The SMASH Journal 101

One question I get pretty frequently is: What is a SMASH Journal? I talk about it quite a bit on my Twitter and my Instagram (and now my blog) that I thought I should make a go-to SMASH 101 post! 

What is a SMASH* Journal?
It's described in lots of ways, but I always say it's like a scrapbook, but you can put a wider variety of things in it besides just pictures. The creators of SMASH Journal say it's like a 'junk drawer'- it holds a little bit of everything!
In the front of the book there's a little note about SMASH, I posted a picture below. (Don't mind my doodling, I colored in some of the words/ drawings!)

What is the difference between a SMASH Journal and a Scrapbook?
I always have trouble with this questions because really both books/crafts are what you make of them and want to include. I guess the difference is that in SMASH you can journal, put in random things (receipts,things from magazines, leaves, cards: really anything) while scrapbooking is more about pictures and layouts (at least the way I scrapbook).

What's on the inside? (Are all the pages blank or completely covered with design?)
There's not boring blank pages on the inside, depending on what SMASH journal you buy, there's colorful pages! Some have just simple grids/blank pages of color, others have fun quotes and pictures. It great because it definitely sets the tone for your journal and you don't have to buy scrapbooking paper because it's already in your journal!
Some pages from inside 'Retro Blue', 'Pretty Pink' and 'Doodle Red'.

Who makes it?
It' made by K&Company, however, lately there have been other companies coming out with similar journals, like Recollections (it's a binder that you have to buy pages to put in, slightly more expensive) and Snap which I think is more photo focused.

Where can you buy one?
Really just about any craft store. Where I've gotten my journals and goodies were from Micheal's, JoAnn's and Archivers. You also can by them on Amazon or on K&Company's website.

Are there different types of SMASH Journals? How many?
A ton! Every season (or every-other season) they come out with a new line.) Like in March/April they came out with their Spring/Summer Line: it has bright colors and completely different themes.

The most common is the medium size (about the size of a piece of paper). It comes in all different colors, themes and patterns.

There is a large one that comes in different colors, but not as many as the medium size journal.

Recently K&Company released smaller journals. They are both smaller in size and page number, but it's a great travel size. They also come in 3-D! They have different themes, but I think only two or three.
They also come in kits- a SMASH Journal with some goodies!

Are there different themes/colors?
All SMASH journals are a light-cardboard brown, but there is color on the binding and a little on the front and pen holder. They also have different indented designs in the front and the different colors all contain different themes (for the pages on the inside).

Like I have one that's 'Retro Blue'. The outside biding is light blue, with a circular/flower indented design. On the inside the pages all have a reoccurring theme (whether it's colors or images that go together). In my journal it's a Retro/springtime feel.

They also have themes for special occasions, like Weddings, Babies, Vacation and probably more!

Since the pages have designs on them, is there still room for you to SMASH?
Yes! Not all the pages are completely cover with images, some are just a color with a light pattern in the background.

Also, if you don't like an image, you can always cover it with a collage or just a photo.

Are there SMASH Journal's for guys?
Absolutely! Here's the one's for guys that I'd recommend, but if you look at the name of the journal, it gives you a pretty good idea what's inside. They do a pretty good job of making most of the journals gender neutral. Honestly though, there's nothing wrong with getting a guy a purple or pink one in my opinion!

But here's some of my recommendations for guy-ish ones:
'Eco Green' or  'Simple Orange' or 'Mod Black' or 'Doodle Red' or 'International' (Yellow) or 'Smart' (Blue) or 'Tasty' (Green)

How much does it cost?
One of the many things I love about SMASH is how affordable it is. The average price for a regular SMASH journal (the most common, medium size one) is around $12. It includes the journal and a pen/glue stick combination. Since the journal already has fun pages on the inside I think it's a really reasonable price. Also, JoAnn's and Micheal's store have sales on the SMASH products a lot (or you can download the Micheal's app and get a 40-50% off coupon every week) so then your journal is even less money.

I believe the Mini and 3D SMASH journals go for around $8 dollars and the big SMASH journals go for right around $20.

Do you need to buy anything else other than the journal? (supplies/pages/etc)
Nope! That's the great thing about these journals, all you need is the stuff you want to 'smash' in there, a pen and glue (which come with the journal!)

SMASH does have fun little goodies to put in your journal: journaling prompt cards, stickers, envelopes, tabs, arrows, chipboard, random doodles, stamps and so much more. These prices are also really great, I think the average price for these items (they come in packs of different designs/and a pretty big amount) is around $2-$8. You get a lot of stuff in the packages too, like these little tabs I have from them that I bought a couple years ago, I still have half of them left, it's wonderful!

Which themes/colors do you have?
'Pretty Pink' (This is my completely finished one!)
'Retro Blue' (The one I'm working on now)
'Doodle Red' (My very first one I got years ago!)
'365 Folio' (It has images/pages for all the holidays/months in the year.)
'Mod Black' (Super simple, love!)
'Baby' (Oops! This was my second one, before I new there were themes. It was on clearance so I just grabbed it without looking inside. I don't have a child so I haven't used this one, haha!)

Reading over this, it almost sounds like I'm trying to 'pitch' you something, but I promise this isn't a sponsored post, I just seriously love this product! It's so simple and doesn't take a lot of time or room to do. I love that it gets my creative juices flowing and lets me journal in a unique way. I wanted to incorporate my SMASH journal in my blog (like post my pages and other things) and wanted you all to know exactly what it is I'm talking about.

I'll be posting pages from my journals in photos and videos on the blog soon. 
I'll be starting Smashing Saturday next week and would love to have you join in! I'll have all the information up this coming Saturday. It'll be a place where we can link up our posts for our SMASH pages from the week, give ideas and everything SMASH! 

If I missed anything or if you have any questions feel free to ask me! 


  1. Love it! Years ago I had to make an altered journal for my independent study art assignment, where my teacher made my buy a thick book, rip a good amount of the pages out and make it look however I wanted on the inside. It was fun, but it took too much time to focus on, so I never finished it! Maybe I'll get back to it one day!

  2. How awesome! I had to do that for an independent study in high school too! I ended up loving it so much that I decided to make another for a final, totally agree thought-takes a lot of time! I'd love to get back into it too!
    Thanks Chey! :)

  3. What a fun idea. Years from now you're going to love love going back and reflecting on all the things that inspired you during this time.

  4. I love this! It really makes me wish I was into journaling. I always try and fail to keep up with it, haha.

    Love yours, though! And I love the idea. Very cool.

    1. Aw thanks Briana!
      I have trouble keeping up with journaling too! Lately I've been pretty good with Smashing though! :)

  5. I've been seeing these in Target for a while now and haven't really checked it out. Thanks for this post, now I want one.

    1. Hi Rowena!
      Ooo I didn't know they were at Target, that's awesome!! So happy to hear you'll be getting one! Hope you have fun creating! :)

  6. When I read this post I know I wanted to do this. I have never heard of these till this post. I have done the Kerri smith wreak this journal. Thankfully the day I went to michael's they were putting a whole bunch of accessories on sale for under $2. Then the lady came over to me because she saw me getting stuff and told me that one of the journals, I believe it was international was on sale for $5 so I grabbed that one and another one for myself and my son to do when we go on vacation. Thanks for telling us about this. Looking forward to seeing your journal. I will start showing mine as well

    1. Hi Cindy!
      I can't even begin to tell you how much this means to me! Thank you so much for your support and excitement for Smashing Saturday!! I'm so happy to hear you and your son picked up a journal- the International journal looks so FUN! Can't wait to see your smashing adventures! <3
      Thank you!

  7. I really want to get started :) Thank you for the post.

  8. I just got one because of your post! thanks for introducing me to this world... it is definitely SMASHING!! :DD

  9. One of my best friends has had a smash journal for a while now and loves it. I just bought mine yesterday and I can't wait to get started!! :)

    Jamie E.

  10. Oh my gosh... apparently I've been smash journaling for years, like from high school! (I'm 57, so figure out how long I've been at it, lol.) I have always loved the way my journals look once I've gotten all the way through. :)

    1. That's awesome!!
      I'm so happy to hear you've kept and still look through them! I can't wait until I'm able to look back on mine and remember.
      Thank you :)