I am so terribly clever that I actually planned ahead for this (unusual for me, I must admit). As I was packing my suitcases in San Miguel, I tossed some scraps from previous books into my carry-on. Then I added a couple of needles and linen thread, a glue stick and a tiny pair of scissors that would make it through the security check. This little "scrap" book is the result.
I think I've done pretty well by that red-checked plastic envelope I bought in San Miguel. This is the third (or maybe the fourth) book I've made from that one envelope! It's a tiny little blank book journal with four signatures folded from heavy vellum tracing paper scrap. They are stitched to the plastic cover with white waxed linen thread. Then I took another length of the linen thread and chained it to form a wrap-around tie closure.
I might have gotten some odd looks in the airport sitting there playing with tiny scraps of paper, but there was basically no one to see me. It was 3 am and even Los Angeles airport is all but deserted at that hour. By the way, that black/silver speckled granite background in the photos is the floor of LAX terminal #3.
Onward to Arizona...