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Seemark - 10/06/2013 16:37:12
   
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I'm not sure if I'm in the right place for this but if not, hopefully one of the moderators will shift me to where I ought to be :) OH dropped me off at Hobbycraft this morning as he had some errands to run (which didn't interest me in the least!) so I had plenty of time for a poke round. They were selling Smash books for £12.99 :o :shock: I remembered a short while ago that there were discussions about making your own on here but I'm blowed if I can find it. I've put smash books (also as a single word) into the search but it just comes up saying there's nothing with that word in. I'd be grateful if someone could point me in the right direction to find it. Ideally I think I'm interested in making my own and I'm sure there were some examples shown. Ta muchly
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ceej2 - 10/06/2013 16:53:33
   
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Is this it? viewtopic.php?f=7&t=35803&p=390278&hilit=smash+books#p390278
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ceej2 - 10/06/2013 16:57:49
   
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If you want to see how to make them from scratch check out you tube...there are a gazillion vids on there...some are better than others of course but you are bound to find at least one that resonates with you. SU now have the This & That journals which work along the same principle of it being whatever you want it to be...I think the whole idea is just cool whether you buy a base kit and make it your own or if you make the whole thing out of loo roll inners ;) Its just so cool to be creative...
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Nannybroomsticks - 10/06/2013 17:11:48
   
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The first one I ever made started life as a sketch book with half the pages pulled out. Then I covered most of the remaining pages with papers I have piles of and am unlikely to use on cards. Since then I have gone on to make my own journals and it has proved great fun. It is a brilliant way of using up the paper mountain I have. I found some fab tutorials by Kathy Orta on Youtube that has given me a zillion ideas for journals, pockets, tabs etc. if you can get past her accent they are great and very inspirational. Also many other folks have taken her ideas and adapted them on Youtube and on Pinterest. Hope you find this useful. I put 3 of the journals I made using her ideas on my gallery too. Cheers Lyn
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Seemark - 10/06/2013 17:12:37
   
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Yes that was it Christa, thanks. Looks like I should have tried it with just the word smash :roll: :oops: Silly me, hadn't thought of YouTube but I'm a bit (?!!!) disorganised at present as OH has booked us on Eurotunnel to France tomorrow and back on Weds so brain is elsewhere thinking of what I should pack :lol: :lol: :lol: Will certainly have a look when we get back. Thanks a lot.
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Seemark - 19/07/2013 08:50:15
   
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Thanks to you both. Had a look on Youtube and spent many an hour looking at things I didn't even know existed!!! Have however finally made me a smash book which I'm quite pleased with - and yes, it was definitely cheaper than Hobbycraft!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: I wanted to make quite a big one but couldn't find anywhere that either a) stocked the 1 1/4 inch Bind it all Zutter wires or b) did stock them but didn't have them in stock :roll: So I had to settle for one with less pages than I was hoping. I also thought A4 size would be a good idea. That is until I went to cover the covers (if you see what I mean!) As scrapbooking paper/card is 12 x 12 it wasn't big enough to cover the top and bottom of the cover. (Sides only being about 8" wide were fine.) It's now got striped covers! So, although it's not ended up quite how I imagined it would do, I'm fairly happy with it - and have found a couple of issues that'll I'll know about for future reference. Think the biggest I'll do next time is 8 x 8. Thanks for your help ladies, much appreciated as usual.
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Nannybroomsticks - 19/07/2013 21:56:25
   
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I had that problem with my A4sized one too. So where I have the join on the front and back cover I have covered in ribbon.I suppose you could do all sorts ...punched borders etc. Now to start filling it! Enjoy! I have joined mine with huge jump rings at the moment...in case I want to move the pages around. I will bind it at the end but have already punched the holes on the BIA. I picked my big BIA wires up at eCreations in Porthleven. They do mail order too.
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mayjay1 - 20/07/2013 19:13:21
   
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Cyndi, If you like A4 why not go round all the edges with washi tape to finish it off. I am thinking of doing another one soon and will probably try that. I have used it on a smaller album recently.
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Seemark - 21/07/2013 10:14:50
   
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That sounds like a good idea May. So you are actually just covering the chipboard front of the book and not taking the paper over the edge to the inside? Thanks Lyn for wire info. Looked on their site but with postage added they work out pretty pricey so will hold fire for the time being and hope I can find something less expensive at a later date. I think you said you were using big rings for the time being on your A4 book - how's that working out? How many rings have you got and do you think it would work on a permanent basis or do the pages slide around a bit and not stay in place? (Not a prob on a temp basis but could be on a permanent one) Can't wait to get started on it but having made a visit to the PYO farm yesterday have masses of fruit to deal with today :D :lol: :lol: I'm planning on just using it as a general book, not one particular topic or theme. I'm forever writing down bits of info on scraps of paper and then wondering where I put them :roll: :roll: This way I'll have one place to find them. I've also put a few pockets in and plan on doing label inserts for them telling myself how I made them - I can never remember! At least I'll know where to find the information next time (she said hopefully!) Anything that makes me smile will also be included, we all need something to smile about these days. Currently I have a small pic of a pig (I love pigs!) from a notebook my daughter bought me years ago. It's really tatty and falling apart and on checking it out none of the info inside is relevant any more. So, piggy is having a make over to go in one of the pockets of my smash book! Note to self: must make sure this doesn't turn into a Pigs R Us book :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Nannybroomsticks - 21/07/2013 13:24:35
   
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I have only 3 jump rings on at present while filling the book and yes the pages do slide about....but with 5 or more I think it would be ok once the book is complete and I know how big the rings will need to be.I found when i did my first one with a prebound sketch book the wires weren't wide enough to encompass everything and lay well...hence my starting with jump rings til I've finished it...many months ahead yet! Added to which I really wanted to move pages around and add more pages and I couldn't do that as it was pre-bound. It was very frustrating. I suppose I could have taken the wires out and put larger ones on now thinking about it. I also like to put in 1/2 or 3/4 pages in to add interest. And large envelopes can be added that give extra pockets that look good once decorated. Another helpful thing for pages in an A4 book is to use double sided 12x 12 paper, fold in the excess to fit and either have it as a pocket by sticking along the short edges or as a fold out flap.
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