Thursday, March 27, 2008

Wreck This Journal

So I was browsing around Barnes & Noble's craft section today (one of my favorite pastimes) and I stumbled across this amazing journal! I've never seen anything like it. Basically it's premise is this: The most memorable creative moments are when you do something artistic against your better judgement. Each page in the journal has an instruction to carry out for that page. Some of them are traditional, funny, and downright wacky. For example, here are a few of the instructions:

  1. Crack the spine of the book.
  2. Document your dinner: Rub, smear, splatter your food. Use this page as a napkin.
  3. Cover this page using only office supplies.
  4. Tape journal closed and mail to yourself.
  5. Drop journal from high place.
  6. Go on a walk and drag journal on the ground.
  7. Scribble wildly on this page using only borrowed pens. Document where you borrowed the pen from.
I love the idea of mailing the book to yourself. I think it would be even cooler to send it on a "chain" of sorts of friends and family and have them each complete their own page and sign the page, and then send it to the next person on the list, and eventually have it come back to me.

I seriously think that every single kid growing up should have a copy of this journal. It is a great way to teach yourself to think outside the box, and I can't wait to get started on mine!


leila said...

When Kristen's BFF Suz moved to Seattle our senior year, they made (or bought, I can't remember) a journal that the two of them shared. They would put in pictures and notes and scraps of cool looking napkins and stuff and then mail it back and forth.

Of course, this was before the price of postage was so high, but it's still a really neat idea. If you want someone to help you tear up a notebook, you know where to find me!

LaDonna said...

I like the idea of something that's meant to be wrecked. It'd be a nice outlet.