I also decided to start this project a bit differently. Normally I start all my projects from the center of the image, but this time I wanted a change, so I meticulously figured out where to start the first stitch on the very first page in the top left corner.
I did this by finding the center square of the fabric and counted out and up. Yep, I counted all those tiny little squares on my 22 ct Hardanger fabric. 114 squares across from the middle, then 164 squares up. I counted three times. Husband always says, "Measure twice, cut once." After I was certain of my count, I placed the first stitch.
Just for fun, I figured out how many stitches this baby has -- 74, 328. Yikesl
And since you all wondered, cuz I know I certainly did, this is what 400+ stitches looks like.