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DIY Traveler's Notebook

DIY @heidiswapp Traveler's Notebook by @createoften

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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DIY @heidiswapp Traveler's Notebook by @createoften

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!

DIY @heidiswapp Traveler's Notebook by @createoften

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.

DIY @heidiswapp Traveler's Notebook by @createoften

3. After making it a cut file, cut it with a Silhouette Cameo with black permanent vinyl.

DIY @heidiswapp Traveler's Notebook by @createoften

4. Transfer it according to the package directions with transfer paper and then add it to the cover.

DIY @heidiswapp Traveler's Notebook by @createoften

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. 

DIY @heidiswapp Traveler's Notebook by @createoften


Download this Journal Page PDF right here. 

DIY @heidiswapp Traveler's Notebook by @createoften


Heidi Swapp Minc Journal Cover Pink

Heidi Swapp Minc Journal Cover Gold

Heidi Swapp Minc Journal Inserts Tabs

Silhouette Cameo

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!





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