Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inky Blog Hop with CarlaCraft Binding

This month we have a fun hop for you (well, they are ALL fun). The Design Team is using the CarlaCraft Binding System. It is so easy to use. Here is a link to a youtube tutorial. I can't wait to see what the other team members created.

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, July 3rd at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their project and leave feedback. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). One person’s name will be drawn at random to receive a CarlaCraft Binding System and coil assortment. The lucky winner’s name will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.


If you came from Michelle's awesome blog post you are in the right spot. If not, be sure to hop over to the Inky Blog so you don't miss anyone. You will want to leave a comment along the way on each blog.

Have you heard of the Smoosh book rage by K & Co? It's not a new concept, but a twist on an old one. It's basically a journal book that you fill with pictures, memories, thoughts, etc. I had one when I was younger and I'm sure alot of you did also.

Rather than buy one, I decided to use the CarlaCraft Binder and make my own.

To make my version of a "smoosh" book, I cut the fronts and back from very thin chipboard (cereal boxes work great for this) 6" x 9" and embossed cardstock to cover the front and back. Be sure to punch your holes before adhering the cardstock to the chipboard or it will be too thick (ask me how I know Ü).

I then used Tombow's Stamp Runner Permanent Adhesive to adhere the cardstock to the chipboard. After that I just decorated the front using Cosmo Cricket cutouts, Basic Grey alphabet stickers and buttons,  and a stamped Inky Antic image called Raincoat Lucy.

Then it's just a matter of what kind of papers you want inside. I used several Cosmo Cricket pieces and then found solids and other patterns that matched and cut them all 5.5" x 8.5". I have 15 pages, plus journal pieces from the Cosmo Cricket pkt I had and a couple of envelopes that I can put receipts or other memos in.

Coil all the pages together and you have your own Smoosh journal, junk journal, or whatever you want to call it.

Here is a peek at the inside cover:
I added a library pocket and journaled on a library card a little bit about what a smoosh book was and what I planned to do. Then I will just add things that catch my attention (like maybe pictures from a magazine, a recipe, etc) or things I think of until it is full. I am really excited to fill this "Debbie-smoosh" book up.

Now it's time to hop over and see the wonderful project Jovi created. Here are the rest of the pages in my book if  you are interested.

I hope you enjoyed this book. I realize it may be kinda boring with all the blank pages, but I will share my pages along the way as I fill them up.

24 comments:

  1. Your journal is way better than anything you could ever hope to be able to buy! I love the extras you added. It's so personal when you add what works for you. Cute decorations on the cover!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. whoot! way to go Debbie! Who needs smoosh when you can make your own and pick your papers and embellies! Great idea to use the large wires!!

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  3. What an excellent journal. Beautifully done.

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  4. WOW this is FABULOUS Debbie, what a great idea...I agree who needs Smoosh with this...AWESOME creation!!

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  5. Debbie your journal is fabulous, too make your own and have it personalized to your liking is even better.

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  6. Brilliant idea, Debbie. I agree, making your own Smooth is way better than store bought. You're so creative!

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  7. This is awesome! I want to make one now! Love your projects and am now following your blog :)

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  8. Great journal!! I love blog hops I always get so many great ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. That is awesome! I love it! I so want to make one too!

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  10. Talk about generation gap....never heard of a Smoosh book. I love the concept and will have to google it.

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  11. I, too, have never heard of a smoosh book. Love your project and this binding system. I have been waiting to get one and I'll have to check this out more. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  12. What an awesome project!! Love all the fabulous papers that you used!

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  13. How clever! This would make such a great journal.

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  14. Great project! I watched the video and it is so easy to do. I really, really want this :)

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  15. Great idea! I love your book. thanks

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  16. Whoa! "Smoosh" is such a fun idea ... and one I've not heard of before! I have to say, that library pocket & card in the front cover took me right back to school days .... LOVE that flashback!

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  17. Your SMOOSH journal is not boring, it is delightful. I also have one but didn't know it had a name! I take it on vacation with me wherever we go. I love the idea of using different sytles of paper and envelopes too. You are a genious! I am crossing my fingers to be the winner of your blog prize. So sorry for the loss of a family member but how wonderful that you were able to talk to him the previous day. My prayers are with you and your family. Hugs.

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  18. LOVE the journal. Thanks for sharing the pages.

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  19. Cute journal, thanks for the "green idea" to use cereal box cardboard.

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  20. Love the journal!! So original and cute ta-boot!

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  21. I love your Smoosh Journal. Thank you for sharing the pages that you have included in your journal. I think I am going to try my hand at making a Smoosh Travel Journal.

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