Smashbook look over (so far) August 2015


Anyone into smash booking or scrapbooking will know exactly how I feel when I walk past a stationary shop. I have to be dragged away as soon as I see paper in the shop window or Lord help me I will buy the whole shop. Once inside I feel as though I need to buy every single type of washi tape and coloured pen known to man.

My current smashboopk is my first ever and I’ve had it since 2013. I haven’t used it much (considering I ask for MORE embellishments every year for Christmas) but it’s hard to try and find the time to smash in my spare time. I was going to use it as a “gig book” because at the time of purchase I was performing in some amazingly prestigious venues, but the smashing got very tedious and I couldn’t keep up every week, soon enough I had a backlog of gigs to smash and I couldn’t keep up. So now I’ve scrapped that idea and I’m using the book for collective things, music, gigs, holidays etc.

So currently I’ve got about 5 pages done, but surprisingly  my smashbook looks quite thick already.

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So for the opening page, which is a single page on the right hand side, I haven’t quite decided exactly what I’m going to add there, so it’s blank at the moment.

Moving on to the first double page in the book, I really had no clue what to smash in here. I ended up making a lovely purple butterflyesque page with left over bits from birthday cards I received last year.

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The full page of my first double in the book

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This is a geisha that was put on the front of a card from my Aunt. She makes the cards all herself and also made the layering of this geisha lady.

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The second full double page is dedicated to my boyfriend Mitchell. On the left page I’ve used a birthday card I received from him which is currently used as a pocket for tickets to plays we’ve seen together. Theres only two tickets in there currently, one for We Will Rock You and another for The Woman In Black. I had to use this card because it says “Chocolate is always the answer” … couldn’t be more true!

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Chocolate is ALWAYS the answer!

On the opposite page I have a lovely photo of us at christmas (sorry, haven’t included a photo of the photo), and lots of hearts and shiny things. We also love going to bingo on the regular, so I added the slip Mitch got when he won £241 on a game.

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Then we come to the first page I actually made in my smashbook (I don’t work chronologically). I had no clue what to smash, but had a great piano embellishment and musical notes so I thought I’de dedicate this double spread to music. It’s a bit crap because it is my first page ever, so no harsh judgements please!

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Then I’ve got a couple of blank pages, which leads onto my holiday pages. So in 2013 I went to Vegas with my BCFL (Best cousin for life) Jess. I turned 21 so we thought Vegas would be the best place to go for a trip. I absolutely adore these next couple of pages. I always have to include a resort/area map folded somewhere on the page which can be pulled out. I tried to re create the vegas city vibe on the bottom of the right page using black foam and drew little lines on them trying to recreate windows. I think it turned out quite well, however it does make the smash book thick sided.

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Then I have one of my favourite pages, the “gambling page”. I’m not a hard gambler, but do love the game. Roulette and 21/ blackjack are my favourites (and a bit of bingo). I found an old pack of cards to use as the background for this, and the photo is me holding all my roulette chips in the Flamingo hotel casino.

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The next page spread is another vegas page, but i don’t like this one that much because it looks so bare. It’s basically a “what we got up to” page. Not too sure how I can make this page better, I really want things to pop out but I haven’t got a clue how to do this.

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So theres another couple of blank pages, then it comes onto my trip last year to turkey with my BF Mitchell. We had a fantastic time and it was our first holiday away together. We stayed at this huge resort and had a fabulous time, and also got very drunk lol!

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Yes this a stripper, yes that’s also her nipple you can see.

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So thats the end of my smash book so far. I do struggle sometimes on what I’m going to do for pages. I wish my book could look good but sometimes I feel like the pages aren’t good enough. Another problem I have with the smash book is that it’s not quite big enough for everything I want to put into a page, which puts me off a bit.

I’ll probably do another look through soon, when I’ve done more pages ofc!

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