It has been ridiculously long since I did a Smorgasbord Sundays post, and you know what? I sorely missed writing posts that shared another side of me that isn’t beauty-related (like my knitting posts)!
Okay, so I won’t be able to go back to posting these each week like I did before, but I’m ready to bring it back every once and a while.
Things are very hectic on my side of the pond, and it’s not just because of Christmas coming (although that has made things busier).
I’ve been juggling a lot of things – a full-time job, freelance work, hanging out with my boyfriend, general holiday craziness, and a new chapter in my life!
I bought my first home! This is a huge deal to me because I’m done with renting and paying someone else’s mortgage.
I’m looking forward to it, even though there’s so much packing and a lot of work before and after the move. It seems very daunting right now since I’m in the initial stages of preparing for the move in 2014, but, as with any challenge in life, you just have to step up to the plate, take it on, and come out the other side. It’ll all be worth it in the end.
Now for the real reason for today’s Smorgasbord Sundays post! 🙂
I picked up Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith recently because I think it’ll be a fun, carefree project to relieve stress and tap into my creativity. (You may have already heard me mentioning this if you follow me on Instagram and saw the Wreck This Journal video I posted.)
The premise of the journal really speaks to me because the focus is on happiness rather than perfection. If you follow Swatch And Learn, you’ll know that philosophy is one I heavily promote because I believe in it and try to follow it in my daily life.
There are written instructions on each page that ask you to do a lot of random, fun things. You can be as creative as you dare, and there’s room for interpretation, which is what art is all about.
As you complete each page, you add your unique spin and personality. Check out YouTube videos about Wreck This Journal to see how this project really lets your inner artist shine.
I’m very excited about this project, and I’ll be sharing photos each step of the way. I’ll probably show pages on social media, but I plan to revive my Smorgasbord Sundays posts with some of my Wreck This Journal completed pages.
Check out the rest of this post to learn more about it and to see a couple of pages I’ve already worked on.
I purchased two from Chapters. They’re $16 CAD each, but if you order them online, you can get them for $11-something CAD.
Since I wanted to work on it immediately and during the time I spend at my mom’s for Christmas, I paid the full price in-store.
The red-mesh one is for me. I like how it’s vibrant and looks textured. However, over time, I plan to put stuff on the cover to really make it more personalized.
I got the black one for my boyfriend for Christmas. We’re going to do a few pages together.
I’m actually really excited to see what he comes up with because he has this unique ability to draw a mirror image of anything without even trying! (He can use both hands to write words simultaneously, and one side will be a mirror image!)
I’ve never known anyone who has that skill, and since he hasn’t really tried his hand at artistic projects, this might just be something that’ll put the spotlight on his talent.
I love books, especially when they’re new and crisp. But this book is designed to make you lose inhibitions and try new things, which I find both scary and exciting!
It was pretty funny because when I first saw the cover, I used my hand to wipe near the title. I thought there was a little hair between the “H” and “I”. (You can see it in the photo.) But, it turns out it’s part of the design.
I literally laughed when I realized this because it just shows you how I wanted this book to be pristine, yet I obviously need to learn to just let it go for the sake of self development when working through this book.
I love how the ‘tape’ around the title is embossed, which is pretty neat – gives it a home-made feel.
Where it says “START HERE” on the cover with an arrow, I almost put some tape on that corner of the book to follow that direction. However, since I’ll be covering the front with something else later, I decided not to. Oh, look at my rebellious self! Hahahaha! *Rolls eyes*
Since I need some markers to label my moving boxes, and I wanted to some to use in Wreck This Journal, I picked up some Sharpies from Michael’s.
They have a brush tip, so you can create fine, thick, and bold strokes. You have more freedom than the regular marker tips.
When I saw that there were neon Sharpies, I just had to buy those, too! Who doesn’t like neon? (These have regular tips.)
I got a pack of Crayola pencil crayons to give me more drawing options.
Then I saw they had special pencil crayons that create watercolour effects! I couldn’t refuse!
See all the different ways you can use these watercolour pencil crayons:
While at Michael’s, I also found this Tapeffiti decorative tape set on sale. I thought they’d be perfect to use somewhere in and on my Wreck This Journal.
Love the houndstooth and the pink/black floral lace!
Animal print? I’m so there!
The title page looks like this.
I really love that statement: To Create Is To Destroy. That’s so true, and it’s very inspiring!
I wanted to test out some of the Sharpie markers, so I thought this would be a good page to experiment on.
Without planning anything, this is what I doodled randomly. (Haha, I’m not sure why, but I decided to draw feet. I’m not a foot fetishist!)
Just in case any of you are planning to use Sharpies in a Wreck This Journal, be forewarned that the markers bleed through the page onto the other side.
I was a bit disappointed because I wanted to use the markers throughout the whole journal, but now, it looks like I’ll need to buy regular markers. (If there are activities where you can mark up the other side of the page, well, maybe I can use them.)
The next page has a warning. I love it!
While talking on the phone with my mom, I spontaneously coloured the warning page.
There are no page numbers in the book, so you have to add your own, which is another activity. Instead of numbering them in order, I’m going to write random numbers as I work on the pages.
That’s the fun thing about this book. You don’t have to work through it in order. You can open up the book randomly and do that page.
I think Wreck This Journal would be a great gift for anyone, but especially for those who want to express themselves creatively!
Watch for future posts on here and social media for the pages I complete or am working on. Also, I plan to collaborate with Marta for some pages. It’ll be a fun ‘twin project’. And, if I get permission, I’ll post photos of the pages that my boyfriend completes, so you can see how each Wreck It Journal turns out completely different!
Note: I’ve added a separate category section called “Wreck This Journal”, so you can easily find my progress posts in the future.
Have you tried the Wreck This Journal? What is a creative project you’re currently working on? When was the last time you painted, drew, or wrote something for fun?