I adore Kerri Smith, and I just bought a big stack of her books. Not everything she has written, but still, plenty.
Who is Kerri Smith? She is the author of a line of sketchbooks/ creativity books/ journals. Her books are both open ended and guided at the same time. The best known of the series is called Wreck This Journal.
People have done all kinds of things with her books. For instance, in Wreck This Journal, there is a page that says “Bring this book in the shower with you” and some folks have actually done that (and had a very waterlogged book). Others have drawn pictures of themselves in the shower. A few used watercolor pencils on the page and sprayed it with a fine mist of shower water. Anything goes.
The Pocket Scavenger and This Is Not A Book are a little different from the other books. The Pocket Scavenger asks you to find tiny objects and do random art projects with them. This Is Not A Book invites you to use the book itself to do a variety of silly little activities.
Update: I just started working in This Is Not A Book. Last night, as instructed, I’ve disguised the front cover. This morning, I cut out a page to make a mini book (I made mine a book of quotations.) Tonight I’m planning to do page 54. The directions say “This is a hiding place. Stash your secrets here.” I’m going to write my secrets on little scraps of paper and glue them (print side down) to the page.
Finish This Book is enjoyed by a lot of adults, but it may be more for kids. The reader is urged to follow the exercises in the book in order to become a detective and solve a small mystery.
There are a ton of Kerri Smith resources available online. Youtube has dozens of videos showing page by page finished journals. Searches on Tumblr and Pinterest also come up with lots of tutorials, page ideas and inspiration pages. In addition, Kerri has a free pdf called “100 Ideas,” which some crafters have used as the basis for an entire journal.
Here’s a list of the books I bought:
I also purchased How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum but I will be doing a complete review of that book later in the month.
If you decide to purchase any of these books, and use my link I will receive a (small) compensation from Amazon.