(Photo by K&Company: SMASH)
I was lucky enough last week to receive the above journal in the mail from K&Company. Smash Journals aren’t exactly scrapbooking, more like scrapbooking for those who don’t have time or patience for actual scrapbooking. (Although I’m sure experienced scrapbookers would have fun too!) The premise is to have a place to collect all of the memorabilia: tickets, post-its, doodles, notes, clippings, photos, and other life ephemera.
The journal itself is pretty, with a nice weight cover featuring an embossed pattern and a colorful binding. Mine is pink with flowers, but there are a variety of colors available. It’s a good base for further decorating, but also pretty enough to stand on its own for a more subdued look. Inside, the pages are beautiful, scrapbooking style cardstock, featuring a wide variety of images and styles. Some pages feature suggestions for content, like “Highlights of Today” page, which offers space to list highlights or the opposing pages “some kinds of wonderful…” and “some kinds of crazy…” which feature columns to describe things. Of course, most of the pages just feature base images or patterns for you to use as jumping off points.
The folks behind the Smash Journals have created something that is instinctive and easy to use. Whipping out the accompanying pen/glue pen, all I had to do was pick a page to start creating my journal. I had plenty of fun arranging items from my fairly large collection of keepsakes and ephemera.
(No judging my page! It’s a work in progress.)
The Smash product line also includes lots of fun little tie-ins, like tiny note paper, pretty stick on tabs, paper pockets, fancy tape, and etc that coordinate with the journals to add a sense of harmony to your work if you’d like.
Smash journals offer a unique opportunity to create a personal scrapbook without investing in a lot of paper and supplies. The journal comes with everything you need to start, and supplies and journals are available at major craft stores, Target, and now Wal-mart. If you’re the kind of person who wants to scrapbook but doesn’t have the time to invest in a whole other hobby or doesn’t know where to start, this is the answer. It would also make a great present for students embarking on the next phase of their life–the simplicity means it would work for those starting high school, junior high, or college. Fun and enjoyable, I can’t find much to complain about.
You can pick up a journal of your own at most craft and hobby stores, Target, Wal-mart, and online at K&Company’s website. Or you could check in here tomorrow and learn how to win one!
By Rosie Bromberg