Smash 365 is something I’m quickly becoming addicted to – and I wanted to take a moment today to show you some glimpses, give you a few ideas, and even give one away! So what makes this unique first off is that it is a seasonal + holiday filled smash book. From New Year’s to Halloween and lots of random things in between there are pages for all kinds of holidays as well as seasonal type stuff like flowers or rain or snow.
My approach is going to be to write heavily on some pages, and never put photos or stuff on more than one page of a spread (so only one page would have “stuff” the other only adding words). This way I don’t have to worry about things sticking to each other or getting messed up in any way. Plus – I will tell you there are MANY pages I don’t want to cover at all! Just look at that Valentine heart below-
How will I use mine? Writing “in the moment” thoughts. I will sit down around the first of each month and add notations. If I think of it more often, great! But I am committed to about once a month sitting down and filling in notes about what we’re up to, what we are thinking about, what’s new with us right this minute.
When I’m done I will have glimpses of 2013, and a lot of random notations and also the noteworthy bits too. This I think is great for a few reasons – it will capture some random detail that might otherwise be forgotten, but it will also serve as a journal and as a way to look back and refresh my memory about this year in the future.
Of course I could do very little writing – because these pages are absolutely fantastic. If you didn’t like one it would be very easy to use a bit of gesso to do a bit of white wash over the page – but most all of them are really well done and some are going to be impossible to cover because I like them too much!
You know the “rule” with smash books is that there is no rules. Which makes me love them all the more. I did one as a vacation travel journal when I had 65 hours (total) on a train to kill. That worked out WELL because it entertained me during the trip and was realistic that I’d write so much. (it was a 10 day trip!)
The one last thing I’ll mention and it should be fairly clear from the photos – this is a very American focused “365” book. Holidays like Thanksgiving and 4th of July are included just to name a few that are not international holidays. This is something that works well for me – but might not if you live in a country where a good deal of the pages don’t apply to you and you’d have to do a lot of covering up or re-imagining.
WANT A CHANCE TO WIN ONE?! I will be giving one away – for your chance to win leave a comment here on this post and I will draw a winner on March 1st.