Monday, July 2, 2012

What's a smash book? I want one!

but I don't want to pay for one! So I made one, simples :)
Using a readers digest book I got from a charity shop but it stunk of smoke I took the pages out and used the cover. Reluctantly pulling out my bind it all (previous experiences have left me pulling out my hair and threatening to quit crafting) I decided to just use just one punch so I wouldn't have to line up the holes to repunch again, because I just don't do measuring!

Just one punch in the middle of the page, I cut pages so they were different sizes, lengths and added some envelopes too

I covered the inside of the book with some pretty paper

stuck the binded paper into the book and used a ribbon to hold it into place

I found a clever little tip to replicate calligraphy by writing the words in thin pen and with a thicker pen go over the lines that go down (try it out, it's easier than it sounds)

I added a pen pocket at the side of the paper and a piece of ric rak to hold the pen in, I'll probably use this for any crafty ideas, LO's I see or quotes. I have 3/4 books like this but maybe this one might inspire me to keep it order!


  1. Oooh how very clever ! Great idea x

  2. really fab smash book , love the recycling and the tip on the calligraphy cheat x love it x tfs

  3. Love the idea of using the old book!

  4. A brilliant idea and I love the papers and so cool to make a pocket for your pen.

    Linda xxx

  5. This looks so cool! Love that calligraphy tip as well.

  6. Love the spotted paper inside. Looks fantastic x