get inspired by the collection of scrapbooking supplies from ConsumerCrafts.
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).