This is a journal/notebook I made for my niece's birthday. I used 2 layers of cardboard recycled from cereal boxes as the base for the front and back. I bound them by hand with 2" wide masking tape and then hand-sewed in several pages of heavy-duty drawing paper with yellow silk cord. I used the drawing paper because my niece is still young and I want her to have a little freedom with the book. If she wants to tape in photos, draw pictures, write - whatever.
2 different calico blue fabrics line the inside and outside covers. The photo on the front cover was taken at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and is mounted on burlap and embroidered with glass beads at the edges. The journal closes with a baby blue lace ribbon tie.