I know this is a little bit late, but look at this notebook I made for my mom for Christmas.
I experimented with a new type of stitch for me, known as the French link stitch. I took a bookbinding class last year in which I learned to make accordion, pamphlet, and link stitch books.
The cover pages are made from dye with salt sprinkled on top that helped the color run a little. The paper is Mohawk super fine, and the waxed linen thread I borrowed from my mom.