Wreck This Journal: Week 2

Journal wrecking commenced last Friday. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read the Week 1 post about the Wreck This Journal book blogging group.)

The journal in its current state

The journal in its current state

When I told my husband about the book, he looked at me like I was crazy. Then he opened it. He read every page with increasing excitement and asked if he could play too.

Suddenly and vivaciously he chucked the journal across the room and proclaimed, “it said to make a destructive unpredictable movement with the journal so I threw it!”

I love this man.

Here is the destruction that ensued this week…

  1. A walk in the rain.
  2. Tea bag staining.
  3. Fuji apple sticker added.
  4. Water-colored the home page, which subsequently bled through to the other side. Bonus!
    Water-color and swirl punches on the title page

    Water-color and swirl punches on the title page

  5. Wrote my name in various pencils, chalks, and markers.
  6. Page numbering, starting with 42. Because I can. (If you read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you know why 42.)
    Page numbering (not starting at one- where would the fun be in that?)

    Page numbering (not starting at one- where would the fun be in that?)

  7. Chewing.
  8. Circled the letters of my name in the warning message.
  9. Punched swirl and heart shaped holes in intro.
  10. Sewing. Beads. I even sewed one page to another with a string of beads hanging between them.
    Sewing pages (together) with beads for splashes of color

    Sewing pages (together) with beads for splashes of color

  11. Office supplies: post-it, sticky colored flags, business card, paperclips, staples, highlighter, white-out.
  12. A couple of throws.

In these first steps I learned that I really limit myself. So far my destruction is fairly clean: “pretty” water-coloring or containing page destruction to the center portion of the pages. I’m defacing a book, but whether it can be called destruction is debatable.

My husband found me using decorative punches to cut shapes in the first few pages. He wanted to help so I handed him the journal and a swirl punch. Part way through, the punch got caught in the paper. My husband tugged and pulled and twisted the punch to try to free it from the page. I cringed and winced. Then I realized that was entirely the point. He didn’t just one-up me. He blew right by. My journal now has a proud crumply torn bit right on the title page.

I guess I need to work on my destruction skills (though I’m trying to keep the book in decent condition until I mail it to myself). I foresee a long battle ahead. Whether that is a literal battle against the book or a metaphorical battle within my mind remains to be seen.

Watch for the Friday post on The Next Chapter: Wreck This Journal site to see how the rest of the group is doing.

Happy wrecking!

A peak at the pages

A peak at the pages

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36 Comments

  1. Pink Heels said,

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Wow! You have been very busy…and productive!!! How does it feel to let your inner child play? I am absolutely loving it! This is the best book EVER!

  2. Hannah said,

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I actually laughed out loud at the top of my lungs and then had to explain to my Husband why I was laughing so loud! He said “thats a Hannah kinda thing to do!” I’m sure thats good somehow! (I found your blog thanks to Twitter :D)

  3. Sherri said,

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Pink Heels – My inner child is having a blast! I think she is still very reined in though. I’ll work on that.

    Hannah – Are you part of the fun? (If not, it’s not too late!) Thanks for following the Twitter!

  4. Sharon said,

    Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    your #1 – good idea! it rained here all day! why didn’t i think of that?
    #6 – 42 of course is a great number for the first page!
    #8 – i might just have to steal that one from you. hope you don’t mind. :-)

  5. Friday, June 12, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Isn’t it really amazing to see what limits we have on ourselves! The food one was a big deal for me. You know the “use this page as a napkin!? Wow, really? I did it though. And it’s fun to see remnants of that fantabulous meal in my book! Here’s to crumpling and ripping and generally destructing :)
    Looooove that you’ve sewn in beads!!! Brilliant!
    Miracles,
    k-

  6. Jamie said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 8:26 am

    What wonderful wreckage! I love seeing all the places you’ve played and stretched and turned this book into something new! How wonderful that your husband is playing along too.

    One of my favourite things so far about WTJ has been creating memories with people. I think this is going to be the summer of Wreck this Journal. What mischief shall we get up to?

  7. Mel said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I can SO relate to the limitation factor…..*sigh*…the idea of actually ripping things out…ACK…working on it, though….:)

    happy wrecking!!

  8. Friday, June 12, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I have that problem too with trying to break away from keeping everything neat, it took a while for me to get around to the ripping strips page. I won’t even buy a hard bound sketch book because I know I’ll rip pages out and I hate how that looks. I really like the idea of taking the book in the shower but I think that will have to one of the last few, so that if it falls apart it won’t be a problem.

  9. Wro said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Bravery abounds it seems with all the bloggers of the journal! Thank you so much for sharing your bravery with me…it helps, you know?!

    Wild Roaming One (WRO)

  10. Bohemian mom said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Bwahahahaha!
    LOVE IT!!!
    I think that’s a riot that your hubby is into it to!!
    Excellent missions accomplished!
    Your journal is looking pretty wrecked! Keri would be proud.

  11. rowena said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I too have been keeping my destruction limited to creative destruction. Oxymoron? it always has to be PRETTY. I need to work on just uh… fricking it up. (I don’t want to curse on your blog, but I really mean the OTHER F word.)

    Is your husband getting his own book or is he just helping you?

  12. magpie said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

    you’re a wreck star.
    i guess we all are.
    it’s such a treat to see how differently and
    variously each of us confront the pages.
    wreck on.

  13. anandaleeke said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I loved your sewing beads one and the fact that you and your husband are wrecking together.

  14. carmen said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 10:54 am

    yay for this fun! and very nice to meet you!

  15. Sheila said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Adore the beads sewn in – I’ve been thinking about that sewing page and beads occurred to me also. What a fabulous beginning you’re off to!

  16. Rachel said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Adding the beads, punches and starting at #42 – just brilliant.

  17. Karen said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I’ve just begun and I’m finding that it’s harder than I thought…letting go. But oh so freeing! And reading your response (and your husband’s) is so inspiring!

  18. Sherri said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Thank you all so much for stopping by and commenting! It’s great to be sharing this adventure with all these fabulous people.

    Sharon- Of course! Go ahead and steal whatever you would like. Enjoy!

    Mother Henna- Wow! You did the food one? I’m scared of that, too. Jamie is challenging us to pick the page that is scariest and do it. That may be the one.

    Jamie- Tons of mischief. Hooray for mischief!

    Mel, Jessica, Wro- It definitely helps to have so many other people sharing this experience. I feel a little less silly and maybe I’ll even muster up more courage.

    Bohemian Mom- Love the evil laugh!

    Rowena- My husband is sharing my book. Yesterday he told his brother to go buy one for their son. His brother bought 3 copies. I guess one for everybody!

    Magpie- Can we sing that like Pink? “So what! I’m still a wreck star!”

    Anandaleeke and Sheila- I figured with white thread, I needed something to help it stand out.

    Carmen- Nice to meet you too!

    Rachel- Thank you! All in good fun.

    Karen- Letting go is harder than I thought, too. I wonder how we will change throughout this process.

  19. Friday, June 12, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I love your sewing page! The beads are lovely. I think I might sew some fabric scraps into mine… :)

  20. gemma said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Cool!!! This is so fun!

  21. Friday, June 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I´m a clean wrecker too. *giggle* Your husband is a great journey companion. :)
    Lol at the 42 reference.

  22. Verna said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Haha, love the difference of clean wrecking and just going with it! I’m a clean wreck as well, but hoping I’ll get over that soon. That is awesome that your husband is joining along!

  23. Friday, June 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    It looks so great. I’m so inspired that I will try some different mediums and objects this week in my wrecking.

  24. Diana said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    My friend decidded to do the journal throwing page. She threw it straight at me, and now I have a bruised arm. But it was worth it!

  25. Friday, June 12, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Your husband sounds great! I, too, threw the book across the room in a sudden, unpredictable move. Nothing happened to the book, but I did hit a sauce pan which fell off the stove (luckily, nothing was in it). I love how you numbered the list…and chewing is my favorite. I’ll have to try that today! Looking forward to connecting more on this crazy journey!!

  26. alex said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    great wrecking!!

  27. Olivia said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    WOW, you did tons and tons! How inspirational; great list!! Keep up the wrecking, O

  28. Cynthia said,

    Friday, June 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    The answer to life, the universe, and everything!

    Your bead sewing has motivated me to sew — thank you!
    Great creative art work in your WTJ!

  29. Hybrid J said,

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 8:42 am

    It is so fun to read your post. Happy wrecking! It is always nice to see family members join in the act! Well done!

  30. Genie Sea said,

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Fantastic! This project has already brought you and your husband so much joy! Mission accomplished :)

  31. Danette said,

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I’m thinking that this would be a great gift to hide away until your husband’s birthday or some other gift giving celebration.

    Your sewing is so fun! I love to see others sink their teeth into pages I’ve been putting off.

    Wonderful wreckage, and lovely post.

  32. Juliann said,

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Looks like you and your journal had a great week – I am trying to loosen up a bit this next week.

  33. Monday, June 15, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    What a wonderful wrecking job you and your hubby have begun! You are way ahead of me but you have inspired me to get moving!
    Loved the punches and beads!
    Happy wrecking!

  34. patti h said,

    Monday, June 15, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    love how your husband is excited with you. I was like you this week too. I didn’t do too much wrecking yet!!

  35. Lisa said,

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve never seen so many comments! I thought I had better say something too or feel left out! My fave was the sewing page – very inventive! I’ve had some fun with stains going through pages and making interesting new pages too.

  36. Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 2:02 am

    You have been busy wrecking!

    I think I saw a tweet or two that you had mailed it…have you gotten it back yet? Was it stressful waiting for it to arrive?


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