Wreck this Journal Update

So on my sidebar is this thing that I’ve been doing since the beginning of the month. I wanted to “wreck” my journal in as little as 30 days. Admittedly, I started second-guessing myself as soon as I posted on-line that I was going to do this challenge. But once I got things rolling, the tasks wasn’t difficult to do. To be honest, I’m working on a second copy right now. The first one didn’t work out as good.  For one thing, my heart wasn’t in it. So I trashed that one and bought a second copy. I’ve also had instances when I would re-do things on my current journal. I think I would’ve been done with this a week ago, but because I keep redoing stuff, I’m unable to finish.

Let me tell you: this thing is so addictive and therapeutic! Just the other day, I spent about four hours finding my zen by being creative. There’s nothing more calming than taking your aggression out wielding a paint brush!

There are a couple of instructions where the time span perfectly comes into play: collecting stamps off of your mail and fruit stickers. Because I’m working on a 30-day deadline, I’ve been cheating a little bit with these. I take the stamps from work and I steal fruit stickers at the grocery stores. What? Okay, fine. I won’t do it anymore. Sheesh.

Anyway, so today, I’d like to do a little update by showing you what I’ve done so far.

This is what I’ve started with. You can see the beginnings of wrecking by the writing on the edges. 

I’ve been using paint a lot. I’ve never really done anything remotely artistic before so I thought this is my chance to see if I have even an ounce. Sadly, I have none. 
I also have been incorporating some of my poems in the pages. I’ve written a couple that were sort of inspired by the book. This one, written on a newspaper book review reads:
Your words are my morphine drip:
addictive and woeful comfort.
There’s also another instruction where you’re to try and remember the dots on the page, close your eyes and try to connect them. So I wrote a short poem on that as well. 
It really gets your creative juices flowing. 
This one in particular, was also inspired by my current read, Vicious by V.E. Schwab. The character, Victor Vale, is quite adept in blocking out words to create a different line of thought. This page is sort of a disclaimer about what the book would make you do and how you will probably do things that’s outside of your comfort zone. So I tried to emulate Victor and came up with this:
It definitely sounds like a subliminal message of some sort. 
And this is how I calmed myself down the other day. I painted a really, really angry scrubbing. I may have over done it because my husband looked at me and asked if I were really okay. 
Just a fair warning, it’s quite messy. I haven’t been able to see my dining table for days. 
The journal has grown massively grotesque in a span of a few weeks. I can’t wait to finish this so I can try Keri Smith’s other books along the same line. I’m shooting to get this done by the end of this week so I can mail it out by Monday. Yes, it asks you to mail it to yourself when you’re done. Lol. 

  • This looks so fun! I just recently heard about this, and I'm planning to buy a copy soon 🙂

  • Looks fun… Enjoying the poems

  • This looks like a lot of fun, Joy. I love that you can write poetry, I have no talent for that at all.

    Fair warning: I'm calling the supermarket police, no one, and I mean NO ONE should steal those annoying fruit stickers! Lol! 😉

  • I love it! This is so cool and such a great idea. I love the picture of your table. You can always tell when I'm involved in some sort of project because the table will be covered. Lol.

  • This looks really good and I love the poems! I'm thinking about maybe buying this for my friend who is more of an artist than I, it looks like a lot of fun.

    -Mari @ The Sirenic Codex

  • This is such a cool idea Joy, I'm totally not artistic at all either, but I think I would have so much fun with this. Also I love love your little poems! So amazing! 🙂

  • That's it, I'm getting this. It looks like a lot of fun. P.S. Victor Vale rocks!

  • No artistic talents? Pfft, you're crazy! You are doing so good! And I love the addition of your poems because they are awesome. 🙂

  • what is the purpose of mailing it to yourself when you're done??

  • Well I like what you've done! Especially the angry painting because I felt that emotion from it before even reading the blurb for that photo. This really does sound like a lot of fun, but I know me. I might stick with it for a week … maybe 2, but I'd lose interest before the 30 days. I like looking at yours though!

  • I heart this so much! I never thought of “wrecking” a book this way, but I have to say, there's something really beautiful about it. Maybe it's the freedom to express yourself in such an open imperfect way, or maybe I just like the chaos? lol. Either way, great idea, thanks for sharing.

  • Wow — I love this project and you did such a great job!

    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • wow that's so impressive! I love it!

  • I really like being creative, so this book sounds like something I'd enjoy doing. Only.. wrecking a book is so against my rules, haha.

  • I haven't done one of these since I was a lot younger, but it was soo much fun. Yours looks so good I loved doing it because I don't think I am a creative person but, I think the prompts do a good job of giving you ideas and helping you be more creative if you aren't naturally.

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

  • Wow, what an awesome creative activity! I haven't heard of this challenge before but I love the results. Glad that it's relaxing too!

  • I didn´t know about this journal, sounds really fun.

  • That's really cool that it's so theraputic. I think the mess might stress me out so much it wouldn't be worth it. Though I suppose I wouldn't have to use paint, I could maybe find less messy ways of doing it. It's funny that you mail it to yourself when you're done though.

  • I've always wanted a Wreck this Journal! I LOVE what you've done. I wish I had as much talent as you! Awesome post!
    -Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

  • Wow, this is a REALLY cool idea. I'm not as creative as I'd like, but I'd like to give something like this a try. And I've been hearing amazing things about Vicious…guess I'm going to have to break down and make time for it. 🙂

  • I have like, zero artistic talent, but I do love creative things, I just suck at them. Still, this gives you very specific and entertaining instructions. I love it!
    I'm glad Vicious was part of your inspiration, I just recently bought it and have very high hopes for it.
    And you have to mail it to YOURSELF? Lol. 🙂