Monday, February 16, 2015

How to make a Smash Book/Journal

I know a lot of people who like to make Smash Books or Journals.  I've seen some really cute ones all over on Pinterest.  Last week when Chablis was cleaning out her closet she pulled out a bunch of old board games.  I had them sitting in a pile in my office when I had an idea on what to do with some of the old boards.  The graphics are so cool looking and colorful, so I decided to make a couple of Smash books out of some of the boards.

First I cut a Sorry board into 4 equal pieces to use as the book covers and then I pulled out our paper cutter and started cutting white sketch paper and card stock into sheets that would fit in between the covers....

I picked up a couple of binder rings from our local office supply store....

DON'T do what I did at first.   In order to put holes into the thick covers I pulled out my drill and a drill bit.  I placed the board so it was hanging over the table and started to drill a hole into it.  Big mistake......  The drill bit went thru the cover and the pressure from my hand made the drill slip and it it tore a huge hole into the game board.  Idiot!  

I went outside and got a piece of wood like I should have done in the first place, put another game board piece on top of it and then drilled it.  Much better and worked like a charm....

 I put about 50 assorted sheets of card stock and white paper in between the board covers and attached everything with the binder rings.  Instant Smash books!  They make great diaries, art books and journals too.

I like the bright colors and being able to use the vintage board games for something fun....

I even used the original box to make the back cover on one of them...

They make great gifts too - I put a couple of them in my ETSY shop here and here.


  1. Girl you never cease to amaze me! What a GREAT idea! You are so talented!

  2. You continually amaze me with your projects.

  3. That's one way to give old board games a second life.

  4. Love this very creative way to reuse an old game board. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.


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