Wreck This Journal: Doodlebug


When Wreck This Journal instructed me doodle on the front pages, I panicked.  I am not much of a doodler, nor have I ever been.  Drawing does not come easily to me and I am, by nature, a planner. Even though my experiences with Wreck This Journal have launched me into the glorious realm of whimsy and nonsense, doodling without a prompt of some kind really threw me for a loop.  I had no idea what to do!

My journal sat open on the table for days without a doodle in sight.  It wasn’t until I thought of the single doodle I once created in my school notebooks that I finally found my inspiration.  The last time I made a “daisy chain” was probably my junior year in college, right before I found myself engulfed in the craziness that is student teaching.  To my surprise, stringing daisies together is just like riding a bike as I could still do it without thinking twice.

Once I finished the daisy chain, the rest fell naturally into place.  The “Warning” at the top of the page reminded me of the Red Alert siren in Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I colored it red and gave the order to raise shields.  After all, the rest of the page needed protection from the explosion of yellow and dark pink.  I added color around all the text and highlighted words and phrases that appealed to me. In addition, I doodled little pieces of writing in reaction to the text and my daisy chain.

At the very bottom, I wrote a phrase that continues to serve as my philosophical moment for this page: One day I’ll learn to live with crooked lines.  That day has yet to arrive, but I’m learning.

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Update: I have to make a small adjustment to my post, January Status Report: 2012 Goals. For Goal #3, I noted I had written 3,654 words in my second novel, but after a very productive day of writing (on Jan 31st), the word count now stands at 4,412. Yay!

c.b. 2012


19 thoughts on “Wreck This Journal: Doodlebug

  1. I love it! Who says you’re not creative? It’s been ages (decades, really) since I doodled in college or high school. Now, I scrapbook! It’s much the same thing where the focus is on the photos and journaling, but with embellishments such as flowers and borders all around the page. It’s also a rather costly hobby as there is always a cuter stamp set to buy or adorable paper packs or brads, jewels and flowers that you KNOW would look perfect for that particular card or page layout. Maybe I should go back to doodling! lol


    • My closet is rammed with scrapbooking and paper craft supplies. I’m a sucker for printed paper, stamps, and stickers!! 🙂

      Once I got going, it really was fun to doodle this page. I just needed to find the inspiration!

      Thanks for reading!


  2. Love the daisy chain. The few times I doodle; there are mainly some type of glass cubes, in perspective, that you can see through. And, I have yet to learn to live with crooked lines 🙂
    Your book looks neat now!


  3. Leila

    I have the need for order of a Libra, but the chaotic impulses of a Scorpio. I need my lines straight, BUT I usually end up with very dangerous twists and turns. 🙂

    Congrats on the writing count.


    • Thanks! (I had to make myself stop writing last night – it killed me to let it go, but alas I had to try and get a little sleep!)

      Your lines sound beautiful and maybe one day I’ll be able to make something similar without the temptation to have a ruler nearby. 😉


  4. I love it too!! There are several pages in my WTJ that I haven’t doodled on yet, because if I did, I know I’d be forcing myself because I feel I should. I want to wait until I have a great idea and then I will do it, that’s the only way I’ll ever be happy with it!!


    • That’s the nice thing about WTJ, there’s no rhyme or reason and you don’t have to do things in order. I also love that there are a number of blank pages that only get filled in if inspiration strikes. 🙂


  5. Love the daisy chains. I really like crooked. There are many crooked things . . . feathers, petals, grass, clouds, vines, leaves, footprints, handwriting, worms . . . learn to love the crooked for without the crooked you wouldn’t recognize the straight.


  6. Your word count reminds me of a scene early on in the movie “Shakespear In Love” after he first meets Juliet, where the words and pages flow one on top of the other from Shakespear’s pen – very exhilarating to see the creative flow. I like your daisy chain and commentary around the edges. I hope this isn’t the end of the book…


    • There are still plenty of Wreck This Journal pages. 🙂

      It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Shakespeare in Love (such a great movie), but the last couple of days have felt just like you describe. It’s so invigorating and exciting!


  7. I’m wondering, is this a book that you found that when opened to any random page, asks you to do something creative? And then you do it (sometimes after much thought) and follow up with coloring, “words of warning”, etc.?


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