Wreck This Journal: Week 5 – Making My Mark

by jenn on July 2, 2009

in Blogging,Books,Creativity,Wreck This Journal


During these past five weeks of the Next Chapter’s Wreck This Journal adventure, I’ve had so much fun making my mark on this book.  I even had to change the title to Wreck Jenn’s Journal!  The cute stickers are from my friend Ana Ottman (thanks Ana!).  Here’s a look at my wreckage for the week.


I drew two disgusting, yucky true stories about my pup Emmett.  Sure he’s cute, but it’s really gross when I accidentally touch his poo or when he barfs on chicken bones.  I thought these were perfect fodder for the “ugly…poo…barf” page.  Click here to see a bigger version.


Do you remember the old-fashioned toy Wolly Willy with the metal filings and magnet wand?  While getting my haircut last Friday, I was inspired to make my own versions for the “create a drawing using a piece of your hair” page.  With journal and glue in hand, I picked up my hair trimmings and decorated my page.  My hairstylist got a kick out of it and even suggested a few of the ‘dos.

Oh, and you’ll see that there’s a blue splotch, too.  The blue soaked through several pages after I swam with my journal.  The absolutely cool thing is, the ink is from the “color outside the lines” page.  Not only did I color outside the lines, I colored in three-dimensions!


This circle page feels so cheery and fresh with all of the bright colors and fruit.  My journal actually smells lemony now because I infused it with some “Lusty Lemon” essential oil.  I got the idea of finding images of circular objects after seeing the Ganesha icon from the wrapper of my Yogitoes skidless mat.  I also added the Ganesha description, “The God of knowledge, wisdom and wealth, Lord of success and destroyer of all obstacles” to the title page.  Perfect!


On Monday, I ran into my dear friend Julie Daley at Bittersweet.  We had a lovely conversation and afterward I invited her to wreck my journal.  She signed her name with decadent chocolate cake!  Yummy.


Here’s the magazine page with my favorite words on it circled.


And here’s the “test art supplies” page on its third week of being my blotting paper at intuitive painting class.  It’s super cool to see it get messier and messier!  It looks even better in person.

I’m really feeling like the freedom to destroy, deface and make my journal my own has enhanced my overall creativity.  I’ve been in a creative flow the past several weeks.  I’m looking forward to more wrecking!

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

LaWendula July 2, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Wonderful circle page! (and the others too)
What a beautiful handwrite in a magazine! We never have such a thing in Germany. 🙁
Happy wrecking! LaWendula

magpe July 3, 2009 at 1:09 am

delicious! i can almost taste the citrus infusion. and the hair page is hilarious.

Melinda July 3, 2009 at 4:08 am

wow..I adore all you have done in your journal!!!

Melinda July 3, 2009 at 4:09 am

but especially the Wooly Willy (what a GREAT idea) and poo pages (ANOTHER great idea)….haha…well…actually I liked them all!

Kavindra July 3, 2009 at 5:15 am

I don’t know how I can even comment – I am so delighted I am stunned, stunned I tell you!

The ugly drawing is hilarious … but is it as hilarious as Wooly WIlly (whom I do remember well!) And does your pretty circle page make my heart skip a beat? Ahhh.

rowena July 3, 2009 at 6:31 am

great! I love the circle page, especially, and the dog stories, and the magazine page. I haven’t done much this week. I feel like I need to get wrecking.

Kara aka Mother Henna July 3, 2009 at 9:13 am

What incredible fun that your friend signed in chocolate cake!!! And I loooooooooooove what you did with the poo and disgusting stuff page — rocks!

Mel July 3, 2009 at 10:39 am

Oh, but I LOVE the circles page…and the disgusting page? VERY disgusting and I can sooooooo relate…!!!

Fab wreckage indeed…

Sherri July 3, 2009 at 11:50 am

This is some great wrecking. Your circle page is dynamite! So happy!

Heather Plett July 3, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Loving the hair art! So fun!

Snap July 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

I really like your circle page, but all your pages are delightful! So much fun on the page using your hair! Happy wrecking!

Lisa (thewrightstuff) July 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

The fruit looks delicious! Thank you Mother Nature for providing such circular inspiration!

Barbara Martin (@Reptitude July 3, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Circles circles circles are a delight!! That bald guy, yeah I remember him. You gave him some great do’s! KEEP ON WRECKING!!!!!!!!!!!

CONNIE July 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I love your ugly page!! You make ugly actually fun and cute!!

Peace & Love.

melita July 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

i definitely can’t pick a favorite of the pages that you’ve wrecked! i like them all.

leah July 3, 2009 at 6:55 pm

awesome, awesome, awesome wrecking, girl!! Your pages are just bursting with life and energy and goodness!

Kristin July 3, 2009 at 11:40 pm

I recognized ol’ wooley the second I saw him! What a clever idea. I’m really enjoying all of your wrecked pages – except I have to say, I’ve got a weak stomach right now, so I didn’t enlarge the picture of your cartoony dog poo and such. Sorry lol But it was a great depiction!!

Genie Sea July 4, 2009 at 7:42 am

Excellent wrecking! That ugly page made my lip curl in disgust. Mission accomplished! 🙂 The circle page is wonderfully festive and I absolutely adore the hair page! 🙂

ToniM July 4, 2009 at 7:53 am

Wooly Willy…..I love it!

Beverley Baird July 4, 2009 at 11:35 am

What a fantastic idea to save your hair. Love this idea!
All your pages are looking great.
Have a great week wrecking!

The Other Laura July 5, 2009 at 7:48 am

I love that you used your actual hair in such a fun way!

Hybrid J July 6, 2009 at 4:12 am

Love your hair drawing. Simply brilliant! 🙂

Sheila Anderson July 6, 2009 at 5:22 pm

—- wondering where to buy “Lusty Lemon” essential oil….and what other interesting names they have for their product line????? (tee hee hee)

Looking great!

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