I had decided that I wanted to begin another art journal; my last one had been finished sometime in January. However, I did not want to spend any money on a new notebook, or on supplies to bind a book myself.
So I found an old dollar-store notebook that had been used for various purposes in the past, such as writing down poems and quotes that had appealed to me when I was 13 years old but no longer did so, doing practice exercises for my economics and math classes, etc. Nearly all of the pages had been written on and I no longer had any use for this notebook.
To turn it into my new art journal, I cut out every other page (so that the book would not bulge open after I added paint and collage items to the pages), prepared many of the pages by painting them in different colours of dollar-store acrylic paint (of which I have somehow accumulated a great amount), and decorated the cover (the original cover was green with silver shooting stars on it, and is still partially visible). I don't think that I'm quite finished with the cover yet, but I like how it is turning out. The title of the book is "Palimpsest: An Art Journal", which refers to the previous use of this notebook. (A palimpsest is basically any kind of manuscript, etc. that has been re-used.)
I think that recycling notebooks in this way is excellent for both those people who have limited funds for purchasing expensive new notebooks, and those who are trying to be more environmentally conscious. My very first art journal was made from a similar, previously-used notebook (which was all I had available at that time). I have begun working on the first page spread in the book, and hopefully I will post a page or two here in the next few weeks.