Overall, the book itself is great. The paper has images relevant to the book's theme (e.g. travel, baby, wedding, retro, etc.). It comes with a pen with a fine point marker on one side and a glue stick on the other. The marker/glue combo fits nicely in its elastic band which is strapped securely to the book. The downside is the circular binding isn't big enough to accommodate a filled book -- the finished book doesn't close and the last half of pages are hard to turn. Another qualm is the glue stick runs out before all 40 pages are filled.
In the end, I would still recommend this book -- just don't overfill, careful turning pages, and buy your own archival glue stick.
Suggestions for Additional Art Supplies
Self adhesive photo corners
- Double sided adhesive roller (for super speed)
- Decorative tape
- X-acto knife with extra blades (in a neat container for disposal!)
- Color coordinated scrapbook paper
- Travel themed Smashbook accessories
- Light colored gel pens or metallic Sharpies for writing notes on dark paper
- Dark colored fine point markers or pens for notes on light paper
- Stickers, especially letters
- Stencils for prints or letters
Ideas for travel Smashbook contents can be collected over the course of your trip. I always keep a folder for miscellaneous scraps in my carry-on.
Ideas for Smashbook Contents
- Screenshots of the weather, printed from my phone when I get home
- Flight and train tickets
- Metro cards
- Receipts (especially if they're not in US dollars!)
- Drink coasters
- Postcards I mailed to myself (usually placed in pockets so the viewer can take them out and view both sides)
- Stamps from different countries
- Notes on those cheesy free hotel notepads
- Museum and event tickets
- Small takeout menus
- Hotel vouchers
- Gift bags with shop and/or restaurant names on them
- Museum, tour, and event brochures
- Business cards from visited places
- Luggage stickers
- A crap ton of pictures of everything in different sizes!
- ... Instax pictures