Making the journals probably took less time than making the pouches which each took over 6 hours to crochet. I have no pattern for the pouches or the journals, I just made it up as I went. Each journal is 5" x 7" with around 200 pages of blank paper. The journals are bound with a combination long and link stitch that I just learned. I actually made the journals twice, totally ripped out everything I'd done, and trimmed all the pages by 1/4" because I didn't like how the pages were showing beyond the edge of the leather covers. But that means I got twice as much practice doing this binding than I would have otherwise!
The first journal is very simple, with white paper and a strap to wrap around it twice.
The second journal has the Norse Web of Wyrd symbol stitched to the front of the journal. My understanding is that the Web of Wyrd or Matrix of Fate contains all of the Rune shapes and therefore represents all the possibilities of past, present, and future. I thought the symbology was appropriate for a journal. The leather piece I used for this journal has a rough edge with a long curve and tail that I attached the strap to and used a longer leather lace to wrap the journal a couple times around.