Of course, that wouldn't do, and I offered to repair the book for her.
I started by peeling off the duct tape and surveying the mess. I think it used to be a paperback, but the cover had long been lost. The first and last pages were rather torn and tarnished, so I used some Aslan (paper tape for repairing) to patch up the worst signs of wear and tear. The title page was beyond salvation, so I cut a new page and stuck the original on top of it:
You can see that quite a bit was missing... After that, I re-lumbecked everything again into a sturdy bookblock and made a hardcover for it.
A while back, we got a nice piece of bookbinding linen from a bargain bin. It features a marbled paper print, and it seemed like a good fit. With the foil pen, I wrote the title on the front:
The print is a bit... busy. But I don't think mom will mind. The gold that I used for the letters works quite well on this. Unfortunately 'Neerlands' is not straight -- next time I need to take more measurements.
I used the same font size to put the name on the back as well:
The cover is about 3.5 cm wide, to give you a sense of scale. I also added a reading ribbon (though it's a bit on the short side...) and red headband that colors nicely with the linen print.
I think mom used this book quite a bit... And I hope it will stay useful in it's new cover!
(Also, the video of my GM notebook got only a few views. Did it fly under people's radar? Are video's unfun? Should I start embedding them?)