You might find yourself wanting to create art that commemorates an event and your feelings about it. Most people are caught up between art journals and scrapbooks. For me, an art journal seems like the ideal place for in-the-moment feelings and thoughts or daily musings about the little thing in life. But isn’t it the same way people use scrapbooks? Let’s try and clear the mist by creating a clear distinction between these two ways of tracking life experiences.

Regardless of whether you call it a scrapbook or an art journal, there are some differences. Below are some of them:

  • Scrapbook pages are more graphic and will often have more white space, while on the other hand, most art journal pages are filled to the brim.
  • Art journals are in the form of bound books in most cases, while the standard scrapbooks are 12 x 12 sheets of paper.
  • You can customize the cover photo of an art journal, but scrapbook pages and photos tend to stand alone.
  • The major difference between the two is our intention of what the end product to be. Scrapbook pages are created as complete pieces of art to be filed in the book. Art journal pages are more fluid, and you can always go back to them weeks or months later to make additions or subtractions.

To sum it up, we can say that the scrapbook is the ideal option when you intend to create a finished piece of art. An art journal is best for recording scattered everyday experiences.

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