I wanted a book with board covers but the wallpaper itself is not suitable for wrapping boards. It tears too easily when you try to make neat corners. So I covered the boards with some soft pale green paper I had then glued the hand-torn wallpaper pieces to the front and pieces of goldish paper to the inside for end papers.
I wanted a substantial journal, so I folded 9 signatures with 6 sheets each for a total of 108 pages (216 both sides). I used Neenah Sundance 70 lb felt finish paper in natural cream. It's a beautiful paper with a soft tooth. For each signature, I wrapped a narrow piece of moss green lokta paper over the spine and also created a flyleaf front and back of the same paper.
Finally, I drilled holes in the cover and bound the book with natural-color linen thread in a double-needle coptic binding. I think I'm finally getting this stitch down. This one is pretty neat, with equal tension and no major bobbles.
I'm glad I "discovered" this idea of gluing the decorative paper over the already-covered board rather than trying to use bad paper to wrap the boards and screwing it up. I can use this technique with all sorts of paper that would not be suitable for wrapping a board, and I think it looks nice.
This is a solid substantial book with a hard cover. It opens flat and will make someone a nice journal.