Wow! Great to see so much excitement already! To anyone who's worried about how to bind their book, it really is much less a big deal than you'd think. There are lot of good tutorials online for coptic and other types of binding, and none of them are particularly challenging. Last time, -Zoma- made my journal using a really clever technique: she took an old book and cut the binding apart, cut new pages the same size, then bound them up with some of the old pages. Then the whole thing fit back into the original cover (with less pages so it would be looser).
I think I'm going to go look at last year's Gallery again!
I don't think I'll have time to participate this time, but I can second Kartiana's enthusiasm for Round 1. I was just using the great journal I got from my partner (-Zoma- herself!) the other day, and thinking back on how much fun I had collecting and binding hers and how perfect the one she made for me is. I only wish there had been more swappers the first time 'round, because I enjoyed seeing everyone's journals so much and wish there'd been a lot more of them!