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
- 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 including 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).
** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**
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.