Saturday, July 9, 2011

Smash Journal: A Randomness Unlike Me

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While I get many “pats on the back” for my organization and structured way of doing things, my self-assessment reveals that there just might be a need for a tiny bit of reckless abandon and randomness to sneak in, every now and then. Maybe that’s why the first time I saw the little promotional video about the Smash Journal from K&Company, I was smitten. I do not need another “project” (duh), but this “arena” for randomly placing things just because I want to at that moment—I like that, and I don’t think of it as a project, and as my Smash Journal goes, I’m the one who counts!! (I’m liking this!)

At first it was hard for me to get started—being random does not come naturally for me. That’s why it’s good for me, I think. I have “stuck and smashed” things in a few pages now, and I have decorated the cover (it comes plain kraft-colored, and the journal I chose—Modern—has a black binding).

I am determined NOT to keep this little thing chronological or sequential. That’s almost impossible for me. But, the two pages I show here were completed 7/9 and 6/29, in that not-order. Yay for me!

For my crafting friends, here’s what I did for the cover: I inked the edges with Ranger Broken China. I cut the letters on my Cricut (Sesame Street font, blackboard), using grungeboard. I then inked the letters with Adirondack black pigment ink. I adhered the letters with Glossy Accents. The & and my initials are stamps. I used cut-outs from the Yummy Cartridge on my Cricut Imagine. The little tree and the saying are from stamps I got at Archiver’s. I colored the little tree stamp with Faber-Castell stamping markers, prior to stamping. The word “grow” is from some chipboard sayings I bought in the pre-Cricut days.

Sometimes there just needs to be something just for fun. That’s my randomness-unlike-me Smash Journal!

UPDATE: I didn’t like the way the ladybug was so disproportionate, so I replaced it with a cute little “Summer” word, cut from Imagine Enjoy the Seasons.

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