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Art Journal Every Day: What's the Difference?

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!

Today I thought I'd tackle a question that I get quite often.  It starts with: "What's the difference between an art journal and...?"  

What's the difference between an art journal page and a scrapbook page?

There are so many kinds of art journaling and so many kinds of scrapbooking that so many different kinds of people do.  So, I can only answer for myself.  These are some of the factors that define an art journal page and a scrapbook page, for me.

What's the difference between an art journal and a mini album?

In my opinion, very little.  I think it's mostly self-defined.  Here's how I define them for myself: 

What's the difference between an art journal and Project Life?

For me, there's a very obvious distinction: page protectors!  Here's the rest of the breakdown:


What's the difference between an art journal and a sketchbook?

I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but again I say, a lot of it is self-defined.  This is how I break it down:

I hope that this was useful to you.  I think the important note to take from all these "definitions" is that it's really a personal choice as to how you define these things.  There is absolutely no right or wrong or even a standard definition.  Like so much of art, it is up to you decide how you define your own work, along with what barriers or "rules" you create for yourself.

What's your opinion?  Do you think there are things that clearly define art journaling and keep it separate from other forms of art making?

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