OK, here's today's, a basic journal with an upcycled cover sewn with the longstitch binding--also called a limp Medieval binding when it's put together like this one. I've had this bright, shiny, candy apple red vinyl placemat tucked away for who knows how long. It seemed like a likely character the minute I laid eyes on it today, ready to be recycled. All I had to do was trim it to size to fit some regular text paper folded in half. The book has eight signatures of eight sheets each, folded to make 128 pages (256 counting both sides). the sigs are stitched with thick white waxed linen thread and I crossed the stitches on the spine to make the pattern.
The vinyl is really shiny (hard to see in the photos, I think) and a very bright red. If I sewed it with green thread and gave it a green end paper and tie wrap. it'd be a Christmas book. I thought about trying to gussy up the cover in some way, but I actually like it very clean like this.
I'm mostly into natural stuff--twigs and bark, hand-made paper and bark paper and real leather, stuff like that. I'm not really much of a vinyl type. But I actually like this very much. It's clean and bright and just plain fun.