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Monday, January 30, 2012


I was recently added to a facebook group by the fabulous Kellie Winnell of Tickled Pink Stamps. The group is called SMASH*aholics. I was aware of the new craze - part journal, part keepsake, part scrapbook, all creative chaos - but I hadn't really thought about making one of my own. Until Kellie added me to this fun group! After seeing all the unique and wonderful pages and reading all the excited comments from crafters who really love to SMASH, I started to wonder if maybe I should SMASH too.... I know, I know! I need another hobby like I need a hole in the head! But card making is all about other people. I make the cards and then give them away. With a SMASH book, it is something I can keep. I liked that idea. And I liked the thought of having a place to call home for all those little tidbits, mementos, and random thoughts that are life.

For my first book, I bought the pink one, and it's very girlie girl. That's okay because it's going to be all about ME! My first page spotlights my favorite stamp companies! Maybe I put a little more effort and thought into this than you are supposed to, but it sure was a lot of fun (even if I was coloring all freakin' day! lol). There are six companies featured, and I selected one image from each.

1) Tickled Pink Stamps
2) Kenny K
3) Simply Betty Stamps
4) Saturated Canary
5) My Favorite Things
6) Sassy Studio Designs

I would have liked to include La-La-Land Crafts and Mo's Digital Pencil in there too, as I love them, but they are really a different style so perhaps on a page about my small man in the future.

I think I am hooked, and yes, I will be blaming this on Kellie! lol I can't wait to get back to the craft store and pick up more supplies! But the great thing is you can make these with stuff you already have hanging around the house! That's the point, isn't it? And though I did buy the official SMASH book made by K&Company, I have seen some terrific home-made ones out there too!

Kellie has started a SMASH*ing Sunday challenge on her blog, Give A Girl A Blog. I will enter my page over there, and if you do any SMASH*ing this week you should play along too! You can link your SMASH pages here. You can also join us here if you want to chat with like-minded SMASH*aholics!

Here are some close ups of my page:

Thanks for looking! I hope everyone has a SMASH*ing week!



Jenn Borjeson said...

This is awesome Regan! I love those Smash books but I don't have any yet, I'm still kinda obsessed with my art journal. ROFL Love your pages, they came out great! :) xoxo

Ginger said...

I love your book Regan. I started a smash book this year also. It has my goals, fun items and tidbits. I love how you colored the images and showed off your favorite stamp companies! How awesome! Enjoy your smash book!!!!

Kate said...

Wow so pretty. I haven't even started my smash book yet and you have inspired me girl. I swear you are getting me hooked to all kinds of awesomeness.


Kim Kelley said...

I bought the pink one too! Haven't started it though. I keep opening it and then put it back down...nothing SMASHing has hit me yet! Thanks for the inspiration and I will be looking forward to seeing more! HUGS

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

Oh no! You mean I have to SMASH too? I've been thinking about it all along and you may have just given me the push I need. Yours looks fantastic so far. TFS.

Scrappin Sista said...

OMG!! what a great page idea!! I like, I like!!! You have 3 of my fav stamp companies on your list! You mentioned that card making was all about others because you make cards to give away???? Why are you not selling your cards.... they are AMAZING?? just a thought!! lol!!

talha said...

Love these stamping and your valuable ideas,thanks for sharing.

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Sonia said...

Amazing Smash pages Regan! Love all the images... i think my fav is the Mermaid but I love all and your great colouring.
Thanks for your inspiration.