This book is not awful, it's just sort of blah and has a little more "crafty/home-made" look than I'd like. And I'm only about 85% certain the perfect binding will hold for the long term and not fall apart. I won't ever offer this one for sale.
I do like the paper of the pages, creamy yellow smooth paper with a naturally deckled egde like hand-made paper. I really have no idea what it is, just fished it out of my sister's scrap bin. I cut the spin edge nice and clean--crucial for a perfect binding to work--tapped it very firmly together and painted the spine with padding compound (glue for making notepads) then clamped it tight until the glue dried. I cut the covers from chip board, covered them with two colors of textured cardstock. On the inside, I glue the book block to the spine, glued on some liner papers and blocked it well. Where the textured cardstock creased on the outside cover, it showed white cracks, so I got out a silver paint pen and painted over the cracks, then added some scrolly flourishes to make it look like it was supposed to be that way all along.
It's a nice size for dropping in a purse or even a pocket. It has enough body to be able to write on it without a table, but it's not really heavy. It's... OK.