Yesterday I posted a page that I said that I didn't love. I'm happy with a page if I feel that it's said everything I want it to say (both visually and with my journaling.) I don't worry about my pages being pretty or perfect, that's not important to me. I worry about MY reaction to the pages later on. I do not make my pages for anyone other than me (my pages are like love letters to myself and on occasion I do write them to others like my husband, son, family members, friends, etc..., mostly they are made for me.) I try to push myself with each and every page as much as possible. When I can't push anymore, I move on. That's what happened with yesterday's page.
The page you see above is one that I love. It's exactly what I wanted and needed it to be at the time. I can remember how I felt when I made it and it evokes a strong emotion in me when I look at it again. That is the kind of response that I'm looking for when I make my pages. Not all pages are like this but this is what I personally strive for when I make a page.
It's funny when I read on various blogs about what folks think an art journal is or should be. It's all about what YOU need it to be. Don't let anyone tell you anything different.