Vintage Post | Tutorial with Tina

It’s Studio Calico’s 9th birthday! To celebrate, we’ve dug into the archives to find some vintage inspiration. Please enjoy this post from Tina Aszmus, which was originally shared on April 24, 2012.


I'm here today to show you my Smash book project that's a work in progress. The size of this particular Smash book was some what daunting but after brainstorming with a friend, she suggested I use it to house my magazine clippings. The large size is perfect for a torn out page and adding notes. So that's what I did.

First, I wanted to personalize the cover to fit my style. That's what I love most about these Smash books. They're a perfect canvas to mist, paint and stamp on. I chose to use the Mister Huey's Calico Shine over some letter stencils & vinyl stickers purchased at my local arts & craft store. I'm a huge fan of tone on tone coloring. The Calico Shine is the perfect way to achieve that look.

As you can see, I added a mixture of FabRips to the binding as well. Although I like purple, the color didn't suite the style I was after. Covering it with the FabRips was a great solution.

For the title page, I wanted to sort of catalogue my favorite washi and decorative tapes. I covered the page in bits of squares not looking for perfection.

Here's a little peek of some of the pages I've been working on. Like I mentioned, it's a work in progress. I hope to fill it with all my clippings and ideas from 2012.

supplies: Pretty Pocket Smash Portfolio, Adhesive Smash Inserts, Swatch Smash Tape, Mister Huey's Calico Shine, Honey Bee scissors, vinyl stickers, letter stencils, washi tape, Silhouette, AC Precision Pen, ProGlide glue gun, Take Note Gray Strip FabRip, Abroad Filmstip FabRip, Abroad Map FabRip, Take Note Woodgrain FabRip.

The Smash books are filled with some really cool pages, pockets and envelopes. All they need are your ideas. :)

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  1. tburley says…

    Loving this! Especially FabRips!

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