Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dash the Stash and Smash - Sandy Leigh's Stash Dash 2015

Did you shop your stash this week? Skip a big haul, and go right to your crafty cupboards to create and upcycle? I have a new year's resolution to work from my stash of papers, fabrics and tools and limit the crafty shopping this year. It's my Stash Dash 2015 - click here to see my Stash Dash Five Simple Rules.

I have been creating from my current crafty supplies this week--I didn't even buy a skein of floss! Today I'm sharing some pages I've upcycled for art journaling in my Smash book. No gesso required. I didn't particularly like the design the pages came with, but I wanted more writing space and just a little art space, so I grabbed a few index cards, inked the edges and started smashing.
I do love Smash books--but I don't always want to stick with the designs on every page.
I really just pulled scraps from my paper scrap bin, and then I decided to make the index cards a little more fun by inking the edges.
I used a tag punch for some of the index cards and corner punches too--I've had those corner punches since I started scrapbooking 16 years ago! Do you have crafty tools that you love but kind of forget about? Get them out this week!
I've actually been using this Smash book to art journal craft recipes and pattern directions--just a fun way to keep that information. So now these pages are ready for lists, journaling, and a little smashing too. I used my ATG gun a lot today! Yay!
I think distressing your index cards looks kinda cute! If you dashed your stash this week, share in the comments below. I've already heard from several of you how you were thinking the same thing this year, and plan to work from the goodies you already have on hand--there are so many things we forget we have that are awesome supplies and tools. Happy stash dashing!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch


  1. Hi Sandy Leigh! I'm not really a scrapbook/journal-er so I'm wondering what a Smash book is? I started on a wall hanging (at least I think that is what it is going to be) this week using only fabrics from my stash. It's an intense red with concentric circles in each square. It's been fun finding colors that work well together. Have a great day!

  2. I can't wait to see your wall hanging! I am still trying to decide whether to start on an art quilt/wall hanging or a pillow. Anyhoo...a Smash book is a combination art journal and scrapbook, but the pages are already designed. Some Smash books have photo pockets too. Every Smash book comes with a journaling marker attached to a loop that is a combo marker and glue stick. I've seen Smash books at Michaels and Target. I have one that I completely filled up, and now I'm working on one that has the photo pockets. Hugs!

  3. Great idea! I love recycling the blah index cards into something inspiring! Thanks for sharing.