Have you every heard of a smashbook? It’s like of like a scrapbook, but with less structure. Some people add recipes, top 10 lists, concert tickets, etc., in addition to photos. It’s often referred to as the un-scrapbook.
I have a ton of pictures. Some on my phone, some printed and in a box. What good is that? They aren’t organized in any particular fashion and I rarely look at them, so I wanted to make my own smashbook. I’m going to call it Project Life.
But before I started compiling pictures, I wanted to make a fun cover for it. That’s today’s Make Something Mondays craft.
Tip: If you’re interested in making your own Smashbook, you should look into Groovebook for photo printing. It’s a subscription service that prints photos that you choose every month. You get 100 4×6″ images for $2.99/month. I’m not affiliated, I just like it. A friend bought me a gift subscription for my birthday a year or so ago and I’ve kept it. It’s perfect for this type of project.
Smashbook cover supplies
- scrapbook paper
- blank journal or sketchbook
- stickers (totally optional)
Don’t get overwhelmed by the supplies image. I went a little overboard in gather materials for this one.
If you’re looking for a small book, I got mine at Michael’s. It’s made by the Recollections brand. I like this one because it’s smaller, and nothing like a scrapbook. You can use whatever you want though.
Step 1: glue on the first scrapbook layer
Measure or trace your book onto the scrapbook paper. Then cut it out and glue it over the cover of your scrapbook.
Step 2: continue to layer scrapbook paper
Continue this process until you have something you like.
I choose to cut out elements of different pieces of scrapbook paper and glue them together.
Step 3: title your smashbook
Give your smashbook a title! You’re going to be an author now. Your book must have a name! 🙂
When you’re done, hopefully you have a cover design you love!
I’ll post some spreads for you guys when I get started. Stay tuned for that.
Tell me what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.