My husband is actually the one that found Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. He found the book while browsing at Micheal’s on a rare date night. He got excited and brought the book home eager to fill the pages with fun.
My husband is the kind of person who, when he gets excited about something, anything, everyone else can’t help but get excited too. I spent my fun money the following month buying all of the Keri Smith books I could fit in my modest budget and my husband did the same.
We had fun filling pages and doing the crazy things the pages asked us to do. As cynical adults most of our pages were sarcastic.
We were having fun though. On a date night the following month, our anniversary actually, we spent the night eating food at home, watching our favorite movie, and delving in to our Wreck this Journal books. I set the table up with snacks, wine, and as many art supplies as I could find. We were simply flipping through pages are random and working on whichever project caught our eye in the moment.
My favorite part was seeing how differently our pages ended up. A page asked us to fill it with white things. I set to work immediately creating this:
I loved it! A little bit snarky. Technically following the rules. Absolutely perfect. It still might be my favorite page.
I watched and waited for my husband to tackle the page. Her started slowly. Very slowly. In fact, over a year later, his page still isn’t filled. He has been collecting interesting pieces of material that are white. He has part of a plastic cup, some plastic wrap from something at work, a piece of a thick paper towel, and so much more.
Each page reflects the creator so perfectly. I’m bright and loud and impulsive and when I get an idea in my head I go for it and keep going for it until the space is all filled. My husband is methodical and he thinks things through. He lays the pieces out just right and makes sure they lay the way he wants then to before he gets out the glue.
That’s not to say he doesn’t let his fun side show, even with his Wreck This Journal. He also took a drill to it and made two holes that go all the way through the book for a page that says to cut through several layers. To be fair, he also planned that out for weeks to figure out which size drill bit and where the holes would fall.
This has been a fun adventure that we have not yet finished. Life got in the way as it tends to do. We’ll go back to it I’m sure. In fact we have plans to buy the boxed set and tackle them with our daughter once she gets just a bit older. We’ve even discussed making it an annual or biannual event.
I can’t wait to see what our daughter does with each page as well as what my husband and I come up with with each successive trial. No matter what we end up doing it’s sure to be an adventure as we Wreck this Journal.