If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile you know how I decided to upgrade my Cricut Expressions to a Cricut Explore. I was looking for a special back to school crafts – paper-crafts project to do for back to school to give my little grand daughter. Audrey is going into first grade this year! I love sending snail mail to her since she doesn’t live close by.
I thought she could use this mini notebook journal for jotting down her new friends names and numbers. It’s really easy to make one. If you don’t have a Cricut you can probably still make one by cutting paper, card stock and punching holes. Just follow the directions below.
Back To School Crafts
Mini School Notebook- Journal DIY
- There is a cut file if you do have a Cricut (see below)
Back To School Crafts Cut Files:
Easily adapt this back to school craft project by varying the supplies you use. That is just what I did. Here is where to get the cut files I did use Vintage Rivals cut files for the project. If you don’t have a cutting machine you can use scissors, a hole punch and ruler to make your own mini notebooks too.
For the mini notebooks I also used:
- *for the covers: Card Stock Papers by DCWV 8×8 called the Edumacation Stack
- Card Stock Papers by Die Cuts 12×12 called the School Days
- *for inside papers: Card Stock Papers by DCWV called the Snapshot Stack
- Card Stock Kraft Paper by Recollections Kraft Neutral Smooth Pack
- White Cotton Butchers Twine
- Cutter Bee Craft Scissors
- Glue Sticks
- Cricut Explore
- Cricut Cutting Mat
- Cricut Design Studio (free designing Online studio that comes with the machines)
For the Mini Notebook I used these Cricut cut files
- Cut 1 cover and a stack of papers to go inside I cut 6 for each book. (Cut as many for the insides as you like! one sheet 12 x12 will cut 6 of the mini size inside paper pages)
I used a sheet of card stock that came with the Edumacation Stack and cut out the embellishments (with my favorite Cutter Bee Craft Scissors) and a few covers. I used a glue stick to add the embellishments onto the sheets of card stock in the mini notebooks. Then I inserted the papers inside the cover (sandwich in between cover) and tied them together with the butcher’s twine by lacing it through twice and tying them off in the back. After I cut off the excess. For two of the notebooks I had Kraft brown card stock from Michaels Crafts I had grabbed on sale.
I could of used a tighter twine but, this is for a 6 year old and thought the strength of the butcher’s twine and color worked just fine! The elements that came on the card stock page that I cut out were tabs that said: Friends, Homework, Teacher, Notes. Other embellishments on the page included: School, Awesome, I love reading, My first day of school, speech bubbles and more!
This is a pretty easy project. You can adapt these for mini journals which I am making a few of and will share later. You can also use stickers instead of gluing card stock elements. How ever you adapt the project I hope you enjoy this #backtoschool mini notebook / journal DIY I know I did! I sat around one hot afternoon making mini notebook one after the other.
I think Audrey will love adding her own first grade memories and writing in her mini notebook. When it’s all filled she can add it to a box I made her just for snail mail from grandma!
Have you ever made your own mini or regular sized notebook or journal?
If you have a Cricut visit here to see all the free projects and back to school crafts ideas. I can’t wait to share my next DIY project with you!
Want to check out a few other Cricut Crafts and DIY’s I’ve done?