Here are the materials the book will be made from:
*the black material is illustration board, to be used as the hard covers
*the white material is linen coverstock, 65 pound weight, for the inside pages
*the brown material is textured cardstock, to be the surface covering of the book
*the photo is the image I have chosen for the front cover
*the fabric is the cloth binding of the book, which will cover the spine and part of the covers
*the cotton string is what I will use to bind the whole book together
I wanted the colors to be subdued somewhat. I can say that I want it that way, so the photography can be the main emphasis of the book. Really though, it's mainly because I don't want the book to look frilly or "girly"- since I am giving it to a man, after all. (-:
I found these materials locally, so I could look at them and feel/see their textures in person. I did purchase the illustration board online, since I could not find it in my little community. Therefore, my choices were greatly narrowed down simply by using what I have available to me. That is a good thing, especially since I am a beginner in making books, so I don't labor over the choices too much. I'm sure I'll learn as I go!
Thank you for accompanying me on this crafty adventure! Next time: designing the cut-outs for the cover, and designing the opening pages....