Compidori is a Midori-style notebook, made out of a composition book. Sturdy, fun, and you can make it for about a dollar's worth of materials. Great for trying the system before investing, although you might find you love it so much you don't want to stop using it!
Use this simple workbench plan to build a sturdy, tough workbench that'll last for decades. It has drawers and shelves for tool storage. It's inexpensive. And even a novice can build it in one day. Get your simple workbench plans at http://www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Woodworking/Workbenches/simple-workbench-plans