This is the front of the cover of the journal. After I went over it with the free motion machine embroidery I added some hand embroidery and beads over the top. I also cut it in some areas to expose the under layers. I made the cord to use as tie to keep bits and pieces inside the journal from falling out.
This is the back view of the journal. I did not put as much embelishment on the back because I thought it would not stand the wear and tear after using it for a long time.