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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!

Treasure Hunting

Well this week really flew by. Why, I don’t know. But here it is Saturday evening and I don’t have any arts or crafts to show you. So, instead I will show you some treasures I hunted today. Mossy Cottage has been getting a little thin on inventory so I started to remedy that today. The weather was excellent for treasure hunting, but I did have to hold a hot cup of chai tea early this morning or my hands would have frozen off. There were many treasures to be had, and all the people I dealt with were treasures themselves. I love talking and joking with people I buy from! Well enough chit chat, let’s get on with the goodies!

treasuresHere we have a white wicker child’s hamper. It has a cute quilted plastic lid. There is a white wicker trash can with an applique pillow case, a pink sewing box, some pink VA beach salt and pepper shakers and a Golden Book about kittens (go figure).

treasures1Look at these awesome shakers from the 1950’s. The picture is too bright  for you to see the wonderful pink plastic under all that glitter! And the one on the right says, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

treasures2And here are some of the graphics I randomly opened to in the Golden Book. So cute!!! (I wish Holly would sleep in her own bed)

treasures5Here are some really nice old children’s books. The illustrations in them are fantastic! I know these are antiques because they were even before my time!!!!

treasures4Next we have a hand painted tray from the 1950’s. There are also three nice old mirror plateaus with metal roses bordering each. Unfortunately I didn’t clean them before I photographed them, but they really did clean up nicely.

treasures3Here is a group of what I consider “mantiques” The shoe form is hollowed out and will make a great business card holder. The green metal tin will get decorated somehow. The black case in the red tool holder is a Milton Bradley game called “Pass the Pig”. It has two little plastic pigs, a score pad and a little pencil in the case. It is from 1974 and there are no instructions. I’ll have to google  how to play the game. The faucet handles are pretty cool too. I’ve seen people make statement jewelry out of them.

treasures6This is actually two white 1950’s dresses with tulle. Obviously the one in the back is hidden.

There are a few other things I got but some are already in the laundry and others just didn’t fit into a grouping. All in all I am very satisfied with today’s treasures, both the things I bought and the people I met. God blessed me mightily today!