There are a number of ways to journal. You can purchase a journal, compostion book (and decorate to your liking as my two samples show), a pad of paper or online (with a blog) or a scrapbook.
My first comp book is for journaling my bible study. I record specific verses, thoughts for my daily bible reading. I may also include so notes in here regarding my daily reading in books to help me grow spiritually and emotionally. I am currently reading "Boundaries" by Dr. Henry Cloud/Dr. John Townsend. Online Redemptive Ramblings will be more delving into my personal insights of what I read and the 5 W's and 1 H on what is happening regarding this area in my life.
My second comp book is for journaling my weight loss. I am really struggling right now with a lot of things and I need to put myself in my right mind! I am currently listening to an online version of Weigh Down at Home, a Christian based weight loss program. As I listen, I am taking notes, writing down all scriptures and putting it into prospective. On SparkPeople I will be posting my personal insights on this aspect of my life.
As far as scrapbooking, I did do scrapbook journaling when I was trying to lose weight through using Beachbody products. I found it easier to do it in a 6 x 6 format as I could put pictures on one page and use the other for journaling.
Journaling allows you to get the thoughts out of your head, onto paper and then helps you gain insight into your daily thinking and life. In recording it, you are in first-person mode, but when reading you are in third person mode and can therefore look at it differently. It also gives you the chance to see where you were compared to where you are, and where you want to be!
Whatever you choose to do, just do it. Post your creation online if you decided to "dress up" a book for your journaling. Add a link into the comment section below.