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This guide aims to help you get to grips with the basics of scrapbooking, explaining the important phrases to look for when buying materials, the different techniques and layout themes you could use, and the actual process behind making a scrapbook page!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!