I gave you a glimpse of the Christmas-themed smashbook in my Christmasdori in an earlier post, so now that December's almost over and the smashbook is nearly filled, it's time for a walk-through!
What's a smashbook? HERE's a good explanation, although I'm not using a kit or a product. I created my own by using scrapbook paper scraps cut to various sizes (to fit inside my 'dori). These pages were folded in half (with some pages folded to act as pockets), corner-rounded, and staggered for placement for MORE visual interest and LESS concentrated bulk. I poked holes in the spine and stitched the pages together using waxed dental floss.
I've got a TON of photos for you (some containing my FINGER! and BLUE SWEATSHIRT!), so LET'S GET BUSY! This first page was not stitched in -- it wraps around the book. This was a gingerbread house box
This was my first time making and working in a smash book, but after watching some YouTube videos it looked pretty irresistible. I've added the various Christmas ephemera I've saved over the years (cards, tags, postage stamps, etc.), and have sprinkled liberally with stickers, lettering, doodling. I wanted this smashbook to also serve as a place for any journaling prompt overflow from my daily journal.
I've been an educational illustrator for the majority of my professional life and old habits die hard. Hence the addition of idioms, plants, jokes, riddles, and snappy stories. I include stuff like that because A. I find it interesting B. I learn and C. I get ideas from word play and definitions and synonyms and antonyms and word origins and all the rest of it. Do you have to do this in your smashbook? Nope! Put in the items and write about the things that make you happy!
"Jingle Jungle" became the lot where I stuck and drew Christmas trees.
Snowlady is a piece of wrapping paper; her kids and the flakes are stickers.
The "Get the Sleigh" page features ads from junk mail circulars. I look forward to junk mail now because inevitably there is SOMEthing that I can use.
I used emoji stickers to illustrate some of my fave "Love, Actually" quotes. The following page contains the REAL MOVIE STUB from when I went to see the movie in 2003. Can't tell you how many times I've watched it since then. The lobster in the manger comes from the line from the movie, "There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?"
The images of the mini vehicle ornaments came from the boxes that held the ornaments. Glad to find a place to stick 'em! The snowman Christmas card is over 30 years old -- a high school friend gave it to me and it's solid gold comedy. The card slips under the elastic band and can easily slide out. In the next installment (Ooh, cliffhanger!) I'll show you what other jobs this snowman card fulfills.
If you'd like to know more about any of these pages -- what the item is, where I got it, the complete and unabridged provenance of how it came to be in my life, how I decided to put what where, etc. -- leave a question in the comments section & I'll get back to ya!
Part 2 will be coming real soon; until then, thanks for stopping by! :-)