DIY Grateful + Blessed Gratitude Journal. A step-by-step tutorial for creating your own gratitude journal with a Silhouette CAMEO and a free hand-lettered cut file.
DIY Grateful + Blessed Gratitude Journal
Intentionally practicing gratitude and focusing on the things we are thankful for is something I’ve been working on personally as well as with my kiddos. It isn’t always easy, but I think focusing on what you are thankful for in life goes a long way in being a happier person which spills over into your relationships.
So, I decided to make us a family gratitude journal. The holiday season feels like the perfect time to chat about what we’re thankful for each night. I’m going to record everyone’s answers in the journal so we can go back and read them, especially when we’re going through the harder seasons that are a part of life.
Here’s what you’ll need to whip up your own gratitude journal.
- Small Journal with Blank or Lined Pages. Pick one that has a cover vinyl will stick well to. I’m using the Leuchtturm 1917.
- Vinyl. I used this fun pack of Holographic Vinyl in Peacock Blue.
- Transfer Tape. I use this one.
- Craft Cutting Machine. I use the Silhouette CAMEO.
- Optional Tools: Scraper, Hook Tool. I’m a Silhouette girl, but I love the Cricut Tool Set.
- Grateful + Blessed SVG Cut File. You can grab this free hand-lettered design HERE.
First, measure your journal and then open the cut file in Silhouette Studio. Size it to fit your journal cover. I sized mine to be 2.5″ wide. In the screenshot below, I’ve circled the spot on the toolbar when you can adjust the size to be more exact. Make sure the lock icon is “locked” so your ratio stays the same or your design will go all wonky.
Next, in the “Send” window set your material to be “Glossy Vinyl.”
Then, adjust the action and cut tool if needed. I switched mine from the Auto Blade to the Ratchet Blade.
Before you cut the design, it’s always a good idea to run a test cut. Based on my test cut, I upped the thickness of my material from 10 to 13 and it cut much better for this particular glossy vinyl.
Now that your design is cut use the hook tool and carefully weed the design. Use the scraper tool to apply the transfer tape to the design and then burnish the whole thing onto the journal.
How easy is that?
Here are a few more DIY ideas for using this cut file!
- Coffee Mug
- Wood Sign
- Pillow Cover
If you haven’t already done so, you can grab this design as a free trio of lettering practice sheets right here.
I hope you enjoyed this Silhouette CAMEO tutorial for creating your own gratitude journal.