I woke up this morning with a nagging feeling that I should make a journal for one of my friends, so in the spirit of summer vacation, I put one together and gave it to her this afternoon.
I had some fun figuring out what to do about the cover papers. She loves plants, so I wanted to subtly incorporate something natural into the design. I laid the leaves where I wanted them on the paper and then colored over the entire paper with the side of a white crayon. After that, I went over the paper with green watercolor. I needed to use drawing paper because the leaves wouldn't make a good rubbing on the heavier watercolor paper.
This is the tutorial I used to bind it: http://benrinehart.com/images/pdfs/coptic_stitch.pdf
(thanks, unlikely redhead, for the link)
Does anyone have any other ideas for interesting cover paper designs?