Wednesday, October 5, 2011

a SMASHing good time



"Don't smash until 1 in the morning." That was the last thing I heard before Collin went to bed last night. And I listened to his counsel because this girl needs her sleep but, man, once you start you can't stop... it stings. (name the movie)

Smash books are just like old-school scrapbooks but with rad design on the pages and a mix of all different products from tabs, to tape and journaling pads.
I didn't think they were that cool, at first, but once I started flipping through the pages and adding all the random stuff I've been holding onto for years, I changed my mind.



Why I love it? I already had stuff just sitting in Kolo boxes and Instax laying around so I enjoyed putting it in one place and writing about each little snip it.




This & That: All this stuff has just been sitting in a Kolo photo boxes so, like I said, I loved getting it out and writing about each piece.
Butterfly Confetti from the Coldplay concert, Metro ticket from Paris, an Instax of the girls' sitting at my dad's gravesite on his birthday, 2 cent postage stamp, Real Salt Lake soccer game ticket (the one where we saw David Beckham oohlala;), Eiffel tower tickets (we never did make it to the tippitty top), Avery's first carousel ride ticket, Instax of Mindy Gledhill singing at my birthday party.)




Instax from our drive up the canyon on Sunday. Avery and I picked leaves and glued them down. The tag includes things the girls' said. I just sat there while we drove and wrote all the random things they said. Including, "Look at all those powerful rocks!!"

Instax of Collin's softball game:
More pictures I had laying around:

The flower is covered with clear packing tape to preserve it.







You guys, I'm kind of obsessed. Are you smashing?

I also love Amy Tan's mini book!! The Smashbooks might be out of stock so you should check out Amy Tan's book. It's so cute with all the different layered pages and the spine is sewn together. It's smaller and that could be less intimidating for some. But I love it and am going to dive into that next!
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38 comments:

Ann Cicilie said...

Love your Smash! Yes, I do Smash, and it's wonderful! Sometimes the smash pages turn out to little scrapbook pages, other times its just lots of stash being out together into a mess.

Love getting all those tickets and stuff out of the boxes and into the book :)

Laura said...

Very cute!
Question - are the pictures that you put on there your instagram pics? How do you print those off? Just on your home printer?

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Laura said...

P.S. One of your photobucket pics got removed...

Amy said...

Ummm....YEAH I COMPLETELY LOVE SMASH BOOKS!!! I am doing one right now for all my scrapbooking inspiration!!! I need another one for the kiddo's though....:)
Awesome!

Sara Ancich Photography said...

i love this. no pressure to create the perfect page.

alicia king said...

dumb & dumber! one of our favorites!!! i'm thinkin' i need a smash book...after all i do collect and save all the little random stuff, so that i can scrapbook it...but it's never where i need it to complete the page! this solves it all! cute book :)

Ashley Horton said...

LOVE your book Elizabeth!! I just ordered one on Monday and I hope to get it this week...they have been impossible to get my hands on! I can't wait to start smashing!! :)

CINNIBONBON said...

OMgoodness--can I come over and you teach me a few things? I've had mine for over a month and low and behold---I'm at a standstill...I even bought all the fixings to go along with it!!!! I so want to SMASH stuff in but I'm getting nowehere!!!!

CINNIBONBON said...

PS...your book is wonderful!!!

Mooninmygarden said...

I love it! I am definitely going to have to do this with all the randomness I have lying around.

Elle said...

I just bought one of these this weekend. I am super excited to use it. Yours turned out awesome! (But then again, everything you do tends to turn out great.)

Karen said...

Love your pages!! It looks so good :) You may have inspired me to do this!

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the johnson's said...

My 9 year old daughter has been "smashing" for the last few years now, only I just didn't know it until now! ;-) She is a notebook addict and fills them up with all her little goodies...instax pics, photobooth pics, magazine cutouts, her own drawings and writing and doodles. I LOVE running across one of her notebooks. They are little treasures. This would be a wonderful gift for her!

adriennealvis said...

I just got my Smashbook and my Amy Tan mini in the mail...I can't wait to start smashing. I'm hoping it will be a very freeing experience. I love your work, your so inspiring :)

Jen Schow said...

Dumb and Dumber...haha! Your smash book is adorable!

Desiree Chandler said...

sooo.. it's my birthday "MONTH"... just ordered this off HSN. I'm so excited to get 'smashed' LOL Thank you for sharing this :)

Dumb and Dumber is one of my all time favorite movies! LOL You are awesome!

Meghan said...

I have the smash book love it. And great pages

Nicole said...

well well well look who is smashing! i didn't realize when you said at the american crafts crop at scrapfest that saturday night that you were going to go buy the smash stuff and start using it you would be done so much so fast! lol i should have known! i still have only used the two pages i started at scrapfest that night! i love seeing your book as it is giving me great ideas! thanks for the inspiration! that night is still mine and laura's best scrapbooking night ever!

Cori said...

Okay - SOLD! I just bought one from Paper Source :)

Emily said...

Your Smash book rocks!!! I love it!! I don't Smash, but I do something similar in an idea book that I have.

letter A studio said...

It looks like a smashing good time! I really need to get my hands on an instax fast. Oh & we love Dumb & Dumber too. There are so many good one liners....our fave is "That John Denver is full of crap". Good times!

projectdowhatyoulove said...

Yes I smash, and it's amazing! I also blogged about smashing because it's just so addicting and I want to keep talking about it to anyone who will listen! ha ha ha Love your pages!

Natalie
www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

Renee said...

Oh, I love the way you smash!!

Chiara said...

I have to looking for it! It will be a problem, because I think there isn't it in Italy :-((
Your Smash are so cute!
Have a nice day!!!
xo from Italy

So.Creative said...

Love love love!!!!! It reminds me my first pages when I was 12! I always told my vacations and sticked all the tickets (plane, train, bills, restaurants...), photos and everything about my journeys!

Gaëlle said...

C'est superbe j'adooooooore !!!!! Bonne journée !!!!! Gaëlle .

stephanie said...

Yes, I am SMASHING!! I knew it was for me from the moment I laid eyes on it! I am soooooooo glad that you've gotten the SMASHbook bug and have given me inspiration with your own book!

Laurie LaRiviere said...

I love Smash, don't have the book yet but I do have some of the other products but I do have Amy Tan's book, saving it to make a book for my daughter's 12th birthday party :) You're book is FAB! so cute with so many nice details, love it!

Andrea said...

i LOVE this!!!

Im wondering.. .did you have any problems with your pages separating and the book opening with flat pages. the book i got had all the pages sticking together and they would not lay flat, so i ended up cutting the pages out and hooking them together to make my summer album - but id love to get another one to do what you just did - im wondering if maybe i just got a flawed book???

Kim said...

Wow! Your book is awesome! So, are all of those pages in the same book? Do you worry about getting the stuff in chronologically, etc? Or just smash it altogether by topic! I love it!!! I am thinking of all of those boxes of tickets, love notes, etc that I have! (Since DH and I have been together since HS--there is ALOT! LOL) You have just inspired me to clean out those boxes and messageboard hanging in my room! LOL

Jenifer said...

This is SO fabulous. Did you do the whole book in one night? I looked at that thinking it was a cool idea, but I did not know what things to put in it. Do you think you could use it for kids camping trips? Pictures that they take and the kids could write in it?

lego said...

you are so amazing! love your creativity!! it's so wonderful how you arrange colours, photos, fonts, patterns, journalling ... PURE JOY!

cameronhomemade said...

I feel out of touch, I haven't heard of these, yet I think they could change my life - I'm always making my own out of spiral notebooks! Thanks for a great post! I pinned some pictures from it!

Winter said...

Dumb & Dumber! :) Cute book too!

Trisha Joy Carrillo said...

Enabler Alert!! Thanks Lizzy...now I can place all my random Instax pics and tickets, this & that in a home. Can't wait to start the search for this the book because I know it's been selling like hot cakes!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

obsessed with this post! i have a sudden urge to scrapbook now - and i love the size of that scarpbook! can't wait till it restocks!

Heather :: AFD Jewelry :: said...

Lizzy, I read this post a couple days ago and became OBSESSED with smash books. I got a coupon for 50% off any one item at a local craft store, and was able to buy the medium smash book with it. As someone who has never scrapbooked, and is on a budget what are a handful of supplies you'd suggest I get? I use manila tags to put earrings on in my shop, so I have some of those, but what else? I'm on a major budget but would love to make my smash book half as fun as yours!

xo,
Heather
angelfacedesigns AT gmail DOT com

Marie Tere said...

Just found Smashing supplies at my local Fred Meyer ...25% off this week too! Can't wait!! Thanks for your inspiration!