1. Retro Journal- Kick it old school. 2. Body Parts- Each page focuses on one part of the human anatomy. 3. Empowerment- Quotes that give you mental strength. 4. Cards- Design a journal around your own version of cards: post cards, game cards, holiday cards, get well cards, sympathy cards, invitations, etc. 5. Brand X- Side-by-side- their logos vs your version of a logo for the same product. 6. Secret Hoarder- No need to clutter the house, do it in your journal. 7. Poetry in Motion- Use poetry to inspire your designs. 8. My Super Heroes- Mash up some crazy characters and give them outrageous names like Capt. Umbrella or Washer Woman or The Bulk. 9. My Obsessions- Things you obsess over, worry about, or have to have. 10. In My World- Create an imaginary world on each page. 11. Pissy Missy- Things that tick you off. Let it all out. Art is cheap therapy. 12. Life vs Art- Side-by-side layout of a photo and then your rendering of the photo 13. My Spin on It- How you would have designed it, worded it, framed it, dressed it. 14. Positive Affirmations- Only positive words to remind yourself of the good. 15. A Pocket Full- On each page use a different type of pocket to hold whatever. 16. Black and Blue- Only use the colors black and blue to journal things that hurt. 17.Question and Answer- Side-by-side layout. Ex: (on left page)why do birds sing? (on right page) because they are free to fly! 18. Doodley Do- Only doodles allowed. period. Draw on each page with only one color. 19. Things I Own- Journal about where you got things from or why you bought it. 20. Sans Words- pictures only. 21. Bucket List- Things you want to do before you die. Be sure to have a box on every page so you can put a big red check mark in it as you complete each item! 22. Attitude of Gratitude- Things you are thankful for. Remember the small things. 23. If I Ruled the World- Rules you would make if you were the queen. 24. Song Lyrics- Use the title or a line or two. Or make each page a line from the same song. Songs you loved at different times in your life and why. 25. Movie Lines- Journal your favorite movie lines and create pages for them.
How to Get Started Smash Booking When You’re Broke
Since some of my most popular posts are about my smash book I figured I’d make a little tutorial post about how to smash book on a budget and show what’s in my box that I keep my smash booking supplies in!
Long post ahead under the cut!
it’s nothing really pretty to be honest, but I might decorate it in the future. I work in an ice cream shop and I snagged it there before it was thrown in the recycling bin lmao. I’d recommend something pretty big. I know some people use photo album boxes to keep their stuff in, but I prefer this because I can keep everything in it and my stuff is relatively contained and not spread out everywhere around my house.
I know the point of a smash book is the patterned pages, but I often like to put down tissue paper, leftover wrapping paper, paper bags, etc. just to tie things together a little bit. I never buy this stuff, it’s all recycled from other things I get (like most things I smash book, as you’ll find out if you read the rest of this post lmao), it’s cheaper and it makes things a little more sentimental that way too!
I do buy scrapbooking paper from time to time, but I only do when it’s on sale or under $5. Pages from catalogs (like the Lush one pictured) can often be used here too! Take advantage of free stuff.
Stickers are one of my favorite things. I buy most of mine from the dollar store and the clearance aisle at craft stores. There are also lots of places to buy them for really cheap on etsy! Be sure to check that out too! Letter stickers in particular can be really useful and I suggest getting some of those and building up a collection c:
Basically the same thing as stickers as for what I have to say about them. I have a lot of them tbh… But clearance aisles, dollar stores, and specifically the Target dollar spot are really good places to check out.
Sentimental Things - and the most important thing - Trash:
(no picture because I’ve used up most of what I have in this section) Obviously the bulk of your stuff in your smash book is going to be with things you get while out and about and doing things. My best advice for this section is to not throw stuff away. Save pretty wrappers. Save receipts. Save pictures and postcards and letters and maps, basically just anything you find that makes you happy or is tied to a good memory or you think looks cool! My friends all think I’m a pack rat because of my smash book tbh.
The best thing to do to get started smash booking is to get out of the house and do stuff, and to find beauty in little things while out and about. Press flowers! Take pictures! Save receipts and wrappers! Smash booking doesn’t have to be expensive at all, it’s all about using what you have and arranging it strategically so it looks cool. That’s it!
So thanks for reading this whole thing! Hope you got something out of this and either keep on or start smash booking!!
**Click the pictures to see them bigger**Sorry about the quality**
So I have gotten some questions about my ongoing book journal project. Basically it is whenever I read a book, and I really like it, I put it in the book journal. It’s something that pays homage to the stories I have read over the years. Basically its a smash book for books. So I started out with a lined journal that I was going to use as a book journal, but I ended up throwing in a drawer.
Some of the pages are unfinished. When I started I had this grand plan that quickly devolved. I started out putting in books that I had read before but not recently. When I got to the most recent page (Six of Crows) I realized I had put a lot more effort into it because it was so fresh in my mind (and my heart.) So now I am only putting in books that I have just read.
Some pages have nothing to do with books. (like the one with the sun rose and horseshoe) That one is basically a good luck spell. I also didn’t take a picture of another, but it had one of my favorite paintings on it. So its becoming more of a scrapbook, with a focus on books, and I like it.
I will probably post updates under the tag “bookjournal”.