10 a new project.


Just what I need, something else to work on! I've been wanting to find motivation to print out more pictures, both real ones I've taken with my camera, or the million iPhone pics I upload to instagram daily. I spend a lot of time every day taking photos, and I'm not sure why I don't print them out and enjoy them. Enter the SMASH Book!
It's like part journal, part scrapbook. You can see a video on it here.  I have never really kept a journal (outside of this blog of course), but I did scrapbook occassionally in high school and college.  Between IG pics from Amanda's Smash book and reading about Elise's Project Life (which I might someday attempt if this is remotely successful), I decided I should grab one of these when I saw them yesterday.  I bought the book and some supplies at Target and a few more supplies at Michaels, and I have a ton of paper supplies already that I can add to the new stuff.  I'm excited to find a use for all the scrapbooking stuff again!

Here's the first spread that I put together.  Yesterday was our 3 year wedding anniversary, so I used the pages to document what we did yesterday and added in a few wedding pictures.
To print out the pictures, I just arranged a bunch of them on a page in Illustrator,  printed them out on photo paper on my home printer, and cropped them to size.  Quick and easy.

I added in a little journaling to explain we did, threw in some washi tape for good measure, and called it done.
I added a little orange fabric tab to show that this was my first page, since I started in the middle of the book!  My reason for starting in the middle was so I wouldn't feel so much pressure to make the book perfect.  My inner perfectionist always takes over and with things like this, that is a problem!
So that's my new project, and I'm really hoping I'll keep up with it!  Maybe I'll share more here in the future!


  1. i saw the smash book the other day and thought it was a great idea! i love to see yours!

  2. great pages! I bought one a few weeks ago after being inspired by Amanda's but I've yet to do anything with mine!

  3. I've seen these before and love them! I'd start one myself, but I don't know how I'd keep it up! :)

  4. My sister and I started our Smashbooks a few months ago! I love how freeing it is to use. Glad you got one! Your first pages look great :)

  5. i am so not a scrapbooker, but i have to admit that this is super cute!

  6. I need to read up on this smash book idea! I used to scrapbook like a feign but the book just got so big and cumbersome... and I felt SUCH (!!!) a need for it to be perfect. Scrapbooking was no longer fun. I think this might be fun though, as it'd be a way for me to just document fun, "ordinary" moments as they happen. :)

  7. I throw so much away, this makes me wish I would save, but likely I would just have piles and nothing like your cute scrapbook.

  8. I've never been able to start writing on the first page of a notebook -- too much pressure. I thought I was the only one.

  9. I would totally do the same thing (and start in the middle). I'm the same way! I've been admiring Amanda's too, but it's not something I'd keep up with. I'll live vicariously through you guys! And happy anniversary again!!

  10. Your Smash book looks awesome already! I had to order one right away.


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