thanks for the responses so far
as for the paper quality it is definately heavier than the pages found even in most novels...it's a heavy journal paper. tempted to say almost brown paper bag-ish. it is lined however...which i think takes away from the 'old world' feel i want to create. have tried crumpling the edges and distress inking over it...don't know how i feel about that effect. i might scan it tomorrow and see what y'all think of it.
love the knot suggestion! i imagine those would be easy enough to find on the net, right?
still looking for some good spots to find free dragon/medieval/knight imagery...