11.06.2012

SMASH vs. SCRAP

Someone (Hi, Hayley:) left a comment earlier this week asking what exactly "Smashing" is.

.......Hmmm......

I thought on that for a while.
Figured I'd let it stew for a bit, because it is kinda hard to explain.
Smashing is a lot like scrapbooking.  In a sense, it is scrapbooking...and yet, it is really its own thing altogether.

I know a lot of you are not new to Smashing.  
But, I figured for those that don't have a Smash book yet, I'd try my best to answer the question.  

Here is a scrapbook page I did for my CHA trip to Chicago this past summer.

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And here is the Smash page I did on the same trip...

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I started to write this post in my head a bunch of times...and realized it is kind of hard to put into words, the differences between the two.  Scrapping and Smashing.  

But. I can see the difference...
And can explain it better with ideas than words:).


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all photos via Pinterest

Now, do I smash with a messy hairdo in red platforms sitting on my un-made bed, eating cake out of a mason jar?  Well, no.  (But that does sound pretty awesome, huh?)...

I guess smashing is just a little less conventional.  It can be messy and imperfect and still lovely in its own quirky way.  I spend maybe half the time on a Smash page.  Because it shouldn't take a ton of time.  Just do it.  Get your ideas and photos and memories on the page in a moment...

Scrapbooking gives you a polished memory on a page.
Smashing gives you the heart of the memory. 

So.  
That is my best attempt at explaining the differences between the two- and hopefully answering the question What is a Smash page?

So, smashers and scrapbookers-- which do you prefer?  What one comes more naturally for you?

I'm a Smash girl.
I like messiness.
And red platforms.
And cake in jars:).

72 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS POST!!! I haven't SMASHED yet, but have been intrigued for some time... and now I think it is TIME!! SMASHING reminds me a bit of the scrapbooks I made as a child - they were REAL SCRAP books!! There wasn't anything planned about them, they were just a collection of items that made up a memory. I have gotten away from Scrapbooking and have been hooked on cardmaking. I like the "together" look of a card and it takes so much less time - I finish and I feel accomplished all in less than an hour. I do miss saving the memories of scrapbooking though... I think it is time for me to SMASH!!

    I'm a Messy bed, Wild flower, Cake in a jar kind of girl =)

    Thanks Krista!!

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  2. I love smashing, but I have to admit it's still new to me and I think I have a tendency to over-think it. I know that's the whole point of it - just do it and not worry so much if it's perfect and pretty. But since I have that habit drilled into me it's proving to be a little hard to break :) - not that my scrapbook pages are perfect, but you know what I mean. Scrapbooking is typically more clean. So...which do I prefer? Well I'm still on the fence. It depends on my mood when I stand in front of my scrap desk to be honest... :) Thanks for sharing your layout and smash page Krista! Lovely as always :) Looking forward to the princess release on Thursday!!! - Trista

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  3. OMG, love your how you explained Smashing and comparing it to Smashing! I do love Smashing, but also am a scrapbooker, stamper and alter everything in sight and then throw mixed media in there too. I love it all and love getting my hands all dirty with glue and ink.

    Susie
    http://scrappyrandomness.blogspot.com/

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  4. Thank you for answering a question I felt embarrassed to ask.

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  5. loooooooove this post! I like to SMASH so much better, I love all the chaos of it :) Fabi xxxx

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  6. i think scrapbooking is more about pictures and smashing is more about momentos if that makes sense. of course you can put pictures in a smash book and momentos on a scrap page but its more the feel of it. like i would do a smash page about mine and dd#1's shopping trip with the receipt and journaling and spritz and sprays and a scrap page of a picture of her holding her shopping bags. does that make sense?

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  7. I meant to say I googled it recently and I much prefer your definition of it.

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  8. A smasher through and through.
    Where's my mason jar cupcake.

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  9. Love this post Krista. You have totally made me realise I would be a Smash gal as I could never get a grasp on scrap... I think I need to get myself a smashbook!! And it's so funny - I am with Sally - smashing reminds me of the diaries I used to keep as a teenager where I would collect all the bits and pieces and paste them in and write notes about them. thanks for posting with photos.... not words... xo

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  10. I love your post. Your pictures are great. I'm with you, I like the simple, just throw it in easiness of Smashing. I've never really been big on scrapbooking, but I love Smashing.

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  11. Oh Krista- how I love when someone speaks my language! Those photo's said much more to me than a million paragraphs ever could- God bless all the creative people who think about things in a different way :) I've never been good with scrapbooking because, honestly, I'm a horrible at taking pictures and when I do they're aren't many and they aren't the best so they fit much better with Smashing than scrapbooking. Plus I love smashing about things with no photos at all! Thanks so much for truly thinking about this topic and sharing your thoughts with us- you rock! hugs, Katie

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  12. WOW Krista, that's awesome!

    I'm so glad I asked the question, I tried scrapbooking but I think I'll give smashing a go (when the addictive effect of these copics wear off a lil). Seems a lot more like my personality! Lol

    Love the photos too, it did explain a lot :)
    Can't believe my question made it to ur bog, thanks again for answering it
    Xo

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    1. ha ha ha i just saw i wrote bog! of course i meant blog :P

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  13. I've never tried smashing, but it looks like great therapy! It looks like the difference between scrapbooking and smashing is that one is methodical, and one is whimsical, one is left brain, one is right brain, one is 'proper', one is daring, one is a Virgo, one is an Aries...lol. Incidently I'm an Aries--maybe it's time I try this...? :)

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  14. Oh this is such a funny and clever way to explain scrapbooking and smashing - you made me smile this early morning, thanks :)....I am to both things although I am more a cardmaking-girl :)....I have made lots of scrapbooking layouts but only one smashing-book - a food receipy book from all the food receipies I have cut out of magasins through the years just piling up but now I got them in onoe place in no particular order ...just a mess but its a organized mess :)
    hugs
    Pialine

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  15. wow, I love how you have explained this! I love both Scrapbooking and SMASH*ing but lately I've been doing more SMASH*ing. I love that there are no rules, that it is less constrained, that it is quicker, it is funkier! I SMASH things I would never Scrap about. I love how you have explained with pictures/photos. Thankyou!!

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  16. awesome post hun and so well descibed! when I read your title on facebook I thought " well my smash pages are kinda splodged together like splatting paint on a page with a brush and my scrap pages are froo froo time taking pages" so I am so glad am not the only splodger!! he he he!!!
    huge hugs Lou xxx

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  17. oooh.. LOVE this post girl.. It's AWESOME! I think you are jut fab with words AND pictures!! lol! Shows why Smashing speaks to me too.. as much as I would love perfect Scrap pages mine never are tee hee! I love how you just throw things into a smash book..sorry "smash them in" lol!

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  18. What an awesome explanation Krista, and I now totally understand, why I´ve never been a good scrapbookker too. I´ve tryed many times, but never got it to look "quite right" if you know, what I mean, but I´m sure I´ll make awesome smashbooks. I´m certainly going to try now, that´s for sure.
    Thanks sooo much for the great and understandable explanation here, I´m sure, it´s been helpful to many many more.

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  19. I ♥ that smashy hairdo!! Love it!! Great way to explain the two - I'm yet to do either!! Still cards for me, and I'm a little scared of my shopping lists should I start to SMASH!! Love your work :)

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  20. Thank you so much for clearing this up for me! I always wondered what the difference was! You should put this in a magazine!!!!

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  21. I Loooooooooooooooooooooooove how you explained this!!
    Well what I like the most? Really depends on the mood and If I'd like to have a bigger space!!

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  22. What a great explanation! Spot on!

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  23. Wow you are so amazingly creative! I love this post and you've convinced me to give smashing a go!

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  24. Thats a realy intresting way of describing them! I do both SMASH and scrapbooking. Im hoping to concentrate on them both this next year,{its an early New year resolution!} as im not great at either just yet, but, im working on it...

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  25. Krista this post is HY-sterical!! ROTFL!! Love your explanation. May have to give smashing a try!! Was a scrapbooker before card making but haven't done it in a long time!

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  26. I have finished a few digi scrapbook pages. I haven't tried smashing but I am going to and I sure I will prefer smashing. Wonderful explanation.

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  27. Brilliant post - you sum it up perfectly. I'm so Smash. I've never done a scrapbook layout in my life because it scares me, a bit too perfect for my liking. But Smash just got me and me it - all that stick it in and just enjoy the random-ness is so me. I'm random. I'm far from perfect, even my bones/skeleton are wonky due to my Scoliosis so Smash works, it lets me be be me. And my Smash books are records of me for future generations I hope, who'll get to see my pages and hopefully that'll let them know me. Loving pictures you chose - can't wait for tomorrow! Take care Zo xx

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  28. What a brilliant explanation - I don't do either but that doesn't stop me appreciating the subtle differences. Thanks for this.
    Paula (PEP)

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  29. WWell to be honest I haven't tried out neither scrapbooking neither smashing, but you presented both techniques beautifully. I really love both of your pages!!! Hugs! Mojca

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  30. For those who want to try, 7 Kids College Fund has Smash supplies 20% off

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  31. I kind of go in between lol, I'm making a memory book for my boyfriend and have been working on it all year, it's somewhere in between scrapping and smashing, lots of photos, napkins, Disney passes, boarding cards, fun quotes and lots of love, I'm giving it to him for our anniversary :) I love your work Krista!

    Tags xx

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  32. You really have explained it in a fabulous way I don`t know what kind a girl I am guess a little bit of both.
    It was a pleasure to read this post and nice pictures you`ve used
    Read you next time
    Hugs Cindy

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  33. Perfectly put krista. Your awesome on so many levels, lol.

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  34. BRAVO KRISTA. What a superb explanation. You should make it into a tutorial and have it "copyrighted" , LOL. Excellent I must say!!!!
    Love the scenerios between the pictures. Although I must say I have not smashed yet. I'm too Atype not to just scrapbook. But I do love your images and my copics!!!!! Can't wait for tomorrow. You are the best!!!!!!

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  35. Perfectly explained Krista. I adore Smash*ing but I can't Scrap, I kinda get intimidated by a scrapbook page, its too formal and I just can't get my layouts right. I have never managed to get a scrap page finished and all stuck down. But smash*ing is great, I can take a few minutes placing things and having a play around. It doesn't always have to be photo's, it can be magazine snippets, just written ideas, quotes, doodles, the world really is your oyster and the subject can be virtually anything. My partner discribed 1 of my pages as, a view of the rummage sale that is, the inside of my mind, whatever that means! lol. And of course Krista's digi's/stamps look great on any page too.
    Love and hugs,
    Dawn.W xx

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  36. Fabulous post! Love how you explained scrapbooking vs. smash!

    **I saw an image of yours, Girl with a bag of candy canes at her feet, but she is not in your shop. Is she not for sale?

    Thank you, Carol

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  37. Hi Krysta, I love your smashing pages and awesome pictures, I think I am a smashing girl!! :0)
    Crafty hugs my friend

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  38. great post, I haven't tried smashing yet but am keen to try - if I ever get the time!!! x

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  39. Great explanation! I haven't tried smashing yet. I'm kind of a neat freak so I'm not sure I'd be any good at it. I do want to give it a try though.

    Love that cake in a jar!

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  40. OH! I appreciate this explanation SO much! I was at AC Moore crafts the other day and was looking at Smashing books. They appealed to me but I was intimidated in a weird way because I wasn't sure HOW to do it. Funny how sometimes you need someone to explain to you there isn't a "wrong" way... You just totally freed my mind on this one. :) I want to go buy one now and get started!
    Hugs, Mandi (http://www.lifeinbeta.com)

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  41. Love, love, love how you explained it! Oh, and I'd love to wear my hair like the smash hair!

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  42. now I get it! i'm not a scrapper although I did start to scrap some of our photo's and must try to get them done soon. but the idea of the smash appeals so much more! i love the idea of cake in a jar! the messy hair is normal but would really love the smashed hair! i don't do either but may 'smash' in the future! K x

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  43. I love the idea of memory keeping, but a scrapbook is so prim and proper than the perfectionist in me delays putting it together until I have all the "perfect" elements in place. By that time I am so far behind in the memory keepin I get discouraged.

    Smashing allows me the freedom from perfection. Because of that freedom my memories get recorded. Plus, I'm recording more memories because of how quick an easy it is. ( not just Bdays and Christmas)

    Thanks for Explaining the difference so perfectly in photographs!!!

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  44. Since I haven't smashed yet, I'd say I'm a scrapbook girl. That may all change though. I just bought my first smash book, Hello Kitty. We'll see.

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  45. Absolutely perfect comparison!! I love the tale of the two cakes!! Set your self Smashy free!! With sprinkles on top!

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  46. I've wondered that same question...so THANK YOU for explaining it so elonquently. I especially like the 'smashing gives you the HEART of the memory' and will write that as a quote in my crafting area. Thanks.

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  47. Love it!! Great way to explain it :) Love your blog!!

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  48. I prefer scrapbooking because I like everything neat and on place…organize. But…I am doing my third smash book because I can put all the mementos on them and it doesn’t look bad…it just go...I do agree I can finish smash pages in no-time…but I can spend 45 minutes on a 12x12 layout. For me…it goes with the nature of the project I am working on…for example…I did my first smashbook for my 40s celebration….I place all the cards I got…all the gift cads (after I spent them all), all the little notes, some of my cubicle decorations, tickets, menus, a few of my favorite pictures, and all the mementos I got from my party and trip…I did it on a weekend!!!! But I also did my formal hybrid scrapbook with all the pictures I took which took me two months to complete. My second smash is a project in progress since it is dedicated to my Crop Sistas…yeap I am capturing all the friendships I am getting out of my hobby. The third project is all about our nephew…and it is going to be by Vol…yeap…Vol I, Vol II, etc…because who knows how many I will do until he is 14, 15, or married with kids. Lol
    I am planning on doing another smashbook with all my wedding cards…(the scrapbooking album is done)..and another smashbook with all my birthday and anniversaries cards.
    I also have another smashbook with anything I like from magazines… most of it make up and furniture I will love to have.
    But I do prefer scrapbooking…lol

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  49. This whole time I thought Smashing and Scrapbooking was the same! I think I would like smashing though :D In my view perfect is imperfect xD

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  50. Perfect! I am still navigating the smashing world, but I am smash book girl all the way!

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  51. Hi Krista!! I LOVE how you explained this!!! I've been intrigued by smashing, but had no idea where to even start or what was really involved. I've been inspired by your pages - you explained it very well, thank you so much!!!

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  52. I am definitely a Smash girl - and your definition is exactly what I couldn't put into words myself - PERFECTION!

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  53. I love your blog it keeps me smiling....great explanation of smashing :)

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  54. used to be a scrapping girl but now a smash girl. Smashing is so much easier and more fun!

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  55. Hi Krista, I am a Virgo (need I say more haha)...so scrapbooking for me, but I loved your explination of the differences. It really made me smile...I love your blog!!!

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  56. Smashing is so much more style now, but that's because when I scrap my freaky prefectionist side of me tends to rear her ugly head, and then I end up throwing away more layouts then end up in the album. When I smash, it's for me, so if there's the tiniest little mistake, I don't care, I just let it go with the flow. It's more freeing for me. I feel more relaxed when I do it. I have more FUN. I just love it.

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  57. What a great way to explain the difference to between scrapbooking and smashbooks.

    http://heidiswanderings.blogpot.com/

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  58. I love your take on the two...I now understand the difference more clearly. I've been scrapping for over 10 years & just started smashing...have to say, I LOVE doing BOTH!

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  59. I love your take on the two...I now understand the difference more clearly. I've been scrapping for over 10 years & just started smashing...have to say, I LOVE doing BOTH!

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  60. what an awesome post! with a baby boy on the way i've been looking at getting into scrap-booking, but it just seems like it takes so much time and organization! maybe smashing is something i should look into! thanks :)

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  61. I completely agree with you on this. Scraping and Smashing are similar but yet so different. I just started my first smash book and I'm hooked. So much in fact that since starting my Smash book I haven't scrapbooked a single page and I have no desire to. When I scrapbook I try to think if others would like my page when I upload it to a gallery. When I smash I only think about myself. What do I like? What do I think looks good? I can't speak for others but I find Smashing to be more freeing then Scrapbooking.

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  62. Great post Krista! You absolutely rocked the perfect explanation!!! I'll just take it one step further, I scrapbook for my family, but I smash for myself. :)
    God's blessings on your weekend! Sarah

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  63. I love that explanation and I also love smashing! I'm always nervous to start a scrapbook page in case I mess it up and don't get it perfect, but with smashing the imperfect is beautiful. I love that I discovered smashing through your blog, you're a constant source of creative inspiration for me. Let's face it Krista, you baby-girl, are simply smashing! Mwah, Wends x

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  64. I guess I've always been "smashing" and just thought it WAS "scrapbooking".

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  65. LOVE! and...can't believe I've been missing out on the smashing fun!

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  66. I love your visual explanation! Also that cake in the mason jar looks delish!

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  67. Love the idea of smashing and I think my son's girlfriend would love this, DO you need a special book Like when Scrapping?. Janet

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  68. I love smashing! I've been doing it for a year and I am only now starting to scrapbook. Smashing is much more therapeutic and I feel like you get more of the memory down on the page then when you scrapbook. You get to see everything, not just the nice and clean pieces and photos.

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  69. Love, love, love your explanation!

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