Anyway I'm really pleased with the outcome (couldn't believe how freaking long it took me to punch holes!) and now I have a sketchbook for my abstract + Figure explorations. I used bristol paper which is a heavier stock paper so I should (in theory) be able to work in both dry and wet media in the book. I should add I also made the ink drawing insert that you see on the cover below. I learned to do that along with creating the cover in a book making workshop I took a couple of weeks ago and then I learned the concept of making the sketchbook from a workshop I attended up in Breckenridge a year or so ago.
Its funny, sometimes I just have the one book with me, other times I might have all of them because I'm not sure what I want to work on. The nice thing is they are relatively small and very light weight... not like the books you get in the art supply stores which are usually heavy, cumbersome, and not very flexible... or they are too flexible and the covers tear off! I first learned how to make super simple sketchbooks in graduate school and after that I was hooked! It is so much nicer being able to make your own and then you can customize them to whatever size you want with whatever bells and whistles... in my sketchbook for bookmaking I added small pockets on the inside cover so I could keep binding examples and other templates in the book for reference material. And... with the sketchbook that Diane gave me I figured out a what to attach the pen she gave me to go with it so that I always had the pen in hand! Yep.... I love my sketchbooks!