You will need: mountboard or sturdy cardstock, fabric, scissors, adhesive, Crop-a-Dile or other hole punch tool, book rings, ribbons/buttons/stickers etc for embellishment (see step-by-steps for sizes and other details!)
First you need to decide how big you want your notebook to be. I usually make them A6, but long thin ones can be useful for shopping lists, and sometimes you might want a larger size - it really depends how you want to use it! Will it sit on a desk at home? Or do you want to be able to carry it round with you in a pocket or handbag? What kind of notes is it for? Short sentences, odd words, jottings? Or longer pieces of writing, such as journaling, story-writing, drafting articles or pieces of coursework?
Having made that decision, you'll need two pieces of sturdy cardstock in that size. One reason I usually go for A6 size is that I can get hold of A5 mountboard quite cheaply and just need to cut it in half to give me both front and back cover :-)
Next you need to gather together some fabric for the front cover. Pretty much anything will do - leftovers from other projects, spare pillowcases, pieces of outgrown clothes (though I only use items that aren't good enough to pass on to a charity shop) - you could even buy some specially! ;-)
Now remove the backing from all the tape on one side of the mountboard/cardstock and lay it sticky side down on top of the fabric, making sure that the fabric is wrong side up! Turn the piece over and smooth the fabric over the mountboard, pressing down firmly along each edge. Then flip it again and trim away any excess fabric so there's a border of about 1 inch:
The advantage of it being archived is that I won't feel any need to 'keep up', I can go through the prompts at my own pace. The disadvantage of this is, of course, I may not actually get on with it at all... I'll have to see how I go with Blogging for Scrapbookers (which I keep trying to call Scrapping for Bloggers!!) but with Journal Your Christmas on the horizon too I may just have bitten off more than I can chew....