While in Port Huron giving an Altered Book / Art Journal demonstration I began a new journal. An Altered Notebook incorporating parts of books rather than starting with and using a single book in it's entirety. I wanted to stress that making altered books is not a difficult or expensive thing to do. Throughout the years I have come to learn that people are intimidated by the fact that scrap booking is so very expensive and they assume that making Altered Books and Journals is also. I am trying to clear up that misconception ... as far as Altered Books and Journals go anyways. This book so far is made from materials that I had on hand and found in the recycling bin, To this point I have spent $1.99 on it. I just had to have the piece of cut work paper with all the flourishes to use on the cover. I will continue to use found objects and "stuff" that I have on hand to work in this journal. Keep in mind that I spend very little on the materials I have on hand. I buy my markers from the kids art supply section at discount stores, little cheapo craft paint pots and when I buy decorative paper it is on clearance or on sale. I do however spare no expense when it comes to watercolor pencils. For the fun of it, I will keep a running total of what the cost of this book is.