So unless you've been living under a rock, you have probably heard of the 'Wreck this Journal', right? It's this amazing journal with minimal, yet weird instructions to spark your creativity and I fell in love with it when I first saw the concept on Tumblr. I decided to go on the hunt for one and after month of searching desperately, there was one right under my nose....at the local bookshop, a block from where I live.
This is a page from my journal, where I pressed purple flowers and taped them to the page. Every time I open the journal the flowers look different and more beautiful and they still have a feint smell. The corner is folded down, because you have to fold down the edges of your favourite pages and you have to also number your pages yourself.
I took mine on my trip to Australia last year and it kept me busy for hours on my long haul flights and empty days. Sometimes I really pour my feeling out into it, and sometimes it just passes my time. The concept is to creatively destroy the book by drawing on the edges, covering the cover page and ripping certain pages.... quite therapeutic for when you just can't seem to get that one annoying thing out of your head.
The journals cost around $15 depending on where you buy them, but if you can't find them at a bookstore you can order online from sites like www.ebay.com or www.amazon.com and you may even be able to save a few dollars if you buy online!
The image above is my journal and I covered my front page in photos of landscapes because I love travel and photography and the blue and brown colour scheme went really nicely together. The concept was thought up by Keri Smith and she has many other journals of a similar concept, even including a miniture, travel sized one of my version (but mine is also perfectlt travel sized).
This is what my book looked like before I started doodling and even though I love the black cover, I prefer mine that I made. This is such a beautiful concept and I would totally recommend anyone buying these - even if you may not be the most arty or creative person.
until next time
The Traveling Oyster