Monday, August 15, 2016

A ‘Smashing Success’!

I’ve had fun ‘crafting’ this summer.


I bought some of the Smash Journals when they were on sale awhile back and worked in one of them.

I’ll share some pages.


And you can sneak a peek inside my private journal! haha! (I’ll add some personal notes to the pages later)


I’ve always pulled pages out of magazines and cut things out.

Just things I like and quotes I enjoy,

beautiful objects




anything that catches my eye.

Hubby walked in when I was working on this one.


Maybe I should leave it open to these pages for awhile!


And it gives me a chance to make a big mess and live in it for awhile. I’m a pretty big neat freak so it’s good to get out of my comfort zone from time to time.


Do you keep a journal? I keep several.


I’m joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J HERE

AND Mosaic Monday HERE !


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Looks like fun! I hope to get some crafting done this fall!


Love your journals. That is something I would like to do, just haven't sat down to do it.

Pondside said...

That looks like something I could get into! Even with the apparent chaos, there is something very disciplined about what you do with your journals, and they must be a treat to look back on.

Snap said...

Wonderful journals. I start one and stop ... start and stop. I admire that you stay with it! I giggled about "leaving this one opened" -- great page and good idea! Ha! Happy Monday!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

I love doing the same thing Diane!! I love your pretty pages.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, your journals look wonderful. I always wanted to do journals on traveling. I guess I would need to buy the journals first. You have some fun pages. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Linda Kay said...

Diane, and I am just putting words in my journal! Fabulous work.

Jan's Art and Musings said...

Pulling images from magazines and putting them into journals is a great way to relax. I have a love/hate relationship with smash journals. I like not facing a blank page but find I get too involved in trying to match the page to the images I want to put down ... detracts from my creative process. Thank you for sharing your journal.

Connie said...

Looks like you are having a lot of fun!
Happy Summer!
Connie :)

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

I love your journals, and it looks like so much fun! I think I need to try it. Yes, leave the jewelry pages open. :)

Diane said...

Love 'em! Nice to go back and look at them, isn't it? And, yes, it's hard not to make a mess when paper crafting. Glad you showed them!

PatC - All is Bright said...

I've always wanted to do a journal but never seemed to have the time. I think I need to make the time. I'll add this to my bucket list! Thanks Diane for your inspirations.

podso said...

These remind me of how I used to make altered books. Very similar except using the pages of a real book. Maybe I should do a blog about my trip to England altered book. Yours look very neat and tidy. I'm guessing a lot of bloggers have journals, since we all seem to love to write. I journal less, I will say, since I started blogging. But do print my blogs each year so I guess they become real journals of my life.

Lowcarb team member said...

Your journals look good - nice to have something to look back on.

All the best Jan

Lorrie said...

How fun to take some time to play. I like journaling too, but mostly writing. I have one journal that's just for quotes I collect along the way. I like the idea of the smash journals but have never done one.

bj said...

Whatever makes us happy is what we should do.
I use my blog as a journal...I need to have books made of it...

joyh82 said...

I don't keep a journal. I did when I was younger. Maybe I should start again. Looks like a lot of fun! Yours are turning out awesome :)

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I have a couple of different types of journals but there are no photos in them but I have a journaling Bibile on order I hope to be creative in.

Susie said...

Diane, I really like this journal...I think I might try one. It would be such fun. I could make one thru the year and give it to one of my girls or grands. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You're so talented and you have so much fun ... both shine through every one of these beautiful pages. I used to keep a travel journal (just written) when we were full-time RVers (it helped me remember where I was, LOL)... but I don't now -- my blog posts kind of serve as reminders of the highlights (or just regular days for that matter).

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I like your idea of journaling with pictures, Diane. I write important things down, that I read, or want to remember, into a little notebook.

Sylvia said...

Diane, Great work. It's nice to have documentation and it's fun. Sylvia D.

Maggie said...

I've tried many times to keep a journal but my enthusiasm wanes after a while, creating smash books is a great way to add impact to the journaling.
Thanks for sharing your pages with us on Mosaic Monday.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

Looks like you are having fun doing your journals and enjoyed seeing your work.
Happy week

ann said...

Now that looks like fun. Very relaxing. There is something to be said about this sort of journaling. I can only imagine the conversations that you have with yourself. A bit of us never grew up; isn't that wonderful!

Debby Ray said...

Your journals are so fun and very unique! I used to scrapbook, in fact, I made both my boys scrapbooks of their lives up until they were young men. It is something that I have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of!

Unknown said... fun! :)

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Valerie Cottage Making Mommy said...

This is so cool. I need to do these.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diane, love your pretty and special journal. All the quotes and pics are a great inspiration you can turn to often. I keep some journals with favorite quotes and ideas too. Have a great week sweet friend. xo

carol l mckenna said...

What creative and lovely crafting creations! Thanks for visiting!

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Afternoon My Lovely friend,
I so enjoy writing, however I do not keep a journal.
I think if I were able to hike more I'd like to keep a journal of my routes, mileage, what I saw etc...I sure do like yours though!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Diane, that looks like a fun project to make when you have free time to craft! :)
Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
Enjoy the week.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Looks like you have had a good time this summer with your project.... So pretty --and colorful ---and loads of fun I'm sure!!!! Congrats, you talented lady you!!!!!!


Vee said...

Your smash books are very organized! Mine really are smash journals. No rhyme nor reason.

Carla from The River said...

I love this!
I like the gift box on your jewelry page that is made with $.
Yes, I do keep several journals too. :-) A gardening, a hiking, a cross country ski and a prayer. :-)) Journal silly I guess.
xx oo

Prunella Pepperpot said...

So much fun! What a wonderful idea. I remember doing this as a child, maybe it's time to have another go!
Have a brilliant week :)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What fun - I don't have many magazines around and rarely do I cut things out of them or tear out pages - no special reason - I just don't. I love love love your pages. I have kept journals in the past (I'm not too consistent about it) and recently I've been doing a daily "journal" of Zen Doodles. I like doing it - I've always been a doodler - and I can incorporate what is going on in my day into the doodles. So far I've lasted a month at it - maybe this time I can keep going. Right now I'm catching up on reading my favorite blogs. Next!!!