I had a notebook with a black cover and it was too plain for me.
So, I took some patterned paper, I die cut some cogs and altered them with paints, embossing powders (the smallest ones have been cut out from shrink plastic and I shrinked them with my heat gun). Then, I applied some metallic Distress Paint and I sprayed it with water. I sealed the altered patterned paper with matte gel.
I will link this project to the the "all scratched up" challenge on the Simon Says Stamp blog.
I will use this notebook for my calligraphy samples.