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SMASH Portfolio and Accessories by K & Company

Reported by Julie Tiu

Picture courtesy of www.eksuccessbrands.com/kandcompany/smash/

SMASH. “Your Life. Your stuff. Your book.” The SMASH line of products by EK Success is HUGELY popular in the crafting world. How else would you describe an item that has people putting their names on a waiting list for journals at their local scrapbooking store? It happened to me.

Craft Critique wrote about SMASH in January – and fans were eager for it to hit the stores.  K & Company promised more supplies this summer, and they delivered.

  • SMASHpad: 30 sheets of inspiration for writing down random thoughts
  • SMASHpockets: for stashing clipped pieces and other doo-dads
  • Captions, Tabs and Flags: for embellishing your journal
Pages from Travel SMASHpad, my favorite product in the line

The line contains 34 products in total, including mini journals, calendars and the original journal (7.75″ x 10.25″).

Here’s my brand new Retro Blue SMASH Folio
Folios come with a SMASHstick – the glue works great!

What is the allure of this journaling system when so many people like DIY-journals? It saves some time. The ready-made pads, captions and tags can guide your journal entries. SMASH Folios are handy: they come with a SMASHstick (a fine-tipped, acid-free pen and glue stick), they’re portable, and the pages are pre-printed with kitschy graphics.

Hello, there!


“Live it UP. Glue it down & SMASH it in.” It can’t get any easier than this. For the veteran scrapbooker who enjoys precise layouts and design, this might be a way to unleash the not-so-organized, wild-child within. For the non-scrapbook or journaling person, consider this another medium to play with. Maybe you’ll be able to start that “one page” you’ve been wanting to, but haven’t figure out how. SMASH is liberating!

From something utilitarian like home decorating…

…  to some documenting from a long time ago (1999, for real. I’ve been hanging on to stuff).
Clippings, business cards, maps from a trip to Montreal.

Cool tabs! (Yes, I’m crafting in my car.)
Chocolate candy bar wrappers can be art too.

It’s a work in progress really, and oh so nice to use. I can’t wait to pick up a Date SMASHstamp, more tabs and captions. This product is simply SMASHing!

Pros:

  • Folios are very portable and well-made.
  • The glue stick and pen combination – fantastic. Glue worked well on regular weight paper, light cardstock and all the SMASHpad pages.
  • Themed collections have great graphics.

Cons:

  • Stores may run out of stock due to popularity.
  • DIY-ers could be turned off by SMASH’s “all-in-one” type of system.
  • I only had trouble with the tabs (heavier cardstock) adhering to the page. Used some double stick tape when my glue stick wasn’t working as well.

SMASH Folios cost approximately $12.99 (MSRP) and accessories start at $1.99.

How do you SMASH? If you’re new to the product, what would you use it for? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment!

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6 Responses to SMASH Portfolio and Accessories by K & Company

  1. connie September 6, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Haven’t tried SMASH yet. Both of my daughters love journals and I would make one for both of them.

  2. aloha37 September 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    I have a smash journal and love it! Had to wait to get it also! My LSS was out of stock in 2 days. I find the journal is a great place to put those ticket stubs to things that never got scrapped because I don’t have pictures or they don’t go with the album I am making. I write current activities with my family where I can add in things that aren’t acid free. I plan to get both my kids one for Christmas. They will love it!

  3. construction_julie September 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Connie, you and your daughters could SMASH together! My nine-year old is fascinated with all the stickers and cool graphics. Aloha37, glad you got your journal! Better buy ahead before they run out for Christmas – just sayin’. :)

  4. Jill September 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    The journal is very good quality. I don’t “trust” the optional “post-its” and always glue those. Just don’t seem to have good glue on them.

  5. Gail S. September 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    I’m always keeping notes, newspaper clippigs, advertisments of places I want to visit, tags from products etc. and now I have a proper place for them. I love my Smash book and accessories!

  6. Debbie September 7, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I just got my smash. I love it. It is just fun.I have the pink one. I am doing pages about all my girlfriends.

    Debbie P