My solution was to make my own journal - from scratch. However, I don't have the tools for that, so instead I got a small Composition notebook from
1) Buy notebook
2) Find pictures, book pages, wrapping paper, pretty fabric, etc.
4) Special features: I wanted a bookmark for my journal, so I found a lacy ribbon and decoupaged it to the back inside of the notebook. I also have a piece of elastic that I'm going to sew to the back inside cover to hold my journal shut.
5) To make the inside cover look neater, use decoupage or spray-on adhesive to apply a single piece of fabric.