I don't know how I feel about "upcycling" a book and book crafts in general but this is pretty cute! Upcycled Zippered Book Clutch – Free Sewing Tutorial by See Kate Sew + Upcycled Sewing Projects by Betz White
What is a Smash Book? The easiest scrapbooking/journal project. With a step-by-step tutorial so you can start today. (Love how simple this is!) Perfect for a baby book, travel journal, or a family project that you make as you go.
DIY Craft: Use a normal composition notebook from Staples, Indigo, Michaels, etc. Then use chalk board paint- can get any craft store. Paint the notebook completely black- let it dry and then you can write whatever you want on it! What a clever idea!