January 24, 2013
DYI Wedding Smashbook
Ever since I saw K&Co's Smashbooks I wanted to make my own version. When Artfull Crafts sent me Echo Park's Yours Truly collection, I hit on the idea of a wedding-themed book. Pulled out some For the Record and Be Mine from my stash and I was ready to start.
My homemade smashbook measures 5.5"x 4". It has 18 inside pages plus a front and back cover. Each double page spread has a photo or word prompt to record events relating to a wedding.
For example this page could be used to capture memories of the wedding registration. Other pages focus on the wedding venue, wedding flowers or the honeymoon.
When starting a 'big' project I find it helpful to decide early on the colour palette. In this case I limited myself to red, black, white and grey. That allows me to organize my supplies quickly.
I find that repeating layout elements gives my pages a coordinated look. Here I stuck to the principle of dividing my double-page spreads into four panels.
On some spreads, as in these honeymoon pages, they are divided equally along horizontal bands. On others they are divided vertically into unequal portions.
I used a range of pattern papers to provide variety. Geometrics like houndstooth, polka dots and closely printed text were used. Organic designs like repeating florals and swirly flourished added to the contrast.
Stickers are great for adding instant interest to a page. Don't limit yourself to small images and labels, large ones which dominate a spread can impart great impact when used boldly.
As for the construction of the book, it couldn't be simpler. I cut cardstock into two 5.5"x8" spreads, fold each spread in half and glue the backs together.
I had a short turnaround time to get this smashbook ready for Artfull Craft's store display. That's my excuse for the lack of photos. Only managed to get one shot of my parents' wedding rings into the book. When the book comes back, I hope to fill it with reprints of their wedding photos and journal in the details of their wedding story.
Linking up to these parties.
Echo Park Supplies : Yours Truly (Newsprint, Rose Blossom, Journaling Cards, Cherished, Elements Sticker, Black Cardstock), For the Record (Alpha Sticker, Element Sticker, Noteworthy, Borders, Stamp of Approval, Vintage Linen, Advertisement, Table Cloth, Newsprint, Red Cardstock), Be Mine (Journal Cards, French Chronicle, Element Sticker, Alpha Sticker, Grey Cardstock)