Hello again creative peeps! I have an off-the-page project to share today! SMASH books have been all the rage lately, and although I love the idea, the pre-made SMASH books aren't really 'me'. So I decided to make my own using products I already had sitting around in my studio! Such fun!
The hard cover of the book is made from a Zutter Cover-all. It is the perfect way to begin any type of book or mini album.
First I applied gesso to the entire surface and then the fun began!! I added layers of tissue...
... muslin and embossed textures...
... fiber paste and ink...
... raffia and brads.
Here is a view of the back cover.
On the inside of the cover I used lace to add a girly touch to the book.
Here's my first page! I call this book my "shmook"... I have no idea why... LOL. That's just the first word that came to my head!
The inner pages are from a retired collection by Basic Grey called Phresh & Phunky. It's one of my all-time favorites! I also used some of Basic Grey's Basic Collection in Manila. I rounded the corners of the inner pages with a Zutter Round-it-All.
The backs of these papers are actually white! They are one-sided papers. I had the option of leaving the pages white or having some inky fun and spray them up! I chose the latter. :o) (Sorry, I forgot to photograph them.)
The entire book was bound with a Zutter Bind-it-All and O-wires. This machine is so simple to use and makes book creating easy!
Throughout my Shmook, I bound tags to have a place to jot down thoughts or quotes.
As you can see, I had some inky fun with the tags too!
In the back of my book I included a vinyl pouch to hold embellishments, clips etc.
I even made my own tabs using Creative Page Tabs dies by Spellbinders!
Now that my Shmook is done, all I have to do is fill it with memories! Hope you are inspired to make one, too!
Have a beautiful week, friends!
Much love & hugs...
Basic Grey: Phresh & Phunky Collection
Basic Grey: Basics - Manila
Stampers Anonymous: Slight Alterations
Ranger: Distress Inks - Pumice Stone
Ranger: UTEE - white
Ranger: Distress Inks Reinker - Victorian Velvet
Ranger: Distress Inks Reinker - Bundled Sage
Ranger: Distress Inks Reinker - Pumice Stone
Tattered Angels: Bellbottom Jeans
Lindy’s Stamp Gang: My Mojito Green
Folk Art: Ballet Pink
Ranger: Glue ‘n Seal
Golden: Fiber Paste
Spellbinders: Creative Page Tabs
We R Memory Keepers: Crop-a-Dile II Big Bite
Spellbinders: Grand Calibur
Plaid: Acrylic Sealer
Zutter: 8x8 Bamboo Spine Cover-all
Zutter: O-wire - 1” Bronze
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear