First off, grab some patterned papers and a solid piece of background cardstock.
Cut and trim your papers in any shapes you like. Here I've done strips, but you can even do squares, triangles or any other shape your heart desires! I like to use my decorative scissors to trim a few edges too for interest. After you arrange your papers, ink the edges with a light brown ink and sponge, and adhere them to the cardstock with just a little adhesive. One great thing about sewing on your pages is that you can use less adhesive!
Stitch around the edges of the patterned papers with a straight stitch. You can alternate with a zig-zag stitch too, if you'd like.
Here's an example of just part of a piece that I've done. Once you do this across your whole layout, it's quite a lovely touch!
On this layout, I've used some narrower strips of paper from Material Girls and Homespun Chic.
Here's another quick tip for journaling - you can print computer generated journaling on patterned paper! Just be sure it's a light or neutral pattern so the type will show up.
I hope I've inspired you to grab your sewing machine the next time you sit down to create a page. It really adds such a nice homespun look and lots of great texture!