Fold the 5" by 4" piece of cardboard or card stock in half (like a card).
Affix your fabric to the outside of the cardboard by hot-gluing around the edges of the flattened cardboard and centering your piece of fabric on top. Then fold the cover to make sure you didn’t adhere it too tightly.
Once dry, make diagonal cuts in the corners of the fabric that sticks out, so you can fold the excess fabric to the inside.
Hot-glue a thin line around the inside edges of the cardboard, then fold the fabric and affix to the inside cover. You may need additional glue where the fabric overlaps.
For your journal’s pages, cut a short stack of paper about 4½" by 3½". Cut with pinking shears if you want your pages to have zigzag edges. Fold the stack in half (like a card) and staple twice in the crease to hold the pages together. Be sure not to use too much paper or the cover won’t close.
Hot-glue a line down the inside center of the cardboard. Align the edge of your folded-paper pile with the crease; hold till dry. Further secure the pages by gluing the first and last to the cardboard.
Make the inside covers pretty by gluing origami paper or additional fabric over them.
Excerpted from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006I16SII/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B006I16SII&linkCode=as2&tag=craftfocom-20">"The DIY Bust Guide to Life"</a> by Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel, published by STC Craft.