First I swapped out the chrome-colored metal binder rings for pretty colored ones, and added some fiber and ribbon wraps. The front cover is a transparency printed on the computer with my doodles.
The whole journal was inspired by the online 21 Secrets journaling class with Tracie Hanson. We created the painted pages by taking big sheets of brown craft paper and white drawing paper and painting with acrylic paints. Then we cut those up into journal-size pages, often sewing them back to back with other papers. In the photo below, the left side page is one of the painted brown papers outlined with marker. The other side is cardstock painted and stamped. I started a few doodled faces.