Smash Books anybody?

Sorry if this is in the wrong topic.

Hey! So a few months ago I got my first Smash Book. (Eco Green) Its taken me to now to actually put anything into it.
I was wandering if anybody here uses Smash Books?
Do you have any tips or hints for Smashing n00bs like me?

Also, if you are a Smasher in the UK where do you get your Smash Book things and craft papers etc? As I bought mine from Amazon and it took almost a month and a half to get here + it can be quite expensive.

Maybe you could share some of your Smash Book pages or even if you have a Scrap Book I would LOVE to see the pages Happy

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15 replies since 22nd May 2013 • Last reply 22nd May 2013

Here is a (very bad) photo of my currently only page of my Smash Book, Its from my friends 18th birthday party Happy

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Hey! I have a smashbook but its one I made myself rather than one of the official smashbook ones. I do have the pen and a couple of the accessories. I also ordered from amazon, but I think they arrived reasonably quickly.

I don't think you need to have loads of the branded stuff to make it look nice, its just something that's creative and personal to you. I like paperchase for stickers and washi tape and that kind of thing. A letter stamp set is also quite a useful thing to have, (I think mine came from dunelm mill for around £1).

Theres some great tutes and videos for smashbooking on you tube and its nice to see what other people have done. I started a pinterest board for smashbooking ideas http://pinterest.com/greenbeantango/smash-book-ideas/ here it is if you fancy a look.

If I remember I'll take a photo of the pages I've done but they're not great and are mostly fashion-based.

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Smash Books are super expensive for what you get and all the extra accessories push the price way up. Hobbycraft have started stocking the range and seeing it in real life really helps determine whether it's worth the money. I don't think it is worth the money when I've made journals of at least the same quality myself.

Still, it all depends how creative you are and whether you can be bothered sourcing/making your own journaling ephemera Happy

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To deal with the price I buy mine on sale or make things myself. I bought the book on sale for 40% off. And I bought only a few accessories for 40% off as well. Other than that I add my own things like scrap booking paper and stickers. I have only just started smash booking. I am enjoying it so far. I am

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Planning on making my own smashbook out of scrap paper to take with me on my trip this summer. I like the idea of having an unplanned scrapbook. Or a busy persons scrapbook. I also like that the idea of smashbook can be recreated with outside materials on a budget.

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This is the first one I did. Its a bit like a floral inspired mood board, I guess. The tag was off a piece of clothing I'd bought, it had been hanging on my pin board for a while.

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Sorry this ones a like blurry. Its a collection of magazine pictures of clothes and clothing styles that I like and would like to try making someday. I'm using my smashbook for inspiration and to collect ideas rather than for journaling.

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Thanks for the tips ^^ I really like your pages Libby, wish I had the perseverance to make one myself, maybe one day.

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When I say I made it myself I mostly just put it together, its made from a chipboard book and a paper pack that I bought from a scrapbooking shop. If I did it again, I'd probably make it A4 as I find the smaller size a bit limiting. I'd probably also just use cardboard for the covers and buy bookrings as you can get them pretty cheaply, as well as using whatever papers I had in the house. Those paper packs you get free with some crafting magazines would be ideal as they tend to be double sided and the colours co-ordinate with each other.

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Ill definitely keep a close look out for those crafting magazines! I love collecting rafting paper ^.^

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I used to pick up a cheap 50 cent composition book. I have so many from high school. Some shared with best friends and a few with a group of friends. There is no right or wrong way to do it. To each their own!

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Having a "partner in crime" has really inspired me to get my hands into my smashbook... And we can split any supplies between us. We are both really liking the "journaling prompts" that come on little notepads and I grab them on sale. And I really enjoy making pockets and fold out pages (by taping another page to the edge) for a bigger surface.

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Nice pinterest board LIBBY! I followed it.

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I made one of these while on holiday with my best friend it is so much fun and we now have lots of fun memories to look back on. We used to keep these in school to help inspire us so I am totally thinking of starting a new one as I always see lots of little pictures and poems that i love

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