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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Arts 'n' Crafts | My Wreck This Journal

"To create is to destroy."
Keri Smith

I can't really remember how I first heard about the book, Wreck This Journal. Definitely from Tumblr, but I either stumbled across it or my sister did. As soon as I knew about it, I knew I HAD to have it and bought Eva and myself one each. This was back in October 2012, but it really feels like just yesterday. It's now 2015 and I have three Wreck This Journals, plus a couple of other Keri Smith books. You may or may not recall, I even got one this Christmas. However, I'm still to complete the first one or even start the others. It's not because I lost interest or anything, because I love the book just as much as I did when I first started it. I just have a tendency to use it more when I'm in a creative rut, because it's great for getting your inspiration and creative juices flowing again. That's why I've decided to make this post now, as this year I want to get back to my arts and craft roots that I've neglected since I've started blogging. So for the first of my new arts and crafts related posts I'll be doing every other week, here's an introduction to my Wreck This Journal and some of my favourite pages I've done so far!

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The idea behind the book is pretty simple. It's a journal, with a creative twist. Each page has an instruction to carry out, some more destructive than others. As someone who used to strive for perfection in her art and never reached it because well... I'm just not very good, I found WTJ refreshing. It taught me how to enjoy the process and care less about the outcome, that everything doesn't have to be neat and tidy. It got me outside my comfort zone and thinking outside the box. Not only do I love doing it myself, but I love looking online at how other people have interpreted the instructions and the creative things they've come up with. I really couldn't recommend this book more! Now on to some of my own favourite pages.

Tear this page out.
Put it through the wash. 
  Stick it back in.

Add your own page numbers.

Sew this page & Scribble wildly, violently with reckless abandon.

Close the journal.
Write/Scribble something on the edges.

Throw something.
A pencil, a ball dipped in paint. 

Tear out.

Write or draw with your left hand.

Bring this book in the shower with you.

The result of taking the journal in the shower.

So yeah, that's just some of the pages I've done so far. It felt like such a big step taking it into the shower. At first I felt the panic that all my work would be ruined, but once it was in the shower I figured I should give it a proper go and properly soaked it. I actually loved how the colours from different pages ran into each other etc. If you want to check out some of the other pages, I have them all up on my Wreck 'n' Stuff instagram. Plus some other arts and crafts related photos. 

I figured a good way to end this post would be to do a new page! I mean this new Arts & Crafts series is to get back into arts and crafts after all. I've had the idea for this page for quite a while, I just hadn't gotten around to doing it. 

Cover this page using only office supplies.

I wasn't sure the clips would stick at first, but they're holding pretty well. I love the simplicity of this page. It reminds me of the button covered page. I might add some colour around the clips, but I'm not sure yet. I also thought since most of you are fellow writers, you might like to help me with this page! Page for four-letter words. I've added some of my own, but feel free to drop me some suggestions in the comments below!

So that's my first of my new Arts & Crafts series. I aim to have a new one every other week. The weeks in between will be reviews. I hope you enjoy joining me on my voyage back into the world of arts and crafts.


  1. I've seen this journal on someone else's blog and it is the coolest thing ever. I need to get my hands on one!


    1. I really couldn't recommend it more. It's so fun, even for those who might not think they're very creative. I basically recommend it to anyone and everyone! Aha. xo

  2. I need to get one of these, I love this type of thing :) xx

    1. It is awesome. She has other books too that look a lot of fun. :) xo

    2. Can't wait to get one :) xx

  3. This looks SO FUN! I love unique and creative projects like this, and it looks like you really made the most of it :)

    Chowing Down by the Bay

    1. It really is! I've really enjoyed doing it. Some other people's are properly amazing though. :)


  4. i love how cool this is!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

    1. It's really awesome. I really recommend it. :) xo

  5. What a cool idea! I'm loving it. Your doodles & drawings are great! I'm jealous because I can't even draw a stick person, hah.

    1. Thank you! I'm not very good either, especially compared to others. But I enjoy it nonetheless. Still waiting for practise making perfect though. :D xo

  6. I have one and love it because Im no a very creative person. Ive only done 2 pages so far beacuse Im scared to mess it up which kinda defeats the object. Yours is amazing and definitely inspired to start up again
    Beth x
    Mermaid in Disguise

    1. Aha, yeah. I always say they're good, even for people who don't think they're creative. I was the same at the start, but the more you do it the easier it becomes. Well, that's how it was for me at least. I hope to see pics of yours if you start doing it again! :) xo


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