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Jenny Barnett Rohrs creates a smooch mini book.

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Instagram-Friendly Recycled “Smoosh” book:
By Jenny Barnett Rohrs

Do you have a purse littered with stubs and bits that you mean to scrapbook one day? Do you have pics on your phone or photo-sharing stream (such as Instagram)? Lastly, do you have a stack of paper that you really don't care for anymore? Well, you can make this Instagram-friendly "Smoosh" (Smash-style) book in an afternoon and get your memories out of the digital world and into your hands. And it's a stash-buster, too! 
You'll need: 

  • 12” x 12” paper that you don't love anymore 
  • Cereal box cardboard cut to 6” x 6”
  • Gesso
  • Watercolorsk, spray inks or mists (optional)
  • Foam brush or palette knife
  • Paper trimmer
  • Book binding method of choice (I used the Cinch) 
  • Adhesive
  • Die-cut Month Tabs (optional) 

To create the book: 

  1. Cut your 12” x 12” paper in half. Fold the pieces to create 6” squares. Use a tape runner to adhere them together, leaving one side open for a pocket, if desired. 
  2. Using the gesso, apply a thin coat over the papers to "knock back" the designs. You can apply with a brush directly onto the paper, or use a stencil to create a new pattern or texture. Tint with spray inks or mists if desired. Set aside to dry.
  3. To make the covers, apply strips of paper on top of your cereal box cardboard. Repeat step 2 and apply gesso and color to the covers. Set aside to dry. 
  4. Assemble your book using a book-binding method of choice. If you don't have a designated machine, you can use a hole-punch. Measure 2” from the top and bottom edges and punch each page individually. Use a library ring from the office supply store to hold your covers and pages together.
  5. Print out your photos using a drug-store app (I like Walgreen's because they connect with Instagram and print perfect 4” x 4” photos.) Trim to 4” square or less using your paper trimmer, if necessary. 
  6. Organize your paper ephemera, ticket stubs, and photos by month. Use the die-cut tabs to separate and organize your media.
  7. Now "smoosh" your papers and photos into your book. Add a little journaling to jog your memory! 

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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer & Jenny Barnett Rohrs

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