"Smash" Book – My Version WP July challenge

I really like K&Co’s Smash books and accessories and think they’re a wonderful idea. They’re obviously not the only ones to have this idea, nor are they the first, but they did a great job with designing their line and incorporating trendy and fun accessories to go with the books. The concept is actually as old as scrapbooking IMO, but they’ve introduced it with a modern edge and made it so simple/easy that anyone feels they can use it and end up with something fun and creative.

Well, Jaz challenged the Inspire Me members this month to create any project (layout, card, tag, altered item) that uses a majority of WP products and features their bloomers and papers. I thought about this for a couple of days, initially intending to alter a box for this challenge, but then after seeing the Smash book again recently, decided to create my own version of the Smash book using WP papers! How gorgeous would that be? Though I’d wanted to go digi/hybrid with this, I can’t get my printer to produce the print quality that would be necessary for this type of project. So if you want to make on of these yourself, I do recommend going with the WP digi files and going hybrid. It would be a lot more cost effective and the pages would be completely customizable.

Working with that limitation, I still managed to produce a book that I really like. 😀 Lucky for me, I have horrible hoarding tendencies where Webster’s Pages is concerned, so I easily rustled up enough of their 12×12 papers to create the following album:

Here’s the pocket I created inside the cover to store smaller pockets that I can adhere to the pages:

Here are a few of the little pockets I made that can added to the pages to hold memorabilia:

Here are some inside pages where I created a 2 page spread:

Here are a few where I had an “A side” matched with a coordinating “B side”:

I also have a few spreads that pair 2 “B sides”…here’s one example:

Materials:

Webster’s Pages Postcards from Paris 12×12 pp
WP Nature’s Storybook 12×12 papers
WP Life’s Portrait 12×12 papers
WP Seaside Retreat 12×12 papers
WP Hollywood Vogue 12×12 papers
WP Spring Market 12×12 papers
WP Country Estate 12×12 papers
WP Ladies and Gents 12×12 papers
WP Trendsetter 12×12 papers
WP Yacht Club 12×12 papers
WP Bloomers
WP Spring Market Princess Petal

Spring Market trims (inside the cover)
Unity Stamp for the sentiment
Wrights Creative Classics fused pearls
8″x10″ Canvas panels for the covers
Stazon Ink
distress ink

Adhesives:

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Acid Free Glue
Helmar Liquid Scrapdots
Helmar adhesive runner

Tool:

Cinch
1 1/2″ binding wires

TFL! If you’d like to create a layout, card, tag or altered project for the WP July challenge too, see this link for all the challenge details and instructions on how to post your entry: July Traditional Challenge

For digi and hybrid scrappers, Mitsue has also posted a challenge specifically for you! See details here: July digi/hybrid challenge.

Altered Frame using Webster’s Pages Hollywood Vogue and Bloomers

Last weekend, I stopped by JoAnn’s for their 40% off sale on scrapbook supplies. While I was there, I found this cute unfinished wood frame and thought it would be fun to alter for a challenge on Sketches for All. I was originally going to use Graphic45 papers for it, but saw on their blog that one of their DT members made a frame almost exactly like what I had in mind (check it out when you have a chance, great blog for inspiration!). Then I remembered that Webster’s Pages has a challenge on their blog where all you need to do to enter is incorporate some of their bloomers and/or trims in your project. Scrap Whispers is also having a challenge (challenge 88) where you use a forgotten treasure, so I used the paint that Larry had bought last year for Madison’s dollhouse. 😀 Here’s what I came up with:

There’s a bit of a glare on the the papers in that photo, so here’s the frame at an angle:

TFL!

Materials:

Unfinished wood frame
Folk Art Acryllic Paint in Rose
Webster’s Pages Hollywood Vogue 12×12 papers
WP Hollywood Vogue trim
WP Fall 2010 Bloomers
Any sewing thread (used to sew the ribbon flower/bow and also attach the bloomer to it)
decorative pins (mine are handmade, but you can also buy them premade)

Adhesives:

Mod Podge
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
American Crafts This to That foam dots

To enter a challenge on Sketches for All, CLICK HERE.

To enter a challenge on Webster’s Pages, CLICK HERE.

For the Scrap Whisper’s challenge, CLICK HERE.