I have started to wonder: is there only one style in art journaling? Is it only for those who are ready to explore with paint and who are not afraid of getting messy. And scrapbooking: is it about using commercial products and aiming for pretty pages?
Can't there be pretty art journaling?
I bought this pink Smash book some time ago. The pages were so pretty I could not put any mess over them. And my style of making scrapbooks was not suitable for them either. But after getting fed up with messy mixed media, I dared to open it and just make it pretty!
So why not glue all the pretty stuff to your art journal? Add lace and frills and anything you find beautiful!
I added both commercial products and my own handdecorated papers to the page. Even my handwriting is a bit more controlled than how I usually write.