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You Can Make It: Customize a Journal Cover with Color Chimp Luxe Heat Transfer Vinyl

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV- Main

Hi there! Sabrina from By Sabrina Marie back on the Craftey blog today with another fun project! Since the weather here has been absolutely gorgeous the last few weeks, I figured I should share some springtime vibes with all of you who might not be quite as fortunate this time of year. Spring is right around the corner & this design is perfect for getting the season started off right. Let’s dive in!

This floral design is perfect for adding a little springtime flair to a project—from tote bags to notebooks! I decided to make a linen-covered journal for this project; it’s the perfect gift for all those journalers in your life! First, let’s talk about what you’ll need for this project.

Supplies

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Supplies

For supplies, you’ll need the following: 

  • Craftey Color Chimp Heat Transfer Vinyl - for this project, I used the Color Chimp Luxe HTV in metallic gold (the gold is seriously addicting)
  • The floral design - join the Craftey Community to get this exclusive hand-drawn floral design for free! Download it here.
  • Craftey Weeding Tools
  • Your project piece - a canvas, tote bag, linen-covered journal, etc.
  • A vinyl cutting machine (Silhouette Cameo, Cricut, etc.)
  • A heat press or iron
  • Basic craft supplies like scissors, parchment paper, ruler, etc.

Instructions

Step One:

First up, get your supplies together.

Step Two:

Then load your design into your desired cutting software (be sure to jump over to the Craftey Community & sign up to get this design for free!). After you create your account, you can download the design here.

Step Three:

Determine the size of your project; I used a ruler to measure the space I wanted to fill.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - In Silhouette Studio

Step Four:

Resize your design in your software to fit your project.

Pro Tip: Optimize your vinyl cutting by sizing your design space to fit your piece, adjusting your design to your desired size and then repositioning & reducing the size of your cutting area to fit the remaining design space.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Resize in DesignSpace

Step Five:

Load your cutting machine with your Craftey Color Chimp Heat Transfer Vinyl tightly adhered to a cutting mat. Be sure the vinyl is non-shiny side up so the machine is cutting the vinyl & not the carrier sheet.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Load Color Chimp HTV to Mat

Step Six:

Optimize your cutting settings.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Resize Design

Step Seven:

Get cutting!

Pro Tip: Ensure your design is fully cut by performing a test cut prior to cutting your full piece. In addition, attempt to remove the excess vinyl initially while the design is still loaded. If it’s not cut all the way through, begin the cutting process again. Do not unload. If you unload, the design will likely not cut in the exact same spot again & you’ll have ruined a sheet of HTV.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Resize 2

Step Eight:

Once your design is fully cut, unload it from your machine.

Step Nine: 

Get to weeding!

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Weeding 1

Pro Tip: To make weeding easier, use the following methods together or separate: Leave your design adhered to your cutting mat while weeding. Weed on your heat press lower platen to allow the heat to make the HTV removal for weeding easier. Remove all of the smaller pieces first and then remove the larger ones.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Weeding 2

Step Ten:

After your design is fully weeded, you’re ready to apply your design!

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Weeding Complete

Step Eleven: 

Line up your design wherever you desire it on your project; I am using a linen-covered notebook as I find them nice & high quality.

Note: the floral design created for this project was created to be applied to the edge of a product, so it edges of the graphics are not there.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Place Design

Step Twelve:

Press!

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Press

Step Thirteen:

Remove HTV carrier sheet carefully utilizing the method recommended by the supplier.

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Peel

Step Fourteen:

Step back & admire your work!

Craftey + By Sabrina Marie Custom Journal with Color Chimp Luxe HTV - Custom Journal Complete

This project is so versatile & has so many possibilities! To finish this journal off, I am planning to personalize this project by adding a journal title to the cover, but you could add any text you want to make it personal. I hope you’ve enjoyed getting a taste of spring with this project & hope, even more, you get to enjoy real spring soon! In the meantime, admire your handiwork making this beautiful floral design!

Be sure to head over to the Craftey shop to find all of the materials used in this project, including our Color Chimp Luxe heat transfer vinyl. And for more project ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out the Craftey Community!

-Sabrina from By Sabrina Marie


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