I did it! I actually got it finished. I wasn't sure I would but I kept going and just now finished at 2:20am. Each page in my journal will feature a birthday or anniversary of something that means something to me. I have always loved archaeology and Jan 3 just happened to be the day Howard Carter opened King Tut's tomb so I chose the boy king's death mask for the design. It's pretty detailed and I will probably not go that route again, I'll keep the designs more simple.
The outline is backstitched in gold metallic and there are small amounts of satin stitch, but the rest are all fly stitches. I really like how the stripes on the headdress came out and the beard.
So far so good!