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Sunday, February 9, 2014

"Smashy, Smashy!" ~ Bart Simpson

As I mentioned in my last paper crafting post HERE, I've started a smash-type book. It's a fairly new product line by K&Co, but an old idea: put some glue on your pix and coordinating random stuff (like tickets or receipts or newspaper clippings), smash them into a book, and call it done -- messy yet beautiful! It's like what a scrapbook used to be back in the days before acid free adhesive and stickers.

K&Co explains that a smashbook doesn't really have any rules, but that you can create it using themes (such as I am which is 'Our Halloweens Through The Years') or you can use it to write down thoughts, make notes, keep memorabilia, record those fashion trends you love, write your top 10 priorities/goals/quotes/to dos, journal a day in your family's life, or just about anything else. Of course K&Co has come up with embellishments that are uniquely smashbook style such as washi tape, This & That stickers, date stamp wording, chevron striped banners and arrows, and much more. They have a great video to explain smashbooking and they show several of the cute embellishments HERE. (i am not affiliated in any way with K&Co!)

The point is that our everyday lives are really extraordinary and we should document them for ourselves, our family, and future generations to look back on. Holidays and Birthdays are great celebrations, and we all have pix of those things, but do you remember how much milk used to cost, your daughter's favorite blanket or what she used to say she wanted to be when she grew up, your son's favorite color when he was 5 or the time you found his dinosaurs in your shoes, that time the dog got onto the swingset, the day the cat climbed up the shower curtain and took a nap at the top of the rod, the funniest thing your significant other said this week, that new recipe you tried that became a family favorite, when _____________. (fill in the blank)

I'm using a book called "This is Not a Book" so it's not the K&Co Brand Smashbook, but its working really well thus far. I host a scrapbooking crop every month at my LSS (local scrapbook store) and this is the only chance I get to work on it due to space limitations and 2 kiddos who love stickers and scissors, lol! Thank goodness for digital or I'd rarely get any scrapping done, lol! Here are my latest smashbook pages from yesterday's crop... I'm looking for some wording to put above the photo on the left, any suggestions?

sometimes i print out my digital scrapbooking kits to use in my smashbook, click the image for more info

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