DIY Journal How To (Smash Book, Art Journal, Sketchbooks)
As the summer approaches, I thought it would be fun for us to venture into the world of Smash Books Scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is not something I have particularly “done” much in the past, but when I heard about the Smash Book concept, I thought the kids would love it too. In essence, a Smash Book is like a diary come sketchbook come holiday journal come ideas place. Somewhere to safe ticket stubs, write down thoughts, doodle and explore. Yes, nothing new (I did this as a teenager), but has some scrapbooking prettiness sprinkled all over it. Of course today’s smash book DIY, also doubles up as a fabulous DIY Journal or DIY art journals / sketchbooks. So make this book. And use it which ever way you want!
We are making a DIY journal from scratch, giving you a simple journal tutorial. Do some story writing. Do some drawing. Save your memories. Decorate your DIY Journal and smash books and simply have fun!
DIY Journal – Smash Book Materials:
These are the materials that WE used, but in the instructions below, I give you suggestions for alternatives. It really is a matter of what you have handy. Don’t go out and buy lots of stuff!
- Light plain card or lined paper
- Assorted patterned card stock (optional)
- Ribbons or Book Binder Rings (you can get them here – we used 25mm ones US / UK (affiliate links))
- Cereal box or similar
- Brown paper/ brown paper bag/ wrapping paper (or similar)
- Pens (we used Fun Chalk pens that you can get here US/ UK (affiliate links))
- decorative bits and bobs
- Glue stick
DIY Journal – Smash Book How To:
And this is how easy it is to make a DIY Journal from scratch… enjoy. So fun. I love that you can simply add pages or remove some, as you wish. Making this a super flexible journal for the summer holidays (or back to school for that matter).
Enjoy! Hope you love your Smash Books! I think I will use mine for ideas over the summer!
Fancy some great ideas for Summer Staycations? Take a look at our “Classic Summer Crafts“:
This video tutorial is also available on YouTube