I bet that just about every craft blogger out there has a SouleMama post that sends them sprinting for the worktable, & mine was the one about the tiny books. My kids are dedicated artists & storytellers (especially my daughter, who loves narrative like nobody I've ever met, except maybe me, which I suspect is sometimes very, very tiring to the men in our household), we have teetering piles of pads & notebooks & story pages & drawings all over the place, & still it had never occurred to me to have a stack of little books around waiting to be filled up instead of waiting to bind the finished product.
I had the cardstock & paper, but no working stapler. I did, however, have plenty of embroidery floss, a longtime love for the book arts, & an inability to pass up the opportunity to make something just a little bit more complex in the name of aesthetics. Though, really, simple stitched books like this are barely harder than stapled ones.
Cut a sheet of cardstock in half (to 8.5" wide x 5.5" tall), then cut six sheets of paper to 8.25" wide by 5.5" tall. (Trimming that 1/4" will keep your pages from sticking out from the edges of the cover when the book is done.)
Fold the cardstock in half (to 4.25" x 5.5"), then do the same with the stack of paper. A bone folder will give a nice crisp crease.
Put the cardstock on top of the stack of pages, matching at the fold line, then clip together on one end. Punch three holes along the crease. I happened to have a spring action "anywhere" punch around, so I punched 1/16" holes, but you can use anything that will make a small hole, really.
Using 3 strands of an 11" piece of embroidery floss, take your needle down through the center hole,
up through one end (leave a long enough tail at center to tie a square knot),
down through the other end,
& back up through the center hole.
Use the ends to tie a knot around the long stitch
& you're done. Barely more time than stapling, right?
My kids spent the entire afternoon with these.
ENTIRE. I am not exaggerating.
EDIT: My punch is the "instant setter" from Making Memories, which I picked up at my local stamping store when I needed to set some Paper Source snaps into wedding programs without ruining the smooth tops. I like it fine & use the hole-punch tips pretty often, though I don't think it's that much quieter than the old-school individual hit-with-hammer "anywhere" punches I already had (I see Making Memories has a lo-tech punch-only version too). Keep in mind, though, that you don't need fancy scrapbooking tools for this project: try an awl, or a hammer & small nail.