I tried this binding and found that I really like the way the journal looks and feels. It is sturdy book that will open flat. The covering is a gift bag. I couldn't resist the butterflies. The journal is 8 3/4 tall by 5 /34 inches wide.There are 80 blank pages of off white linen paper. This is a great book to be used as a garden journal or to record those "flights of fancy" thoughts.