I've made this as a wrap-around with the back flap coming over the front and closing with a strap and a brass buckle. Since I wanted to maintain the clean look of this, I didn't want to stitch the straps to the book with visible stitches. So I used some silver colored rivets to attach the two straps, one at the spine and the other at the fore edge. In addition to the rivets, I added a drop of epoxy to make sure they are very firm.
This is really a sumptuous journal with thick creamy pages and end papers of pale green with the slightest bit of glimmer in it. It is sewn with a long stitch binding with black waxed linen thread.
And yes, I have a bag full of leather pieces I now have to pack in a suitcase to get home. So you'll be seeing even more leather books in the near future.