This was my first time doing any kind of book binding and I really enjoyed it!
My plan for this book is to fill it with quotes written in calligraphy and hand lettering (another skill that I'm trying cultivate). Since I'm going to be using mixed media and ink on the pages, I decided to use a heavier weight paper, 9x12" at 80lbs.
The thicker paper meant I only folded 3 sheets per signatures = 6 pages. I ended up stitching together 17 signatures.
I also used book cloth instead of decorative paper, and I really like the result. My end sheets also have gold flecks that match the gold leaf on the front cover.