My take on covering a book be it a journal or Bible
or simply any book you wish to cover
The above cover was a quilted one. I took squares of different material then stitched them together, added some wadding and stitched a plain inside piece to the outside. After they were together I ran the sewing machine over them to give a quilted effect. The whole cover could have been done by hand as well. I made sure I had a big enough piece of material overall to cover the whole book and to be able to fold back a small flap for the front of the book to anchor itself into and then an extra bit on the back to add a pocket for notes/pictures etc. When I make the next cover I will not do the middle flaps as they are not really necessary. Fun to make and special for each design as it is purely our/your own kind of cover.
Talking of books......
I saw this at the Royal Academy of Art in London, I thought why not I should give it a go......... made by cutting out the insides of the book and layering in your photographs, cut round of course to aid seeing the different ones. I painted the cover with acrylic paints and a fantastic paper I had found ( Schut Aquarel Flamboyant) its great paper. Back to the book, then cut the cover to fit, added some embellishments and there you have it.... (See the full page of photo books)
A new Christmas gift idea of taking a blank journal, painting up pictures for use as covers, adding photographs into the inside of the journals and even adding old maps for effect, hey it works for me..........