Did you know that you can make your own DIY leather notebook with the Cricut Maker? I am here to show you how today along with sharing some great HSN deals on the Maker and supplies for your machine. Trust me, you don’t want to miss these deals! This post is sponsored by Cricut, however, all projects and opinions are my own. This also kicks off an iron-on event that I am doing all week with my Cricut machine. You can scroll to the bottom of this post to see even more ideas!
First let’s talk about the deals, then we will get into how to make the project. These deals will all be featured on-air on HSN’s “Today’s Special” on July 11, 2018. So, be sure to tune in! What can you get? Well here we go!
Rose Cricut Maker
You read that right! There will be an all new color of the Cricut Maker revealed on air! You will be able to purchase a bundle with the Rose Maker, the new knife blade, the scoring wheel, the double scoring wheel, the bonded fabric blade, the rotary blade and the fine point blade. WOW! That is basically all the tools in one big package!
Knife Blade Materials Bundle
You will need materials to get crafty! This bundle comes with 5 sheets of 12×12 of Cricut’s Heavy Chipboard (2.0mm), 1 sheet of 12×12 Metallic Rose Gold Leather, 1 sheet of 12×12 Metallic Gold Leather, and 1 StrongGrip 12×12 Cutting Mat. If you don’t know about the knife blade, it can cut up to 3/32” materials, including balsa wood, 2 mm leather, 2 mm Cricut Chipboard and more. You will also want to read this post with all of the details on it. For cutting those thicker materials, there is nothing better!
Scoring Wheel Materials Bundle
Want even more from your paper crafting? You will first want to pick up this materials bundle with pastel glitter card stock, foil embossed paper, clear acetate sheets,foil poster board, and a LightGrip cutting mat. Then, you can head to this post to read more about the scoring wheel. This proprietary wheel design is great for smooth, clean lines. Plus, it has up to 10X more pressure vs the scoring stylus. Frankly, the scoring wheel is going to change the lives of all of you avid paper crafters!
Now that you see all of the goodness that will be available on HSN this week, let’s get to a project using some of these supplies.
Supplies to make a DIY leather notebook:
- Cricut Maker (click here to read more about this machine)
- Knife Blade (click here for more details)
- Scoring Wheel (click here for more details)
- Cricut Metallic Leather (in the color of your choice)
- Foil Posterboard (in the color of your choice)
- White cardstock (12×24 sheets offer better material utilization)
- Everyday Iron-on in white
- Parchment Paper
- Craft knife
- Weeding tools (optional)
- Cricut EasyPress
- EasyPress mat
- Quick dry adhesive
- Cricut Cut File (click here to access)
The Cricut Maker and the Adaptive Tool System with its expandable suite of tools make projects like these possible. It is the only Cricut machine where you are going to be able to cut real leather and also put deep scoring lines on materials like foil poster board. This DIY leather notebook is really a great example of everything this machine can do. If you are looking for the ultimate in professional-level cutting performance and versatility, this HSN deal is definitely for you!
Want to see just how powerful this machine really is? You can watch the video below to see it in action! Plus learn all about the steps to make this great leather journal as well.
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? Just follow along below!
Cutting your pieces:
Start by cutting out all of your pieces from this cut file.
- Leather cover – cuts great with the knife blade. Be sure to move the star wheels all the way to the right before cutting. I cut on a garment leather setting and did two extra passes. Just check to see that the outside is completely cut. Finish all internal cuts with your craft knife after removing from your machine. You can see more about checking your cuts and moving those star wheels here. Remember the knife blade gives you deeper, more precise cuts and it is perfect for leather!
- Iron-on applique – remember to mirror your image before cutting. Cut with your fine point blade and weed out excess portions with your weeding tools.
- White cardstock – cut nine pieces each that are scored down the center. The 12×24 size papers offer better material utilization here. The single scoring wheel works great for regular card stock. The machine will score your material first, then stop and ask for the cutting blade. You can see more about using the scoring wheel here.
- Foil cardstock – the scoring wheel is a must for this type of material! Use the double wheel to ensure a great fold line with minimal cracking. You can change the scoring wheel from single to double easily with the QuickSwap™ Drive Housing. You can also see more about how to do that here. Cut with the shiny side up as we will be folding this in for our project.
Making a DIY leather notebook:
Applying the iron-on:
We can now start to make our leather notebook. Start by applying the iron-on to the outside of your leather piece. A few tips here:
- Use the EasyPress for maximum success.
- Put the weeded piece of iron-on directly on the leather with the carrier sheet still attached.
- Cover the entire thing with parchment paper to protect your surface.
- Follow the official Cricut EasyPress guidelines for time and temperature.
- Remove the carrier sheet while still warm.
Folding Your Pieces
Now, you can fold all of your paper pieces on those score lines you created in the Cricut Maker. The scoring wheel allows you to make perfect, effortless folds. Your white card stock should be placed in three stacks of three. Then fold the foil poster board in on both of the score lines as it is what will line your leather piece.
Assembling the Project
Then, use a quick dry adhesive to put the foil poster board inside of your notebook as shown below. Line up the folds with the small slits in the leather.
Once dry, use a craft knife to transfer those cut slits to the foil piece.
You will also want to mark each piece of card stock along the fold exactly where the slits will end up once assembled. Then use a needle to poke a hole in these locations. This will make sewing a bit easier later.
Then use a needle and thread to sew up your journal. Start with your knot on the inside, go through the three sheets of card stock, then through the foil and leather. You will then go up through the next slit in the leather and foil then through the next set of holes in the card stock. Repeat for all four slit locations.
Continue through each of the three sets of three until all of your paper has been sewn into the leather notebook.
Knot off your thread and you have completed your project! But how do you keep your new leather journal closed? Well that is easy!
Just pull up on the loop you created in the leather and then pull it through the rectangular hole. Add a pen and this is one cute DIY leather journal!
You can write all of your deep thoughts or just jot down some notes!
So, be sure to remember to shop HSN on July 11th for all of the supplies and tools you need to create projects like these!
So, do you want even more ideas with iron-on? We have those for you as well!
Just click on each picture below to be taken to the project!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
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