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Legal Pad Journal Gift Idea

Posted by Amy Helms on

I love an idea that allows me to make gifts and use up products I already have in my stash.  Granted, I used a brand new paper pack on these guys but I could hardly resist.  I mean, the Fashionista set is so pretty!  

Also, I cannot tell you how many times you guys have asked me to make one of these and do it the way I would do it.  I did not make mine with a removable legal pad, I made it permanent and that may not be a great idea for some but you can always tear out the paper and add a new pad onto the existing cardboard left behind.  I really wanted the stability.

You can make it where you can take the legal pad out and replace it if you would like for me to show you how I would do that, let me know.


Legal Pad- 8 1/8 x 5 inches, I got mine at Dollar General.

Legal pad cardboard base- 8 1/8 x 6 inches.

Cardstock to cover the base is 7 x 9 inches.

Spine and Cover Cardstock piece is 7x 8 1/8 inches, scored on the 7 inch side at 1/2 an inch, 1 1/2 inch and 2 inches.

Mat for the cover is 4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches.

Pocket Cardstock is 6 x 4 inches scored at 1/2 inch on three sides.

Pocket Mat is 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches.

Legal Pad Flap is 5 x 9 inches.

Legal Pad Flap Mat is 4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches.

Supplies Used:

Fashionista Paper Pack

Art Glitter Glue

Sticky Tape (all three sizes)

Acrylic Block

Tim Holtz Shears


Embossing Tool

Pokey Tool

Bone Folder

Cricut Paper Trimmer

Cardboard from my stash


Legal Pad (I bought mine at Dollar General)


 Remember to head on over to our Facebook group Maymay Made It and So Did I to post your version of this project. You can also showcase your project on our Customer Gallery on the website.

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  • Great instructions and material coordinates. Plus, you have a nice speaking voice!

    Ede e Long on
  • best directions I have found for doing legal pads. Thank you so much

    SANDI on
  • These iare so cute I’m going to make them for my niceces (11)they are going to love them

    Maria on
  • I am loving this tutorial! It has inspired me to create a gift for my girls heading to the Young Living Convention in June. If I plan now, I can get these made along the way and even get my daughter involved helping me. I am so glad I found you, May May! XOXO

    Tina Ciesla on
  • Thank you so very much May May….I’ve been looking for the reinforced backing for this project. I’m a newbie to all this…I’ve yet to make my very first Card…lol….however, I have been successful at a few tiny projects. I absolutely love your sight. You explain things simply, easy to understand. Again thank you…Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Safe and Happy New Year…..God Bless you all …..Just lil ’ol me Vic B. :)

    Vickie Baylous on

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