I thought the red was too.....well, red. And the kraft colored cover is OK, but kind of blah. And I don't feel the need to walk around as a Smash Book adverstisement, so the logo had to go. The design on the cover is not printed, by the way. It is embossed. Now that, I thought was cool.
An hour or so later, after applying many layers of ink and paint and torn up paper, and stencils and stamps...... this is what the cover looks like now:
Definitely more "me," and I'm happy. I copied the cover of our class schedule from the cruise documents Scrapmap sent me, and that is now the "title" of my journal.
The back cover is similar to the front:
And yes, in case you were wondering, I did also change the color of the elastic that holds the journaling pen/gluestick. I used black distress stain on that....and on the fabric spine of the book. Works wonders. Yes, I know I am a little obsessive about such things. Don't get me wrong, I do love the color red, but not on this journal. And if you're wondering why then, did I buy a red smash book, the answer is......every other color was out of stock that day. I did mention they are wildly popular.