Check out the details behind these Altered Notebooks at Pretty Pressings--ribbon, buttons, pictures, layering.
Use coordinating ribbon and cardstock to transform a clearance journal to a fun writing spot like Judith Bettencourt did.
Use a little paint to add interesting texture, like Aileen.
Go a little crazy with a bit of everything--fancy yarn, ribbon, vellum, scrapbooking paper--like this artist at All Paper Arts.
Brighten it up to match your daughter's personality.
Dress it up with some fabric or silk flowers like Karrilee.
And why stop with the outside? Add beauty and inspiration to the inside--these magazine clips are like little gifts just waiting to be discovered.