Journaling 'The Pocket Scavenger,' a Gamified 'Wreck This Journal'

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The alterations in the app are a little different than the ones in the book because the app is intended as a stand alone journaling tool. You're supposed to take photos of the items and then alter the photos within the app. Not my cup of tea. Instead, I'm journaling in the book and then taking a photo of the journal pages and adding those to the app. That's working really well for me. I don't love the forced dated entries in the app but that's not a big deal since I'm not good at dating my journal pages anyway.

After a month of having The Pocket Scavenger book and a week of having the app, I'm having a lot more fun with the book + app combo than I was having with just the book. But, the game aspect of this journal, (the scavenge), is probably going to be fun for some people but it's not ideal for me. I just want to journal. Yes, I want to find things and incorporate them into my journal. Yes, I like the randomness of flipping pages for alteration prompts. And, I do like uploading photos of my paper journal to the app. But, the scavenger hunt portion has become more of an obstacle to creativity than I'd like.

I'm still going to journal in this book and use the app and I'm looking forward to someday owning Wreck This Journal or one of Keri's other books -- I think those would suit me better.

Are you a fan of the scavenger hunt? If you are, give this book and/or the app a try and tell me what you think. (And if you have any of Keri's other books, share your journal pages, please. I'd love to see photos of your pages.)

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