The Start of a Smash Book

Smash Book Ideas
Have you ever heard of a smash book?  They are a new and trending and are definitely growing in popularity.
Smashing is a way to journal that isn’t as precise and scrapbooks are usually considered to be.  A smash book doesn’t need to be in chronological order and it’s even okay if you skip around on the pages. You can buy official Smash Books that are filled with different Scrapbook Papers, or do what I am going to do and create one out of an actual book.  I plan to add pictures, scrapbook paper, stickers and embellishments by gluing, taping or stapling.  The best thing about these books is you don’t have to worry about the perfect layout.  This is how they got their name is because you “smash” everything in.  
I have never made a Smash Book before, but I love looking at other books on Pinterest so I wanted to give it a go.
Awhile ago, I was at my local DI (a thrift store) and came across this old book whose title was the same as my name.  I just couldn’t resist and I thought it was a sign that it was time to start my own Smash Book. 
What I love about this book is that it is old.  It’s copyright date is 1954, ans I love that it has old uneven pages.
Smash Book Ideas
Smash Book Ideas
Here are some sample layouts of some other Smash Books that I love.
Smash Book Ideas
Smash Book Ideas
Smash Book Ideas
Smash Book Ideas
 Do you have a Smash Book?  What is your favorite layout?


  1. says

    I’ve seen them but I think I am too much of a perfectionist to use one. 😉 I haven’t scrapbooked in years, but the idea of just smashing things in makes me cringe. 😉 I do think they look cool though!

  2. says

    I have been wanting to do a smash book. I love the examples here! It kind of takes off the pressure to make the perfect layout, so it’s not as intimidating as scrapbooking for me. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kadie says

    What a neat idea! I hadn’t heard of smash books either. What a great outlet! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  4. says

    I’ve never heard of a Smash book but this is such a cute idea. I bet my daughter (18) would love to make one of these. She just started college and will have many memories to come. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week. Have a great weekend.

  5. says

    I like this post. I have a smashbook but your idea is great. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  6. says

    Hi Katie, this is my first visit to your blog, I found you from I had never heard of Smash books either but may have to give them a try some time. I’ve been collecting old Reader’s Digests (the pretty hardbound ones) and had been wondering what to do with them. I may have to start with that!

  7. says

    I love the smash book idea. It’s great for when you want to be createive but don’t have time to commit to a full blown scrapbook. What I normally use is a notebook from the dollar store and then just use my scrapbook supplies. Works great!

  8. says

    I’ve heard of the smash books. My sister who is up on everything told me about them. I take it that they are simply sloppy journals. In other words smash things in there quickly so that you don’t end up not doing it. Quick is good. I love fast wonderful crafts. I have old books and can do this also. Thanks, Linda

  9. says

    Smash books & journaling are fun. I love creating in mine. Be sure & share it when you get creating in yours! & feel free to link it up @

    • says

      You can really do it however you want. You can cover the pages with Gesso (which is a painting canvas prepper), glue on patterned paper, or just write right over the top of the typed pages. That is what makes this book so fun! Great question by the way!

  10. AmieAnn says

    Love this! I have wanting a smash book.. but just couldn’t bring myself to pay for one I could make.. thanks for the inspiration.. can’t wait to drag out one of my old books I have been saving (or hoarding) for craft projects!
    Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  11. says

    I have only seen the ones sold in the scrapbook section. I never thought about using a real book! I love books, though, so I don’t know if i could bring myself to glue/paint/write over it :) If I can get over it, I think I’d like to make some for my sisters for Christmas! I have 2 in college, 1 in high school & 1 who is 10. This seems like something girls of all ages would love. Thank you for the idea!

    I found your blog through Holistic Homemaking!

  12. says

    I picked up an old book at half price books to make one of these smash books. But haven’t got started yet. Didn’t know that it was called a smash book though. Will check them out on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

    Linda @

  13. says

    Very cool! The thing I love about smash books is they don’t have to be perfect – I’m always trying to overcome my natural perfectionist-ness (haha, not a word), and these are good for that.

  14. says

    SO cool! I have seen some of these before but didnt know they were called SMASH BOOKS! How cool that you found a book with your name on it…if it’s “KATHERINE” by Anya Seton Chase- it’s actually an awesome book, hope you read it first 😉
    (just kidding)!
    I’d love for you to link this post up at Give Me the Goods Monday-
    So glad i found you, can’t wait to see more of your ideas!

  15. says

    I love this and I had never heard of this and I love it! Wow so cool and fun! Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back with another awesome share! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!!

    Cami @

  16. says

    haha… i found this looking at journalling on pinterest… I descend from the Katherine that book is about. I read it because of the genealogy I did and discovered how I am connected to her. I got it on kindle. Its a remarkabley good book, too bad you didn’t read it first! LOL I too alter books, no worries… just funny… you might like it, its a true story.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>