Despite great intentions, I've come to the realization that I'm not much of a journal keeper. So when I first heard about Smash journals, I was intrigued. Supposedly they're really easy to use - just fill up the journal with your stuff. That's it.
I'm a sucker for any kind of gimmicky, bandwagon type craft. The probem with the Smash journals was that they sold out super quick. And they were $40.00. So, out of sight, out of mind, life goes on unrecorded. 😃
A year goes by and I start hearing about Smash journals again. This time, people are making their own. I'm still intrigued. A few weeks ago, I see them for the first time in person and was really not impressed. Not liking the colour choices either and all the extra stuff they want you to buy. The only thing I liked about it was the pen - it was a pen with a glue stick on the other end.
I came home and found an old organizer cover I had forgotten about. Put a couple of sheets of card stock in the printer and using the graphs found at Polar Graph, I printed several nice patterned sheets. I liked the idea of using a ring binder rather than a wire bound book so I can move the sheets around and insert things if I wanted them.
Total cost for the paper - $.68 for 17 sheets of card stock. I was able to cut three out of each sheet giving me 51 small sheets to start with. Total time including punching holes, printing the lines, rounding the pages came to just under an hour. As for the glue stick pen, I always carry a pen and glue stick in my bag anyway.
If I never use this, no big deal. The worse that could happen is that I'll have a notebook that I liked and didn't spend $40 on it. That makes me happy.