She googled ideas and viewed a few youtube videos on making journals and this is what she came up with:
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal Box
9 x 12 Sketch Pad Paper - 20 sheets folded in half
First she removed 20 pages of sketch pad paper, folding each in half. Next she measured an inch on top and bottom of the fold cutting a slit for yarn to fit into rather than sewing. Then she nested the pages together.
Looking for a cover material, she chose the cardboard from a cereal box. We both loved the pattern/image on the Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal so went with that. Because the cover was cut a little larger than the pages, she made a slightly longer cut slit top and bottom of the fold.
Next step was taking yarn wrapping twice around the folded area neatly tucking the yarn into the slits to hold everything together and knotting in the center of the back side.
Final step was taking duct tape to hide the yarn, knot, and add a decorative touch to the folder edge.
And here are her first two pages she sketched........