It had not occured to me to decorate the cover (duh!) until I started seeing others around the web doing it - including Tammy of Daisy Yellow where she smashed some paint on her Moleskine. In case you haven't visited Daisy Yellow please do....Tammy is a wealth of inspiration and knowledge and there is a plethora of gorgeousness over there.
I threw some paint around the other day and had a lot of fun painting my cover and then while out shopping for tracing paper and carving blocks at Michaels I found this beautiful piece of abalone shell that I thought would match perfectly with this colour scheme. I tried to find the word mandala in my 2 dictionary's that I use for collage but it is not entered so I settled for doodle which is quite appropriate :)
I am so thrilled to have a decorated Mandala Moleskine to take on my travels!!!