Many of you already know the process, but in brief:
I sliced the book down the center of the spine and removed the somewhat tattered book block. I folded the cut edges over of the front and back covers and taped them down with red duct tape. The end papers of bright red-and-white striped paper was in good shape so I was able to keep it. The pages are white text-weight paper. I stitched the signatures with a single-needle coptic stitch with gray linen thread. I tipped in one of the charming vintage illustrations on the first page of the blank book/journal.
And so it was done.