Wreck This Journal: Week 3

First I want to thank all of the people who visited and commented my earlier WTJ posts! It is incredible to be in the company of so many amazing, witty, funny, wonderful people. Thank you so much for dropping by. Wreck on!

We are now entering week 3 of Wreck This Journal. The first two weeks have been a blast, as well as a learning process.

The first thing I did this week was mail my journal to myself. I took it to my office last Thursday with a heap of stamps. I taped it closed reveling in how glorious the track of destruction would be when I ripped it back off. I addressed it with a borrowed blue Sharpie then adhered a return address label.

[caption id="attachment_793" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="All taped up"]All taped up[/caption]

I asked the guy in the mail room to weigh the book and tell me how much the postage would be. He paused. I'm not sure if it was because I handed him a book that was taped shut or if it was because he noticed the From and To address were identical. No matter. The cost to mail would be $2.24.

Two sunflowers and four Edgar Allan Poe stamps later, I reluctantly dropped my journal in the mail bin. In NY. A whole state away from my house in NJ.

[caption id="attachment_792" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Stamps after the tape ripped them off"]Stamps after the tape ripped them off[/caption]

Then the withdrawal set in. I wondered how long it would be before I held my journal again. I despaired over thinking it might get lost in the mail.

Over the weekend I lived vicariously through all of my fellow wreckers, reading their posts, looking at their photos, watching their videos. Each one spurred brilliant new ideas. Alas, there was no journal for me to wreck.

So I waited.

My journal made it home on Monday. I felt relief. I felt excitement. I felt fear over taking on some of the more difficult pages.

[caption id="attachment_794" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="The journal back home safe in my mailbox"]The journal back home safe in my mailbox[/caption]

I yanked off the tape. The cover was remarkably resilient, but I managed to pull off the black layer in some places.

[caption id="attachment_795" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="After ripping the tape off"]After ripping the tape off[/caption]

Ahhh, that's better.

Here are the tragedies my journal endured this week:

  1. Mailing (as aforementioned)

  2. Crumpling the instruction page

  3. Covering a page with white things

  4. [caption id="attachment_791" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Cover this page with white things"]Cover this page with white things[/caption]

  5. Scratching with a metal ruler

  6. Writing on the sides of the pages

  7. [caption id="attachment_796" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="My husband\'s not-so-secret message"]My husband's not-so-secret message[/caption] [caption id="attachment_797" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="My new clean curse phrase"]My new clean curse phrase[/caption]

Keeping it in decent condition to mail it was my previous excuse for keeping the wreckage mild. Now that mailing is done, I need to step it up. (Cue Jaws theme music.)

Will I be able to do it? Time will tell. Check back next week.

Happy wrecking!

Update 6/20/09: Read Wreck This Journal: Week 3 part 2 (where my husband and I play baseball with the journal)

Curious about what other wreckage transpired?


  1. That is a very creative - and fun looking - idea. I didn't even know something this destructively fun existed.

  2. You are so so so brave -- I'm going to aim for showering and burning this week, but not sure I can bring myself to mail it off yet :) Lots of happy wrecking vibes to you!

  3. I'm talking myself into the mailing part. What fun! Happy wrecking!

  4. I haven't mailed my journal yet..but I know I will feel so relieved when it comes back to me! great week of wrecking!

  5. Yes! Thankfully I have noticed these pages are quite resilient. I am afraid my journal will get lost in the mail....how pathetic is that?

  6. You go girl! Those stamps are awesome! Great description of the week of angst -- waiting, watching...

  7. very brave of you to stick it in the post! I love the funny looks we're getting off people - mine was when I lost my page on the tube!

  8. Excellent! I want to do the mailing bit but my journal needs a little repair first!

  9. I was going to mail the journal right away, but now I'm too interested in wrecking! Good for you for mailing yours and for ripping that tape off!!

  10. You're good! You went for the mailing first! I'm thinking that will be one of the last things I do because I will be anxious for its return! Maybe I should do that now :) Love your husband's "secret" message :) The consensus is if you do one truly destructive thing, the rest are a piece of cake which you can smear on the cake! :)

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  12. I love the stamps you used to mail it :). I have to agree with Genie Sea here and say that once I did something really destructive to the journal my fear of really wrecking the journal went away. I took mine in the shower and totally soaked and soaped it. I'm looking forward to more wrecking this weekend.

  13. I was so exited when my journal came back to me in the mail - and felt so let down when I ripped the tape of. The 24 hour ot travelling and all that tape didn`t leave a mark. Not a scratch!
    Wish you the best weekend, and keep wrecking.

  14. What an act of trust and bravery to mail it to yourself. I'm afraid to do it for just the very reasons you mentioned (will it come back to me, will the person at the post office think I'm nuts for mailing something to myself...) Hooray for jumping.

    PS: I'm adopting your clean curse phrase :)

  15. I'm adopting your clean curse phrase too.

    I'm glad it survived the mail from NY to NJ! Great wreckage.

  16. Hmmm... that was a smart idea to mail it before the major wreckage. I might not be able to tape mine together very easily now that it's been around the block a few times.

  17. I haven't done the mailing yet but I could already imagined how I would miss it greatly. It's quite a amazing to realize that how I've become attached to the journal. Great wreck work of yours! :)

  18. Awesome! The stamps you got are gorgeous and how cool to have it arrive back home in your mailbox - like a boomarang. Hey, that's some good inspiration to throw it!

    I love your clean cuss word! Mine is Fuzzy Bunnies, which I got from sister ages ago.

  19. It came back!!! Must admit I was pretty dubious.
    When you mentioned Jaws, my mind went straight to can-opener. Wonder if it could crunch through the book?
    ps Now I have a new ear worm: FuzzyBunnies'n'PantsFuzzyBunnies'n'Pants.Gee,Thanks everybody!

  20. Oh, i do love mailing, but am so concerned about Canada Post losing it along the way! Now that would be so sad!

    But, thanks! I might just do it when i am away in Vancouver and then mail it to Toronto next week! That would be an excitement!


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