That's really quite nice. I think it would be nice in the photographs at the top to have a bit of pale/faint colour in them. They look a bit bare compared to further down your journal with your photos.
I like the idea of having a block at the side for links; that's really quite a good idea as I think icons clutter up journals too much.
Cause it's my journal, and the contest is for his journal. I might design one for that, hmm. Note me about your journal though. Let's talk about what you want to do and what you want it to look like and what not.