- Thursday, 20 February 2014 -

Review: Wreck This Journal!

Hello my lovelies! Hope everyone's having a good week, but let us all rejoice that it's nearly the weekend - HUZZAH! Anyways, this week I decided to pop into Waterstones for a browse (even though I have a Kindle Fire, I still love walking in and taking a random sniff of new books), and that's when I stumbled across this little beauty! 


Admittedly, I've had a fair few versions of 'Wreck This Journal' in my time, since I first discovered it calling out to me in Urban Outfitters a few years ago. For those of you who aren't familiar with this intuitive piece of creative literature, it's basically a journal which instructs you to dismantle it in your own individual, imaginative way! So, for all of you book-loathers out there, this is the perfect chance for you to really get stuck into a good book (and destroy it!).


I find the book itself to be so quirky and intriguing that it's no wonder that this is my fifth copy! As can be seen above, the overall style of the book is that of a doodle which encourages the reader more to scribble away at the pages! Even from the very start of the book, it invites the readers to partake in silly little challenges. So, instead of having the conventional "this book belongs to..." Keri Smith pushes the boundaries of the imagination by asking the reader to write your name backwards, or in very large letters and so on.


With my first few versions, I remember that I used the journal as a creative outlet more than anything else, whereby I'd have it water-coloured and collaged and illustrated until it was absolutely perfect. However, this got very tiresome so after a while, I just began to downright abuse it, which I found was so much more enjoyable *evil laughs* 


The book is filled with so many weird and wonderful tasks that it's practically impossible to tire of it. I actually like to think of it as being a statement of myself, it's a way of expressing myself and therefore reflects what kind of person I am. That's why if you're ever feeling lost for inspiration on how to best tackle a page, just look at some other people's exciting interpretations on Tumblr - everyone's is different in their own weird and wacky way! 



The book presents brilliant little challenges like "Glue in a photo of yourself you dislike. DEFACE" so if you're every feeling stressed or anxious, if a fantastic way to vent your emotions and get it all out there on paper! I honestly couldn't recommend this book more highly, if you're a hobbyist, a creative soul or just looking for something fun and different to do, it's a brilliant way to spend your time. And by the end of it, you'll come out with something so unique and personal that you can treasure forever :)



  1. I got this book myself just a few days ago! I'm so excited, I can't wait to see how you wreck yours :D


    SAMI★SPOON

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    1. Ahhhh really! That's fantastic! We can compare the messiness then ;) Hope you enjoy it girly :)

      Claire xo

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  2. This is *so* cute...I love it! Would make quite a quirky gift too. I love books like this...in fact, I have a similar one but it instructs you to do different things per day (rather than stuff to the book)...it's cute and I'll be blogging about it at some point in the near future! Would be interesting to see the state of this book though when you are finished with it :)

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    1. Awwww thank you Danielle! And you're totally right, it'd make a brilliant wee gift for book-lovers and book-loathers alike :D I'll deffoz be doing a post in the future about how wrecked mine will get haha

      Claire xo

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  3. My niece asked for this for her birthday and I had a flick through when wrapping it and it looks great! A brilliant way to get out your creative side! I downloaded the app on my iPad. I'm loving it! Make sure you do some posts when you fill it in more! I'd love to see it!

    Jenn | PhotoJennic

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    1. That is soooo cute! Yeah, it makes such a brilliant gift, doesn't it?? It's great to get the creative juices flowing but also good if you just wanna vent some angry and take it out on something hahaha and ohhh yes, definitely, I can't wait to do a post about how abused it'll become!

      Claire xo

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  4. What a brilliant idea .... great for a birthday gift! :D

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    1. Tehe thank you for your kind words m'dear! I knowwww! I've gotten friends it in the past as well, accompanied by some cute Paperchase stationary and they LOVED it! :)

      Claire xo

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  5. I've had this for years but never managed to really get in to using it - I never thought of checking Tumblr to see what others had done to it though! Now I'll definitely have to pull it out again. I hope you post and show what you've done with this copy :)

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    1. Ohhhh really? Gosh, I am terrible for checking out Tumblr to see what others have done to theirs! Really inspires you though :)

      Claire xo

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  6. Oooh I really like the idea of this! Maybe I will get one sometime :) Gisforgingers xx

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    1. It's amazing Claire, you definitely should! Such a good little mini project :)

      Claire xo

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  7. I've tagged you in The Procrastintating Beauty Blogger Tag, check it out and let me know?
    Heather X

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    1. Awww wow, thank you so much pretty lady! I will definitely check it out :)

      Claire xo

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  8. I have one of these and it's so fun to read all the different instructions and try the little tasks out!

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    1. It's brilliant isn't it!? Keri Smith is an absolute genius for coming up with it! It's great for a rainy day or if you're just bored haha

      Claie xo

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  9. Thanks for the lovely little review and the gorgeous pictures! I think it's great that Wreck This Journal is inspiring people to be more creative, it looks just fabulous!

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    1. Exactly! And even if you completely despise books, it's a great little project and is soooo therapeutic :)

      Claire xo

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  10. i bought myself this a few years ago and have yet to finish it- oops!
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
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    1. Ahhhh, but that's the beauty of it! You can just pick it up whenever and doodle away!

      Claire xo

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  11. This is amazing! Me & my boyfriend have the 3 year journal that we write in everyday, this would be a great idea for just me to mess about with. Def getting one on payday x

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    1. Awww that's so lovely! Well, WTJ is honestly so much fun and by the end of it you have something so personal and unique <3

      Claire xo

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  12. my mum got me one of these for christmas but i'm yet to start it, i think i'm worried about trying to make it perfect like you were saying but i can imagine that it's a lot more fun just to go for it! x

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    1. Ahhhh Chaarrrr, I'm the exact same! My first couple of these badboys were soooo perfect, and I didn't want to take them anywhere for fear of ruining them, but you just gotta let go and go mad! Let your creative messy side out my lovely!

      Claire xo

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  13. I still really need to get myself one of these, they look brilliant!

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    1. YAAAASSS, give innnn! But really Issy, they're so immense, and loads of fun! They bring out your inner child because you can just go apeshit on them haha

      Claire xo

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    1. WTJ is just so fab! I'm actually thinking of featuring a Wreck It Wednesday series to show my destructive progression tehe :)

      Claire xo

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  15. I love her series.. I got like most of the books! Simply amazing :D I can't wait to see the final "product" when u're ready done having fun with it xx

    A.
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    1. AHHH you're a Keri Smith fanatic too! I got the bookset off Amazon not so long ago, they're amazing to scribble away in! :)

      Claire xo

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  16. I love Kerri Smith books. I'm on my second Wreck This Journal at the moment, I'm finding that the second time around it is much easier to actually 'wreck it' :)

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    1. THIS. You are so right! I found myself wanting my first one to be perfect, like I was gonna frame it at the end or something haha! It's such a therapeutic little book to play with, really gets the creative juices flowing too! :)

      Claire xo

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  17. I love this! I really want one. Will totally be looking at where I can snap one up from!

    Kristen xoxox

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