Friday, April 08, 2011

SMASH books and COMPO books

I love this kind of project! Adding all the miscellaneous bits of life ( or just one adventure!) into a quick scrappy journal is so much fun. "Smash books" are the brand name from EK Success and K and Co partnering to bring you a ready made type of product for something we used to do on our own with composition notebooks from the office supply and our own stash of papers.

Wanna see a EK Smash Book? This is new from CHA but you can also make your own and we will talk about that in a minute.
Watch the video here
and of course those come with nice accessories like a combo pen/glue stick and giant rubber bands (LOVE those tools!)

But I honestly prefer to use my own supplies and not have it be so 'off the shelf'. We used to do these same books with $1 composition notebooks and either cover the outside with your own scrapbook papers or paint and rubber stamp the covers. Add in your normal scrapping embellishments too as well as postcards, doodles, memorabilia, notes to self, sales slips, ...whatever! Being creative is more than half the fun! :) Whether you call them altered books or junk journals or smash books--you can make one!

How to's and samples seen here

altered and painted covers- love these!

we also call them junk journals!


a little tim holtz flair

partial paper covering

I like to add rub on lettering or sticker lettering on the fronts and then I Mod Podge the covers of my notebooks for longevity after they are created.

You could also create a digital cover for your notebook like in the following tutorial if you are computer savey. If you are going to add spray on protective coatings or Mod Podge, make sure your print out is laser jet computer printing so the inks won't run.

if you have a Bind It All to make your own bound spine books, you can also make your chipboard covers and also the interior pages. Use anything you have on hand for interior pages by using lightly patterned two sided papers as your pages. Make a few pocket pages too and bind those in as well. Pocket pages are handy about every 5 to 7 pages throughout especially if this will be a travel journal.

Here are some great ideas on how to spruce up the outside when your book is all full!

Have fun with it! I have to run off to a wedding planning appointment right now but i will try to add a photo or two of my own smash books later today. :)

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Favorite Tool Question! ????

What's YOUR favorite tool ????
(besides scissors and adhesive?)
Let us know in the comments below and also leave your google ID or link or email so I can contact you if you win!

WHOOhoo! It is tool month on Scrappers challenge! Let's give away a prize! Entries in the comments taken until Sunday night April 10th at midnight usa central time.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

April is Tool Challenge Month!

April is all about the tools we use in paper crafting! Do we have too many? How do we use the ones we have? Which are your favorites?

Do you keep tools and craft items you know you don't care for?
Hoarding supplies makes us feel lots of things--It can make you feel the same
endorphins that you felt when you shopped. Hoarding can make you feel well-off
enough to buy, buy, buy. Hoarding can also make you feel "ready" for the future.
Ready and prepared to craft--or to supply a dozen friends to craft alongside
you. I get it. But hoarding tools and supplies of any kind also takes up space
and clutters your mind. Only keep and use what you love and that you know WORKS 100% of the time for you.

April is the month to really go through your tools and see if you have
duplicates. Are the tools in good repair? If something is broken, then it is truly a
hazard to you and to others who borrow it. I have been there when mis-aligned punches 'explode' sending spring-loaded metal pieces flying all over the room. Flying metal parts can hurt. I have pinched my finger in a faulty scissors. I have cut myself on dull trimmer blades. FIX IT or toss it out. Almost all tool companies will stand behind their products and replace them for free if they break under normal use.

And also do you NEED all those items? If you have a paper piercer, do you also
need a jumbo pushpin in your tool caddy as well as a 1/16 inch hole punch and a
Cropodile and a sewing needle for perforating?? If you have 4 styles of 2 inch
oval punches, do you really need that many redundant tools? How many circle
cutters do you own? Have you tried every adhesive on the market --and every
paper trimmer on the market? Do you STILL have them in your stash even if you
KNOW they don't work for you?

Sell, donate or gift your tool duplicates and the tools you no longer like to
another person who is just starting out. It may just be the perfect tool for
THEM! Get it out of your space so you can SEE what you have and you can grab
tools you LOVE.

Start evaluating your tools this month and let's streamline!