Mega-Late, Mega-Decorated Post!

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz!

I have done it!  I have for you not one, not two, not three, but six pages of general wreckage and good times.  True I did this to myself, and true it seemed like a daunting task, but I have completed it.  Behold.

The first page we had to complete was very reminiscent of a page in our previous wreckage books.  Last time, I felt like I had done a terribly messy job, so this time I took it upon myself to make the neatest page possible.


This probed to be very difficult, as both kittens instantly came out of the woodwork to attack the yarn.  This resulted in a very tragic tearing of the paper, but I still feel like it looks fairly nice.

Secondly, I had to decorate a sticker.  I chose the absolutely riveting Lisa Frank heart dolphins, pictured in their non-decorated splendor below.


I initially planned on making an intensely colorful, heart themed, abstract picture around them, which is why there is that weird dark spot in the middle of the page.  After committing to the weird dark spot, I decided an ocean background would be much more fun, so just pretend that didn’t happen.


I actually had a nice time doing this little freehand doodle.  Though, I basically enjoy any chance to utilize my shmansy color pencils.

Excuse the maps to follow.  They’re rather dreadful.  Directions and spatial reasoning just aren’t my friend.  I obviously have no future as a cartographer.


Since there were two pages, I made two maps.  One that leads to something that I, or most people, would want, and one that leads to something the puppy dogs would want.  As you can see, the paths are pretty straight forward.  Also, I fail at drawing things on any sort of consistent scale.

This brings me to the page that started all of my problems.  The food page.


I actually ended up getting this to work better than I thought.  I had been distressed because I forgot to save random items from both Papa Johns and Steak n’ Shake.  However, as I was foraging for yarn in my desk, I found coupon sheets for both establishments.  Happily, these provided representation for them on my page.  The Panera logo is extra big because I ate there twice in the last week and a half.  No shame!

For the page of life advice I’d want to read in 10 years, I had no idea what to put.  I scrolled a bit on the Internet, looking for quotes from authors I liked or something similar that would suffice.  I found nothing, which is so typical of the Internet.  Fortunately, I did find a picture I had saved of definitions for emotions all people have but don’t know how to describe.  I’m skeptical as to the overall legitimacy of some of these definitions, but I’ve always liked the list and saved it in my phone.  I thought it would be fun to save them here for my thirty-four-year-old future self to re-discover.


Finally, I bring you the wax page.  I did not like the wax page.  I should no longer be allowed to complete wax pages.  In the case of this wax page, I used way too much wax, burnt my palm, and got wax on my dishwasher.  Artemis found it fascinating.  The wax also slightly bled onto the next page, so I’ll have to figure that nonsense out next week.


There you have it!  I have completed my mission.  I feel so accomplished.  I’ll leave you with the note that I’m looking forward to your instagram post today (look us up on pawsandpages), and this picture of what Annabelle was doing whilst I slaved at my wreckage.



Super Koala


Two Weeks Worth

Dearest Super Koala,

I am sorry that I have not posted in two weeks. I just completely forgot about it last week. However, I hope you realize that on Monday, you will have six pages due in order to catch up to me.

The first page was pretty easy. I was instructed to make a treasure map. I was at first just going to make a really cool looking map that served no real purpose, but then I decided to actually “bury” something. Bury is in quotations because I didn’t really dig up the ground and put something in it, rather I hid objects in our basement. Now that I think about it though, that is just as good as burying something.


So the map is a layout of the basement and in three of the rooms I hid a different object. In the laundry room there is a container full of bouncy balls, in the bedroom there is a ball of yarn, and in the back room there is a painted box with rocks inside. All three objects are completely out of plain sight, so I consider that buried.

For the next page, I had to collect something from every place I went out to eat that week. We only went three places, and I wasn’t very good at remembering to take something, so I guess it was a good thing I didn’t post last week. Otherwise, this page would have been very boring.


On Sunday, we went to Jo Boccardi’s; I had pizza. My object is the paper they use to keep the silverware wrapped up. However, I forgot to take this with me. Luckily, Frailey’s, where we went on Tuesday, has the same color wrapper, so I just took two from there. Finally, on Thursday, I had White Castle’s. I was going to cut out the logo on the bag, but I forgot about that and had to settle with a piece of napkin. To supplement for my lackluster items, I drew pictures of what I had in order to jazz the page up a bit.

On the next page I was supposed to write notes to myself that I would want to read in ten years. I couldn’t really think of anything to write, so instead I just wrote a bunch of cheesy motivational phrases in fun fonts to fill up the space. I think it wound up looking pretty cool.


Finally, I had to drip wax onto a page. I got very impatient waiting for enough wax to melt, so I wound up with very little to work with. It was my plan to make a smiley face all along to go with my motivational sayings, I just had less wax to work with than I would have liked. But, I guess that is my own fault for getting antsy. Nonetheless, I think he is pretty cute.


That’s all I have for these past weeks. I hope I will be more punctual this coming week.

– Captain Spazzmataz


Satisfactory Pages

Dearest Super Koala,

Week 2! I am successfully posting on time for the second week in a row! I know that isn’t much of a streak, but it will be soon. Of course you know what the pages of our project are this week, so I will just get right into it.

The first page was a little tricksey. I had already done something similar in our previous books, so I wanted to try something different.


I was really excited to do the shoelace thing, and it was my idea from the beginning, but it took so long for me to figure out how to make it work. I did follow the instructions and make the holes an inch from the sides and each other. However, once I marked it out, I realized it was impossible to get to the inside marks with the hole punch. I was thinking about how to fix this and decided on poking holes with a pencil. The holes aren’t very pretty, but they are round, and I was able to thread my ribbon through them, so I guess that is all that matters.

My next issue was that a page in a book is unlike a shoe in the sense that I cannot just pull the string through and have it be ready to thread again. After threading the first two holes, I quickly realized this was a major flaw in my plan. In order to overcome this challenge, I had to thread the ribbon through and then thread it through the back again so that way it could be on top again. This meant that I did not allot myself enough ribbon and had to cut a longer piece.

I finally finished about a half an hour after starting, but I think the effort was worth it. It looks pretty cool, and I successfully achieved the image I had in my mind which doesn’t happen often. Just a warning for when you go to do this; maybe try to think of something a little simpler because I had quite the struggle.

The next page was fairly simple except for the fact that I had no idea what I was going to use for a sticker. I couldn’t find any stickers anywhere. I thought I still had some puffy animal ones, but I could not locate those. I almost went out to buy some stickers when at the last minute I realized I had my Koneko Cat coloring book with stickers! I was super excited to get to use one. After picking the cat I wanted, I knew exactly what scene I would draw.


My Koneko Cat is at a Fiesta! Complete with lantern decorations and food stalls. I think it is pretty adorable, and once again I am very happy with how this page turned out.

That’s all I have for this week. I can’t wait to see what you come up with on Monday.

– Captain Spazzmataz

P.S. We should Skype on Sunday to read Joy Luck Club.

Destructive Verbage!

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

Today I finally got all my ducks in a row for our new project.  Sorry for the delay and the horrible cliche just implemented in those post.  What with your visit and all the tumultuous goings on at school, it has been a most wild and crazy time.

I like that we’re doing the same pages for this project!  It was fun to see what you had done in your interpretation of the pages in comparison to my interpretation of said pages.  My first welcome page ended up looking like this:


For some reason, this Tim Burton Charlie and the Chocolate Factory quote always says welcome to me.  So I had to make it my hello page.  I left a good deal of the space blank because I figure I can fill it in as I learn more things about myself throughout the course of this project.

The second page I found extraordinarily frustrating.  For some reason, I decided it would be a most excellent idea to weave an actual checkerboard out of paper and then adhere it to the page.  This was surprisingly difficult for my un-crafty fingers and did not turn out nice looking.  But I promise I tried.


I unsurprisingly roped Sparhawk into playing checkers with me, using pennies and dimes as checker pieces.  He was very amused by my antics, obviously.

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In a depressingly short amount of time, I was clobbered.  I tentatively put up a good fight, but it was for a brief moment.  Sparhawk came out solidly victorious in the end.  As the book dictates, he got to sign his name on the page.


That’s all I have for this week!  I’m excited to get back in the groove again and see what you have on Friday.


Super Koala

P.S. Just booked our hotel room for Chicago!