A week or so ago, my favorite coworker gave me a gift. It was a Smash Book and some accessories to go with it. What is a Smash Book? It’s sort of a messy, less anal-retentive form of scrapbooking. The pages in the book have a theme, and then you’re supposed to just stick random stuff in it.
Pictured above is my Couture Smash Folio with a pen band around it, the cute little pen-like scissors, and a bunch of Smash Pads, which contain themed pages you fill in and use in your book.
The concept reminded me of the Wreck This Journal book I worked on a few years ago. Except maybe more fun, as the Wreck This Journal had specific instructions for each page and the Smash Book is more freeform.
I jumped right in, working first on this zebra page:
You know what happened? I got very excited about this idea, and have purchased a bunch of supplies and watched tons of videos where people show their completed pages/books. I was glad to be excited because I’m having a serious apathy problem lately. Now that I’ve bought all this stuff? I think the excitement was just about spending money, because now I have ideas and feel all perfectionistic about them and can’t get started because I don’t want to screw it all up. This totally defeats the point of the Smash Book.
See, I want this one to be super random. But then I bought the Tasty Folio to do a food-themed one with recipes and wrappers and restaurant menus. And I want the Holiday Folio to do a special one about all the Christmases with my grandma, since that was her favorite holiday. And I want to save the stuff about my various trips to do one that is all about travel. Ugh, can I just say that I hate my brain?