A few years ago I started a Smash Book with my friend. We had a creative void in our lives and the discovery of a trendy new kind of scrapbook was enough to draw us in.
They sure weren’t cheap, but the novelty of the chunky hardback cover and thick colourful pages had us too excited to care. We each bought a different style for ourselves, after agreeing that if we worked together on just the one book then we would both realistically want to be the one to own the final product. Plus, a scrapbooking pre-nup just seemed a little excessive.
Smash Books are about letting loose and being creative in a completely free way. So, during movie nights and lazy days we would scrapbook away, sticking in just about anything and everything as long as it filled the empty space. In went used tickets and photographs, stickers and stamps, hopes and dreams. We tried not to focus too much on tidiness and the only structure we had was that each double-page spread would have a theme, like ‘About Me’ or ‘Travel’.
At present, we still have some pages left to complete, even after three and a half years. Sometimes I look through and wonder what on Earth I was thinking with some of my page designs, but that’s the magic of it all, I suppose.
Have you ever owned a Smash Book or traditional scrapbook?