Have you heard of the Smoosh book rage by K & Co? It’s not a new concept, but a twist on an old one. It’s basically a journal book that you fill with pictures, memories, thoughts, etc. I had one when I was younger and I’m sure alot of you did also.
Rather than buy one, I decided to use the CarlaCraft Binder and make my own. If you don’t have a binding system, you could punch 3 holes in the side and attach with “D” rings or ribbon. (you can click on any of the images to get a better view)
To make my version of a “smoosh” book, I cut the fronts and back from very thin chipboard (cereal boxes work great for this) 6″ x 9″ and embossed cardstock to cover the front and back. Be sure to punch your holes before adhering the cardstock to the chipboard or it will be too thick (ask me how I know Ü).
I then used Tombow’s Stamp Runner Permanent Adhesive to adhere the cardstock to the chipboard. After that I just decorated the front using Cosmo Cricket cutouts, Basic Grey alphabet stickers and buttons, and a stamped Inky Antic image called Raincoat Lucy.
Then it’s just a matter of what kind of papers you want inside. I used several Cosmo Cricket pieces and then found solids and other patterns that matched and cut them all 5.5″ x 8.5″. I have 15 pages, plus journal pieces from the Cosmo Cricket pkt I had and a couple of envelopes that I can put receipts or other memos in.
Coil all the pages together and you have your own Smoosh journal, junk journal, or whatever you want to call it.
Here is a peek at the inside cover:
I added a library pocket and journaled on a library card a little bit about what a smoosh book was and what I planned to do. Then I will just add things that catch my attention (like maybe pictures from a magazine, a recipe, etc) or things I think of until it is full. I am really excited to fill this “Debbie-smoosh” book up.
Here are the rest of the pages in my book if you are interested.