I've got into a little bit of bookbinding this year. I made a couple of notebooks, the first of which was really rough, but the second was much nicer since I knew what I was doing; I bought some leather for the cover, and some really cool textured paper for the endpapers and I used heavier paper for the pages and bought a punch to round the corners. I just followed the instructions from a book I got from the library, which also covered a variety of different book types, as well as things like embossing.
I was going to make a photo book from my trip to africa over (southern hemisphere) summer, but I never got around to it. Maybe I'll have to give it a go.