To Do, Activity Books.

I have these books that are to do styled. These are where you get down, dirty, and very creative. And I think everyone should at least have one of these books.

Just to get lost in a book, in the different conventional way, A book with no characters, no plot. These books you get to finish yourself, anyway you like. It really helped me literally get outside and out of my terrible mood. Just step away from life for a page or 2. These books easily take a couple of minutes and even fit right into your day. As I said these are my books, some of them are in the process or not done at all. I got the first 3 books in a box set called Wreck This Box from Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/Wreck-This-Box-Boxed-Set/dp/0399163735/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425981503&sr=8-1&keywords=wreck+this+box+set

Links for all books will be under the descriptions

 

1. Wreck This Journal (original) by Keri Smithwpid-img_20150309_041248.jpg

This book is probably the most popular, and what many people know of. And for a good reason, it is very fun and you can get a bit messy. This book also fits in with your daily life easily, whether you bring it in the shower with you or walk around outside with it. Keri Smith has created a couple of more things building off this original book. For instance, adding more pages in a couple of other editions, a travel size for on the go (Wreck This Journal Everywhere) even an app called Wreck This App (available on Google Play and the App Store for $4.99)

1. So far I think this has been one of my favorite pages to do. I crumpled up pieces of paper into a ball dipped it in paint. And threw. It was really fun even though maybe I did it with my eyes closed, and it really made me feel like a kid again! 2. While I was in class, I asked my friend, Jacquelyn to help me with this page, like it says to do. She had so much fun and she wanted a book of her own.

http://www.amazon.com/Wreck-This-Journal-Black-Expanded/dp/0399161945/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425981854&sr=1-1&keywords=wreck+this+journal+original

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2. Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes by Keri Smithwpid-img_20150309_041121.jpg

Just like the title says its a Mess. This is the type of book you can’t do in a perfect white room, but rather in the dirt outside. This is the book where you shouldn’t think about too hard, you shouldn’t to make it into a piece of art because that’s not the whole idea. This is supposed to take you out of the whole idea of being perfect and sticking to certain ‘life rules’

A section of the back of this book says.

“Three rules to keep in mind:

  1. Do not try to make something beautiful.
  2. Do not think too much. ( There is no “wrong”)
  3. Continue under all circumstances.”

http://www.amazon.com/Mess-Accidents-Mistakes-Keri-Smith/dp/0399536000/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425981921&sr=1-1&keywords=mess+book

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3. This Is Not A Book by Keri Smithwpid-img_20150309_041047.jpg

Every activity in this “book” starts with This Is A. Unlike the last 2 books above from Keri, this tells you more what to do, and gives you some sort of instructions, and it’s a bit more of an activity book. Every page has art in it to build off of, cut out, throw out…

http://www.amazon.com/This-Not-Book-Keri-Smith/dp/0399535217/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425981921&sr=1-2&keywords=mess+book

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4. The Art of Getting Started by Lee Crutchley & …wpid-img_20150309_041148.jpg
It’s ironic, I got this book to help me get started on art and life’s work of things, and I haven’t even started this book. This book has a bit more of a simplistic design which I really love, there isn’t really any pictures added into this. Just written instructions and a couple of lines and boxes to guide you. The concept is beautiful, it focuses on your dreams and making art and features wonderful quotes.

 http://www.amazon.com/Art-Getting-Started-Lee-Crutchley/dp/0399164073/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425982017&sr=1-1&keywords=the+art+of+getting+started

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These are a handful of other books similar to the ones above. That I would also like to try.

  • The Pointless Book  Started by Alfie Deyes, Finished by you

http://www.amazon.com/Pointless-Book-Started-Alfie-Finished/dp/0762457511/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425982223&sr=1-1&keywords=the+pointless+book
  • Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars

http://www.amazon.com/Lets-Make-Some-Great-Art/dp/185669786X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425982266&sr=1-1&keywords=lets+make+some+great+art
  • Everything That Can Happen In A Day by David Horvitz

http://www.amazon.com/Everything-That-Can-Happen-Day/dp/1935613065/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425982336&sr=1-1&keywords=everything+that+can+happen+in+a+day

P.s. Check more from Keri Smith 

I hope I persuaded you to pick up one of these books. Sometimes you need to step out of life for at least a couple of minutes just to have fun and laugh with what the book tells you to do. These books are actually great for all ages. That is probably the main reason these authors created them, for adults to have fun like the little kids do, and like we all used to when we were younger.

All of these book can be found on Amazon. Don’t give in for the cheaper, used ones. Create your very own. Every book is very affordable and worth the $7-$13 So why not get it, Make memories of finishing a one of a kind book.

These books have taught me a simple message. Life should be fun, not always sticking to the same exact schedules every single day. I love structures, morals, and schedules but we aren’t robots. Have Fun!

Sincerely Yours, Jolee G.

Falling In Love With Fall.

Fall is love, and my all time favorite time of year.

It’s not too cold and not too hot all at the same time, my perfect weather ranging in the 60’s-70’s. It sounds really weird but I love the smell, not really the pumpkin smell (though I do love that), but the smell of brisk weather without your nose feeling like an ice cube. Kind of like how Lorlei Gilmore from Gilmore Girls could smell that snow is coming to Stars Hallow. That’s me.

When you see the leaves of a beautiful oak tree change colors within days, then before Winter comes you walk around outside, and crunch on the softly fallen leaves on the ground.

And then watching slightly scary movies and shows on TV. And the only time I would go to Disney Channel is to watch the HalloweenTown Series, and Hocus Pocus, then watch the classics like The Munsters, and The Adams Family, that make Fall and Halloween even more fun and make me feel slightly more like a kid again.

Getting out all the warm blankets, clothes, and scarfs (for another 6-8 months) out of the back of the closets that were way too hot for the summertime. Enjoying a nice warm hot chocolate, and fuzzy blanket in or outside. Lovely crackling fire outside in a fire pit or a fire inside next to the fireplace.

Who can forget Halloween, when you could dress up as anything for one night, despite your age. Whether you are a kid, you could ask for free candy, from everyone, and it being completely okay. Or if you are a teenager or adult and go to Costume Parties, or go trick or treating with your young siblings or kids, or trick and treating kids at your door. I think my family tried carving pumpkins a number of times, but they didn’t really like it, but later I would love to do it. Silhouettes are my favorite and putting it on a pumpkin sounds so fun.

And Lastly Thanksgiving, You get to stuff your face with your own mountain of food and desserts, of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, pies, yum! You’re either watching Football, or Cooking, or even both! Eat with the family, and/or friends sharing stories and journey of the past couple of days. Then you maybe needing to change into something more comfortable. Accidentally falling asleep minutes or hours later, then you might be one who loves sales and marked down prices, so you get to Black Friday Shopping!

Its a beautiful scenery season filled with fun, and childish memories and eating candy and food galore! I think I will always be in love with Fall, despite the fact my birthday is in Spring, or the Christmas season.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

 

Sincerely Yours Jolee G