Wreck This Journal Entries #3

This is the next five entries of my Wreck This Journal 😊

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DRAW LINES WHILE IN MOTION ON THE BUS, ON A TRAIN WHILE WALKING

I did started this page with drawing lines whilst on the bus but decided the tube map of the London Underground would be interesting. Stuck down magazine pages, illustrated the map inaccurately and writing some of the well known places in London.

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DO SOME RUBBINGS WITH A PENCIL

This is another one of my ‘pages that went wrong, so I did it again‘ I originally shaded over my  plastic laser cuttings but that didn’t go so well 🙊 Then the idea of books with embossed fronts came to mind 😊 I found that I don’t have many books with an embossed title.

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PRESS LEAVES AND OTHER FOUND THINGS

Probably one of my favourites I’ve done in this journal 😊 I started this page quite early on but it has taken me ages to fully finish it because it involved being bothered to pick leaves off the ground. The purple orchids were the last bits to finish this.

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PRETEND YOU ARE DOODLING ON THE BACK OF AN ENVELOPE WHILE ON THE PHONE

Another one of my old pages. Colourful with black and white inspired Zentangle patterns.

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COVER THIS PAGE WITH WHITE THINGS

This was a easy and simple page to do 😊 I mostly stuck down my plastic laser cuttings, which I did at Uni. I didn’t end up using any of these pieces for my projects for Uni, so now this was a good opportunity to make use of them.

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If you have a Wreck This Journal, how did you wreck these pages? I’d love to know 🙂

Wreck This Journal Entries #2

This is part two of my Wreck This Journal pages. These entries were some of the first pages I did and also some of my favourite pages to complete; thats why it looks more neat than wrecked, which defeats the purpose. Need to do more wrecking! XD

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TEAR STRIPS RIP IT UP!

This page was a lot of fun. I looked on Pinterest mostly for zentangle inspiration, as there is much ideas for inspiration! I went for colourful zentangles on the strips and on the left side black and white zentangle patterns 🙂

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FILL THIS PAGE WITH CIRCLES

This is the first page I did in WTJ. I was inspired by this pattern I saw on Pinterest, which is similar to what I’ve done here. One would say that I haven’t worked outside the box but oh well XD

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WRITE ONE WORD OVER AND OVER

It was hard to pick which word, as there are so many great words in the dictionary! But in the end I went with ‘Wanderlust’ because it reminds me of myself; I do have this desire to travel the world. This page took longer than expected T_T

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PLACE STICKY THINGS HERE

This page was so much fun! When I was younger, I had this obsession with stickers, I have no idea why, I just loved them! The thing is that I’d never use them, I would just stick them in my sticker album or just leave it in the packet for it to look pretty XD This page was the opportunity for me to actually use my stickers! I still have a lot of stickers left over but glad that some of them went to great use. As you can see, I loved Winnie the Pooh! It looks very garnish with the colours 🙂 I will probably cover the whole of this journal with stickers!

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COLLECT THE STAMPS OFF ALL YOUR MAIL

I found a envelope filled of Vietnamese stamps and it was a good idea to stick them on this page 🙂

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Wreck This Journal Entries #1

I brought Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith over 2 years ago (I think). I only brought it because I burned out from my nightmarish fashion degree and I really wanted something to get me back into drawing. To begin with I did really enjoy starting Wreck This Journal but I only managed a couple of pages before I lost motivation to do more pages because I got busy with other things. I guess I prefer to do a serious drawing rather than doing Wreck This Journal pages. I’m hoping by posting 5 entries per post, it will motivate me to finish more pages and to finally complete it!

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STAND HERE

I did stand on this page (in my slippers) but then thought ohh I’d like to draw it! So I drew brogues by Clarks and a Mulberry Alexa bag 😀

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POUR, SPILL, DRIP, SPIT, FLING YOUR COFFEE HERE

I’m not really a coffee drinker, so I spilt English tea on it. Illustrated a tea of cup and some of my favourite books.

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DRAW FAT LINES AND THIN

One of my favourite pages to draw 🙂 these patterns are called Zentangles and they are so relaxing and therapeutic and looks effective! Highly recommend drawing zentangles if you’ve got time to spare 😉

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HANDPRINTS

I’ve got a confession to make: I redid this page. I know I know, it defeats the whole purpose of Wreck This Journal! But it just went a bit wrong. I am a perfectionist, so I couldn’t help myself O_O I originally painted a tree with finger prints.

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THROW SOMETHING

When I saw the target, it just reminded me so much of Katniss from the Hunger Games! So I decided to illustrate Katniss with her bow and arrow shooting her target 🙂

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I do recommend Wreck This Journal, even though it does take time (like reading). It is a really fun and original creative idea that lots of people have been inspired by. I think it brings out the creativity in everyone! When I saw it at Urban Outfitters, I thought it was a bit naff but that was until I actually saw all the amazing creations online. And most importantly, if your a perfectionist, then this book was designed for you 🙂

Alfie Deyes aka Pointless Blog on YouTube published a book called the Pointless Book which is very similar to Wreck This Journal, so I’m not sure where he was inspired that or its just one BIG coincidence.

Have you brought Wreck This Journal? And did you enjoy it?

My Favourite First Lines

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“An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” – Stephen King

Eliza from The Bookish Universe wrote a blog post on her favourite first lines. Since I read this article on why Stephen King spends months and years writing first lines in books, I’ve become interested with first lines. It’s a great way to draw the reader in, capture their attention and give them a reason to read on. It’s a significant part of writing a book. Before that, I never realised how important first lines were. I would read a book regardless of whether the first line was good or not.

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To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth—deep down, I always did. I was just a girl. – The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Lesyle Walton 

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. – A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

Every morning I wake up and tell myself this: It’s just one day, one twenty-four-hour period to get yourself through.Where She Went, Gayle Forman

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense. – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true, too. She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and a sour expression. Her hair was yellow, and her face was yellow because she had been born in India and had always been ill in one way or another. – The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

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These are just some of my favourites. I have yet to discover more great opening first lines. What are some of your favourite first lines?

(Source: I found these arrow illustrations on Pinterest)

A Year In Books | Top 10 Books of 2015

I actually did it – read 50 books in a year! It was one hell of a challenge. As someone who is busy with life and work in general, I got more than I bargained for. At the beginning of the year, I had a slow start before I attempted to catch up in April and towards the end of the year, it was again, slow, as I didn’t read anything in November, which I regret! I read graphic novels and short stories to catch up.  Since I was disappointed that I only read 29 books in 2014 and not many that I really have loved, this year I set out a task, or mission if you will, to discover amazing books this year. I did discover some gems and here are some of my new favourites that I think I worth reading ^_^

This is in the order that I read them:

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl Review

This one is a bit of an obvious choice as everyone has already read it. Either you love it or you hated it. I loved it. It was recommended by a friend of mine. I do see why others hated it though. I really liked the mystery aspect of the story, it was very compelling and addictive but that’s what I like – not being able to down the book! I disliked the characters, especially Amy but it was the plot twist that blew my mind. It was so f***ed up.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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Since You’ve Been Gone Review

This was such a fantastic Young Adult coming of age novel. I was expecting this to be just a cute contemporary with a bit of romance thrown there, so I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. There was no instalove, hallelujah! Not much in the romance department but what they did have was strong character development. I felt like that development was shown to me very well in the story. Matson did a really great job of writing an experience of Emily’s journey.

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories Review

I read this because of Emma Watson. I wasn’t a massive fan of Keegan’s short stories, however they were amazingly written and there was such great attention to detail. The Opposite of Loneliness essay was the best one that is worth reading. It was so inspirational and relatable.

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Girl On The Train Review

Hailed as the next Gone Girl, The Girl On The Train was the one to read in 2015. About a woman called Rachel travels on the train every morning and spies on a couple at the balcony, who she believes is perfect and names them Jess and Jason. I was very into the story, even though Rachel was a very unreliable character and frustrated me quite a lot with her alcoholic problems. With the plot twist, I figured it out just before it was revealed! Great ending overall.

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

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Dangerous Boys Review

As I loved Dangerous Girls, naturally I had to read Dangerous Boys as well. This book was pretty f***ed up! It was so twisted and very well crafted. The characters were so sly. It took me by surprise and made me feel slightly creep out but in a good way. Best to read this without knowing anything.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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All The Bright Places Review

I think this is actually my favourite of the year. Another either love or hate it book. I loved it. I know that many would argue that it romanticising mental health, but I don’t know, as it could be argued either way, I just thought it was a good way to give an eye opener to readers who aren’t aware of the problems that Finch was dealing with. The story was so heartbreaking that it made me brawl my eyes out so much! I didn’t know it would have been such a sad story.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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A Monster Calls Review

My second Patrick Ness book and my favourite so far! It was wonderful and sad. It’s about a troubled boy called Connor whose mum has cancer. At exactly 12:07am he gets a visit from a monster who tells Connor three short stories. In exchange Connor must tell the monster his own story. The illustrations were my highlights of the book; they are beautiful.

Night Owls by Jenn Bennet

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Night Owls Review

I literally gushed over this cover! I mean just look at it. Judging a book by its cover at its finest! It’s about a teenaged girl called Bex who meets a mysterious boy called Jack on the owl night bus, but later realises he could possible be San Francisco’s most wanted graffiti artist. She is curious to find out more about him. The story itself is more about family and mental health. Bex and Jack were so adorable; their banter made me laugh and was one of my favourite bits about the book!

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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I embarrass myself as a book blogger for not reading any Dahl books until now! As I have seen Matilda lots of times when I was younger, I’m being bias by saying Matilda is my favourite Roald Dahl book! The story itself is wonderful and fun to read. Matilda is so smart and wise. Miss Trunchbull was absolutely insane! What is the point of being a teacher if you hate children? Miss Honey’s story was more sad and in-depth than the film. Adorable illustrations as well.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

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This is my last book of 2015 and also the last one I rate 5 stars because I have no words to express how amazed I am by Malala’s story! Embarrassingly I don’t watch the BBC news anymore, shame on me lol. So the first time I heard about Malala Yousafzai was on Teens React by the Fine Bros on YouTube! From that video all I knew was that it was about a girl who got shot by the Taliban for speaking out for girls’ right to an education. She survived the shot and since then has continued her campaign and won many prestigious prizes including the Noble Peace Prize. But having finally read the book, it gave me an eye-opener into what was happening in Malala’s life in Pakistan and the actions she took for her campaign, along with the influence from her dad and the encouragement from her mum. I felt very inspired. Glad to picked this up on a whim!

What were some of your favourites in 2015?

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