Hi, I’m Nancy Nally from Scrapbook Update, here to talk about an unconventional use for one of today’s hottest products: SMASH books.
Spring seems to put us all in the mood for cleaning and sprucing up our homes. That’s even true for me here in Florida, where we don’t even have anything that most of the country would recognize as spring.
At our house, redecorating means IKEA. We are slowly making over most of the house in the IKEA look and style. But it was hard to keep track of all of our ideas and plans…until I got the idea to keep them in a K&Company SMASH book!
Using one as a fairly structured project organizer is an unusual way to use a SMASH journal, but it’s a fun and useful way to keep all my decorating plans for the house in one place—and way nicer to look at than the typical project organizer.
I started out by decorating the cover a bit. I kept it simple so that it would be durable for carrying on trips to IKEA, since I like to bring it along and take notes in it.
IKEA SMASH Book (front cover) by Nancy Nally. Supplies: Album: K&Company; Die: Sizzix; Canvas and markers: Ranger Industries; Ink: Ranger Industries and Tsukineko; Stamps: Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, and Technique Tuesday.
Just for fun, I created a title page that opens my journal with the same bright, simple aesthetic that IKEA is known for. It sets the tone for my journal.
I’m dividing my inspiration journal into sections, one for each room we want to work on, using the SMASH Fabric Tabs. At the start of each room’s section I have a two-page spread I use to describe the project’s goals and basic elements.
After the section pages, the content gets more random—just bits and pieces of inspiration and ideas I’ve grabbed from the IKEA website or catalog or store, along with notes about prices and ways to make it work for us.
I use my labelmaker to make easy-to-see, at-a-glance labels that show what the purpose of that page is. Tape provides a decorative element as well as extra adhesive for the inspiration photos.
Using a SMASH book for my home decor project planner lets me feel free to follow inspiration and yet keeps my ideas organized at the same time.
At Scrapbook Update we bring you the news about the industry and its trends but we also enjoy putting our own spin on them and thinking outside the box with projects like this. Do you have a project that is just waiting to be SMASHed?
—Nancy Nally, Scrapbook Update