February 20th, #10 blog post
Lessons from…On the Wings of My Pen

What is Smashbooking?

The smashbook I created for my daughter for her Purdue University graduation and fun trip home. 2015

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

My daughter’s folio smashbook with waterfall pockets and tags for journaling, quotes, or photos.

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.


Optional items:


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

Photo of Feebee, our dog, camping.

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!


Tags for photos…even a froggy punch! Ha ha! 🙂


Quote fold-over tag

What is it?

September 12 Smashbook Page
Fun with my son
Pizza & A Movie


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:

@Sharina Shack

@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.



My husband’s gift tag he decorated for me for Christmas 2016, I smashed into my journal with washi tape.

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?


Was this post helpful?? I look forward to your comments…


**Next we will begin Lesson #11, stay tuned…


***Look for my previous 9 posts if you haven’t already.


~Evon Robinson (Read more about me here)
Barefoot Journaling Chronicles (FB Group, where the fun continues…) 🙂

4 thoughts on “Smashbooks

  1. Marsha Angell

    Thank you so much for introducing this to me. It looks like so much fun and I can’t wait to get started.

    1. My pleasure Marsha!! So happy you stopped by and liked what you saw! Bullet journaling is new to many, and I am happy to provide instruction in baby steps to encourage it’s use. I hope you’ll take advantage of all my posts. Lot’s of fun learning ahead! 🙂 Have fun! And if you ever need any help, I hang out at BJC alot. You’re sure to find me there. Let me know if there is anything I can do to make your journaling experience better! 🙂


  2. Tami Jenkins

    I love your website. You have given me some wonderful ideas.
    Since I am already familiar with scrap booking, this type of journaling is right up my alley. I have ideas by using the “thoughts and feelings” book I have been doing. I can turn that into a smashbook.
    I can’t wait to go the store and do some smashbook shopping.. 🙂

    1. Hi Tami,
      I’m so glad you found it helpful. I will also be doing some lessons dedicated to creating your own cards and albums. The albums I create are from ‘at home’ items such as a Cheerios cereal box. Love to do DIY too. I’m a recycler so I like to use things that are already on hand to repurpose. We will be doing a lot of fun things on my blog in the near future. Stay tuned…

      We might have fun getting together for some scrappy sessions, if that would interest you.

      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments… I look forward to creating more exciting content you’ll enjoy as well.

      ~Evon 🙂

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