Smash Book Ideas- a Mash Up of ATC Creativity!

I have never been consistent about keeping an Art Journal. I have books scattered around, that I doodle or stamp or paint in, but I am more of a “scrapper”. By that I don’t mean scrapbooking &#59;) I play often, and I use scraps of paper to test my theories or practice my techniques (one of these days I am afraid I might be buried by my piles of scraps&#59;)). So when we decided to carry Smash Books, I wanted one for myself that I could use as my Every Day Scrapbook, but also use it like an Art Journal where I doodle and stamp and paint.

This week I was going to post some pictures of frames that I had used in my Smash Book. But then, something magical happened! I received my very first ATC (Artist Trading Cards) from a swap I did with the lovely ladies from the Kelly Rae Roberts class I took over the summer. The cards I received went so well with the frames I had worked on in my Smash Book, that it was almost as if they were chosen specifically for me! I will have much more on ATC’s in future posts, since we are all enamored of them and I will be participating in many more swaps!!

This week, instead of my original post, I decided to do a “Mash-Up” (and yes I love Glee!) of my Smash Book frames with those wonderful ATC’s. Enjoy!!


This first frame was a transfer I made using a print out from our new School Days Digital Kit . I used Claudine Helmuth’s Matte Medium and I was glad to see there was very little wrinkling. The Smash Book pages are pretty sturdy, I am happy to report…


and look how perfect the ATC from Kelley Miller works with it! See more work by Kelley at



This next Smash Book page, I spritzed with a mister I made using Dye Ink and Perfect Pearls Powder. That did come through to the other side a bit, where the spritzes were heavier. It also curved the paper a bit. But if I had wet the other side, I am sure it would curl back, and now after having the book closed, it isn’t too bad. All Artistic journals have pages that curl somewhat- if you use them that is &#59;) . Finally I printed a frame, cut from our Wedding/Anniversary Digital Kit, onto tracing paper and adhered it to the page using the Matte Medium. I love the way the tracing paper goes almost clear when you adhere it using gel medium…



And now look how perfect it goes with the cute ATC by Christina Fajardo! She can be found at



The final frame was, once again, made from a frame cut from our School Days Digital Kit and printed. This time I printed the frame onto water color paper, and then used Dye ink thinned with water to color the whole thing.



And just look at what a wonderful frame with makes for this adorable Birdie ATC by Cheryl Dossey! Cheryl is working on her site now, so I will update this post when she goes online &#59;).



I still need to journal, stamp and embellish some of these pages a bit more, but not too much, because I want the ATC artwork to SHINE! I hope you enjoyed this little “Mash-up” of ATC’s and Smash Books!! To see Easy Scraps Scrapbooking Kits and Rubber Stamps and the Smash Book products that we carry, please visit*

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