I always find myself making new journals at back to school time. I have always loved a cute journal and at this time a year, you can get the spiral bound notebooks for about .20 a piece. They make thoughtful gifts when inscribed with love notes and perhaps a nice pen and since they aren't too specific they can be used for just about anything.
scrapbook paper, one piece will cover a notebook, but you will need several pieces if you want more than one design on the notebook. I prefer to make three notebooks at once and use three different pieces of paper and mix and match on the books.
rubber cement, seriously, use rubber cement. Not regular glue, not craft glue, rubber cement.
1/2 inch ribbon
Cover your notebook with the scrapbook paper in anyway that you see fit. Make sure to go all the way to edge on both edges. Glue down with rubber cement, because it won't wrinkle that way.
Weave the ribbon over and under and over and under through the spiral binding.