I saw this idea on DIY or HGTV - can't remember which, but I wanted to post it because it's quick, easy and super cute! I made this journal for my neice Leslie who is a cheerleader in middle school. The nice thing about this project is the composition notebook has a very neat black binding that helps create a finished edge. Take a look - steps are below.http://www.knology.net/~emilyaaron/images/DSC00189.JPG
Glue - I used some archive safe glue - worked very well
Paper for decorating
Stickers / other scrapbooking materials as deemed necessary
exacto knife (or some other super sharp cutting device)
Glue the paper onto the composition notebook with the paper lining up next to the blank binding.
Wait for the glue to dry, flip it over and trim off the excess paper
Cut the ribbon to the desired length
on the inside front cover, add glue, place the ribbon in the center of the notebook and then add the paper
wait for the glue to dry, flip it over and carefully trip off the excess paper (being extra careful not to cut the ribbon)
Do the same to the back cover
Now - add your stickers, etc to the front to decorate. And voila - a custom journal.
Oh - I found the link to the DIY project - just in case my directions aren't clear:http://www.diynet.com/diy/diy_kits/article/0,2019,DIY_13787_3203766,00.html