Smash Book | Pinterest on Paper

Ok so I now realize I am late to the party on this one but HOLY CROW people this is like emancipation for my junk drawer! Have you heard about SMASH books? If you don’t know me I tend to surround myself with lots of inspiration in the form of tear sheets, paint swatches, polaroids just to name a few. I shove these little tidbits lovingly into my desk, my bathroom drawers, pretty recycled paper boxes and laundry baskets until I end up having to rent a dumpster to purge myself of most of it.

I’m on board with the uber popular Pinterest but what about the tactile people like me who still buy magazines and rip every other page out for their inspiration binder? Enter  Smash Book from EKSuccess. Its just a spiral bound blank journal begging to be filled with your scraps and ticket stubs!


I immediately high tailed it to Michael’s and bought ONE OF EVERYTHING and then I decided I need to put together a set to giveaway on the blog (see end of the post for details) and of course my daughter who’s almost 6 said she wanted one too. A few sheckles later we were home smashing all our “stuff” into cute books.

I decided to start my book with my ALT Summit trip so I gathered all the fun things and got gluing.


Things I collected in Salt Lake City.
Mini Instax photos are perfect for these books. Washi tape let’s remove them without damaging them, BONUS!


My daughters book

smash book and washi tapePROS:

  • Low Price point, books start at 12.99 and come with a pen and glue, accessories range from 1.99 to 5.99.
  • No creative constraints, you don’t have to be perfect.
  • Pocket in the back with the ability to add on additional ones for clippings or photos you don’t want to be able to remove.


  • Tape and sticky items do not stay put.
  • Books are very noisy/squeaky (you can even hear it in the demo video)

I have a few suggestions, get a better glue I have found that a lot of their sticky products mint-green-striped-washi-wapeincluding the post its and paper washi tape DO NOT STICK. I hope EK will improve this. In the meantime get a tacky paper glue , make sure you don’t use one that is too wet or you will cause wrinkling in your book (I did). Also find some good washi tape. ETSY is a great place to start. I ordered more tape from Pretty Tape today, they have an EXCELLENT collection of tape and other lovely accoutrements (I love that word). I will update you on my experience, I’m sure this is a lovely shop but until I get my order please shop at your own risk. You can find the books online at EK SUCESS, Micheals as well as places like AMAZON, and eBay. You know what I will be doing while I watch the SuperBowl this weekend!

Here is another video on YouTube that shows you some examples of what you can do with your SMASH book.

So how do you enter to get your own Smash Book? It’s simple just leave a comment below and tell me WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING IN YOUR SMASH BOOK? 

Extra entry if you tweet, Like Us on facebook or share the love anywhere on the web. We love that. If you do let me know with an additional comment (2 entries per person max).


congrats SUSAN CASE!

the fine print: Giveaway ends 2/13/12 at midnight PST. Winner announced 2/14. No compensation was provided via financial or product for this giveaway, EKSuccess has no idea who I am I just wanted to share the love.

  • Lisa
    February 9, 2012

    I’d put DIY project instructions and home tips in there because I always hear and read about cool things to try and do but then forget.

  • Sherry Bercu
    February 10, 2012

    Just found Smash BOOK at Michael s when I was bored roaming the aisles and OMG LOVE IT!!! I am the worst at putting together a scrapbook and now —now I just have to throw it in jot my thoughts oh so much fun. So first I have a smash for me — the year I finally meet my weight loss goal and what a better way to journal that Smash book? and now I have to get a second for my son so at least he will have some memories other than –where did I put that….

  • Sherry Bercu
    February 10, 2012

    ans I “like” you on FB

  • Juliana
    February 10, 2012

    This brand caught my eye at Michael’s this past holiday season.. Id use it for keeping snippets of memories, reminders & photo dreams.

  • Melissa Lynn
    February 11, 2012

    I love Smashbooks! I am a teacher and use them for little notes, cards, mementos, etc from students and pictures from field trips!

  • Melissa Lynn
    February 11, 2012

    Also tweeted your contest & liked on Facebook! 😀

  • Alicia
    February 12, 2012

    I would chronicle my photos and momentos from cooking my way through pinterest recipes, one of my other new hobbies 😉

  • suca
    February 12, 2012

    I’d use it for inspirations and reminders for home projects and decor ideas.

  • Shelagh P
    February 13, 2012

    In my smash book, am going to put all the little tidbits of paper that I collect – ticket stubs, invitations, memorabilia from trips, etc.( i have boxes and boxes of that stuff!) I just recently discovered Smash books and I decided this is my scrapbooking route. No matter how much I want to scrapbook, I feel like it takes too much time however, I love this “imperfect” concept. I just bought the Eco style and had a hard time deciding on just one book.

  • Shelagh P
    February 13, 2012

    I like you on Facebook, too!

  • Natosha
    February 13, 2012

    For me….magazine tear outs for decorating ideas, clothes I like, recipes, things I want to remember, ideas I have, listing things I alwasy forget (like what new CD I want to buy or movie I want to see)
    For the hubby….things about him, love notes, things we do together
    For my daughter….funny things she says or does, things she likes, play date info

    Looks like I need one of each color! I saw these at Michaels and I want all of them.