DIY Nature Journal: Easy Beginner Cricut Project

Today I am sharing an easy beginner Cricut project, making this cute and easy DIY Nature Journal. With a cutting machine, you can make this cute notebook in less than 10 minutes. 

Cricut Beginner Project - learn to make a vinyl decal in Cricut Design Space

SUPPLIES FOR THIS Beginner Cricut Project

This DIY Nature Journal is a great beginner Cricut project. First I cut my SVG tree pattern out of Cricut’s matte silver adhesive foil. Then I applied it to a plain kraft-colored notebook. It seriously couldn’t be easier, and I really love how it turned out! You can use my Pine Tree pattern SVG cute file — just grab the free download at the end of this post. 

To make this project you’ll need:

  • Small Notebook
  • Adhesive Vinyl (I used matte silver)
  • My free tree pattern SVG file
  • Craft cutting machine (like a Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo).

What are SVG files?

If you’re not familiar, SVG files are Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) which you means you can resize them from tiny to gigantic without sacrificing any image quality. You can use SVG files for a wide range of projects most common are for digital scrapbooking, and they are the best file format for designs you’ll cut with your Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines.

SVG files are graphics that are totally scaleable so you can use them for a wide range of projects.

Cricut Beginner Project - How to make this DIY Nature Journal


If you’re new to Cricut, that’s no problem because this DIY Nature Journal is a great beginner Cricut project. First, you are going to cut the Tree Pattern out of silver adhesive foil and then we’ll talk about how to apply it to the notebook.

For Beginners: How to Cut a cricut vinyl decal

  • Upload the Tree Pattern SVG File to Cricut Design Space, then add it to a new Project.
  • Resize the design to fit your notebook.
  • After resizing the design, hit the green “Make It” button to send the project to the Cricut to cut.
  • Place your vinyl on a Standard Grip Mat then load into your Cricut cutting machine once you’re prompted. The Cricut interface will guide you through the whole cutting process — it’s super easy!
Cricut Beginner Project - How to cut adhesive vinyl with a Cricut

For beginners: How to Apply a Cricut Vinyl Decal

  • Once you have your cut completed, weed out the excess vinyl (I like to use this Cricut tool which my kid’s think looks like a dentist’s scaler LOL!).
  • Next, apply tape over the top of your vinyl design to help you move it into place all together. They make transfer tape specifically for this purpose.
  • Once you’ve positioned the pattern over your notebook and where you want it, firmly rub over the design with a plastic brayer to secure it to the new surface (a credit card will also do).
  • Remove the tape and trim off the parts of the trees that are hanging over the edge. I tried just folding them over, but the foil is quite stiff and sturdy and they kept peeling back so I think it is better to just trim them off right at the edge.
Cricut Beginner Project - How to apply adhesive vinyl
Great Beginner Cricut Project - DIY Nature Journal
Download my Pine Tree SVG Cut File

Bettijo Bridges

Administrator at Paging Supermom
Bettijo is the founder and designer of Paging Supermom where she shares creative ideas for family fun. Known for practical and kid-friendly activities, free printables and holiday entertainment. Bettijo was a guest on the Martha Stewart Show and has frequently appeared on local TV. Her work has also been featured in national magazines including Real Simple, O, Redbook, Parents, Family Circle, and Health. She enjoys art, retro-modern design, photography and making new things. Mom of 4 kids.

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