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Smash Books

by Nibbles Skribbles on 30 January 2012
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Have you heard of Smash Books? (also known as Smash Books or Smash Journaling)? I recently was exposed to a new product by Paper Crafting Company EK Success (K & Company) called Smash Folio’s. These things are really cool! They are 40 page wire bound, hard covered, finished bound journaling books ready for you to get your SMASH on in! The concept is that you can kind of have a junk drawer in your journal. Stick anything inside from a fun quote to the birthday card from Uncle Mark to a photo to a ‘doodle of a poodle.’ If you want to see them in action, check out this video that K & Company put together.

The Smash Folios, if you choose to go that route come with a Smash Stick – which is a pen and glue stick in one and it is secured to your folio with an elastic loop. (See photo below) The product line also comes with a lot of extra stuff you can purchase from journaling tags to sticky flags to clips to decorative tape and more and I personally feel like all of the products are very reasonably priced. (The folios themselves run about $15 USD and the extras range from $1.99-$5.99USD). The joy of this style of journaling is that you can use ANYTHING to make your album yours. So far I’ve stuck in some photos, a few quotes I printed from Pinterest and I am planning to stick in the receipt from Target this weekend highlighting my $36 in coupon savings…

The only additional supply I’ve found I’ve needed, and it’s just to make things easier on me, is my Xyron Create a Sticker machine. These little guys are available at any craft store that sells scrapbooking stuff, even Target. The small 1″ sticker maker runs about $7 and the larger one that does about 2.5″ stickers is usually around $15. Simply stick your item in one end, pull or crank and pull it out, as a sticker, on the other.

I was discussing my new found love of SMASHING in the forum, when Angel shared that this is how she has always journaled, and she uses Artist Notebooks for hers. I went out to see how much one of these would run and picked up an 11×14″ wire bound artist sketch pad for about $20 (full price). I had a coupon, so I paid less.

My plan is to use my Smash Folio to capture ME in 2012. Most of my scrapping focuses on my kids or family activities, but I am terrible about scrapping myself – so collecting bits and pieces of me will be a fun way to see who I was this year. Tickets from events, brochures from things I do, pictures (especially phone pictures, I take a lot of those of my daily life), inspiring things from magazines or printed from Pinterest – the possibilities are endless!

Since we’re all dig scrappers, let’s talk about how we can use our digi-supplies to add to our journals! Make ‘em hybrid! I used some digi-alphas to put my name on the front cover of mine, and have some ideas to use journaling elements and other cute elements along with word bits to add to my pages. I might even print some of my layouts in small versions (3 or 4 inches) to stick in….or perhaps the preview of a kit I designed and love!

I’m just getting started, but expect another post from me in a few months sharing my progress and perhaps some new tips and tricks! I’d love to hear your comments, thoughts, tips and tricks for Smashing together an album, and be sure to join my discussion in the forum if you’re going to get in on the SMASHING fun as well!

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Coziness, contentment and comfort…a sweet combination! A soft color scheme gives these papers and elements an elegance that you will love.  My Comfort by Amber Shaw is the perfect inspirational kit for use with faithbook pages or spiritual projects.

Show off those people and ideas that are most important to you..and let this kit make it easy for you!

Enjoy this cluster frame freebie!!!


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This winter kit by Aimee Harrison Design Studios, Digilicious Designs and Snips and Snails Designs is perfectly Snow Kissed. It’s  a  mix of winter grays, blues, and whites, with a kiss of red. An elegant and versatile kit for scrapping your winter pages. The soft colours in combination with the beautiful red make your winterphoto’s look stunning.

Deze winterkit van Aimee Harrison Design Studios, Digilicious Designs and Snips and Snails Designs is helemaal Snow Kissed. Het is een mix van grijze, blauwe en witte winterkleuren met een kus van rood. Een elegante kit met veel verschillende elementen om je winterpagina’s te scrappen. De zachte kleuren in combinatie met het mooie rood laten je winterfoto’s prachtig uitkomen.

Not only did these awesome designers create the kit for you, they also made the Snow Kissed bundle which includes quick pages,
glitter styles, solid colored cardstock papers, a full alpha, stacked and embellished papers, element clusters and of course the kit! All this for a special prize and when you hurry up you can even get for less, since it is still Deal of the Day at the Studio. So rush over!!

Niet alleen hebben deze fantastische designers de kit voor jullie gemaakt, ze hebben ook de Snow Kissed bundle gemaakt met daarin quickpages, glitter styles, solid gekleurde cardsock papers, een alpha, stacked papers, element clusters en natuurlijk de kit! Dit alles voor een speciale lage prijs en als je heel snel bent krijg je nog eens flink wat extra korting, want de kit is momenteel Deal of the Day bij The Studio. Haal maar snel je voordeel!

Now I can’t leave without giving you a quickpage which I made with this awesome kit, so please enjoy!

En natuurlijk ga ik niet weg voordat ik deze quickpage, gemaakt met de kit, aan jullie gegeven heb. Veel plezier ermee!



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LOTW Jan. 22 – 28 And the winner is ….

by renee 29 January 2012
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dodiegonzales with her gorgeous page You Make My Heart Sing   Now I simply fell in love with the romantic feel of this page. Awesome clustering, lovely photo and blend and romance. Isn’t that a lethal combination? So congrats Dodiegonzales with this awesome page and winning this week’s LOTW! This page was created with the […]

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Ice Cream Crash

by Toiny Westberry 28 January 2012
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There are two things, at least two things, I absolutely love about Germany.I will miss both when, if, we ever leave:shoes and ice cream.The ice cream here has flavor.Deep, rich, tasty flavor.Especially the chocolate is irresistible.I can still get American ice cream, even Ben & Jerry’s, at the commissary, but it just doesn’t compare with […]

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Folder Images for Mac Users

by Nibbles Skribbles 25 January 2012

If you’re a Mac user and would like those boring blue folders filled with your kits to display the kit preview, product preview or something else – this is for you! Many designers include an image in their products named folder.jpg – my understanding is that, in Windows, this image automatically displays as the folder […]

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Bubble Man

by Toiny Westberry 25 January 2012
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It is a rare sometimes that one of our kiddo’s gets two-on-one time. Alone time with both mom & dad! Tuesday all the planets aligned and Dave, me, and Dane had a trip up to downtown Stuttgart. Dane was not just in hog heaven, but also on his best behavior. If only all kids knew […]

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LOTW Jan. 15 – 21 And the winner is ….

by renee 22 January 2012
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Sugar&Spice with her fabulous page SnS-FrothyNose The pics in this page are just beautiful and I love the composition and journaling. Awesome job, so congrats Sugar&Spice on winning this week’s LOTW! This page was created with My Story by Jen C Designs and a template from the January Template Grab Bag by Jen C Designs […]

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It’s My Birthday Kit by Deli Scraps, eqrAveziur, Moon Designs, Nibbles Skribbles and Snips & Snails

by tammy 21 January 2012

There’s a party going on over at TheStudio with so many designers having birthdays this month.   One designer called to the others “Hey! It’s My Birthday in January, who wants to do a kit with me?” Four other designers replied “It’s My Birthday too!” and It’s My Birthday was born!  Happy Birthday Deli Scraps, eqrAveziur, Moon […]

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Enjoying the Vortex

by Toiny Westberry 21 January 2012
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Dane has a little bit of a lisp in English, maybe he has one in German as well, but my German isn’t good enough to hear it. What I do hear is: “Good Mowning!” and; “Guten Morrrrrrrgen!” His “r”s are “w”s in English, but in German they are extra, um, roll-y. I have yet to […]

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