I one saw a tutorial on Split Coast stampers where they used an embossing folder and UTEE to make leather looking paper. I can't think of any regular scrapbook paper but try booking binding supplies. I remember as a kid in art class having leather looking embossed paper that came from a local book binding factory.
- If you crumple the paper over & over, not only will it give it the look of old worn leather, but it will also give it a soft suede feel. If you'd like it to have a hardcoat, perhaps some sort of clearcoat to stiffen & hard it.
- Water distressing is another technique you could implement to help distress the paper.
- If you use rustic, brown paper, you can add touches of black ink or mist, either before of after crumpling.
- If you use a manilla, kraft or white piece of paper, it will show through, unless you ink it first.
- Grungeboard, chipboard & thin to thick cardboard are all possible alternatives.
- Google 'Book invites'...Invites that look like books...and Book template printables for more ideas.
- As for binding...book binding cord...book binding tape...book binding wire...or sewn & stiched heavy thread...or leather binding cord. You should be able to find some at Michaels.
I think the TH glassine could be used to make leather look. Crinkle it, then use distressing inks. It has a great feel to it. Not like paper. I love using it. Ived used the big bags and torn them apart and used as paper when didn't have the full sheets. I think the pads are probably cheaper. Just have to make size would work. Look at Tim's videos for the glassine sheets.
I have made faux leather crumpling card stock. Wet it with a mister lightly before to get this fibres to soften up. Leave some creases in it when you flatten it out. Distress further with tim holtz distress inks. Works really well, as a previous poster described also.
If you spray with a glimmer mist over the top it will have a nice sheen to it as well