Tuesday, August 23, 2011


C'mon people, how can you NOT want, need, have to have a "smash" journal!
It is imperative, a must, a definate!
Even if you plan to NEVER stick a thing into it, the pages are simply beautiful...you will enjoy looking at them, amongst all the supplies you also look at, and rarely use.
For those of you who are not familiar with Smash or have never seen any of the products. It is the most outstanding line of scrapbooking/journaling "STUFF" (for lack of better word), that has been marketed in such a way, that makes you just WANT to HAVE it all.
I guarantee after watching the little video snip on the "SMASH" blog, you to, will want one.
I remember in high school taking a plain, undecorated composition book, bought from the drugstore, and simply sticking absolutely every single thing, that had an iota of meaning to me in it. I mean from gum wrappers to notes passed in class, to movie stubs and napkins from restaurants. I can truly say that was definately the beginning of "scrapbooking" for me.
So now, years later......along comes "SMASH".

I like to think of my Smash book as simply a place to put anything that appeals to me...where there is NO right or wrong way of doing it. Where I can simply just glue or tape something in, that would have otherwise gotten lost or have not had the importance or look for a scrapbook page. How many times have you torn out a recipe from a magazine, and shoved it into your purse, only to re-emerge a year later as something you can't read or remember tearing out?
Well now you can just "SMASH" it in.

Wishing you all a wonderful last couple of weeks to "SMASH" before the Summer is done.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Hong Kong Mini Book

How cool is this....I am still halfway across the world from home, and I am able to do a blog post. It blows me away! All I can say is thank goodness for iphones, macbooks and cameras. Those would have to be my top three possessions I would take to a deserted island.
I bought the "fancy pants" brag book, and decorated the front cover before I left. I also packed several of the papers and some embellishments from the "it's the simple things" collection, as well as a couple sheets of sassafras letter stickers and 7 gypsies 97% complete stickers. I figured that packing just a small collection of goodies, I would be able to do my book along the way.
So here it is.... I am glad to say that I have kept up my mini book (and project life) on a day to day basis.

I have either had some pictures developed at the one hour photo print stores, which I have then picked up later in the day en route back to the hotel, or I relax my very weary feet over coffee whilst I wait for them.
The small pictures that you see, I have printed those out on my little handy dandy portable "pogo" photo printer. I have to say that this has been quite a useful thing to have with me. I actually love it to just be able to print out a quick pic.
I knew that I wanted to do this book whilst being away, because the truth of the matter is, that once home, the chances are it just never gets completed, either because the busy routine of life does not permit the time to sit down and complete and entire mini book, and more so, after a trip, the excitement is kinda over along with the end of the holiday.
My pencil case was packed with just a few things: a tape runner (and refill), small scissors, mini stapler, journaling pen and a couple of rolls of happy tape. However I also did pack my paper trimmer. Yep, that's it!

I hope that the next time you are going away, you will prepare a little bundle of goodies to take along for the ride with you!