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What is a Smash Book?

Smash books are scrapbooks for crafters (or adventurers!) who don't always have a lot of free time. Whereas traditional scrapbooks require a time commitment to sit down and plan, smash books are a lot more spontaneous and created on-the-go. Smash books are generally less neatly organised, opting for a 'life on the road,' shabby sort of character to illustrate your experience as you're living it.

Key Elements of a Smash Book

Instead of buying a scrapbook album and page protectors, a smash book is a journal in which you can write, draw, paint and glue in embellishments and memorabilia as you're on-the-move. No planning is involved – you simply decorate as you feel in the moment. For example, if you receive a ticket stub after a bus journey whilst on holiday, stick it in there and then! Another key element to note is the lack of theme; celebrating tattered and messy, each page in a smash book is entirely unique to portray how you're feeling at that time. Ultimately, smash books will save you a lot of money – but it all depends on whether you can face a less-than-consistent, disordered end result!

How to Make a Smash Book

If you've opted to record your memories in this more simplistic way, there are only a few basic supplies you'll need to get going on your smash book. Other components include your own memorabilia, such as tickets and postcards, and photos – whatever you find along the way!

Basic Smash Book Supplies

journal or notebook

Small papers

glue stick/pen or tape

An array of coloured markers or journaling pens

Simple Steps for Making a Smash Book

Sorting by Themes/Occasions

1. Collect your
supplies together

These can be whatever you prefer, whether you purchase new items or find supplies and memorabilia around the house, there are no set materials you need to use in order to create a smash book.

Sorting Chronologically or Backwards in Time

2. Glue all your
elements in as you go

Differing from scrapbooks, smash books don't have a set theme and aren't always in chronological order. There's no set layout, so glue your papers, photos and embellishments wherever you feel looks best.

Cropping your Photos

3. Write down
your thoughts

The best way to record accurate thoughts and memories are as you're living them. As with gluing, there's no correct way to journal. You could add page titles, dates and times, names of places and people, photo descriptions, diary-style entries, or you could even doodle and make little sketches. But ultimately, there's one important thing to remember: don't be too regimented!


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