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Having completed my work through of Journal Fodder 365 and still enjoying the activities in Wreck This Journal by Kerri Smith (I’m over half way through the book now) I decided to look into the other titles she has released and get another to play around with. Of all of them it was The Pocket Scavenger that really appealed to me so I snapped it up with the free Amazon voucher I was given a couple of weeks ago for completing a survey.

I thought it would be a fun thing to do both for me and the kids, particularly in the holidays when they are home and getting bored.

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As soon as it came through I was impressed with the feel of the cover and  pages they’re nice and thick with easy to follow instructions to get you  started. There’s a list of things to scavenge and a checklist plus a double  page spread reserved for each item. Once you find something you turn the  book upside down and flick to a random page which will tell you a way to  alter the item. There’s also a section near the end of scavenging activities to do by yourself and with others.

So far so good, I’m enjoying the idea and will be working with it alongside Wreck This Journal. Full reviews on both will come once I’ve completed them, possible with a video to show how they end up, if  I’m feeling brave enough.

 

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Last year I purchased a copy of Journal Fodder 365: Daily Doses of Inspiration for the Art Addict by Eric M. Scott and David R. Modler. I was looking for something to work through over a long period to help me to get back into and expand my regular journal practice in the hope that it would not only reinvent my creative journalling but also get me thinking about my life and what has been going on in it.

It has been a long journey but very enlightening and thoroughly enjoyable.

The book itself is set into themed sections with a series of writing prompts to engage and inspire. Alongside this are different ideas for materials, effects and page examples to get the reader to engage with their journal in different ways both practically in creating and setting up a practice of turning to the journal more readily, taking it to places and using it as a mix or written journal, diary and creative outlet.

I really enjoyed working through this book, which I downloaded on my Kindle. In many ways I wish I had purchased a physical copy for ease of flicking through and to be able to view the pictures in colour, but the essentials were there and well laid out on the Kindle.

Some of the prompts in each section I did find a little samey though it makes sense given the themes of each section. Although this was the case it did mean that many of my pages worked nicely together and flowed into one another which was particularly enjoyable when I was working on single pages in my journal as opposed to double page spreads.

If you are looking for a prompt type book to get you started or just working in your journal in new and different ways I would highly recommend this as a fun and thought provoking way to get back into journalling.

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