I made this journal over the weekend. It took me a while to work out how to do the chain stitch at the top and bottom. There were lots of explanations of Coptic stitch and link stitch but they don't work with this sort of binding.
The butter coloured leather is very thick but extremely supple. I love just holding this one. It's made with 135gsm weight art paper and sewn with butterscotch colour Irish waxed linen thread. I kept the uneven edge of the leather for form the front edge of the over flap on the front.