Binding books is a wonderful craft and you can be as creative with the binding and cover designs as you want to be. This page offers plenty of DIY ideas for taking your journals to the next level.
DIY: Coptic and Saddle Stitch Binding | Coffee Breaks and Rainy Days
easy step-by-step tutorial to bind a handmade journal Japanese
Print design font stitching inspiration for bookbinding resource
Handmade Journal with Waves cut out of Japanese Chiyogami paper by bookbinder Ruth Bleakley