Even in Victorian times, people were pasting pretty pictures into books (and they really did have some pretty pictures back then). Calling cards, postcards, photographs, advertisements and pictures from magazines; all made their way into blank albums. It’s a practice that has never ceased; only the names for it have changed over time. Call it what you will, but suddenly it’s commercialized and they’re calling it “smash.” Not a new idea, but certainly a hot one lately.
Happily, the ever-fabulous Mary Ann Moss provided her Full-Tilt Boogie students a bonus class: how to make a smash book that is uniquely yours and completely awesome. Mary Ann used a heavyweight calendar page as the base for her smash book cover, which is a such a cool idea. I was thinking about this while at Target recently, drooling over the new school supplies (really, who doesn’t love school supplies?) and wondered why a school folder wouldn’t work just as well. They had some fabulous and fun designs and I couldn’t wait to get started.
I stitched the spine of the cover on this one and filled it with sketch paper, a few sheets of decorative paper and some smaller cardstock inserts to allow for expansion. It ties shut with a length of seam binding.
I got a little more elaborate with the second one, adding velvet ribbon trim and a cool vintage button for a closure.
I may have to experiment with using decorative file folders next…I have a whole stack!