Hey everyone! So, I know I’m super late to this party (by several years), but this is something that I have been wanting to do for years – Wreck This Journal! I have OCD (like legit, doctor diagnosed OCD) and this is one of those things that I’ve always wanted to do, but just can’t really wrap my head around. Well, I finally broke down and bought a copy and I’m so excited to dig into this book! This will be a series, and this is just Part 1, so if this is something that you’re interested in, make sure you’re following the blog so you don’t miss the next part!
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Wreck This Journal is an extensive art project and therapy session packaged up nicely in a book. The entire point of this book is to destroy it, one page at a time (in no particular order) by following basically no rules. The entire thing is open to interpretation. It’s said that some pages are harder than others and the level of difficulty is based on each individuals personality. I love how deep this book gets, but in such a simple way.
Each page has a different “task” and you’re encouraged to figure out what each task “means” and complete it in your own way.
There’s a warning in the beginning of the book, which I find a little funny.
While you’re encouraged to go out of order, I decided to start out simple since this is slightly difficult for me as a person and just do the first couple of pages. This first page is the “Who This Book Belongs To” page.
The first thing that I did was write my name in white. I used a white gel pen, and because the page is white, you can’t even see it.
Then I wrote my name ineligibly. Then I wrote it in tiny letters. I chose to do a different color for each line to give it something a bit more than just a regular page of my name written in different ways.
Then I wrote my name backwards. I tried to write it faintly, but that’s actually much harder using a colored pencil than I thought that it would be. Then I wrote my name very large. That actually felt really good, in a weird empowering kind of way.
I did fill in my phone number and address, but I didn’t take any pictures of that for privacy reasons. I do love how the author made a note that if the book is lost, the finder should complete a page and then mail it back.
The next page in the book is the Instructions. It’s pretty much what I explained before, but it’s nice to see them laid out. It’s helpful for my mind set, because I have to have SOME guidance when doing any projects, even a project like this.
The next page is a list of supply suggestions. There’s some pretty creative items on this list, and I’ve even seen some bloggers/journalers use this page as a scavenger hunt. I think that’s genius if you care to do so. I might come back to this page and do something of the sort, but I haven’t decided yet.
The next page you’re supposed to add your own page numbers. This is where my interpretation really set in. I don’t want to read the prompts on future pages because I want to approach this totally free-formed and just flip to pages. If I know what’s coming, that will cause me to think about it, thus negating the process here (for me, at least).
So I decided to just number this particular page. It is surprising to me, given the premise of this journal, how many “filler” type pages there are in the beginning of this.
The next page gave another set of instructions: Crack The Spine.
I HATE cracking the spines in books, but it felt good to do it to this one. It gives it a more worn in feel, so I don’t feel *as* bad about “wrecking” it.
The last page I saw during this session was this one. A black page that says ” Leave This Page Blank On Purpose.” I followed the instructions and didn’t touch the page.
I think that this is going to be a bit difficult for me to get creative with, but I’m hoping that by documenting the creative process, I’ll come out of my regimented shell a little bit and maybe even inspire some OCD folks or tired moms to let themselves have a little harmless self-expression. I am still a bit confused as to why so many simple/blank-ish pages in the beginning of this book.
Have you ever done this journal? What do you think of this concept?
If you’re interested in wrecking a journal, you can pick one up on Amazon!