You take it off the shelf and unwrap the black leather cord holding it closed. The journal feels sturdy in your hands, made of a thick natural leather that will soften over time with care and use. The cord is black suede and wraps around it once or twice for good measure, and the elastic binding is thick and sturdy and almost looks like cord as well. You can tell the maker was picky about her materials.
The book is generously sized compared to a brand-name Midori Traveler's Notebook, looking like it will hold the regular sized inserts comfortably, and might even hold half-page sized inserts with the wrap-around flap hiding any slight overhang.
This particular item has a card displayed nearby. You pick it up and read. 'Our Traveler's Notebooks are strung up to hold up to 4 inserts for ultimate customization. Comes with 15 sheets of paper per elastic for a total of 240 pages of fine Mohawk sketch paper to start you out right! Care for your Dori as you would any natural leather item. Avoid water and other moisture. Embrace scuffs and scratches.'