Monday, December 1, 2008

December Is Here! And Wreck This Journal

And the countdown begins! December is such a busy month for everyone I think. My family just seems crazy! The 3rd is my sister's birthday (13 already!?), the 14th is mine (can't wait to finally get that tattoo), the 22nd is a friend of mine's birthday, then Christmas Eve (my favorite day of the year) and Christmas, then finally we have the New Year! There is so much energy and magic in the month of December, I can't help but love it. It's the best time to just sit and watch movies on TV. Sure you've seen all the Christmas movies before, but I know I can't help but watch them again.

I began wrecking my journal today. It was fun and heartbreaking. I almost cried when I bent the
cover. Of course my friend Amy thought I was nuts, but I've never done something like that to a book. Emeline agreed with me and almost had a heart attack when I bent it. They both helped by drawing poops all over my inside cover. I had fun coloring things in. You can't see much in the pictures, but I'm already grieving for this poor book. It's going to go through so much worse. The last picture is the This Book Belongs To page. I wrote my name 5 or 6 different times in different ways. Covered up are my address and phone number. Under them it says "* NOTE: IF FOUND, FLIP TO A PAGE RANDOMLY, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS, THEN RETURN." We all laughed at it.
Enjoying this? I am! My friend Amy and my sister both want one now, so I know what to do for Christmas presents! I guess Keri Smith knew what she was doing when she thought this up. She has to be making a ton of money!


  1. How amazing! It seems this process is going to be splendidly fun and deliciously cleansing. :) I am looking forward to seeing what happens next! :)

  2. Oh, gosh! I found a book at the dollar store the other day, all full of wizard/witch pictures and magical things. I just knew I had to cut the pictures out to use in my art journal. When I went to actually cut the pages, I freaked. I've always treated my books with the best of care and now I was killing one!

    Of course now I have a ton of really neat collage do-dads!

    I can't wait to see what you do to the book next!

  3. Just wait, you won't feel sorry for it for long. One day you will look at it and it will have such character and a life it's own that it never would have had without all the abuse. Your gonna love how freeing each new page becomes!

  4. Oh Wow! I got my daughter that book when we were in Toronto!
    Isn't it fabulous!

    She's loving it so much, I want one for myself now!

  5. I'm with you, Tori! It is so hard to think of wrecking (or even mildly damaging) a book on purpose!
    I flash on myself at ~ 3, having written in ORANGE CRAYON in one of my Winnie the Pooh books (prob. the book of poems: "When We Were Very Young") & my mother sitting down & CRYING!! Mom's don't cry!! Ouch.

    Our library had some old books for an altered book project, & the one I picked up is still on my shelf, un-altered! ... it does have some cool pictures, maybe I'll use some in collage :)