I was able to do a little more on this mini over the last few days.
Here is the cover. I am pretty much done with it, but I may tweak it here and there.
I cut a long piece of felt that will serve as the book binding. It is hot glued to the cover in between the chipboard and cardstock. After the rest of the album is completed, I will determine how short to cut the binding before attaching it to the back cover.
I'm using this material to bind the chipboard pages of the book together.
Here I attached a 3 inch strip of the material to two pages, leaving a one inch gap between the two pieces of chipboard underneath.