I've been following an 8 week online course with Karen Ruane called 'Stitching Stories', and whilst my work is very different, as you'd expect, it's been seeded and drawn along by her suggestions and what she has been doing in two books.
This first page shows two cut outs with blanket stitch and running stitch around them, and three stitch emellished additions.
If I had my time (and a pristine book!) again I'd put the stitch orientation of those holding the beads vertical instead of horizontal.
A few more embellished shapes on the left. One of the best things that I learned was to think about how to attach items to the page so they were neat and relevent from the front, but workman like without being messy from the back.
Punched holes in the covering, with button hole stitch around them again, and beads over one of the background holes.
It isn't fast work - much slower than stitching through fabric - but it's a really enjoyable thing to do as a change.
More pages to be shown next week, I hope!