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You will notice that I did a lot of layering with pictures using washi tape. I saw this technique in several smash books that I saw online and on You Tube.
Each day, I glued a park map into my book and listed everything we did in that park beside the map. We went to a couple of parks twice, so there are two copies of the park map in my book for some of the parks. This really helped me keep up with all of the attractions we rode.
One thing I did, I printed mickey shaped heads in four different colors. Each evening, I asked them to write the best thing about today on a Mickey head. I had designated one color for each person in the family. This worked well and I will try to do something similar in future trips and journals.
Here are some more sample pages.:
I saved a wrapper from a Mickey Ice Cream Sandwich and a paper cup to glue into my book.
I used some of the small pockets sold with SMASH book supplies to place our room keys, tickets and photopass cards.
On the last page, I glued the thank you card we received after we returned from our trip.
I had a few pages left, and I tore them out of the book, since my book was quite full by the end.
Here is the final result:
This homemade smash book worked well, and I may try to do something similar for a future trip. I made time at the end of each day to write in my smash book and this worked well. I also used the supplies that I took to glue in the stuff I had collected during the day. By this point, I kind of know what I am going to put in a scrapbook and what I won’t.
I like that this book is more of a “hands-on” scrapbook. I can easily look at the park maps and look at my receipts and other memorabilia. It would be good as well for someone who doesn’t want to do a full scrapbook, but wants a record of their trip.
also I've never heard of smashbooks before and I've never had the urge to scrapbook even though I loved the idea, scrapbooking was just too much for me and I'm not super crafty or creative. I always save a lot of different things from Disney and I would love to document my trip in a more practical way!
Love it! When I went to Ireland for the first time in 2004, a friend gave me a beautiful leather-bound journal for my travel diary. I took along a roll of double-sided tape and pasted various things in the journal as I wrote the day's entries. All sorts of little bits--receipts, tickets, napkins, brochures, stickers I picked up along the way... It was before I'd ever heard of a Smash Book. It's a bit willy-nilly, though. I love the way you organized yours. It's a wonderful keepsake!