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Wreck This Journal: To Create is to Destroy Paperback – 14 Oct 2010


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846144450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846144455
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (861 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity including How to be an Explorer of the World -the Portable Life/Art Museum,( 2008 Perigee), Wreck this Journal (2007 Perigee). Her newest book, This is Not a Book will be released fall 2009 by Penguin Books. She is the author of the popular weblog the Wish Jar which attracts over 10,000 readers daily, and writes on occasion for a variety of magazines (including How Magazine). Keri spends her days playing with her husband and son, and divides her time between upstate New York, and the countryside of Canada.

As a free lance illustrator she has worked for a wide variety of clientsworldwide. Most recently Random House, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Co., the Boston Globe, Galison/Mudpuppy Press, and Hallmark. In the last few years she has given lectures and workshops on the topic of "living creatively" for the How Design Conference, the OntarioGraphic Artist's Assocation, UC Davis, and schools across North America.She has been featured in How, Step by Step, Print, Bust, Wired and many more.

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About the Author

Bestselling author Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator by trade, and has illustrated for the Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Company, People, The Body Shop and Hallmark. She is the author of Wreck This Journal, How To Be An Explorer of the World and Mess. She lives in Canada.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Heather Jolliff on 21 April 2014
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I bought this as a birthday present for my younger sister, as she'd mentioned a few months ago that she wanted it. When I gave it to her, along with another present, the result was half an hour sat on my bed with the book, looking through it and trying out some of the activities suggested. I was surprised - and briefly annoyed - at one point when she suddenly threw the book at me, thankfully not very hard as we were sitting quite close, and then amused once she showed me the page she had been reading, which fully justified her actions!

I would definitely recommend this book and would like to point out that it is even more fun with a friend, so consider buying it as a present for someone close to you, and completing it together.
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214 of 224 people found the following review helpful By S Carwood on 4 Jan 2012
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I bought this as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend and she was absolutely delighted with it. I would definitely recommend this as an ideal present for a friend or loved one who is a bit of a 'doodler' or often finds themselves at a loose end. One word of warning though...I was sitting minding my own business when the book was sent rushing centimetres past my head. Apparently the page my girlfriend had opened instructed her to do something spontaneous and unexpected with the journal. You have been warned
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on 23 Nov 2012
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So much fun to take part in, it allows creativity and something to do. I would recommend it to anyone who is easily bored.
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157 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Austin on 6 Nov 2009
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I bought the 'wreck this journal' showed it a friend and she's going to get one for herself and each of her daughters. What it isn't, is a model for an art journal e.g. day pages, representation of an event, scrapbook etc. For me this is more about breaking the normal rules of what you do with a book, see pages on 'flickr'for examples/ pictures of what other people have done with their journals. You can also go on the authors website to see ideas/ examples. Each page has an instruction on a way to alter/wreck a page/ the cover/ binding, for example doodle on the cover, tear a page out, put it into the pocket of your clothes and put it in the washing machine, when you've done that stick it back in the book. It reminded me of an art installation I went to see some years ago of some flowers in a case that were left in a window for weeks. The artist actually wanted to see the process of decay and how that would look. The flowers were dried up and crumbling when I saw them, but had their own kind of beauty.
If you are a bit of a perfectionist and are scared of the blank page or don't like to break the rules this should free you up a bit. The book isn't that expensive so it's kinda liberating to take it in the shower with you and see how it looks when you're done. I'm taking pictures of the process and will put it on my facebook page when I'm done. It's a fun exercise in loosening up and I would recomend it on that basis.
It's also interesting to note which instructions you are resistant to, I'm really struggling with the idea of tying a string round it and taking it for a walk - not least because the neighbors will think I'm mad LOL. And I really don't want to give a page to a friend to wreck it. Tells you a lot about yourself and what you are prepared to let go of and what you are not. It may also unblock you creativitly speaking - that's what I'm hoping for.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Georgina Morley on 20 April 2013
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I bought one of these journals last year and had a thoroughly wonderful time being outrageously silly. I even took it for a drag round a park...much to the bemusement of the people walking their dogs. I was a tad anal about journalling up to usig this book, which I found incredibly liberating.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kevin hughes on 26 Dec 2012
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cool idea ,great gift for both my teenage kids (16 (18) they love it .in fact they want another to do in a different way .cool keepsake too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Abbey Knipe on 2 Oct 2014
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This book is one of the best things i have ever purchased and even my little brother was interested in it so i will be purchasing another for his birthday and costing £5 you can't really go wrong especially with this book costing over £8 in other retailers, its full of creative ideas which adults and children will love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Fuller on 22 April 2014
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I bought this because I had seen photos of completed pages and they looked really good. This version is good, but lots of the pages are things like 'rip this page out' or 'loose this page' or 'throw the book off a high place'. It's fun, but I'd prefer a version with more sticking and making a mess.
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