Yes I've done journals before (I love to do journals) but I've always altered purchased journals.
But with this journal I actually created the signatures (the pages that make up the book)
and then I did the bookbinding
that is the part that "ties" the whole book together
I played with all my favorite elements
old ledger paper, sheet music, texture and layers,
image transfers and transparencies
pretty images, lace and stamps
tags and fabrics, vintage, and new made to look vintage.
And finally started to get the hang of my free motion embroidery foot on my sewing machine.
Shabby love. I was in my glory.