I make little notebooks sometimes for friends — and for myself, natch. They will never be mistaken for store-bought, or even for the work of an expert, but they do have a crafty charm, if you can handle that sort of thing. And for me, they are the perfect notebook: spiral binding (lays flat), pen holder, place marker, and pockets to tuck away other papers.
I can choose the size, the interior stock, the images on the front and back, and refill or file when it’s filled up. For those rare pixel-free times when the analog act of putting pen to paper is the only thing that will do.