Several years ago, I made my sister a handmade journal cover for Christmas. And I just found the pictures of it (though most of the design process photos are missing *sad face*)! That said, here's a glimpse of what I made.
I started with some pleather/vinyl that was on sale at my local craft store. I measured and cut two hunks: one for the outside cover and one for the inside "pocket" flaps.
Then, since the wrong side of the fabric was so blah, I gave it a little pizzazz by painting it with a teal acrylic paint (which absorbed into the lining and gave it a nice, muted color).
My mother-in-law assisted me with sewing the flap fabric to the outer layer of fabric. ((I don't own a sewing machine, nor do I know how to use one...add that to my crafting to-do list!))
These flaps would house the corners of a standard spiral-bound notebook.
Here is the finished piece unstuffed:
Complete with my sister's doodles. :)
The covers of the notebook were then inserted into the sewn flaps.
Though I could've bound her a traditional journal or sketchbook, I wanted to make her a long-lasting cover that she could use for multiple notebooks. When you are a prolific writer like she is, you tend to go through a lot of notebooks!
I added a fun, jazzy button enclosure, too.
And here's the finished product, all buttoned up and ready for the next story (based on the undone stitching around the button, you can tell this picture was taken months after the journal cover had already seen lots of action!)
Sonny, you are a terrific writer. I believe in you and your dreams. Go get 'em!