I originally planned to cover chipboard with patterned paper and use the Zutter (which I just got...woo hoo!) to bind them, and then add a notepad on the inside. But then I found these beautiful printed journals at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 and was able to use my 40% off coupons on them. I deicded they were just as pretty as any patterned paper I have, and it saved me the work of starting from scratch. :)
I used my Cricut to add some detail to the cover: I used the Storybook cartridge for the letters and Accent Essentials for the scallop frame and border. I tied coordinating ribbons to the spiral spine and included a little note "from" the Mess Maker inside.
Then I taped a silk flower to the end of a ballpoint pen and wrapped floral tape around the pen to secure the flower. The pen will be placed in the spiral spine of the journal when I put them in gift bags.
Thanks for looking! :)