I start my journals with a piece of white duck cloth canvas. I cut the piece a little larger all the way around than my pages will be, plus a flap. I like to be able to close my journals and have everything tucked away inside, so I add a flap.
I decided to decorate my cover with stencils. I started with the Pari stencil and some turquoise and brown fabric paint. I covered the whole piece of canvas with the stenciled image randomly using my chosen colors.