I can finally show you some of the handmade Christmas presents I made for my friends and family.
They are faux leather notebooks made using a mix of glycerin and water on brown kraft card, which I then embossed. I then inked them, glued in the fabric inserts and vanished them. You can see the process here. I didn’t find the spray varnish very good though. It made them rough and scratchy, so I bought a small pot of clear satin wood varnish from Wilko.
I then glued and hammered on the metal corners (or with the fancy ones, just glued) and added the cord and charms to the spine.
I think they went down quite well. Sadly I didn’t make any spare ones!