At meet the teacher each year, I like to give out the first homework assignment of the year to parents & students. This assignment asks them to gather items from home to personalize their writer's notebook. We begin writer's workshop on the first day of school, and by the first week, I like to have their notebooks all personalized and fun-looking. They are so eager to write in their beautiful notebooks!
For a little extra "security", I use clear contact paper to cover the books which holds down the pictures & stickers for MUCH longer than they'd stay on their own with tape or glue.