Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Whats On Your Work Desk Wednesday ~ SMASH!

Oh fellow WOYWWers. I was so sad last week when I missed out on the PIF. I didn't get a chance to finish mine because the whole house was sick with a nasty stomach bug, even the lil guy got sick. It was a real bummer. With that said, I can't wait to see what everyone made and exchanged! Kudos and Happy late Anniversary to the lovely Mz. Dunnit. Please be sure to drop by and see what all this fuss is about, remember to get your snoop on!

This week I am working on making a Smash book. Last week I had no idea what a Smash book was. Then a friend shared a link on facebook and I was hooked! Problem is, it is a newer product and is sold out everywhere! Well, I wanted one for my trip next week (more on that later) so I decided to make my own. First you need to check out my new paper trimmer! Holy moly! I got it at Costco, it has a sliding blade which you can interchange the blades with border blades and a super chopper blade (on the right), it also has a bunch of helpful measurements, AND it separates to make the sliding blade portable! Oh yes. :) PS. Both blades lock into place, which is awesome since I have a little one roaming around the craft area sometimes.

Ok. First step was going through my HUGE stash of paper. I went with a polka-dot themed book, since they are my fav! I cut all the papers to 7.25 x9.75. Some of the papers were double sided and some were not so the next step I rearranged the papers so the colors flowed and glued some together or put in a neutral page. It turned out awesome. Once I bind the book I will do a video to show you.

Next I cut the chipboard cover 7.75 x 10.25 (this is the size of the Smash books for sale) with my T!m Holtz super scissors. Now I am decorating potential covers. I wanted to keep it flat since this book is suppose to travel with you (I don't want embellishments falling off), so I am stamping and putting some glitz on to see which I like best.

Once this is done, I am going to bind it using the Cinch. I'll post a pic when I finish it or a video of the whole thing. :)

Next Wednesday I'll be on a plane heading for Portland, Oregon! I can't wait! I'm going to see my best friend for a few days, then I'm off to the coast for a crafty retreat in Gearhart, Oregon. Oh yea! The lodge we are staying at is on the beach and we will be painting, photographing and creating magic. I am so excited.
Happy Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by.


  1. gorgeous covers, beautiful cutter, Thank you for sharing, Happy WOYWW 105, #22 (please do check out my blog candy)

  2. Thanks for the link I see what a smash book is ...its an old fashioned scrapbook ...pre scrapping ...I think you are wise to make your own ...more fun. What an amazing cutter btw.

  3. What a fab desk for the start of the 3rd year of WOYWW Chrissie and a lovely work in progress by the looks of things.

    Can’t say that I’ve ever heard of a ‘Smash Book’ either so I’ll be following you link to find out all about it.

    Happy Crafting!

  4. I saw that trimmer/cutter at Costco, might have to look harder at it now. LOL We've had a bug at our house too, the time of year I think. Have a great time at your BFF's and enjoy the trip. Happy creating!