You know,it is not hard to find an art journal that you really like. Try the Strathmore Journals and use a Michael's, JoAnne's or ACMoore coupon and get a discount off.
Strathmore also has art journal videos online to learn from so that you can continue your education inexpensively.
My husband is a pastor and our income was cut in more than half durinng this recession. I want to continue to learn, but can not afford online classes. These are wonderful art journal classes thanks to Strathmore and the artists that did the videos.