Saturday, 4 June 2011

Super, Smashing, Great!

Much as I enjoy seeing people's take on the Counterfeit Kits each month, I've never quite felt moved to join in yet. Maybe that's because the Gotta Craft kits are so lovely and give me plenty of stash to be playing with? Plus, I'm pretty good at looking through my older papers and embellishments regularly to see what else I can use. Anyway, whatever the reason, it's just not yet happened for me, and I've simply been enjoying looking at other people's kits and the layouts they've made with them!

Yesterday, though, I came across a link to the Summer-Long Counterfeit Challenge, and it's all about Smash Books :) These Smash Books have been seeping into my consciousness for a little while now, and they fit very neatly with something I've been planning to do anyway - basically, to create a notebook to collect together various postcards, clippings, snippets, quotations and other bits and bobs that have caught my eye! I guess it's a paper form of Pinterest...? So, I grabbed a Paper Mill Shop 8x8 Jotter that's been hanging around for a while, together with various and assorted office and scrapping supplies in order to make a bit of a Smash Book kit:

Big paperclips and a jumbo pink paperclip and a cute little stripey paperclip; pretty bulldog clips from The Works; a cardboard cupholder - just because; some mini sticky tab post-it things probably originally from The Works too; little magnetic page markers from (I think) Paperchase; luggage tags; envelopes in assorted shapes and colours and sizes; date stamp and journaling stamps (Katie Pertiet for Autumn Leaves)

Being so new to this I'm not sure if the idea is to try to stick pretty closely to the 'kit' you've put together, or if it's OK to add in other bits and pieces? Because I know I have other suitable clips, stickers etc lurking somewhere, and I will be adding them in as and when - I suppose though that it certainly fits with the idea of a Smash Book to add in whatever you come across, even if that isn't usually how the Counterfeit Kit works! :)

Right - now to start sorting, sticking, annotating, decorating and generally having fun....

PS Just before I do, though, I just wanted to let you know that I'm still having difficulty commenting on some blogs. It seems to be those hosted by Blogger who have the comment form embedded under the post - if it's a pop-up comment box or one that takes you to a new window then I seem to be OK. If you've enabled the Name/URL option for commenting then I've been using that for the embedded forms, too, but there are a few blogs where I just can't find a way to comment at all. If that's you, then I'm sorry, and I have been reading your posts! xx

18 comments:

Jane said...

what a good idea, looking forward to seeing what you do.

Amy said...

I am also looking forward to seeing how this progresses :-) I am glad you have lovely weather for the weekend, enjoy the rest of it - well, it is the start for you!

helena said...

making my own smash book has been on my mind too - not done it yet but ideas are bubbling - yours looks great

debs14 said...

Make sure you keep us informed with regular updates as to how this progresses - looks like a fab idea!

Elizabeth said...

Don't you think it's just another word for an art journal, so you can do, and use, just what you like? Having at least fifty percent of what you've got I'll be most interested in your progress!

Elizabeth said...

Do you ever look at Mary Ann Moss's blog about visual journalling dispatchfromla. Here's one of her travel journals: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dispatchfromla/sets/72157625767828787/show/with/5382820433

Sian said...

You can definitely add in whatever you want! My kits are never very close to the original, I just go with whatever bit speaks to me.

And yes I use up the stash I have and I use my Gotta Craft stuff - I look on the Counterfeit kits as a kind of design exercise. I just enjoy pulling the stuff together and seeing if I can make a pretty collection. Actually using it all is a different question entirely..

JO SOWERBY said...

i'm gonna have a go at the smashbook counterfeit too. this month's craft stamper has some gr8 ideas on making ur own stationary pieces which would be ideal for a smash book project,
jo xxx

Jimjams said...

Counterfeiting has NO rules as far as I am concerned so add, discard to your heart's content :D
Looking good so far - I want to make one as a travel journal for my DS this summer.

Lizzie said...

Great idea Mel! As for whether you "have to stick to" the "kit", or can add extras - surely that's your decision; after all,it's your Smash Book and your kit!
Looking forward to seeing the results.

Karen said...

I can't take on a Smashbook project yet, but I am definitely interested and can't wait to see what you do with it.

JulieJ said...

I went hunting for a counterfeit smash book this week too. There were a couple of potential candidates but over £5 each then I found a spiral bound notebook with patterned paper for £!.00!!!!
Just had to be bought. Just hope I can keep it away from my daughter - she's bound to wan tit as soon as she sees it!
I was thinking these are perfect for learn something everyday or journal your christmas. I'll be looking out for how yours turns out.

Alison said...

am interested to see how this turns out Mel..are you hoping to use it for your LA trip?
Alisonxx

Cheri said...

Your counterfeit kit looks great! Since I've been kind of drooling over the "smash books" but haven't the funds, I may make up my own kit to go with my Junque Journal and update the look on that!

Maria Ontiveros said...

You're definitely free to do whatever strikes your fancy with the counterfeit kit challenge. That's one of the things I like about it. The blog and community associated with it are also really nice and very supportive.
I made my first page this morning, and it'll post Monday (cuz i have my storytelling Sunday post ready for tomorrow).
Rinda

Rachel B said...

Great kit Mel, I really like the sticky tabs. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

P.s. I am posting a solution tomorrow to the blog issues! :)

Kirsty.a said...

I'm going to do this too as a family holiday journal. On the look out for a cheapo book. I've sollected together a few other bits already

Colleen said...

Love all the goodies you have out for this and I should get out those journaling stamps again too!