To make this journal, I cut Strathmore watercolor paper and black paper. The journal is 15.5" x 5" when open so about 7.75" x 5" closed. I kept the cut papers in a stack in the sewing room, figuring that I would add stuff to the pages and then put it all together. I added collage or writing or doodles to the pages before the entire journal was sewn together because it's easier to maneuver the pages under the sewing needle that way. I only broke one needle in this endeavor!
So the journal is made of five strips of paper, stitched together at the seam. It's all machine stitched, so no glue at all. The very tall image is to give you a bit of reference; it shows most of the pages starting at the top with the front cover and the bottom photo is of the back cover. It's about 75% finished, but still a number of blank spaces to fill.