My 8 year old granddaughter and I were in an office supply store when she saw a journal that had been decorated. It cost $15. She called it a diary. I mentioned that she could make one herself. So, using a composition book, patterned paper and embellishments, she did. She also wanted to be able to lock it so I made a couple tabs, punched a whole in them and voila! I think it turned out cute!