I just finished making a new watercolor sketchbook. I filled it with Arches 140lb cold press paper and I used a skeleton key that my sister sent to me for the clasp. I am very happy with the way it turned out!
I used a very distressed part of the leather I had for my book so I could use the better pieces for other journals. But I love the distressed look and think others may like it too.
The back of the book.
The first page is handmade paper that I purchased.