I opted to add ribbon around the middle and cover them with paper so they tie closed. This is one I made for the student teacher in her class. This one turned out to be my favorite one, thought I accidently glued the cover upside down. It still works fine, though the top margin is on the bottom. Oh well after 19 journals I was feeling tired and messed up. It's still my favorite.
Here are a few other examples of journals made for Nature Girl's class. On the inside cover of each journal I included a manila clasp envelope with a ripped book page label that reads "Thoughts, inspirations and ideas." The recipients seemed happy with their journals. As much as it was fun, I am glad this project is complete. From now on I plan to experiment with altering one or two journals at a time not a whole class worth. Of course I have already started thinking about making these for my students as an end of the year gift. Go on, call me crazy, I deserve it!