So I needed to remind myself that anything, and I do mean absolutely anything goes. You can put one big word in the middle of the page, draw a tree and then write about something completely different, consider the social habits of polar bears, whatever floats your boat. You can stick pictures down and not draw or write anything unless YOU want to! The point is that you enjoy and get something from the process, and that the final page kind of speaks to you of the journey you went on in making it.
So I covered up the work I'd done - and I didn't even paint or ink it but "cheated" and used scrapbook paper! The purists would say that's NOT ALLOWED and isn't arty wouldn't they? Off with their heads. Then I stuck some random pictures on top for no better reason than that I liked them - which is good enough for me.
A journal is for YOU, and you need to be able to feel that you can put anything in it. I make a few very personal pages which I don't publish, so its completely up to you who sees or doesn't see what you do. If its going to have value to you then you have to be free to do whatever you like with it, and if you aren't enjoying that process why are you doing it??
I will climb down off my soapbox now and continue work on the covers of my next journal - this one is filling up nicely.