Get Smashed!

I recently came across and idea (the idea is not new, only new to me) that I think is really appealing and fun. It has to do with archiving things like ticket stubs, play bills, receipts, cool graphics and other interesting ephemera (this is a 5 cent word for paper items). What I’m talking about are Smash Books. These are not scrapbooks or journals as we know them. This is more like a place to store the little oddities you don’t usually include in scrapbooks. Most smash books have little journal passages, doodles and other artwork added among the  “smashed” (glued or taped) ephemera.

There are many smash books available for sale in craft shops and through websites. I, however, wanted to make my own. After watching what seems like thousands of “How to Make Your Own Smash Book” videos on YouTube, I started creating my own. What appeals to me most about smash books are the envelopes, flaps, tags and hidden spots they have for storing your junk treasures. Here are some pictures of my smash book. Please keep in mind that this is only the book itself and I have not “smashed” any bits into it yet!

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Front Cover

Inside front cover has a pocket to store extra papers to use while "smashing'

Inside front cover has a pocket to store extra papers to use while “smashing’

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Page stamped with boxes ready for quickie journaling.

Bingo card with clear enveloped attached to stuff bits into. Also paper clip to attach stuff outside.

Bingo card with clear enveloped attached to stuff bits into. Also paper clip to attach stuff outside.

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Page with a pocket made from a game card washi taped to the paper. A blank tag slips into pocket and can be journaled on or covered with ephemera.

Vintage green envelope to fill with treasures. A butterfly cutout makes it pretty.

Vintage green envelope to fill with treasures. A butterfly cutout makes it pretty.

Back of the envelope with text from an insurance ad attached. Also another tag. This one also has a small envelope pinned to it for more storage.

Back of the envelope with text from an insurance ad attached. Also another tag. This one also has a small envelope pinned to it for more storage.

A bingo card with file tag adhered for quickie journaling.

A bingo card with file tag adhered for quickie journaling.

 

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A piece of vellum that has been stamped two ways!

A manilla envelope that has been aged and stamped. The two paper bands hold the game card in place. I can glue stuff to the back of the game card.

A manilla envelope that has been aged and stamped. The two paper bands hold the game card in place. I can glue stuff to the back of the game card and store stuff in the envelope.

An aged manilla tag that has a metal file drawer tag. The paper in the metal can be taken out and written on the other side.

An aged manilla tag that has a metal file drawer tag. The paper in the metal can be taken out and journaled on the other side.

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Inside of back cover has a pocket to hold more goodies to use for “smashing’.

Back cover

Back cover

Various pens, water color pencils, hole punch, small scissors and other tools to use for "smashing".

Various pens, water color pencils, hole punch, small scissors and other tools to use for “smashing”.

Glue stick, washi tapes, paper clips, etc. for adhering stuff into the book. Also more paper bits to make my "smashing' more interesting.

Glue stick, washi tapes, paper clips, etc. for adhering stuff into the book. Also more paper bits to make my “smashing’ more interesting.

Again, keep in mind that this is the book only. I have not added my ephemera yet. I hope to fill it up with things I collect this summer. I will post some “smashed” pages when I get them done.

If you are interested in starting your own smash book or still don’t understand the concept, check out the multitude of videos on YouTube.

I wish all of you, my dear readers, a “smashing” summer!

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One comment

  1. Camilla Prewitt

    I also came across these books on some of the art journal video I’ve been watching. They remind me of the scrapbooks I made as a teenager with all my movie ticket stubs and any other souvenirs I collected from dances, dates etc. I would journal about the occasion who I was with etc. Like a diary with stuff!

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