Hello! I've never scrapbooked, and honestly I only need to learn for a little project I'm making for my girlfriend. She is going to be going away for a missions trip to Fiji for a few weeks and I wanted to give her a special journal to write everything that happens and to "talk" to me. I kind of only get one shot at this so I need to pick everyone's brain here. I'm starting at square one, currently.
Here are some images of two journals I have settled on. One picture of the journal, and then a close-up of the cover to see the texture. Both are sturdy material; most likely chipboard or something, not leather.
I have a cover design I would like to do, so I would have to glue a sheet of paper over the cover with my design. Is one journal going to be better than the other, given your knowledge of glues and materials? And the paper needs to be sturdy enough the stand up to whatever glue I use without getting super weird. Can anyone help me with this?