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    Step #716: Date Your Art

    {updated feb 2012; originally posted aug 2009}

    Do you date your art journal pages?

    Do you have a stamp or sticker for the back? 

    I date all of my pages on the front or on the back. Something about knowing when I did something, at least what month it was, makes me happy. You can use a date stamp from an office supply store, hand stamp each number of the date, write it, hide it, print in Word in a fun font, have a secret code for it, but include it.

    Here's more in the step-by-step art journaling series, each post about a different aspect of art journaling.

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    But when to date it? There can easily be weeks between when I start a page and when it is finished. Sometimes longer.
    When do you date a page?

    08.27.2009 | Unregistered CommenterZom

    Zom, Excellent question. My pages span months and I work on them 2-3x. On the back, I put the date I start the first layer and I might add another date if I did a lot on the page, and I put the "finish" date on the front.
    ~ Tammy

    08.27.2009 | Unregistered Commentergypsy

    I have a habit of writing notes and dating the back of the page usually with month and year finished on my loose pages. I write on the front of bound pages and like the idea of working it into the design more. I usually only think about it when I am done and scan or photographing the page.

    I date everything - art journal pages, poems scrawled in a notebook, sketches, everything. Usually month, day, and year, but sometimes also the day of the week or even the time. If it's an art journal page, I typically will simply write the date in an obtrusive corner. If the page takes me days to weeks to finish, the page will receive the final date of completion, or perhaps simply be labelled with the month. I love being able to look back over my work years later and know when I did it, whether it was spring, fall, etc.

    02.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

    I like dating things too...the date stamp from the office store is awfully fun! I usually put the date I finish a page, which usually means the date I journal on it, as opposed to the date(s) I prepared the page.

    02.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndria

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