Homemade “Smash” Book

Hello friends!  How is the spring treating you?  Here in the Northwest it is early and lovely.  A little damp but we got our hour of daylight back and it’s like a shot of caffeine for my evenings.  I love it!

The other day I had a few minutes to kill in Tacoma so I thought I’d see if I could get a few supplies for some up coming projects I wanted to work on.  This, as it turns out, was an EPIC fail.  Did I go home empty handed though?  Nope.  I got distracted by a Smash Book display in Michael’s.  Now, I’ve seen Smash Book products here and there but thought they were a little too much for my creative brain to handle in a journal.  For some reason this display seemed to make it all click for me.  I have what seems like a billion places where I put little scraps of paper or random notes on something and I can NEVER find them when I want them.  I needed a place where I could put those things but I wanted it to be pretty and useful.  This is what I bought that day…

IMG_2331This tape gun seemed a bit over the top when I bought it but I LOVE IT!  A few folks I know recommended it and I am so glad they did.  It is now my “go to” for adhesive.  Two things I can’t get enough of right now?  Baker’s twine and paper tape or Washi tape.  Turns out Michael’s has quite a selection of Washi tape for a good price.  I’ll be back to get more I’m sure.  Then there is an assortment of Smash brand and non-Smash brand journal items.

Time to create…


IMG_2473Today I wanted to chronicle the crazy day we had.  We got to visit the fire station with Emma’s pre-school class first thing this morning to wrap up a unit on fire safety.  Emma hasn’t been to crazy about the whole fire safety thing in the first place and a visit to the fire station about put us over the edge.  You might be able to read my note on the lower left of the second photo, Emma’s teacher helped me pry her out of our car and between the two of us we wrangled my two kiddos.  Finn LOVED the whole experience especially the fire fighter in full bunker gear.  Emma missed that part hiding behind me which is exactly what you’re not supposed to do when the firemen come to rescue you from a burning building.  Sigh…  I’m praying we aren’t slated for such an event in the near future.

Now that I have a page done I think I might be a big fan of this style of journaling/scrapbooking/recording life as it happens.  I’m using a “naked binder” that I got from Paper Source a while back, however they do still have them, and some regular old page protectors.  Something I noticed as I was hand writing my comments… paper doesn’t have spell check.  So, I guess I’m a little reliant on that tell tale red line that appears in my electronic correspondence but oh well.  Life goes on and that’s what this journal is about anyway, right?  The other thing I noticed as I was completing my page… my table isn’t a mess.  I don’t have a crafting disaster in my kitchen and when my husband got home he didn’t even notice I’d been up to anything.  This is relationship gold here!

So tell me, what are you doing to capture your life’s moments?


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