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Smash Books – Update

June 2nd, 2011 by Avital

About 2 weeks ago I purchased a few items from the new cool concept line by K&Company, called: “Smash Books”. I received my fun-mail last Wednesday and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! There is absolutely no good reason for not updating you guys before, but here I am. Updating. Better late than never, right?

Doodle Red Smash Folio Book (K & Company)

Mod Black Smash Folio Book (K & Company)

Pretty Pink Smash Folio Book (K & Company)

Retro Blue Smash Folio Book (K & Company)

My Review

I got the pink/ pretty book because I am a girly girl.

The cover of the book is fabulous. The floral design is actually embossed into the craft hardcover.

The inside of the book is lovely too. Each page is different. Some come in a double-page-spread and some are individually designed.

Aside from the cool page design that includes: flowers, maps, wallpaper design and more they also have many pages that include journaling prompts and other graphics that encourage and inspires to use the book on a daily basis. I LOVE that!

I am not crazy about each and every one of the page designs. Some are really awesome and some are less awesome.

For list lovers, this book also has several list type prompts, such as: current memories, top ten, highlights of today and a book list. I think those are fantastic too.

I also bought a couple of the smash pads and I really like them. The designs are cute and the prompts are wonderful. I just wish there would be different designs instead of 4-5 pages of the same design but for $1.90 it is more than what I have expected (not to mention that other brands also sell duplicates of the same designs for more).

The pen/glue thingamajig is wonderful. The pen has a fine Sharpie-like tip and it writes very smoothly and the glue is great too. The idea of having them both together on the same stick is downright genius.

I would recommend these books to any one who likes to capture and record memories, stories and ideas. It’s perfect for that.

I would not recommend buying that as an alternative to a traditional scrapbook or a mini-album. For that purpose I think picking the colors and designs a-la-cart would be a better choice.

Now I want to try the doodle, retro and mod designs too!


On the inside flap of the book protector it enumerates all the things you are encouraged to tuck inside the book, I think it’s inspiring, so I’m going to write it down for you guys:

  • Wish Lists
  • Magazine Clips
  • Cookie Fortunes
  • Feathers
  • Recipes
  • Ticket Stubs
  • Favorite Movies
  • Snapshots
  • Doodles
  • VIP Passes
  • Postcards
  • Kid Quotes
  • Love Letters
  • Paint Swatches
  • Notes to Self
  • Jokes
  • Favorite Quotes
  • Project Ideas
  • To Do Lists
  • Business Cards
  • Favorite Songs
  • Cocktail Napkins
  • Souvenirs
  • Newspaper Clips
  • Reading Lists
  • Sketches
  • Poems
  • Design Ideas
  • Fabric Swatches
  • Life Lists
  • Fan Club Stickers
  • Greeting Cards
  • Swizzle Sticks
  • Wrappers

Now, even if you do not have a Smash Book [though I highly recommend it], you can uses these smash prompts and make your own book on a plain composition notebook.


What do you think? Do you love this idea too? Do you have a Smash Book? Share by leaving a comment.

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7 Comments to “Smash Books – Update”

  1. Dawn says:

    This makes me excited to get mine! I preordered the blue retro one. I only got a couple of the dealy-bobbers that go with it, but not the Smash Pads…I’m going to have to rethink that.

    This is great timing because this year, on Jan. 1, I got a Harry Potter date book with the goal of writing just a sentence or two down a day, something to record the little things I’ve done. I’m really enjoying it, so I’m looking forward to having something to have a bit more room to paste things in and journal in.

    • Avital says:

      Oh, you’re going to love your smash book! Don’t worry about the pads, they’re awesome but you can also record your memories, stories and ideas directly on paper OR you can use my free printables for it 🙂

  2. Casey Wright says:

    Love this! I’ve been waiting to see how everyone likes them before I take the plunge! Thanks for the review!

  3. “great minds think alike” once again Taly 😉
    One of our next post @ Scrap RDV is going to talk about the Smash products!
    Thank you for sharing your own views on the whole thing, it’s a very interesting post and I can’t wait to see a little bit of your with added stuff…you will share, won’t you? 😉

    • Avital says:

      I can’t wait to see your post. I’m actually using it as a personal/private journal to “smash” my ideas/sketches and thoughts in, so I’m not sure I’ll actually share pages from it.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I have been googling for days for more ideas on what to do that more or less fits my life style and have come across this “update” of yours. Since I was able to share without registering I was prompted to tell you this:
    I absolutely love my smash books! I have the red one, the baby one (for my almost 22 month old son) and the mini journal one! Now I definitely am not as skilled as others or have as many ideas as others but I do love many ideas for the book! The fact that it isnt supposed to be intimidating by having all sorts of different “prompts” in it is perfect for people like myself who may need a little motivation and some ideas on what exactly would go great in these books…now for the avid crafty kind of person? Probably don’t need all the prompts but I can see that it doesn’t much make a difference because in all reality that awesome glue/pen will allow you to cover any page in your own ideas completely so you definitely do not have to go with their themes especially if theres a few pages as you said it best…that arent as awesome as the rest! I just started workin in my books as I said I was rather intimidated by them because I didnt have the bright ideas flowing and I definitely didnt want to waste the 15 per book on something that wouldnt look good at all in my eyes. Now that I have started, I cannot seem to get enough! I search magazines for words and pictures to cut out in case I might use them…search the net for ideas and/or other quotes and pics to use and then I come across gr8 reviews like this one that allow me to let all you “smahers” know, this is a very amazing creation in my own personal opinion! I thank you very much for not only sharing your opinions but also allowing me to ramble on and on and on about my thoughts regarding the books as well without forcing me to sign up each time I click on a link! Thanks for listening to me babble on….truly appreciate it! May never see a response bc I shuffle sooo much thru the web but I do hope that I have helped at least one person in deciding to or not to buy one of these books! Thanks again!