When I wanted to decorate my Heidi Swapp Journal Cover, I wanted it to be durable but personal! I wanted to paint it, but didn't want my artwork to be ruined inside a suitcase or purse this summer season. So, I thought vinyl was the next best thing!
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To create this pattern, I started to paint with india ink freehand on paper. I loved it so much that I copied my own painting on a scanner and made it a pdf file!
I knew that sometime in the near future, I would want to print my own journal pages with this pattern for the inside. It was then I decided I wanted the handmade dots to be the front cover too!
Here is how to make your own DIY Traveler's Notebook Cover:
1. Open PDF in Photoshop and save it as a JPEG.
2. Use this tutorial by Heidi Swapp to make it a cut file in the Silhouette Studio program.
3. After making it a cut file, cut it with a Silhouette Cameo with black permanent vinyl.
4. Transfer it according to the package directions with transfer paper and then add it to the cover.
If you need a visual, feel free to watch this video tutorial I did of my DIY foiled mug. This time I did not foil the vinyl, although that would have looked beautiful! I just left it as it was and transferred it to the journal cover instead.
Download this Journal Page PDF right here.
Heidi Swapp Minc Journal Cover Gold
Heidi Swapp Minc Journal Inserts Tabs
Silhouette Tool Bundle
Silhoutte Transfer Paper
Silhouette Black Permanent Glossy Vinyl
American Crafts Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Bloom Tassels
a favorite alternative tassel
A handmade look is made durable with vinyl! When summer gets the cover a little dirty, no worries! Just spot clean and it is ready for another summer adventure!