Sneak Peaks of My Smashbook – Making Your Own Paper

There are tons of cute scrap booking paper on the market, but sometimes it is fun to make your own. I have to credit my friend Traci Bautista with turning me on to art journaling in the first place. You might remember the posts from when she came and stayed the week with me and showed me the unleashed collage ropes She and I made this fun pink and yellow paper using old cupcake toppers as stamps. I have been hooked ever since.

I recently watched an inspiring video by Elizabeth Kartchner of Dear Lizzy fame on Two Peas in a Bucket about painting Thicker stickers with an ombre effect. I used my kids craft foam letters for this page. I highlighted some pictures of a mural my sister Hope and I painted for I Love to Create at a Michaels convention. Man I wish I had sticker versions of my sister’s art to stick in my Smashbooks.

I loved these heart covered napkins from Target, so much so I wanted to immortalize them forever in my Smash Book. I collage them to a piece of sheet music and used them to frame out this lovely picture of my mom Fredda Perkins.

I have used this book of iron-on designs from Mike Perry on just about everything but clothing. Hair clips, necklaces and now journal pages.

More collage action with Traci Bautista produced this cool polka dotted paper.

Mr. Horse made an appearance on yesterday’s post about typography. Today he is here to highlight the fun handmade hearts.

This is the gray area between scrap booking and art journaling when you do a little of both. I love combining the handmade, vintage and brand new trends. I don’t want my pages (or anything else for that matter) to look like everybody else. How do you incorporate in your handmade touches in your scrapbooks?

One Response to “Sneak Peaks of My Smashbook – Making Your Own Paper”


    I've been making my own stencils and creating background pages with a Gelli print plate!

    Making monoprints in my favorite colors and textures adds a more unique look to my art journals.

    Your journaling style is great and fun and happy.

    Look forward to seeing more.



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