I think these are sort of different, but they look professional and would probably work. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40044.0 You could probably poke a little hole at the end if you wanted to tie it on like in your example, or you could just sew it onto the handbag. Either way, good luck!
What a cool idea, modifying the checkbook cover for a journal. I think I might try this! (Although, quick question. What's the inside cover covering? Like...how does the journal stay in place? If that makes any sense.) I love the bunny fabric! I never thought of that, oddly enough - buying holiday related fabric after the holiday. Nice savings, haha.
I love the book - you're so incredibly talented at drawing! I wish I could make cute cartoons like that. The roses are lovely - I can never make duct tape roses for some reason, haha. The box is great - I really liked how you collaged it!
Holy heckaroondo, the patience that must have gone into that. Kudos to you, looks great! I love common objects made out of candy wrappers and other things some might consider useless - it proves them wrong!