I'm not an overly-talented crafter but I do enjoy a go at it from time to time. With all the craft supplies I have, you'd think I was an expert!
Recently I read about a product by K and Company (I think that's the name) called a SMASH BOOK. Basically it's a plain, empty journal that you decorate and then "smash" things inside…things like recipes, or articles from magazines, or inspiration pictures, or concert tickets, or….whatever you want to stash and smash inside. About the same time I read about what some people call a JUNK JOURNAL. You can see great YOU TUBE videos about both if you're interested.
(By the way, I heard on a You Tube segment that since the term SMASH BOOK is copyrighted, you shouldn't use that name for your custom made ventures!)
I began with one of those wireless composition notebooks with the sort of cardboard cover (sorry…forgot to take a before picture).
They are very cheap and readily available. You can often find them at Wal-Mart or Target at the beginning of the school year for like 25 cents each! These days they come in all sorts of patterned covers, so you really wouldn't have to cover it if you didn't want to…but I decided to cover mine. And here's what the finished project looks like….
I had all of the supplies on hand so this project basically cost me nothing! I like the sound of that! I also covered the back and inside covers. You could use most any type of adhesive you liked but I used some from my scrapbooking stash.
Since I like the "cute factor" I added some embellishments….
"SHOES" are one of my greatest
I also like the addition of the ribbons for a little extra bling and, of course, had to add some cherries!
Inside I used some red & white polka-dot wrapping paper (love, love polka-dots!) and covered a few pages to divide my journal into sections. Also added some clear colored tabs. Not sure yet what I will label them.
So far I've added some quotes, inspiration pictures for projects, and various things I've found on PINTEREST...oh, how I love PINTEREST! It was a fun and relatively quick little project. Nice to know I now have a place to corral some of my JUNK! Think I'll make another one or two….I've got plenty of JUNK to go aroundJ