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It’s been ages since I posted, but I’ve been a crafting machine lately and decided it was time to update the blog!

I’ve been interested in Smash Books since they came out. The idea of a ‘messy’ scrapbook really appeals to me since I don’t have the patience to actually make nice scrapbook layouts.

Since I’ve been swapping a lot on Swap-bot lately, I decided to try a Smash Book / Junk Journal swap. My partner and I exchanged journals that were at least 60 (30 double sided) pages. Making my own book was really fun. I got to use up some of the piles of paper that I have lying around as well as my Bind it All. 

I decided to cover the front in linen. It added a nice texture to the book. The Bind it All had no problem punching through the cardstock and the fabric. The linen did fray quite a bit, so a little fray check to the rescue!

I also found that you can get a lot of cool, free printables online. I did print some from Persnickety Prints that I used in this book. 

Here are some of the pages from my book:

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So, if you have a lot of supplies laying around like me, I would really suggest making your own. You can add some really nice touches and have some fun personalizing them as gifts.


I picked up a Xyron 5″ Creative Station the other day as I wanted to try and make my own stickers. I chose the Creative Station as it has a cartridge that laminates on one side and applies adhesive on the other. Some of the other models only apply adhesive. I tried it out tonight, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.

The laminate is matte so it’s not too shiny. The adhesive applies thinly and evenly. They look like regular stickers! (I did get a little piece of something trapped in my doggy sticker, but that was my fault…)

I also picked up a “X” which applies adhesive only to items 1.5″ wide or smaller. The cartridges are cheaper and it should be good for applying ribbon and cut letters & shapes to cards. Overall, I’m pretty happy with both of them.