I made a journal out of an old ledger and here's how I did it...I actually took the ledger apart, and because the front and back covers were exactly the same, I can make 2 journals! To make the back cover I cut a piece of chipboard and covered it with a sturdy embossed piece of vintage wallpaper. I covered the inside panel with vintage ledger paper and did some machine stitching.
I used an exacto knife to cut out a window in the front cover and added a piece of vintage wallpaper...
I backed the wallpaper with a piece of cardboard, and then covered that with decorative papers. To bind the journal I used some twill tape...
I really liked the cover image, and didn't want to hide any portion of it. I decided to sew the twill tape under the cover, instead of on top of the cover.
I cut 5 sheets of 140 lb. watercolor paper and folded those in half to make my signatures. I sewed each signature to the twill tape "spine".
The pages have lots of room for adding lots of stuff!
One ledger=2 journals, and 5 pieces of paper=20 pages! I may sew ribbons to the front and back so that I can tie it together when I am done. My next project is trying to make a slightly more elegant version of this to be used as the Guest Book in my daughters wedding! I can't believe she's going to let me do it!