DIY Leather Journal – Cut and Tooled on a Cricut!

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Learn how to make a DIY leather journal with a tooled style! I love Cricut crafting with unexpected materials, like genuine leather! Yes, you can cut, mark, and use other methods to create a great gift such as a DIY leather journal. After some experimenting and help from the talented Kay Hall at, I’m excited to share a new cut file collection of journal designs that you can finish with traditional leather working techniques. They’re a great combination of old and new crafting!

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* Leather Cowhide 4-5 oz (1.6-2mm) Thickness – I started with a 12″ x 12″ piece of leather –
* Eco-Flo All-In-One Stain and Finish 4.4 oz – I used Acorn Brown –
* Eco-Flo Stain –
* Nitrile Gloves –
* Wool Daubers –
* Mink Oil, or another leather conditioner –
* Rag –
* A method to cut your leather pieces –  I used the Cricut Maker 3, but you can also use the original Maker –
* Cricut DeepCut Blade –
* Cricut Fine Debossing Tip with its housing
* Cricut Transfer Foil Kit – I just used the housing and medium tip, not the foil sheets
* Cricut StrongGrip Cutting Mat 12″ x 12″ –
* Cricut StrongGrip Transfer Tape –
* Cricut TrueControl Knife – or another craft knife –
* Self-healing Mat –
* Ruler –
* Awl –
* Wood Slicker – to shape the edge of the leather –
* Soft Scotch-Brite Sponge –
* Bucket large enough to fit the  folded leather cover and access to water –
* Printer Paper and Cricut Portable Paper Trimmer – to make the refillable journal pages
* Leather Needle –
* Cotton Twine Jute String –
* Cricut Scraper –
* Painter Tape 2” or masking tape
* Butcher Paper
* Paper Towels
* Design #458 – My free handmade leather journal cover design collection (available in my free resource library at )

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Introduction: PixelBytes (my child!)
Music: Cute by Bensound (licensed, royalty and copyright free)
Videography: Jennifer Marx on a Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000 DSLR 4K camera
Design: A Jennifer Maker original!

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