Smash Book Review

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools.

Friends, crafters, fellow diyers, I have a confession to make.

See, I’m a dyed in the wool (or cotton), glitter under my fingernails, fourteen kinds of glue currently in my possession crafty girl. I sew, I weave, I cut I glue. I’ll put my hand to almost anything that sparks my eye. I have border scissors and paper punches and digital cutters and jars of buttons. I love to craft craft craft.

But I do. Not. Scrapbook.

The Smash Journal- perfect for non-scrapbookers. Find out more at

I know, I know. What kind of crafter does not scrapbook? I’ve tried, I really have, but I just can’t get myself into the scrapbooking craze. It’s not that I wouldn’t like to have a beautiful scrapbook. I would. I’ve got two kids who are only getting bigger and I’d really love to have some beautifully made books that display all those little moments I don’t want to forget.

But I just can’t do it.

The best gift anyone ever gave me when my babies came along was an almost complete, homemade, Baby’s First Year mini scrapbook. All I had to do was add photos and dates. It was brilliant. The perfect thing for a non-scrapbooker who wishes she was… which is what I love about this Smash Book.

Why the Smash Journal is the perfect un-scrapbook.

The pages are already full of texture and color, although not too much, and the pre-made words, stickers and add-ins mean that I don’t have to think, I just have to add. Add a photo. And a funny quote, add a few words and bam, I’ve got a scrapbook. Colors are already coordinated, the pen is also a glue stick, and the work is pretty much done for me.

Find out more about the world's easiest scrapbook.

My kids are a few weeks into their summer bucket list and, with the help a funky iPhone photo app that sizes and filters my photos and a simple printer, I’m well on my way to recording this summer in a way I never have before, in a scrapbook.

The Smash Journal - A scrapbook for busy people

I might be a convert .

Find out all about this un-scrapbook to record your moments on the go.

But only if it continues to be this easy!

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

One thought on “Smash Book Review

  1. Judy

    I have to confess, I’m not a scrapper either. It looks really fun, but who has another minute to squeeze into the day?! I’m usually at my sewing machine, if I get the time to sew each day. The Smash Book looks like it would be neat to have for quilting notes and design, too… Here I go to try for the free Friday….:)

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