Cut a piece of patterned card stock to 8½ x 11 inches. Count out 4 or 5 pages of 8½ x 11 inch copy paper and stack together. Fold the card stock and the copy paper in half.
Place the folded copy paper inside the folded card stock. Use paper clips to hold the paper in place.
Use a 9/14 needle to sew along the fold line through all the layers of paper. Remove the paper clips and fold in half. Open the book and cut a piece of elastic just a bit larger than the width of the book.
Overlap and sew the ends of the elastic together with a zig zag stitch. Place the elastic on the center of the book spine.
Sew the elastic in place. Close the book and wrap the elastic around the book to hold it closed. You can also add ribbon/ rick rack to the book by cutting a 20-inch piece, folding it in half and sewing it to the center of the spine of the book. Close the book and tie a bow to hold the book closed.