I’ve said it many times, I loooove scrapbooking supplies but I don’t have the patience for actual scrapbooking. A year or so ago I was introduced to the concept of “smash books.” They are something like scrapbooking-lite — just stick stuff (or smash) where ever you like without fussing about with fancy spreads. They also came with a bevy of books, tapes, bits and bobs that you could spend a small fortune on.
Consumeristic random spending? So not my style!
I decided to combine my love of cheap graph paper composition notebooks with the spirit of a smash book. This way I’m not totally depriving future generations of embarrassing photo album glory, but I also don’t need to spend more than a few minutes here and there on the damn thing.
First off, I covered the notebook in lovely paper, using washi tape to reinforce the seams where I didn’t trust the glue to hold. I also stuck a pocket (made from a manila envelope) inside to catch items before I have a chance to “smash” them in.
I’ve always wanted to try my hand at art journaling, but I didn’t want to over commit. My answer? I drew a calendar page for each month with large squares. I can make a quickie drawing of that day’s highlight if I feel the urge.
For the actually photo pages, I search for a coupon code each month for one of the photo places nearby (Walgreens, Riteaid, etc), and then I pick my favorite photos off my phone and send them to print. Thus far I have spent more than $2 on prints in any given month, so this is a pretty inexpensive hobby!
In case you’re worried about discoloration — I did a bit of research, and almost all modern paper is acid-free, everything from a simple post-it note to that fancy stationary. It may not be archive quality, but for simple journals and projects like this it will work.