Project Show-and-Tell: An Upcycled Smash Book for My Anniversary

page from an upcycled smash book for my anniversaryThe next part of making my smash book looked something like planning a scrapbook. I took a dive through fifteen years’ worth of special papers and special memories, finding things like our older daughter’s birth announcement, or some issues of the comic strip that my partner and I used to create for the student newspaper at the university I got my Master’s degree from, or a photo of us taken with our group of friends in my old undergrad apartment. I made lists of the huge number of graphic novels my partner got me into, and all of the very crazy things that happened to us during one cross-country road trip we took the year after we got married, and I had my girls draw pictures of all of us together, and write reasons why they love their Daddy.

And then, roughly one theme to a page, in absolutely no chronological order, I laid everything down onto the pages of my book. In a smash book it’s okay if the glue shows a little, so I used everything from Elmer’s glue to hot glue to staples to wet paint to adhere my main text and images, and if I was ever in doubt about something, I sprinkled some glitter on it.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.


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  1. This is tempting me to create a family gathering just to create a few of these. Think of the stories and the laughs. Yep I see a few girls nights coming soon.

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