DIY Smash Book and Other Great Projects

Heylo and Happy Tuesday! 🙂

There are a bunch of projects I’ve been working on so there is a little sneak peak of everything here before we dive into making a little mini book/journal.  Its almost like my own spin on a Smash book – I hope you enjoy and…. if you’re on the BackStage subscriber email list – I have sort of a personal note and little gift going out for you guys today….Thanks so much!

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Enjoy the Moments!


  1. Donna Dial says:

    Good Morning Megan, thanks for the tuitorial, I love the idea of a Thankful book. You are so creative! I also enjoy it when you use different tools and show us how to use them. I am thankful today for your creative sharing! Happy Tues

  2. Great video and thanks for showing how to use the Bind It All. Have that on a wish list.

  3. Megan,
    I love your smash booket, will have to try to make one,I like your Tuesday tutorial

  4. Thanks so much for this inspiration! I saw the smashbook video and liked the concept, but I always like to make my own- it’s not cheap- just creative!!! I love the idea of putting it on the coffee table for thoughts of thankfulness. Have a great day!!

  5. Awesome idea! Thank for another great video. What a great way for me to use all my scraps and makes a great gift mini. TFS and for all the inspiration.

  6. Sandra Joy says:

    Thank you Megan for sharing your wonderful ideas w/tutorials. They are greatly inspirational and well appreciated! Sandra Joy

  7. Johanne L. says:

    Great tutorial. I enjoy very much watching you create such wonderful projects. Thank you and have a nice day.

  8. Cynthia Guy says:

    Thanks for sharing this video today! 🙂 How cute. I’d LOVE to do something like this. How much does one of those pink bind-it-all machines cost? Where’d you get yours? I get Michaels Coupons all the time.

    I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  9. GrannyCharlotte says:

    Great tutorial Megan. Thanks for sharing. I think I will make one for the grand-children to write down what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

  10. I am new to your website but you have already made me want to clone myself. I need one to learn from you and one to try the projects. I did not know that there is sssooo much out there to do and I want to try them all!! You are already a favorite of mine!!!!

  11. Linda Peterson says:

    Loved the video. I always learn from you.

  12. Great video Megan…nice way to start the day! I have got to get a Bind- it- All! Thank You Megan 🙂

  13. Thanks for another great video-those smash books are everywhere-great presents.

  14. robin breault says:

    Great little video, got me going first thing in the morning!

  15. Linda Duncan says:

    Great Tuesday tutorial, thanks for showing how to use the Bind it All.

  16. Great video! Thanks for sharing your idea of the smashbook. Now I have another thing to put on my Christmas wish list – a Bind-it-All!! My DH will be so happy 🙂

  17. Joann’s now has the product to make the journals or “Smash book”.
    Of course you can use your coupon there.
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Melissa Turner says:

    That little book is so cute. I could make one for each of my grandkids to remind them of our last visit. I can personalize it to each child! How fun. Thanks.

  19. Irene Baker says:

    Megan, thanks again for a great tutorial. Actually, I didn’t know what a smash book was, but now I realize it’s just basically a “mini album”. Thanks again for sharing.

  20. Crystal Nichols says:

    I would love a bind it all, it would make mini albums so much easier to make 😉

  21. Great little book.

  22. I love this little book. Thanks for the tutorial.

  23. I’m SO with you on the Smashbook. I’ve wanted one since they came out, but can’t get over the “seriously-I-could-make-that-why-spend-$14” hurdle. 🙂
    I never thought about using grunge paper as a cover. Brilliant! I love making my own books, but sometime I want a lighter weight cover. Normal paper and cardstock are just too thin to stand alone. Thanks for the tip!

  24. Wonderful projects. Thank you for sharing!

  25. kazumi edwards says:

    Thank you Megan for the great tutorial. Love the canvas embellishments.

  26. Great tutorial! I love smash books as well but think they are a little on the pricey side. I did purchase one smash album, but have made 2 since then and plan on making more! lol Thanks for all the great ideas!!

  27. Thank you so much Megan for another wonderful tutorial,you are an inspiration to all of us

  28. Super cute. Now I may just have to have the bind it all.

  29. Hi, Megan, my sweet friend!!
    Here’s a tip about the BIA. You know the little key chain with the measuring do hickies on it?? If you slide the plastic do hickey in between the front plates on the BIA, it will measure the space for you. All you have to do is turn the knob until it hits the side of the plastic do hickey for the size wire you are using. Does that make any sense??? If not, email me and I’ll try to clarify! Love these books. I made one for a travel journal for stuff from trips my hubby and I take with notes of our fave hotels, restaurants, receipts, post cards, thoughts and memories. I love it!! I don’t like to do traditional scrapbooking, but these inspire me!! Thanks for the awesome video and all that you do!!! Blessings and hugs to you, Sean, Gen and Ben!! Love ya~!

  30. I’ve wondered what those SMASH Books are all about. I guess they’re sort of like little homemade journals that can be little mini-albums. I saw some at JoAnn’s today, and next time I go, I think I’ll get one. I used to keep a diary when I was a kid.

  31. Hi Megan, This is another great tutorial, thanks for the idea of a Thankful book
    Hugs to you all

  32. What an awesome idea! I’m thinking I may make one to take with us at Thanksgiving. We are going to WA to meet up with our oldest daughter and her family and celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom and sibilings. Gena (sis-in-law) always has a houseful for Thanksgiving. What fun to have this on the coffee table for people to write notes in. A great way to remember the holiday. Don’t know whether I’d keep it, or give it to my sister-in-law.

    Thanks for your ideas and spiritual heart.

  33. Vicky Hale says:

    Love, love, love the album! I just hatched chicks and that would be the cutest thing to document their journey. Another tip for binding the book is that elementary schools have the book makers in the teachers workroom and I know at our school, we have no problem with parents using them. The video has also inspired me to help my students make smash books featuring the alphabet. They can collect pictures from magazines, draw or get parents to take pictures of things that start with each letter of the alphabet! Thanks a million!

  34. I truly enjoyed your tutorial. You mae everything so fun. Do yu ship to Mexico? I am thinking about asking for a club kit membership for Christmas That would be great. I also would love a Bind it All. Need to check that out!
    God Bless
    I am so thnkful for you and all your inspiration!

  35. Hi Megan, Great tutorial , thanks for great idea on books .F.U.N.
    Bobbi Ann

  36. Lori Hinueber says:

    Now I know what I want for Chrismtas! That was very cool!

  37. Great job on your tutorial! You have inspired me to try and make one of these thankful books!

  38. Hi Megan,
    I am going to do some smash books for Christmas this year as gifts. Where do I get you kits? I went to your online store but did not see any.

  39. I am thankful for creative people like you who are willing to share their time and talents. You are doing a great job. You are right, it is difficult to keep the proper balance with family and work. Just remember that you wouldn’t be working (even though it is a job you love), if it wasn’t for your precious family. If you keep your priorities in order, the rest will fall into place. Thanks for all you do!
    Keep smiling!

  40. Love your mini book and the way you used different sizes of papers and stuff in it !

  41. I am a FACS/Home Economics teacher. My students are curently selecting a personal goal to plan and work through in the next 2 weeks. I do a goal with them and had decided I was going to make my own Smash Book and here, at the beginning of the project, your tutorial lands in my inbox. How timely! I am a cardmaker and don’t want to design whole scrapbook pages-too big a space and I’m not big into photos. My Smash Book can have some pictures, some journaling, and some doodling when I get ideas for card designs or techniques. I might even just stamp or Cricut some things just for fun. I might just have to throw in some recipe ideas or finds until I can investigate further. Mine isn’t going to be themed. AND since mine is not officially a Smash book, mine may be called a Splash Book-splashes and snippets of my life in one special place. I am going to somehow attach a writing tool so I have no excuse for not putting things in in a timely manner. Random doesn’t require extra time. Can I do random? We’ll see. I can see some of you doing a holiday Smash/Splash book. Wouldn’t that be fun? . . .. .

  42. Debbie Eslinger says:

    thanks for the tutorial, this is the first time a have seen a video using the bind-it-all that made sense and was easy to understand that now I think I can do it

  43. This was nice. Thanks for all your do, you inspire me to do more.

  44. I really like your “smash” book and thankful book. Great demo of the binder. I just got one from another company and can’t wait to give it a try. My brother died recently and we are having a family get together Saturday to share memories. Maybe I can dig up some pictures and put some note pages in so people can write something they might not want to share out loud. Thanks for the inspiration.

  45. Donna Ivancovich says:

    I am thankful for all the time you take to show us new projects and how easy it is to make them. I would be lost without your tutorials

  46. pattie weingardt says:

    Love your smash book tutorial. I want one but am too cheap to buy the kit.

  47. Dorothy Breitenstein says:

    Hi Megan

    Thanks for showing some more new projects. You sure can inspire a person. All I need is more time in my day.

  48. I love our great ideas. I like all your videos how do you come up with so many new ideas all the time I sure wish I had some of your talent just some.

  49. Thanks for the tutorial. Really love the Smash book. I was wondering do you prefer the Bind It All to the Cinch?

  50. I liked this idea for a book for things we are thankful for. We have a lot to be thankful for! Thank you for the directions for the binding tool. I wondered how to ot use them. Have a great evening:)

  51. hi i loved your video!

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