Friday, 12 June 2009

Freaky Friday

I've used this word a few times in the last week or so, once indeed to refer to this journal wrecking malarky. This evening it was lurking in the antique wooden chest in my lounge, just waiting to give me a big warm hug. I was rummaging around in this lovely piece of old furniture looking for my watercolour pencils which I probably haven't used in about 20 years...

First aside... Wonderful people (that's you!), the reason I was digging them out was YOU! Yes, you and your journals. When I stumbled upon this project less than a week ago I was desperately searching for an outlet for my creativity. I have so many ideas, materials, emotions, words, characters and just STUFF I want to express, I didn't know where to start. This little book seemed just the ticket. Follow the instructions and let go and see what happens, how perfect.

After a frustrating week harrassing the poor postman it finally deigned to appear on my doormat today. And this is where we return to the main story - why I was looking for my coloured pencils.

I thought they would be just the perfect medium for giving a spot of colour to my meerkat on page (oh, hang on, it hasn't got a page number yet... one second.... page...) 1027. As I was rummaging, my first thoughts were "It's working already!" Yes, I'm only on page 1027 and already I'm taking creative inspiration from different sources. It doesn't have to just be about neat floral watercolours; let's dig out the tools of my youth!

Now there's a lot of stuff in this chest:
  • Top layer = lots of interesting bits of wrapping paper that I plan to do some sort of collage or decoupage with
  • Bit further down = old curtains and a blanket (well, I think it is actually supposed to be a blanket box!)
  • Bending over = wedding photos (I got married 10 years ago today and divorced around 1 year ago today... moving on...)
  • Starting to get back ache = what's in this envelope?
Oh wow! All sorts of treasures from my past. Some photos, a genuine fake bank note from when I worked on the set of the first Batman film, my gymnastics and swimming certificates (pretty basic, don't think I was some kind of wunderkid athlete) AND..... Finally we get to the point.... an old journal from when I was age 6, 7 and 8 (according to the flysleeve). Aside from the joy of rediscovering an old friend on such an auspicious occasion, I was also overwhelmed by the contents. You see, dear readers and fellow journal wreckers, it bears a startling resemblance to journal age 39.

We have pages of writing written sdrawkcab; a page of random scribbles; pages stuck together; pages entirely coloured in; secret code; as well as some just plain old weird stuff. And do you know what is so great about it? It reminds me that it doesn't matter what you create... it's all in the fun of creating, so just get stuck in and let the creative juice flow.

Before I shoot off, allow me to share some time-travelling journal with you as I must return to 'colour in' my meerkat (and possibly share him with you) before bedtime. You might actually get to see more of Wreck this Journal 2009 than just me throwing it out of the window eventually!

Oh go on then, here's a sneak preview of the page... not finished yet but I need to go to bed...


  1. A big sigh of recognition to the young and somewhat chronologically older girl/woman.
    How perfect to zap back in time with you and rummage through your chest and your small diary. And then see the girl is still there in the new journal. :)

  2. How wonderful to see your treasures and your creativity unleashed! I'm glad your book arrived :) Cheers to serendipity!

  3. I love that you found a beautiful journal from your past that mirrors so well what you are doing now! I am also loving the meerkat!

  4. Aha - I know this was what it was all about.
    Digging for our inner child.
    Lucky you - having your childhood journal.
    Happy wrecking.

  5. That's great, finding your childhood journal. And I love the meerkat drawing with the pencil holes.

  6. The discussion about the paper being too wet because of the fire incident a couple of pages back is absolutely hilarious! I can't stop laughing!

  7. "journal wrecking malarky" - perfect! That is also most definitely the only meerkat I have seen in this adventure so far.

  8. I was seeking a creative outlet, too - and had no idea how to go about it. Isn't it funny how this book helps with that?!! I love that you found your childhood journal :)

  9. Serendipity! A word close to my heart. I just love the fact that for Buried Treasure you chose a post about buried treasure. Fantastic. Glad you joined in!!

  10. this is FANTASTIC! thank you soooo much for sharing this little gem!


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