My word - Christmas really did take its toll on me, its been a while since I graced my presence here! It has been lovely though :)
And so, with all the Christmas gifts, decorations and food out of the way (well, nearly all the food!) I have found my crafty bug itching away at me again. I feel I was getting a bit bored with trying to craft items I could sell or give as gifts for Christmas and I have been after something which I could just do for me. Something which didn't matter how it turned out, it didn't matter how much it cost and it didn't matter how long it took.
Then I remember my Wreck This Journal which I bought last summer. This is a book by Keri Smith whereby each page is fairly empty, except for an instruction. These instructions are quite vague - and most can be interpreted in different ways, but they all require creativeness to 'destroy' the journal. I had started a few entries when I bought it - starting in a random order, I had number the pages, started filling out the info page, and completed a page of circles. But then I think I got a little protective over the rest of it, unsure of what to do but still creating a an artistic entry.
And so, with my creative itch scratching away at me again, I have pulled the journal out again. And taking the bull by the horns the first thing I have done with it is follow one of the weirder instructions, I took it in the shower with me! And you know what? I'm so glad I did! I really feel that by doing this I have wiped away that 'blank page' fear I think I had. Once dried (partly using a hair dryer to separate the wet pages!) it has left the journal with such a lovely 'used' feeling to it which I just love!
Following my journals shower, I have begun on another entry which requires you to doodle on the cover. This instruction has interpreted slightly, and I have instead decoupaged the cover using vintage style papers. This had made it look so pretty - which of course I love, however I haven't really 'wrecked' it by doing this! Maybe with time I'll end up doodling over the decoupage, we'll see.
I'll be uploading more images as I go along to my Flickr page, so take a nosy when your around....