Have you heard of a smash book? They are trending and avid crafters are loving them!
If you have never heard of a smash book, let’s go over what they are, first.
What is Smash Book?
You may be familiar with traditional scrapbooking. Which is a way to journal and memorialize pictures and happenings in your life.
A smash book is another way to record those memories but in this type record keeping, organization and perfection are not expected.
It is encouraged to simply throw pages together without all of the planning and coordinating. Your book doesn’t even need to be in chronological order! Just open the book, and create your page right there!
Tape pictures in place, add embellishments by gluing, taping or stapling, and write down your thoughts or feelings with your favorite pen or marker.
With a smash book, you don’t have to worry about the perfect layout. This is how they get their name because everything is smashed in. It’s a smash book!
You can buy Smash Books that are designed for this type of journaling, or you can create your own! Which is what I am going to do.
I would like to add, that this project isn’t for everybody. I have gotten some “hate” for “ruining books”. If you can’t stand the thought of writing in an old book, covering up text, and possibly even ripping out pages, then go with a new book that is designed for this type of craft.
How to Start a Smash Book
I had never made a Smash Book before, but I love looking at them on Pinterest so I wanted to give it a go.
At my local thrift store, I 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.
This book is old and completely awesome! The copyright date is 1964 and all of the pages are uneven.
How to Prep Pages
When using a preexisting book, you will need to prep the pages so that you can write, paint and glue over the words. This tutorial is great in explaining how to choose a good book and how to prep the pages.
What to Journal in your Smash Book
Don’t know what to put on the pages of your Smash Book? These are some page ideas that I love and want to incorporate into my own Smash Book.
Inspirational Smash Books
When creating, I like to see what others have done. It always gives me such great ideas! These are some of my favorites. Aren’t they fun?!
There is No Wrong Way
The biggest thing to remember is there no wrong way to Smash Book. It is supposed to be messy and maybe even a little chaotic. That is what makes it so much fun!
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