At the winter 2011 Craft & Hobby Association conference and trade show, the industry was all abuzz about a new product line from K and Company: SMASH books. I was instantly thrown back to my pre-teen years reading Sweet Valley High, where I envisioned Jessica and Elizabeth scribbling in their black and white speckled slam books.

SMASH books are themed, pre-embellished journals and come with a half-pen, half-gluestick attached. There are a variety of accessories, like paperclips and stickers, that can be added to the books. To understand their style and purpose, this short video explains it perfectly!

Here’s what each of the four original books looks like inside. (There are even more configurations today and SMASH books can be found at many major retailers!)

Retro Style

Mod Style

Doodle Style

Pretty Style

Need ideas? Simple Scrapper team member Allie Trumpower has an incredible Pinterest board that features more than 100 tips and ideas for using Smash Books!

I’m curious what simple scrapbookers think of the concept. Are they more than just a clever idea with excellent marketing? Can you envision using a SMASH book as part of your memory keeping?