I don't know about you, but I've got a ton of scraps/mementos/stubs just hanging around my house that I just can't part with because they conjure up a memory or two. So, I decided to try and figure out how to save them in an orderly fashion.
I've been hearing a lot about Smash Books (made by KC& Company) lately. They are basically a book to contain all of the everyday scraps of life. Not wanting to waste money on buying a commercially produced book, when I'm sure I can produce my own, I decided to start poking around youtube to see if I could find something like a smash book to hold all of my scraps. I came across this awesome 2 part tutorial for making a Junk Journal out of an ordinary school composition book. Given that I have MOUNDS of scrapbooking paper, I was sold! I still have a lot more distress inking to do, but I'm pretty sure I can ink as I go.
Here's a peek.
Ordinary Composition Book
Tons of Scrapbooking Paper & Cardstock
Equals One Big Fat Junk Journal.
The outside spine is reinforced with fun hounds tooth duct tape (and ribbon underneath - see tutorial). I also added some huge paperclips that I found at Old Navy, tabs, fun shaped paperclips and metallic binder clips (info also included in the tutorial) from Office Depot to hold my scraps.
Here's a page containing stubs from our trip to the Academy of Sciences this summer and stubs from the Smurf Movie last night (I suffered through it...it was horrible and I like kids movies!). The page needs a ton of inking, doodling and whatever else I feel like adding. Either way, it's great to have a place to store all the "Scraps of Life", which by the way, will be the title of this book once I get around to making a name plate.
I love the 'no pressure' feel of this book.