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A new edition of Keri Smith's bestseller, with updated
material

Think of Wreck This Journal as the anarchist's
Artist's Way -- the book for those who've always wanted to draw outside
the lines but were afraid to do it.

For anyone who's ever wished
to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or
sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book
featuring a subversive collection of suggestions, asking readers to
muster up their best mistake - and mess-making abilities to fill the
pages of the book (and destroy them).

Through a series of
creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith
encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts - poking holes
through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee,
colouring outside the lines, and more - in order to experience the true
creative process. With Keri Smith's unique sensibility, readers are
introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel
ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the
creative process.


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Reviews for Wreck This Journal: To Create is to Destroy, Now With Even More Ways to Wreck!:

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Nov 10, 2010

Whoah. So I got this on friday, and have slowly been completing the easier pages; poking hole in the paper, chucking it at my brothers head (he ducked just in time) and wearing it around tied to my head with a shoelace. But I'm struggling to move past this stage; I think's its because it still (from the outside at least) looks relatively clean. So today I AM TACKLING THAT PROBLEM.

I have decided to dive right into one of the scarier pages in hope that it will make the book look shabbier and I Whoah. So I got this on friday, and have slowly been completing the easier pages; poking hole in the paper, chucking it at my brothers head (he ducked just in time) and wearing it around tied to my head with a shoelace. But I'm struggling to move past this stage; I think's its because it still (from the outside at least) looks relatively clean. So today I AM TACKLING THAT PROBLEM.

I have decided to dive right into one of the scarier pages in hope that it will make the book look shabbier and I will in turn have fewer qualms about eventually lobbing it from my 3rd story English classroom window.

Today I spent ten minutes in my back garden, in thin cotton pyjamas, while it was -2° outside, trying to jam the journal between the slats in the back of the bench. Then I wasted another five minutes double checking that none of my nosey neighbours were peering at me through their net curtains before I finally convinced myself it was safe to bring out the coffee.

I stood there with the mug in my hand (which was shivering uncontrollably at this point) for a good two minutes telling myself that I was crazy and demanding to know what the hell I was doing. Finally, I plucked up the courage and flung the entire mug of coffee at my innocent little journal. Then proceeded to run quickly back inside in fear of being caught for the huge brown mark that is now sitting happily on my mum’s whitewashed wall :S.

And now that I have done the deed, all I can say is that it was LIBERATING. So. Much. Fun!

The journal is now currently sitting on my radiator, thawing after I forget to take it in last night, and slowly dripping coffee on the beige carpet. My head hurts; I think I have hypothermia.

...more
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Feb 14, 2009

Before I had even heard of this book, I was in a deep depression, and over come with self-pity and self-malice. But I noticed it once. I flipped through it.
Then suddenly the World turned upside down. The sun turned into the Moon. I was walking on the cieling,while everyone else stared at me, upside down. I grinned so much it hurt.
And the next week I bought it with no hesiation. This first thing I did was scribble insanely. AND THAT SENT ME FREE!!!!!!!!!!
Wether you need an uplift or not, Wreck Before I had even heard of this book, I was in a deep depression, and over come with self-pity and self-malice. But I noticed it once. I flipped through it.
Then suddenly the World turned upside down. The sun turned into the Moon. I was walking on the cieling,while everyone else stared at me, upside down. I grinned so much it hurt.
And the next week I bought it with no hesiation. This first thing I did was scribble insanely. AND THAT SENT ME FREE!!!!!!!!!!
Wether you need an uplift or not, Wreck this Journal is a gateway to FREEDOM!!!!!
PERFECT GREAT FREEDOM!!!!!!! READ IT NOW!!! :D
And go to Kerismith.com for details!!!! ...more
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Apr 26, 2012

[Update] I think we can safely say I failed this task too..
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Only bought the journal today, but I've had quite a bit of fun with it already. I've dripped syrup on it, stuffed kaffir lime leaves in it, coloured, painted, dripped, scribbled, stuck, stamped and torn. Here are a couple of the earliest entries.





Don't worry. It'll get messier....!
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Oct 22, 2008

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I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
IT IS SUCH AN AWSOME BOOK
HOW MANY BOOKS DO YOU LITERALY GET TO DESTROY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

I AM ALMOST DONE
I CANT WAIT TO BRING IT IN THE SHOWER
IT TELLS YOU TO DO THAT
MINE ACTUALLY BROKE IN HALF
I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SOOOOOOO
AWSOME
I WISH I COULD MAKE THIS FONT BIGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
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Nov 03, 2011

Interesting idea. This book is where I developed my belief that one should not treat books one reads with reverence. Let me explain: I am engaged to a man that collects comic books. Now, as a general rule, comics are fairly fragile, being only a few sheets of paper held together with a couple staples. So when he reads them, he holds them delicately, and their spines are never broken. The books are never opened wide, and he lies them down open on his palms, instead of holding each side of the Interesting idea. This book is where I developed my belief that one should not treat books one reads with reverence. Let me explain: I am engaged to a man that collects comic books. Now, as a general rule, comics are fairly fragile, being only a few sheets of paper held together with a couple staples. So when he reads them, he holds them delicately, and their spines are never broken. The books are never opened wide, and he lies them down open on his palms, instead of holding each side of the book upright. They are kept in bags with cardboard (all acid free archival quality!) in doing all this, he is ensuring that these comic books will be worth more money in future years. His treatment of them has spread into his treatment of regular novels and bound materials. It then spread to me and I found myself coddling each hardcover I owned and I avoided breaking book spines as much as possible.

I ask however: is there anything more satisfying than whipping out your favorite paperback, and folding the front cover all the way back behind the book as you read it? Furthermore, books were meant to be read. I read (non-valuable paperbacks) with abandon now. The way I shamelessly break those bindings is how I show that book I love it. And I do love it, I really really do.

Of course I still employ caution, especially with first printings and old tomes. Things I want to stay together and pass down or just keep forever will be treated with more reverence, but when it comes to more modern books and mass market paperbacks... Go on, go nuts. Show it you love it: devour it. ...more
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Nov 27, 2014

This book will literally provide me with hours, days, weeks, months, years of stuff to do! It's kept me busy for so long and it's just nice to do a little bit every now and then when I'm in the mood! Such a great idea and would recommend to all!
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Jan 19, 2010

I'm sorry, but this is just my opinion. As a journal keeper for many years I find this book and other "Art/Inspiration by Command" books like it repulsive. I think they serve to give form, where form should be created by itself. They are evil and work to inhibit, rather than help the flow of creativity. But 290 other people seem to like it, so what do I know?
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May 29, 2010

Most eternal love to this piece of brilliance, light of my most boring seminars at university, spark of my imagination when I walk the streets, trigger of ideas, tank tearing down the barriers in my creativity...
Okay, I'll stop here.
Love it. Gotta love it. Got it from a friend, have seldomly been more delighted by a piece of creativity-triggering-book. Am working fanatically on it. :D
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Sep 05, 2008

Technically, Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal isn’t exactly a book, but I wanted to write a review of it anyway.

This week, I gave the “journal” to my niece who turned 13 years old. I knew she would either react with rapture or complete apathy. Fortunately for my aspirations to be a cool aunt, she loved it.

Each page of the journal contains different instructions for destructing the book: poke holes through this page, burn that page, mail the entire journal to yourself. My niece immediately set out Technically, Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal isn’t exactly a book, but I wanted to write a review of it anyway.

This week, I gave the “journal” to my niece who turned 13 years old. I knew she would either react with rapture or complete apathy. Fortunately for my aspirations to be a cool aunt, she loved it.

Each page of the journal contains different instructions for destructing the book: poke holes through this page, burn that page, mail the entire journal to yourself. My niece immediately set out to wreck the journal. She ripped pages, smeared food on other pages, and sprayed perfume on a few.

The one drawback to the journal is that it asks for very little actual writing. I’d like to see a few more opportunities and prompts to record one’s thoughts and experiences. That being said, the book does get the creative juices flowing in other—albeit more destructive—ways.

Wreck This Journal isn’t likely to inspire the next Shakespeare. But it can give young people a lot of giggles and a way to channel their energy in a creative manner. And it just might inspire the next Picasso. ...more
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Aug 10, 2015

THE BEST STRESS RELIEVER IN THE WORLD!

I always have my own way of "treating" my diary. I cut it in half if the year was a shitty one or i intentionally leave stained of coffee on the name of a person i hated.

By the end of my first year in university, a close senior of mine gave this book as a present and I was so fascinated by the format of the journal. Every flip of the pages makes me feel like they are mocking and challenging me. Maybe bcoz I always felt like a diary/journal should be THE BEST STRESS RELIEVER IN THE WORLD!

I always have my own way of "treating" my diary. I cut it in half if the year was a shitty one or i intentionally leave stained of coffee on the name of a person i hated.

By the end of my first year in university, a close senior of mine gave this book as a present and I was so fascinated by the format of the journal. Every flip of the pages makes me feel like they are mocking and challenging me. Maybe bcoz I always felt like a diary/journal should be "innocent" in sense. It means that a diary should be listening to everything you wanted to rant without making a comeback. They should just "received" and never "replied".

And boy how I have a lot of fun with the book. Tbh the whole 2nd year in university was the shittiest year ever. And thanks to this book, its literally became my savior. ...more
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May 27, 2011

"WARNING: During the process of this book you will get dirty. You may find yourself covered in paint, or any other number of foreign substances. You will get wet. You may be asked to do things you question. You may grieve for the perfect state that you found the book in. You may begin to see creative destruction everywhere. You may begin to live more recklessly.
Dedicated to perfectionists all over the world."

Absolutely hilarious. This was given to me as a birthday present from a good friend who "WARNING: During the process of this book you will get dirty. You may find yourself covered in paint, or any other number of foreign substances. You will get wet. You may be asked to do things you question. You may grieve for the perfect state that you found the book in. You may begin to see creative destruction everywhere. You may begin to live more recklessly.
Dedicated to perfectionists all over the world."

Absolutely hilarious. This was given to me as a birthday present from a good friend who knows just how much of a perfectionist I am. Especially fun to read and complete with friends. ...more
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Sep 18, 2011

I love the concept of giving instructions to be followed/interpreted on each page. The point of the journal is to break the habit of all perfectionists who shudder to think of a page being bent in one of their books. I am one of those, without a doubt: crack a spine and I'll crack your arm. Though it was difficult at first, it was liberating to be able to "wreck" the journal, creating a unique work of art in the process. It's hard to ever be finished with this book, as it is always evolving; I love the concept of giving instructions to be followed/interpreted on each page. The point of the journal is to break the habit of all perfectionists who shudder to think of a page being bent in one of their books. I am one of those, without a doubt: crack a spine and I'll crack your arm. Though it was difficult at first, it was liberating to be able to "wreck" the journal, creating a unique work of art in the process. It's hard to ever be finished with this book, as it is always evolving; it's fun to carry around and add to when the spirit moves you! ...more
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Dec 12, 2014

3.5 stars because it is a really good idea for a "book" but I can't find it in myself to actually wreck the book so it just sits on the shelf looking pretty.
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Sep 04, 2016

It was fun to throw the book in the water and walk with it around like a dog, I'll tell you that
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Nov 03, 2019

I remember buying this and I couldn’t wait for it to arrive so I could get started on it. I had so many ideas on what I was going to do with each page! And I can say that, after having the book for 4 years, I have completed a grand total of ONE page!!

I like the whole idea of the book, and for artsy and creative people, this is great! Each page has a different instruction that can be interpreted differently by everyone. And maybe one day I will actually get around to completing mine!!
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Jan 11, 2009

Not exactly a book to be read as much as it is a book to experience. One of the first instructions is to crack the spine... I whimpered. But now that I'm past that, I'm finding it a whole lot of fun -- although I'm not too sure about taking it for a walk....
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Apr 09, 2019

This was so much fun, I absolutely need to find more interactive adventure books to do!
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Jul 10, 2009

Got this from Urban Outfitters. This looks like a good book to use as a random scrapbook and observation journal. I have so far gotten this book wet along with scribbling inside it, and tearing out the pages and following a few of it's instructions. After you jot down some random notes inside this book, it often reminds me of a book that was distressed by someone else, instead of being owned by me. You get the feeling after using this book that you are looking into a book that was left behind by Got this from Urban Outfitters. This looks like a good book to use as a random scrapbook and observation journal. I have so far gotten this book wet along with scribbling inside it, and tearing out the pages and following a few of it's instructions. After you jot down some random notes inside this book, it often reminds me of a book that was distressed by someone else, instead of being owned by me. You get the feeling after using this book that you are looking into a book that was left behind by someone who left in the lost and found and was owned by someone else.
(Pretty neat, and creative, huh?)

A day after infusing the book with my perfume and putting dirt on one of the pages. This book is starting to look and smell like an old book that has been in a drawer of an desk from the seventies. ( I even had to fan out my book to get rid of the strange smell that I have created-cheers to the author of one of her creative ideas) -Hee,hee,hee! ...more
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Dec 05, 2011

I have just got my "Wreck This Journal" by Keri Smith this morning. To create is to destroy - It's pretty a fascinating journal, as I would put it. The fact that each of the pages would ask you to pour coffee on it, poke holes in the pages with pencil, draw lines, scratch the journal with sharp object, scribble wildly and violently, rip it up, hide a secret message somewhere in the book and so on... really makes me excited.

My little sister thinks I'm insane for buying a journal that I would I have just got my "Wreck This Journal" by Keri Smith this morning. To create is to destroy - It's pretty a fascinating journal, as I would put it. The fact that each of the pages would ask you to pour coffee on it, poke holes in the pages with pencil, draw lines, scratch the journal with sharp object, scribble wildly and violently, rip it up, hide a secret message somewhere in the book and so on... really makes me excited.

My little sister thinks I'm insane for buying a journal that I would destroy in the end. Anyhow, I think it's going to be fun since that I'm on my holiday break and I have nothing to do. Get yourself one, and see if you like it. ...more
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Dec 16, 2013

It's not exactly a reading book, but an activity book. A fun, creative, see-just-how-beat-up-you-can-get-it activity book. I had hours of fun with it and to prove it I can show you all two pieces! (I don't remember exactly what task split it at the spine, but it probably happened after throwing it at the wall then dragging it around from a string outside) I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind getting in the dirt and having fun :)
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Dec 29, 2011

WOOOOOOW!!!! I got this as a present yesterday for Christmas from my aunt and -seriously?- It is AWESOME!!!! This is the BEST journal EVER!!! Who knew throwing a journal at the wall could be SO fun :D I am still working on doing all that it comands...I don't know if I'll tie a string to it and take it for a walk...That picture of it is NOT accurate btw. Mine is WRECKED literally the cover looks waaaaaay more awesome now :D
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Oct 20, 2014


Bekijk het filmpje op
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Mar 23, 2015

i loved this process!
as a perfectionist and lover of symmetry this was daring, because it required chaos and a bunch of mess.
I loved it because it was a challenge for me, creatively and technique wise
i had soo much fun.

if you want to see my process go take a scroll on my instagram @cami_quinta

https://www.instagram.com/p/-EjaGwKO4...

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Nov 12, 2009

I still haven't wrecked my copy. I don't know why. In some ironic way, maybe I fear wrecking the wrecking. Oh, Fear! On the other hand, I've given a copy to three friends as gifts!
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Dec 23, 2015

This shit is great. Really. I put the most random shit in it and it's. just. so. therapeutic.

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