My 1st Anniversary SmashBook Project

I can honestly say that I have struggled all day trying to figure out what to write about today. I have a long list of blog posts I could write, but each attempt at writing was not working well. While trying to figure out how to finish off my current blog post draft, I found myself adventuring through my external hard drive. I didn’t find what I was looking for, but I did stumble upon the first real project that I had created in a long time (at that point). Allow me to share with you all the totally adorable 1st anniversary project I made for Christopher.

SmashBook project

Before I entered the planning world, I was very into SmashBooks by K & Company. My mom was friends with a local scrapbook store owner and during one of our trips to her store, she was just placing these on the shelf. Much like my very first Happy Planner, I feel completely in love.

I fell so in love that we would keep going back to the scrapbook store to pick up more pieces to the SmashBook puzzle. One day it would be accessories, another day would be pens, and other days it would be new books. I had amassed a huge stockpile of these wonderful little products…the only problem was I never finished them. I will 100% admit it – I was a SmashBook hoarder.

Eventually Michaels started carrying SmashBook products and an even bigger world opened up. Since our scrapbook store no longer sold the products, it was only fitting that I would spend a lot of time at Michaels picking up even more product. It definitely became a huge problem as the pile kept growing and growing but nothing was happening! Part of the situation was I wasn’t sure what to do with my SmashBook and the other part of it was I didn’t feel my life was interesting enough to start working in these books. Many of the books I owned were started, but definitely never completed.

In 2014, I entered a brand new relationship and with that relationship came a desire to embrace my creative journey. I knew early on that I wanted to create this book specifically for our 1st anniversary and luckily I had plenty of material to work with. I waited until a few days before our anniversary celebration to put this book together and stressed about it every single day. Even though this project made me extremely nervous, I can honestly say it has to be my all time favorite project that I’ve ever made.

SmashBook project

To better explain this project, I need to go back and explain what exactly a SmashBook was. A SmashBook was a book that was designed to be a healthy mix of scrapbooking and journaling. These little books were completely full of beautifully designed pages with many opportunities to create exactly what you were looking for. They came in multiple themes, such as baby and weddings, and even travel, and had a ton of wonderful accessories to match. With the exception of the “baby” themed book, I owned them all! They came in a fairly compact size of 10 inches tall and 7 inches wide (approximate!), but also debuted as a mini and book size later on in their development. To really sum it up – each book became its own self contained little project, designed for you to customize how you please!

For this project I opted to use the wedding theme SmashBook. While we weren’t married, a lot of the thematic elements worked perfect! The ones that didn’t fit I could easily glue together or remove completely.

SmashBook project

In this photo you can see how thick these pages were! They were very heavy duty and an excellent project surface to work with!

The two pages above deserve an explanation, although it might be a “you had to be there” moment. I promise you that Christopher doesn’t just throw me into bushes.

I am 100% not a hiker, but one day Christopher decided we just HAD to go on a hike. It just so happened to be one of the hottest days. I was already tired from our already very long day so the idea of hiking was not my idea of fun. Hot weather + hiking = a very grumpy me. Even though I had no desire to go, I decided to go along with the idea. We had no other plans, so what’s the worst that could happen right?

I honestly have no idea what led to the situation, but halfway during the hike we got into an argument. We were silent on the way to our destination and equally as silent on our way back. To make this situation interesting, the particular trail we were on was also used for mountain biking. Small winding paths with humans and bikes was a disaster waiting to happen…

On our way back, there came to a really small enclosed area. We knew there was a pair of bikers heading our way, but we had some time. It just so happened that it was in this very narrow stretch of land the bikers would be passing through. I was off in my own little world and Chris said the word, “bike” to let me know they were coming. I have absolutely no idea what happened, but the next thing I know I found myself in a bush on the trail. In that moment I can recall the look on Chris’s face as he looked completely dumbfounded. To make the situation even more embarassing (and hysterical), was the rapid stop the biker had the moment I fell. I could not stop laughing.

That moment was what we needed to break the tension we had, but I always joked that Chris threw me into the bush.

A few weeks later we went mini golfing. This particular mini golf course had a lot of bushes. Imagine my surprise when a few weeks later I once again found myself in yet another bush. Chris had attempted to do a dip kiss, but apparently my knees didn’t want to cooperate. Into the bush we both went. It’s one of my favorite moments.

 

My first year with Christopher was an absolute adventure. It needed to be recorded and I am so glad that I had the SmashBook to use for this project. The SmashBook was such an easy product to use for this project! Most of the pages spoke for themselves and all that I needed to include were the personal pieces. L O V E D it.

Have you ever used a SmashBook?

Let me know if you have used SmashBook before! Did you enjoy it? If you didn’t get a chance to try it out, what do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below!

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