On the Cricut Circle Canadian chat I started a swap for making our own "Smash Book." There's plenty more handmade journals on youtube, they can be rustic or beautiful, functional or ornamental. They are something personal, to put everyday flotsam & jetsam, aka ephemera. Historically they have been called journals, or junque journals. Smash book is an actual brand and what this swap has created is far more beautiful and original in my opinion.
Here's the criteria:
- Pages will be journal size: an 8.5" x11" folded top to bottom becomes 5.5" x 8.5"
- Acid free supplies
- Colour range: friendly and fresh, not muddy or dark. This is a swap for January, not soon enough for the mud to come but we will all be sick of winter by then I bet.
- Participants can chose to commit to what type of paper they want to commit to or just leave it as a surprise. A special request to hint what the "extra" will be so there isn't 20 pieces of ribbon.
- Usual swap rules: SASE, make sure your return envelope is not too small please; be generous with return packaging size & postage allowance; number of participants will be the number of pages and extras you send after the swap closes.
- regular papers, not too flimsy. Time to break out stamps, glimmer, embossing tricks and dress them up a bit.
- It is up to participants if they want to send bonus pages, enough for all. They could be more whimsical ie tissue, transparency, vellum, smaller size but big enough to bind.
- Suggestions for "bonus extras:" clips, pockets, large papers "z" folded to fit, bags, dividers, to-do lists, charms, ribbon/yarn/string.
- Suggestions for unusual papers: map papers, ledger paper, folders, pockets, graph, lined, watercolour, beautiful hoarded paper packs that are just-to-pretty-to-use...
- The book will be yours to bind how you please, any direction you prefer, and in whatever sequence you like. From there you can use it however you like.
I started chatter for this Nov 29, 2011. Deadline to sign up was January 7, mail by January 12th. Its fun to have something nice and not stressful to look forward to after the Christmas commotion is done.
Here's what I have made
I won't bore you with my ammeteur efforts at mitering corners, you tube has great framing and mitering videos available. I just winged it clipping and estimating the angles until they were nice. I am holding the cork to show how thin it is. Making template lengths for the sides speeded this up. Also slitting the straws after they were cut and angled was faster. I left my scissors in the straw to show how simple the slitting was to do. The adhesive sheet was applied to the cork & stabilized it nicely to cut to size.