In my family, all the women over the age of 18 do a Christmas Present Swap. In the swap, instead of trying to think up a unique idea for each person, you come up with a single idea and create a bunch of that one idea using different colors for each rendition. Since I've done a few journals before I thought that would be a fun and easy thing to make a bunch of different colors of the same sort of thing.
Boy was I wrong! There are currently about 12 people participating in the swap and it was a struggle to come up with that many unique cover decorations. I worked until Christmas morning (cutting it a little close...) but i was successful!!
They are all made with the Coptic Binding Stitch, using book binding needles (which have dull points) and waxed cord. I used an awl to punch the holes for the binding. I created the pages in a program called Freehand MX and printed them on computer paper and cut them in half "hamburger" style. The fabrics were remnants of other projects and the decorations were mostly purchased at Michael's. The inner covers were all cut out from scrapbooking supply books. I stiched them with 6 signatures (sections) of 6 sheets of paper each, this gave them the desired "balanced" look. Each one was signed and stamped.
The first journal: The Denim Heart Journal
The Japanese Blossom Journal
The Leather Journal
The Purple Flower Journal (for an Aunt who loves purple)
The White Journal
The Orchid Journal
The Holly Berries Journal
The Skull & Crossbones Journal (for a younger cousin who just got into the swap)
The Elegant Grey Journal
The Elegant Black Journal
The Blue & Brown Hearts Journal
The Owl Journal
Each one was signed and stamped