I did a lot of substitution for this project. I didn't have water-soluble graphite, so I used a regular 2B pencil. I didn't have tracing paper so I used deli-wrap paper (translucent vellum, translucent rice (silk tissue paper), and possibly-napkins or tissue wrap would work as well).
I had a notepad with a raised picture of a building, so I used it for the rubbing, and then glued the tracing, graphite side down, using gel medium.
This was actually completed 4 or 5 days ago, and coming back, I like the writing better. Maybe I'm just getting used to it now. While I did like the background, deciding to leave it mostly blank on the left side, now I think I'd like to add more.
That's the beauty of art journaling. A piece is never truly done. You can keep adding to your heart's content. However, I want to get as many pages semi-complete as possible before I report for jury duty next week, so I'll come back to this later as time allows.