I made journals for my daughter's cousins for Christmas this year. (Ummm...I still have a couple to make and send yet. Oops! I need to get busy!)
I just used one of those black and white steno books from the school supply aisle, a glue stick and some scrapbooking supplies. I think these turned out cute.
For my sisters-in-law and mother-in-law, instead of making journals, I made them family recipe books. I had them email me some family favorite recipes with a snippet of why the recipe is special to them. I then printed these out and glued them inside the book. I divided the book into sections like appetizers, main dishes, desserts and sweets, and misc. using cardstock tabs that I stapled to the first page of each section. Then I just covered the front, back and inside covers with scrapbook paper and supplies. Then the recipients can add more recipes over the years to pass on to their children.
I wish you could see them better. I was happy with how they turned out.