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Wreck This Journal: Poke holes in this page using a pencil


This wasn’t completely my own idea.  I was browsing pics on Twitter (#wtj #wreckthisjournal) and I saw someone had had the clever idea to make the holes into stars.  I’m so sorry I can’t remember who this artist was, but if you are reading this, let me know and I’ll credit you!

I also can’t completely remember what her page was like, but she did say I was welcome to use the idea as long as I put my own spin on it.  So hopefully that’s what I’ve done!

I poked holes in the black paper, and then I put this gold glittery paper behind it, to make the ‘stars’ appear to shine.  You can see this better in the close up pic.

Then I added some other stars to the black paper.  I wanted to use a gold pen, but as luck would have it, that appears to be the only colour gel pen that I don’t have!!  But I quite like the contrast of the silver.

I then used a gold glitter pen to add some trails behind the gold ‘stars’ to make them look like shooting stars.  I’m not entirely sure this gives the effect I intended, but I like it anyway!



Wreck This Journal: Wrap something with this page.


Eeeeeeee, presents!!!!!!!!!

This page puzzled me for a while…

Wrap something with this page.

Wrap something with this page.

I thought about it until my head hurt, and then decided to just go for it.  I ripped out the page, and started colouring it.  I wanted to make it a bit fancy, so I used glitter crayons to colour stripes.  I have included a couple of extra pictures below to show the effect of the glitter crayons – the give a very nice shiny effect, and they have actual glitter in – GENIUS!!!!!

Anyway, once my page was coloured, I started looking for something to wrap.  This involved me wandering around the house and literally looking for something small that I wouldn’t miss.  I’m one of these annoying people who throws things out if I don’t need/want them, so this was a difficult task!

Eventually I decided on the thing to wrap.  It was a keyring that I had bought for a friend that I no longer speak to.  It wasn’t appropriate to give as a gift, but I didn’t want to throw it away, so I’d kept it in a drawer.  I don’t know why, because like I said above, I normally am pretty good at thowing out unneccessary junk!

So, I wrapped the keyring in tissue paper to bulk it out a bit and make it easier to wrap, and then wrapped it in the page, adding some curly-wurly ribbon for that final touch!

I wanted to be able to put this page back into my WTJ, so I used coloured paper to create a new ‘page’.  I have done this for all instructions which require me to remove a page, so that I can put everything back in where it belongs.  Because I’m like that 🙂

So, in this case, I stuck the present on to this bright yellow page, wrote on the instruction and added some present stickers.

My WTJ is pretty bulky now – there’s no chance of carrying it everywhere with me anymore, my handbag just isn’t big enough!!


Wreck This Journal: Copyright page


This is my Copyright page.  When I first looked at it, I couldn’t help noticing how many times the word ‘Penguin’ was mentioned.  So I decided to stick with the penguin theme!  I printed a large penguin picture, did some shading around the words, and that was the page done!

The page next to it took more thinking – there were so many words on it already, so I decided I wanted to do something with them.  So I sat down and tried to find some ‘hidden message’ that I could highlight.  This took several tries and several sheets of paper with various scribbled ‘messages’ on them!!!

Eventually, it all came together.  Unfortunately by this time, I’d decided to stuck a flippin’ hologram on the reverse of the page, so the colouring has taken on the texture of the hologram, which is a shame.  But you get the idea!

Click the images for full-size versions to see the messages more clearly 🙂


Wreck This Journal: Colour outside of the lines


I thought I’d better post another entry, as I don’t want that gross dinner one to be the front page of my blog!  Well you never know who’s going to drop by!!  🙂

There isn’t much I can say about this one.

I did it a few weeks back.  I’d been feeling really frustrated at work the week that I did this page, and I just went home one night and started colouring.

The coloured pencils I was using kept breaking, and I ended up having to colour with tiny pieces of lead because they wouldn’t stay in the pencil!  (This was the first pack of pencils, which I ended up binning in temper!!  Anyone who’s read my nonstop line post will know the second pack of pencils hasn’t been any more successful…..)

Anyway, this page worked to cure my frustrations – I was so annoyed about the pencils, I barely gave work another thought!


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Wreck This Journal: Name page (revisited)


May I now present…my new Name page!!

I have already written about my uninspiring Name page.  I’d followed the instructions but used no creativity whatsoever, and to say it was uninspiring would be an understatement!

name page

I had been considering jazzing it up in some way, but I couldn’t think how.  Then, while exchanging wrecking ideas with one of my friends, I had an idea.

It involved splitting the page into sections and writing the letters of my name in them.  I remember doing this when I was younger and I just loved to doodle – on school books, usually, or any scrap of paper.  I’d draw out squares and write my name or the names of whichever celeb I was crushing on at the time – come on, you know you did it too!!

For this page, I decided to draw the lines at an angle…I used a ruler and measured the sections exactly, in case anyone’s interested!!  Being Wreckless still doesn’t come easy to me!!

I wanted the design to be a background to the content of the page, rather than covering it up completely, so I wanted to keep the colouring.  On my laptop screen, I can hardly see the colours at all, so I hope you can.  the colours are hardly visible, so I hope you can see them.

I’m really happy with how it turned out 🙂


The page next to it is another story!  The first plan was to stick a pretty carrier bag over it.  I did this, and it didn’t quite look as good as it did in my mind!  If you really want to see, then there’s a picture here.  It was a terrible idea, it looked tacky and horrible, had no relation to the page beside it and I just wasn’t happy with it at all.

So, I peeled that right off and started again!

I covered the page in rainbow paper and then glued on a cat picture from an old birthday card that I just thought was fun.  It’s a hologram on thick plastic, so as well as being incredibly difficult to cut to size, it is also very difficult to take a picture of!  But I have done my best to show the hologram and here it is:


I’m happy with this page now anyway, and I think it makes a nice welcome page 🙂


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Wreck This Journal: Tear strips. Rip it up!


So, today I decided to tackle the page that requires me to let rip! 😉

I admit, with this one, I consulted good old google for ideas for this one.  Different ways to rip, different ways to colour it in.

But in the end I decided to do my own thing.  I tore the strips first then used Blo pens from years ago (which amazingly hadn’t dried out!) to colour each strip.

The page behind instructs me to ‘Glue, staple or tape these pages together” so I folded the strips at random(ish) sections and glued them down at the top.  The ends are loose, and I think I’ll leave them that way, unless they start making a nuisance of themselves!!

I had already used the Blo pens to make the page on the left a nice pinkyblue splattery tone, and I’d planned to leave it that way.

But then I had an idea….

I drew a skyline of sorts onto black paper, cut it out and glued it onto the page.  I really like how it turned out!


I am really loving this whole Wrecking journey.  I’ve got so many supplies and so many ideas, and I am proud to say I have now managed to recruit a few friends to Wreck This Journal too 🙂

I love seeing what other creations people are coming up with, whether they’re WTJ-related or just general crafty creations, so please feel free to make recommendations, or just say Hi if you want me to check your own blog out! 🙂


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Wreck This Journal: Sew this page


I wasn’t sure how I was going to tackle this page.

One of my hobbies (though it takes a bit of a back seat these days) is cross stitch, so I initially thought about cross stitching something to stick onto the page.  Then I had to decide what I was going to stitch.  I had a look online, but cross stitch kits can be quite pricey, and they’re time-consuming to do, so I wasn’t really very sure.

Then I went in WHSmith and I found these little Make Your Own Patch kits and thought “Ooooooooooooooooh!”

The kit came with three colours of felt, which were already cut to shape, a packet of beads, different colour threads and a needle.  What more could I ask!

I sewed the hearts onto the patch before I sewed it into the journal.  I’m very glad I did, because I really struggled to sew the patch onto the paper, and I got a couple of little rips.  If I had attempted to sew the whole thing through the page I think I’d still be doing it now!!

Before I sewed the patch on, I sewed the trailing threads through to the other side of the page, and then I went around the patch and sewed it to the page.  It was really hard to do because of the angle I was having to hold the book at, so it took much longer than expected!!

When I’d finished, I used the threads to make some little swirly lines around the patch, and then I sewed the page number.

I decided to thread the needle through the page as well, and then glued over it to make sure it was secure.  I really didn’t want it to look like I’d just stuck a ready-made patch onto the page, because I really did put a lot of effort into this page!  Hopefully this was achieved!

This was a very fun idea, and I like that there are so many different (or sew many different!) ways this page could have been done – I doubt any two ‘Sew this page’ entries would ever look the same!  I’m keen to see what other people come up with!!


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