Summer Fun (for Mom): Homemade Smash Book

by Wendy Copley on August 11, 2011

If you’re not heavily entrenched in the world of scrapbooking, you may not have heard of the Smash Book phenomenon. A Smash Book (“Smash” is a brand name) is a decorative notebook that comes with a special pen that has ink on one end and a glue stick on the other. The idea is that you use the book like you would an old school scrapbook — one where you actually paste scraps of paper in.

There’s really nothing new or special about the concept, but the marketing is absolutely genius! The video they made is particularly catchy and made me want one. The problem? The whole Smash line sold out almost immediately when it hit the shelves. I’ve looked and looked and haven’t been able to find a store with any of the books in stock. At first I’d planned to wait for them to come back in stock but then I got antsy and decided I should just make one myself!

Smash book

And here it is! The best part is that it’s made entirely from materials I had on hand. I dug through my paper stash and pulled out all the papers I loved best, printed out some stuff I found online and then bound it all together with my Bind-it-All machine.

DIY Smash Book

I tried to focus on bright, summery colors because those are my favorites.

DIY Smash Book

And I added in some fun stuff too. This page is a pocket sheet designed to hold baseball cards. I cut it down to fit in the book.

DIY Smash Book

I also stuck in some envelopes that can be used to hold bits and bobs. And do you see that paper on the left? It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it’s all shimmery and shiny. Pretty!

DIY Smash Book

Here’s one of the things I printed. I thought it was appropriate because ice pops are everywhere this summer. Have you noticed that? They’re the new cupcake, I think.

DIY Smash Book

I also stuck this big envelope in the back. The idea is that I’ll be able to stick some stuff in here to use to decorate my book.

DIY Smash Book

Things like these: stickers, notecards, washi tape, and fill-in-the-blank lists pulled from my Listography book.

Smash book

The only thing I bought for the book was the special pen (which I was amazed to find). It’s pretty rad.

Here are a few of the pages I’ve made so far:


I made this page in Photoshop, based on one I found here. The bright colors and graphic style fit the look of my book a little better than the original. I printed three of these and interspersed them throughout my book.

10 Good Things Today

This page was about lazy Sunday I spent with Zach and the kids. I printed out some Hipstamatic photos for the page and listed out some of the things I enjoyed.

Smash book

Another page — this one about Augie’s obsession with skateboarding and his “skateboard shoes.” You can also see how I’m using the baseball card holder. So far I’ve slipped in a Starbucks drink holder from a date with Wyatt and a receipt from the grocery store.

I’m really enjoying my homemade Smash book so far. One thing I’ve noticed is that since it feels more casual, I’m more likely to sit down and tell some little stories than I would be if I were making a full on scrapbook layout. I also have been enjoying just playing around with all my scrapbook junk and using up little pieces that I wouldn’t normally pull out.

Do you keep a journal? How do you save your little bits and pieces?

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