There is nothing better than seeing your mom’s face light up when she opens a gift that is special just for her. This year, make Mother’s Day even better by creating DIY journals for Mother’s Day using your Cricut! This Cricut gift idea is perfect for showing your mom how special she is to you and how much you love her.

Blue journal with light blue mother's day printed on bottom by orange marker

DIY Journals for Mother’s Day

If you are new to Cricut crafts, this is a great place to begin. Simple, fast, and easy, this is ideal for making sure your mom has something unique to her for Mother’s Day. A simple little journal or notebook can be updated with a special message that reminds her every time she opens it that she is special and loved.

Want another idea to use your Cricut for Mother’s Day? Check out these adorable Mother’s Day shadowboxes that are ideal for using the Cricut to add customized messages.

Stack of journals on white marble

What Type of Books Can I Do This With?

While you can do this with many books, the best kind are those with a flat surface that is paper or fabric. Leather journals are not recommended nor are ones with texture as it can be a bit harder to adhere to the book. Below are some ideas that can be great for this message.

No matter what you choose to put these messages on, your mom is sure to love them.

Mums things to do in gold on black notebook

What Type of Vinyl Should I Use For This?

You can use any permanent adhesive vinyl for your message. In the options pictured, foil vinyl was used for a bit of an extra look that sparkles and shines. If you prefer the matte look or simple gloss, just choose a more traditional vinyl.

This is not a project where using heat transfer vinyl is necessary. However, if you are making a book bag or book pouch that may need to be laundered, then definitely opt for the heat transfer vinyl option so it lasts longer through washing and drying.

Wife mum boss written on gray book on blue table

Are There Special Things Needed to Attach Vinyl to Books?

For most of the suggested items to apply these messages onto, you need nothing more than the basic supplies below. If you plan to put this onto a cloth or a tote bag, then you may need a clothes iron and waxed paper or a heat press to seal the HTV onto the item.

Black blue and gray journals stacked on blue table

How Do You Gift a Journal or Notebook?

Once you have created your journal or notebook, how should you give it to your mom? For these ideas, I am going to focus just on the fun ways to gift a journal or notebook and not the other ideas mentioned above.

  • Write a special message inside of the cover with the date and your name.
  • Wrap or place in a gift basket alongside a special pen to use with the journal.
  • If they are artistic and will use it for sketching, gift along with charcoals, pencils, or similar options.
  • Gift with a list of journal prompts. a devotional book or self-help book alongside the journal for them to use for inspiration.

Woman holding blue journal with mother's day on bottom corner

Can I Change the File to Say Mom Instead of Mum?

You’ll notice on these that the term, “mum” was used in place of mom. Depending upon where you are from and your own family dynamic, you may call your mother, mom, mum, mommy, mama, or any number of other versions. Since these files are actually within the Cricut Design Space, it is very simple to edit the wording to suit your needs or what you call your mom.

Close up of purple wife mum boss message on gray notebook

Supplies Needed

Design #1

Purple foil roll on top of Cricut mat by gray journal

Design #2

Green cricut mat on table with roll of paper and blue book on top

Design #3

Green Cricut mat with black book and weeding tool sitting on top

How to Make a Mother’s Day Journal Using Your Cricut

Load the “Wife Mum Boss” design into the Cricut Design space and choose to continue at the bottom of the screen.

Design loaded to mat in Cricut Design space

When the design loads and connects to your machine, choose the material you will be using from the options on the screen.

Screenshot of options of materials showing in Cricut Design Space

This shows choosing adhesive foil for this project.

Screenshot of adhesive vinyl choice in Cricut design space

Place the purple adhesive foil onto the standard grip mat.

Placing purple foil adhesive onto green standard Cricut mat

Follow the prompts on the screen to load the mat into the Cricut machine so it touches the rollers. Then push the button for it to feed into the unit. Press start, and let the message cut.

Loading mat into a white Cricut maker

Once the message has been cut out of the foil, remove the excess foil from the top.

Peeling excess foil off message on Cricut mat

Use your weeding tool to remove any additional small pieces left around the letters or designs.

Weeding vinyl message on green Cricut mat

Place a small piece of transfer tape over the foil message and press down with the scraper tool to attach the vinyl to the transfer tape.

Spreading transfer tape over purple vinyl message on Cricut mat

Gently peel the transfer tape up so that the vinyl stays on it and leaves just the plain backing on the mat.

Peeling wife mum boss message off of cricut mat

Position the message on the journal or book where you want it to be, then press it down gently and evenly.

Placing vinyl on top of gray journal

Use the scraper tool to make sure the vinyl is pressed firmly onto the book.

Using scraper tool to secure vinyl to book

Peel off the transfer tape leaving just the vinyl behind on the book.

Peeling transfer tape off top of gray book

For the simple Mother’s Day message, follow the same process using matte vinyl instead of foil.

Weeding mother's day blue vinyl message on Cricut mat

Add it to the bottom edge of the book, making sure the elastic strap won’t cover the message.

Woman peeling transfer tape off of blue book

For the “mum’s things to do” message, follow the same process using the gold foil.

Weeding gold foil message on Cricut mat

Add to the center of the book or planner.

Peeling transfer tape off gold foil on black book

Make sure to write a special message on the inside of the book or journal for your mother to treasure for years to come.

Three notebooks on pink table

More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Since it is such a special day each year, that having just the right gift is important. Below are some great lists of ideas that may work for your mom. She is sure to love anything, even if just a simple visit and a hug! But, this year, you can gift her something unique she can treasure with one or a few of these ideas below.

Yield: 3

Blue white and black books on blue table

Use this simple tutorial to make your own DIY journals and notebooks for Mother’s Day gifting! A fun beginner Cricut project idea!

Active Time
20 minutes

Total Time
20 minutes

Difficulty
Easy

Estimated Cost
$1

Instructions

  1. Load the “Wife Mum Boss” design into the Cricut Design space and choose to continue at the bottom of the screen. 
  2. When the design loads and connects to your machine, choose the material you will be using from the options on the screen. 
  3. This shows choosing adhesive foil for this project. 
  4. Load the purple adhesive foil onto the standard grip mat. 
  5. Follow the prompts on the screen to load the mat into the Cricut machine so it touches the rollers. Then push the button for it to feed into the unit.  Press start, and let the message cut. 
  6. Once the message has been cut out of the foil, remove the excess foil from the top. 
  7. Use your weeding tool to remove any additional small pieces left around the letters or designs. 
  8. Place a small piece of transfer tape over the foil message and press down with the scraper tool to attach the vinyl to the transfer tape. 
  9. Gently peel the transfer tape up so that the vinyl stays on it and leaves just the plain backing on the mat. 
  10. Position the message on the journal or book where you want it to be, then press it down gently and evenly.  
  11. Use the scraper tool to make sure the vinyl is pressed firmly onto the book. 
  12. Peel off the transfer tape leaving just the vinyl behind on the book. 
  13. For the simple Mother’s Day message, follow the same process using matte vinyl instead of foil. 
  14. Add it to the bottom edge of the book, making sure the elastic strap won’t cover the message. 
  15. For the “mum’s things to do” message, follow the same process using the gold foil. 
  16. Add to the center of the book or planner. 
  17. Make sure to write a special message on the inside of the book or journal for your mother to treasure for years to come. 

Notes

These messages can be used on any project and not just for books or journals.

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Make these to gift for Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary, the holidays, or just because.

Dark blue journal with light blue mothers day printed on bottom corner next to orange pen

Feel free to use different colors of vinyl to make yours unique.

Woman holding black book with gold lettering on cover

This works on both cloth and paper book covers.

Woman holding gray journal with purple lettering

I love the idea of making one of these each year and adding the date to it for an annual journal.

Woman in gray holding dark blue journal

Don’t forget to pin it for later!

Stack of journals on wooden table



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PAUL WALKER

PAUL WALKER

Editor of the online magazine The Detailed Edge.
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