For my partner who loves "Hello Kitty", I made this journal cover:
The great thing is, my daughter is also a Hello Kitty fan, so I already had this fabric in my stash! Using wool felt, black embroidery thread, and Heat n Bond, I made the large kitty-face applique for the front. Hello Kitty always wears a bow in her hair, so I sewed a 3-D bow onto her head. It will probably become flattened with use, but I don't think it will detract from it too much. I also added a ribbon bookmark with a flower charm.
My other partner is an art student who loves bright colors. I was inspired by the cover of this magazine
to create this journal cover
See the white cover with fruit on it, underneith the orange one? I use that journal EVERY DAY, to plan my day, make to-do lists, and write down random thoughts. I love how pretty it is; it's so much better than using a plain composition book. So, if you didn't get one in our swap, I strongly recommend that you make one for yourself!