Here is the spine of the Embroidery Journal. I'm using buttons when I sew the signatures in. Yep. This might just take me the rest of my life and you know what? That's ok. It's like a perennial garden. You have to be patient till the plants take hold and start to grow.
I think the inspiration originally came from this book, Fabric Art Journals by Pam Sussman. It's an older book but good instruction and loads of ideas. Amazon isn't carrying it but you can get a used copy for about $18.00. Hedgehog pincushion not included. I'm generally not so frou-frou-y but there is good basic instruction in this book. Embellish as desired.