I had a journal, one of those you can get from Borders or whatnot, and it was filled with journal entries, the stupid kind they make you do for high school- except this was for a medical ethics class in college. Needless to say, the entries were trite and not worth keeping around, they amounted to nothing more that an opinion in a book report. To make sure we read the assignments I guess, and because the teaching methods were... well...
Anyhow, I had a good amount of journal left, but knew that if I ripped the pages out it would be messy and uneven. I messed up the binding cutting the pages out [that glue was tight!] so ripped it all off, trimmed down the edges of paper/glue mass with an x-acto knife [I <3 those] and ended up with the floppy remnants of a blank journal. Since I have been making stuffed items and had lots of felt, I decided to rebind my journal, or re-cover it rather - something I'd never really done. I hot glued two layers of felt to the pages, folded the edges around and put in still paper stabilizers in the front and back joints. I just did guess work according to how I'd seen dismantled books, as well as some good old practicality. The only thing binding it is felt, but it ended up pretty nice and stiff after the double layering of felt and paper glued all together and smoothed out. It looked alright, but I decided there could be a more personal touch to it, so after some brainstorming I came up with this idea:
Black felt for and ink cloud, glue to front
Black button sewn onto "ink", making it less noticeable
Squid/Cuttlefish/Some sort of cephalopod [yay!] that attaches by eye socket to the button, so the button = its eye when attached.
Binding from the back to the front so the squid had something to attach to.
The book is fastened shut by way of Squiddy's eye, who is attached to a blue wavy shaped double thick length of felt, which is affixed to the back of the book.
There's my long-winded explanation.
I give you, Squid Ink
[See, he's inking on the journal, which is like me, I ink on journals too.]
he doubles as a bookmark as well