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ArtJournalEveryDayLogo-150If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here.  All of the previous posts can be found archived here.  There is a flickr group for sharing right here.  Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day!  No need to finish anything or even like it.  If you've done some art journaling this week and you've blogged about it, or put it on flickr, please leave a link in the linky list at the end of this post.  Thanks!

The beginning of the year always feels like a good time to look back, doesn't it?  Today I thought I'd share a little bit about my art journal journey.

I started dabbling in art journaling in 2007.

Most of my pages were 6x6 and meant to be put into a 6x6 scrapbook album.  They consisted of sketchy little drawings, a bit of stamping, and my handwriting.

Seeking an emotional outlet, I started to become a bit more proactive about art journaling in 2008 and 2009.

I used a lot of magazine collage.

And I also discovered that I loved drawing faces.

Towards the end of 2009, I decide to commit to a diary style art journal and the idea of art journaling every single day.  I managed to art journal every day for most of 2010.

And then in January 2011 I decided to go "public" with my little art journaling project.  Art Journal Every Day was born!

Part way through the year I switched to a smaller sized album...

...and I've never looked back!

Although, in 2012, I tried out a handmade album with pre-painted pages.

Definitely a very good decision!  It's one of my very favorite art journals.

I do also maintain a sketch-style art journal...

...and a non-diary style art journal where the pages often don't have any text.

All in all it has been an excellent adventure.  I've learned a lot about myself, about making art, about what I like -- all thanks to art journaling.  I'm grateful for the daily practice.  Some day I'll need to write a post about all of the wonderful and amazing things art journaling had done for me.  For today I will just say: It's never too late to start.  All it takes is ten minutes a day and an open mind!

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