To me a smash book is an anything goes journal/scrapbook. They can be beautiful, they can be messy, they are for whatever you want: Receipts, ticket stubs, scraps, gum wrappers, testing out new pens, art journal....anything. You can use it day to day, keep it in your bag with a pen and a glue stick. You could theme your book around travel, family, lists, recipes-whatever you can dream of.
I find that my Smash Books provide me with a snap shot of my life at the time-and it is real and authentic because I am not trying to impress anyone. They are a place to vent, explore, wonder, create, research, and get messy. I am not a scrapbooker-tried that once and it did not go well-at least from my perspective (I am sure with practice it would come, but I wasn't passionate about it). I like to just throw things in and be done. I find that smash booking is a little more low-maintenance, unless I choose to do more. I love that every page seems to take on its own personality and that they don't need to fit together, they just are.
I have seen the ones at Michael's by K&Company-they have beautiful patterned paper inside and come with a pen/glue stick-I love the look of them, I love the feel of them, I love what I have seen other people do with them, I even bought one with good intentions to use it....but...I am afraid to use it because I think it is so pretty. Someday, Someday I will dive into it.
My alternative is to make my own out of a cheap composition notebook from the dollar store. I create a lovely book , so it is still magical, but my inner perfectionist is less likely to care about how I handle the pages because I made it I can make it again, it was made out of cheap supplies -so not hard to replace, and finally it is probably already a mess, so why not just get at it. It feels less intimidating to me to start.
I love making my own smash books, I have used them for an art course that I took, I have used them to teach from in my online course, I have used them with a theme to research the cycles of the moon, I have used them for planning, and I have just made the one above as an inspiration collector and art journal playground to experiment in.
I have just finished filming an online class for you-walking you through how to make your own smash book.
It will be on dale for $35 from today to August 20th to celebrate my sister wedding and mine and Kieran's birthday :). After the 20th the price will be going to its regular price of $50. Click this link for a closer look at the class.
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Jennifer Russell was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada.She is an Intentional artist who focuses on creating meaning full connections to her work for herself and others. Nothing is more satisfying to her than hearing that her work has inspired someone in their own life.