And working toward that goal, here's another recycled kids book journal using the classic "The Little Engine That Could," one of my favorite stories when I was could (and likely one of yours, too).
Cut the book in half, pull out the book block, saving any good illustrations that are intact for reuse. Fold the cut edges over and tape down with duct tape (blue this time). Fold text paper into signatures. Punch holes in the sigs and cover, stitch with a single-needle coptic stitch with linen thread. Tip in the saved illustrations.
Call it a recycled blank book/journal. Sell it (well, that comes later, but it's in the plan).