The small art journal in the slot of the left pocket was one I made while I was still working, folded from one piece of copy paper according to an Instagram tutorial I saw. The "art" is office junk mail collages and highlighter designs lettered with encouragement. The Instagram version wasn't covered, but I used a discarded report cover to give mine a little more protection.
In the other pocket, I felt I needed a small separate notebook. When I read about the Mini Album Makers Challenge blog launch, I decided to make one:
I had many blank dot and grid pattern pages left in the back of an old spiral-bound planner, perfect for card sketches or notes on the run, so I removed and slightly trimmed them. My original intention was to make a traveler's notebook style, and the cover was a file folder that I cut down for that purpose. I didn't want the signatures nested, though, because that would separate the patterns from each other, so I perfect-bound the pages (folded each sheet in half separately and spread glue on the spine edges). I inserted the pages into the cover using the traveler's-notebook-style elastic spine, so I could reuse the cover. It's sort of a hybrid, but I think it's going to work for me!
Just this evening, I tried my hand at another type of book art. My public library hosted a workshop where we used fabric and trims (and a lot of glue) to transform blank bound dollar-store journals: