I recently discovered a book called “Wreck This Journal” by Keri Smith. For someone who loves crafting and coloring, it is seriously fun! The concept of the book is to create through destruction… to not let perfection get in the way of creativity.
I decorated the title page with shapes and colors. I wanted to make something somewhat crazy that wouldn’t detract from the words on the page.There was then a blank page next to a page of instructions. The instructions are fairly easy to understand and completely open to interpretation… I colored in the instructions and created a fun little design with stickers and ribbon on the page to the left of the instructions.The next page instructed me to add my own page numbers to the book. Well… I got pretty lazy and decided to add all the numbers to THIS page of the book instead of to every page. It’s a jumble of craziness!This next prompt told me to crack the spine. I attempted to crack the spine of the book and failed. After about 30 seconds of actually trying to break the spine of the book half-heartedly (because I love books and can’t imagine purposefully hurting them), I decided to instead draw a large crack on the page… like a hole into a netherworld on my bedroom wall. Any Doctor Who fans out there?The next prompt says: “Stand here. Wipe your feet. Jump up and down.” I drew some feet and doodled within them, making the whole page colored throughout.
I wanted to incorporate a quote into this and found a quote that was inspirational to me: “It’s not up to you how you let yourself fall. It’s up to you how far you let yourself fall and how long it takes you to get back up and stand on your own two feet.” It’s a good reminder for me that unexpected things will happen in life, and that it’s up to me to respond and keep moving forward.Ah, coffee page! Instead of spilling coffee on the page, I made myself a little mocha and grabbed a paint brush. I’m not a painter, so I gave up the perfection and just drew a cup, polka dots and some text.It’s hard to see the holes I poked in the page below, but they are there! The holes made me think of stars so I turned it into a night scene with crayons. One goal with this book (besides finishing it) is to use as many mediums as possible. Thus far with this book I’ve used stickers and ribbons, coffee, crayons and pens.Normally when I work on crafts I have a project with an end goal in mind and I try to make it as perfect as possible. This book is great because it allows me to be creative without keeping perfection in mind! How do you work on your creativity and stay detached from perfection?
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