How To Make A Simple Smash Book


Posted on 15th August 2016 by Sylvia Ames
Filed under All Papercraft Tutorials, Papercraft Disciplines And Techniques, Scrapbooking And Journalling, Design Team


Hi, Sylvia here with a tutorial for making a simple ring bound smash book. 

A smash book is a mixture of scrapbooking, memory keeping and journaling.  It is not as precise as scrapbooking and is a place to add memorabilia, postcards, tickets, photos and journaling as randomly as you like.  I used Papermilldirect's special offer 500gsm black card for the book covers and lots of different coloured card and patterned papers for my inserts.

As a child I remember receiving a Victorian type scrapbook with stickers and other items to add to it.  It was fun sticking things into the scrapbook and adding details about them throughout the year.  A smash book reminds me of this old fashioned type of scrapbooking, it is something you can fill with interesting things you pick up, ideas you have, write about places you have been and things you have seen, oruse it to try out crafty techniques, stamps, doodling and colouring.

Materials I used:

  • Papermilldirect special offer 500gsm card andvarious coloured card
  • patterned papers from 6" x 6" pads
  • envelopes and journaling cards
  • Bind It All machine and binding wires or a hole punch and jump rings
  • Sizzix tags dies
  • pencil, ruler, scissors and glue


Start by cutting two covers in the extra thick card 16cm x16cm.  I used a guillotine to cut the 500gsm card but you can use a ruler and craft knife to cut thick card.


Pick a selection of patterend papers and coloured card to co-ordinate and cut them to 15cm x 15cm.  Stick the patterned papers back to back to strengthen or stick to coloured card.  Make as many pages as you will need for the book and cut a selection of tags, or use bought tags for adding interesting areas to decorate or journal on within the book.


Make a removable bookmark to move from page to page when working in the book.  Cut a strip of card and decorate it with stamps, stickers or papers, leaving 3cm of card at the top punch holes down to the bottom of the tag.  To make it removable snip the card into the punched holes as in the picture below, this will enable the tag to be moved from page to page by gently pulling it off the binding wires and pushing it back onto them on another page.


Punch the covers and book pages and organise into the order you want the book to run.  At this stage you can stamp some images and quotes, add stickers, journaling cards and die cuts to your pages and tags, you can also add pockets and envelopes for holding interesting items for smashing into the book later.


Double check the order of the pages and decorate the front cover to reflect the theme for the book, holidays, wedding planning, life etc.  Bind the book with a wire, if you do not have a binding machine punch holes at regular intervals and fasten together with jump rings.  Using jump rings does enable you to add or remove pages if you wish.


Below is a picture of the simple version of a smash book which I fastened with a piece of elastic with a card button attached, a note book to carry with me and a larger bound smash book.  I used the 500gsm card for making the bound smash book too, it is an ideal weight for making a firm cover and strong spine.  The hinge which holds the wires inside was made with 300gsm smooth white card.  You can find tutorials for the bound smashbook on the internet if you want to see how they are made.


I am going to have fun with my smash books, starting with the bound version and bringing my simple book into play at the beginning of next year.  Maybe to document my New Year's resolutions and detail whether I keep them or not!

Sylv xx

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