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Create YOUR Journal

Inspired by the concept of the existing "Wreck this Journal", a 'Create YOUR Journal' is a creative twist on this fun concept. The idea is to have a pre-fabricated journal vaguely direct you to do something different and record it each day.

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When I discovered these journals, I was in absolute Awe.  I thought this concept was such a fun idea, and even though I wasn't someone who kept a journal, it was enticing enough to make me want to start one, but only if it was a 'wreck this journal'.  

The idea is simple, the journal is pre-made with daily instructions as to how one should vaguely go about filling the page.  To twist on this concept for our challenge would be to redefine a 'Wreck This Journal' and cater it to enhance and expand on creativity, making it a 'Create YOUR Journal' instead!  Ideas such as "cover this page with your favorite materials to draw a picture" or "using objects found in nature create a few structures, then take a picture of them and glue your pictures to this page".  

This 'Create YOUR Journal' has the potential to teach a number of creative lessons, such as:
- Brainstorming ideas
- Thinking outside the box
- Idea sharing
- Directed creativity
- Self expression
- Diverse thinking
- Problem solving
- ETC....

The best part of this journal would be the sharing process.  It would empower children to share creative ideas without fear because there is no pressure behind the works created.  It is essentially individuals expressing their ideas and seeing how others expressed the same idea in a different manner, while at the same time working the creative part of your brain on a regular basis in a very fun way!

The repetition of creative activity and teaching the perspective of sharing ideas for constructive fun, and without fear, are the main creative confidence boosters behind this idea.

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

This would be an extremely fun project to prototype! I would like to brainstorm with the demographics involved to see what kind of ideas work best for which age groups, and hash out ideas with other creatives to see what would be fun and constructive ways to creatively fill these journals.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

This concept seems fairly easy to spread since it is in the form of a book. It can be published in different languages and pages/entire books can be modified for a range of demographics ranging in differing geographical locations. If it became very popular, I see these journals being used creatively in schools as a home room activity that allows for classmates to share their ideas with one another on a frequent basis. The question "why didn't I think of that?" is something that I believe inspires creative confidence for the youth. This will enable the younger generation to get more and more creative as the pages in the book get filled day by day.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

I would like the openIDEO community to help me build this concept with ideas and testing. Help me think of fun and creative ways to fill these journals! Let me know how I can consolidate this concept even further! If you would like to help me build a prototype and have them made and sent out to your local community, let's get in touch!

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I thought that it was a very interesting idea that know one would really think about doing as an art project. I think that it is a very creative idea and I think that it looks so cool!!!!

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Hey Tim, lovely idea!
I have not yet personally used this printing service, but it could help to produce a prototype: http://www.booksondemand.com/

Also, do you think it could be a good idea to give people the option to put together their own journals? How I envision this to work is by setting up a (growing) database with all the different page ideas and then let the customers pick whichever ones they like best for their own journal.

How about adding some 3D products to the journal like wobbly eyes or a small ball of wool? This might be a nightmare for the production process, but quite fun to work with. Another idea could be to link some pages via (hate to say it) QR codes to the digital world. See this project "drawnimal" from Ulrich Troyer for inspiration: http://www.ulrichtroyer.com/projects_drawnimal.php

Hope this was helpful!

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Thanks for the great feedback Sonja!
I will definitely need to check out the online printing service that you provided me with!

And I think it's a great idea to give people the opportunity to build their own journals. I didn't even think about the possibilities of having the database of 'ideas' and allowing users to choose their own pages! I think it allows for more personalization, especially for older children when it comes to developing more personalized ideas. However, thinking about it a little more now, I believe there is also a benefit for having a 'generic' journal as well. For example, if used within a school where children are using a 'generic' journal with all the same pages, when they share their journals they will be able to see just how many different ways others approached the same concept, thus constructively expanding their creativity. In addition, they can also see how others approached the concept in a similar yet different manner than their own, building creative confidence by positive reinforcement. Maybe this is where age groups comes into play?

I love the idea of adding 3D elements into play! It is definitely an area I want to develop on in this concept. More ideas on this would be great! And the example of 'drawnimal' was awesome! Definitely a fun and neat development that this could branch off into!

Once again, great ideas and great advice!

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Cool! I agree there should be preset journals as well. Its always interesting to compare objects based on one framework.
I thought the personalized version could be a good way to involve young adults in the production process and also it's nice if you wanted to give a journal away as a gift. Maybe this is beta :)

Looking forward to see how this concept evolves!

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That is a great idea Sonja! This concept definitely has potential to grow into something more! I'll try my best to explore it further and see where it takes me! :)

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i really like this man! this could be used for all ages i recon! one question, will you make different ones for different ages? if u keep the same one for all ages will the challenges each day be easy for all ages to understand and get what u want them to get from it? really like it man! keep up the good work! feel free to take a look at mine too man

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Thanks Daniel! I really think there is a lot of potential for this to help young creatives stay active on creative thinking. It's the concept of practice makes perfect, and maybe adding daily creativity will do just that in the simple form of a journal. I believe this definitely should be developed for different age groups so that it could become more 'creatively challenging' as you get older. Just like building ones body for sports, I believe creative thinking will benefit from being 'worked-out' as well to strengthen the mind.

Once again, thanks for the comment! I will definitely check out your ideas!