February 20th, #10 blog post
Lessons from…On the Wings of My Pen
What is Smashbooking?
A Smashbook is a hybrid between a scrapbook and a journal. Crafters have come to love the Smashbook because it requires less time investment and cost than scrapbooking and can be used in a wide variety of ways, including journaling, tracking recipes, keeping memorabilia, and more.
Smashbook supplies you’ll need to have on hand:
1. A notebook, preferably a spiral bound or cinch bound because it will expand depending on what you smash into it.
2. An elastic band or other closure to keep all your treasures secured inside
3. Mini scrapbook paper
4. Glue stick, washi tape or double sided tape for securing items in your smashbook
5. Markers – Fineliner non-bleed sharpies, Staedtler triplus fineliners, and Stablios are my faves. You can also use Crayola supertips for filling in color; they work well with minimal bleed through.
6. Paper memories such as movie ticket stubs, post cards, maps, receipts, photos, gift tags, Die-cuts, recipe cards, restaurant label sugar packets, and other ephemera.
**Ephemera is generally defined as collectible memorabilia that is was for a short term purpose. Think show tickets, ticket stubs, playing cards, postcards and more. Ephemera is almost always paper-based and is often written or printed items that were expected to have short term popularity or usefulness.
1. A smashbook date stamp -These are fun and usually have different phrases on the date stamp such as: smashed, I love this, Oh snap, today is, happy place (my fave), hot mess, remember when, and To do. There are various ones available. I personally have about 6 for their different phrases.
2. Cute tabs to divide your smashbook journal into sections for
particular events such as family vacations, special events (family reunions), sports games, a child’s 1st day of school, etc.
3. Secret pockets to hold those hard to glue items you want to keep safe. You can also decorate an envelope to glue in to hold your precious items, too.
The real key to the smashbook is that your life spills out onto the pages when you have time on a slow or rainy day. You may only have time to tuck a couple of photos from that day trip with the kiddos to the zoo, and that’s okay. With the smashbook you don’t have to be too organized. And you can do a few more elaborate pages as time allows and your creative juices are flowing. This is your story and you can tell it ‘your’ way in ‘your’ time. Photos and other memorabilia can take you back in recalling the event. Your smashbook tells a story…your story! Enjoy the coffee stains, kiddo fingerprints, and torn corners. It’s all part of the character of your smashbook…perfect imperfection welcomed and celebrated!
What is it?
I often refer to my Bullet Journal as my Bullet Journal Smashbook, because mine is an all-in-one. When my husband and I go to the movies, I love to washi-tape our tickets into my daily page. I have also requested a sticker from Pizza Hut when we’ve eaten there to add to my bullet journal later. It’s a lot of fun to add these things in to reflect on our activities later.
Here are a few awesome examples of smashbooks in the smashbooking community:
⦁ @Jacki Q – Travel smashbook
⦁ @Corenes creations – The Original Smashbook
⦁ Here are my (Evon) little do-dads I smashbook into my own Bullet Journal Smashbook. I do it on a smaller scale. My personal photos are shown within this blog post.
Interested in Smashbooking?
What do You think about smashbooking?
Have you ever smashbooked before?
Would you like to try a smashbook or incorporate scrapbook items into your regular bullet journal (BUJO) as I do?
Please leave me a comment, question, or pic of what Your smashbook pages look like (if you have them) in the comments section below. I will answer all of your questions and comments promptly!
Soo happy to have you with me on this journey! Are We having fun yet?
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**Next we will begin Lesson #11, stay tuned…
***Look for my previous 9 posts if you haven’t already.