Welcome to my Smash Book!

I’ve been keeping this little book (journal? scrapbook? collection of stickers?!) for nearly a year now, and since I just completed another set of pages I thought it was high time to show you all. I’ve never been a traditional scrapbooker (all those layouts, $10 stickers and negative space make my skin itch) but I’ve always kept art journals, which were usually writing and a lot of drawing or watercolors. When I started attending more lolita events and networking, I quickly amassed a huge collection of papery odds and ends – pamphlets, brand tags, business cards, flyers, postcards – all sorts of things. For a while I let them languish in a drawer or clutter up my ribbon board. But after last year’s Otakon I had so much that I took matters into my own hands and started gluing. This is the result!


(Hoping to start making videos again… we’ll see! Music is the instrumental version of Rarity’s song “Art of the Dress” from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!)

“Smash” journaling or scrapbooking, also called “low-pressure scrapbooking” (they’ve piqued my interest there) is letting loose the restrictions of Martha Stewart style scrapbooks and just collaging free-form. I use a simple spiral-bound art journal with sturdy pages, a glue stick, and a paper cutter or X-acto knife as my main tools. When I go to New York I hunt up Japanese stickers, memo pads (great for the smaller scale I’ve gone with) or decorative tape. (If you can’t make it to a big city, check Etsy for Japanese crafting goodies!) In some cases I’ll delve into my mom’s traditional scrapbooking supplies like punches (to create cute paper lace) or scrapbook paper. On the quirky level, the one thing I hope I never lose is my vintage label maker – I love it for adding my own text, especially now that I’ve found pastel tape!

One of the things I am excited to do with my smash book is to start including Instagram! I saw a scrapbook magazine mention that Instagram is an easy way to process photos, and when I found out you can get your Instagrams made into stickers… A match made in heaven! It’s like making your own purikura, or sticker cameras – remember when the iZone was popular? Check out Prinstagram or Instagoodies to get your Instagram photos printed! I’m waiting to get back from San Francisco to get mine… I’m sure this trip will have some beautiful photos!

Instax Mini is another item on my smash book wishlist – an adorable Japanese camera that makes tiny Polaroids. You can put them into these super sweet miniature albums, but they’d also be great additions to smash books. (And yes, the cameras come in an array of pastel colors.)

image via mochithings.com

 Keeping a smash book is an easy way to relax with no-pressure crafting, and in my case, many a happy hour can be spent sticking unicorns on things. It’s also been a great way to mark events in my lolita history, like events, vacations, gigs or big cons – or even just purchase, like my first Innocent World lucky pack. Clean out your collection of lolita tidbits – get out your glue stick and brand tags and get to smashing!

Does anybody else keep a lolita scrapbook or paper collection? Leave a comment!

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  • Raegan

    I love your smash book and I’m so glad to see you making videos again!

    • Thanks! I’m not thrilled with my video program for flexibility, but it was very easy, so I may do another one quite soon!

  • It’s so cool seeing the final product! =D We should make a friendship smash book of all of our exploits~ <3 <3 <3

    • that would be a great idea, to do a mini of just you and I! (seriously thinking of getting that Instax…) my book actually has lots of letters from Sarah Ruth in it, & I was thinking you & I should do more letters/goodies packages to bridge the gap between visits! :)

  • I scrapbook and I have added a few Lolita pages to it. I LOVE this idea, thank you so much! I am a total picture-taking, instagramming fool and a smaller, cute book like yours is just what the doctor ordered! I will definitely be doing this. Thank you again for the inspiration!

  • After seeing this post you’ve inspired me to start one! I often keep cute tags from clothes, or extra stickers that come from magazines or hand outs and I never know what to do with them, but I think this is such a fun and creative way to showcase them and then I can look back at all the things I did years from now!

    I hope my smash book will be as cute as yours!

    • Awesome, do it! That’s just the stuff that will make wonderful smash book material. I’d love to see what you come up with! :D

  • This is so adorable!!  I want to try this.  I started putting all of my lolita things in a plain notebook a few months ago, but this looks a lot more fun :)

  • That’s not scrapbooking?! I totally thought scrapbooking was putting together a book of pictures with lovely paper and stickers. So all this time I have been smash-booking?

    Haha, I love your smash book though. I hadn’t thought of putting in envelopes before, thanks!

    • In the Victorian period that was scrapbooking, but today’s scrapbooking is a lot more formal and the return to its roots is being popularized as the smash-book. Check out some scrapbooking magazines at your local bookstore and you’ll see :) The envelopes are a great way to keep pieces moveable, like double-sided business cards I don’t want to glue! 

  • I have a Smash Book, but I haven’t really played with it yet. I keep looking at it… wondering what to do with it. I think turning it to a Lolita Journal is a good idea ^_^

    • I haven’t seen one of the commercial Smash Books yet, as I have my little art journal, but I’ve heard they’re really cute!

  • Strawbewie

    OMG! I always thought it was just collaging (how ever you spell it)! I remember making these as a kid! :D
    I love your smash book!

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  • Miru

    It’s really cute, I want to keep a Smash book, but I don’t know how I can do it? 

    • All you need is a blank art journal like you’d get at a craft store, some cute papers, glue, stickers etc, and little bits and pieces you’d like to scrap! Calling cards are a good place to start!

      • Miru

        Thanks for your advices, I am going to start to keeping a smashbook

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  • Thank you for sharing your book with us!
    This is such a wonderfully cute idea, I’d love to make something similar over the summer
    Your post has really inspired me to do it now!