Personalize Your Planner With a Cricut Machine

personalized notebook cover using vinyl cut from Cricut machine

You can do so much to personalize planners, notebooks, and journals if you have a Cricut machine. And you really don’t need to make your own design unless you want to.

All you need to do is browse the images Cricut has in Design Space, and choose something you love!

Cricut Access has over 100,000 images you can use, and they add more every week. It’s beyond worth the $7.99/month, plus you get 10% off at and lots of extra fonts you wouldn’t normally have access to. (Do you love fonts as much as I do?)

What You Need

Cricut cutting machine (I have the Maker)

Adhesive vinyl

Transfer tape

Weeding tool(s)

Scraper tool

Journal or planner – these make awesome bullet journals!

notebook and vinyl for Cricut

vinyl and cricut supplies for personalizing a notebook

How to Personalize Your Planner

I decided on a fun quote to keep me motivated every time I use my planner, and grabbed some vinyl in a bright yellow that would look great with the blue of the planner.

This quote is in the images section of Design Space as #M915F6C1, or you can use whatever you want!

notebook quote for personalized notebooks that says Dream Believe Achieve

(Make sure you drag the arrows to size the image or text to fit onto your notebook cover.)

Place your adhesive vinyl on the regular sticky mat, and run it through the cutting process. You just need to choose vinyl as the material, and regular pressure.

Remove the vinyl from the mat (it won’t have cut through the back of the vinyl, so you can peel the entire piece off the mat.)

Cut around your image so you can reuse the rest of the vinyl for future projects.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than your image vinyl piece.

vinyl letters for notebook

Peel the background vinyl away from your image, slowly and carefully. Some little pieces may want to pop up with the background, so just push them back with your weeding tool.

Weed out the inner pieces that need to be removed.

using a scraper tool to burnish transfer tape onto vinyl from Cricut Maker

Press your piece of transfer tape face down over the vinyl image and scrape it with the scraper, ensuring you get the whole thing.

peeling backing off vinyl from transfer tape

Flip it over and peel the backing paper off of the vinyl, then press the image down onto the front of your notebook.

burnishing vinyl letters onto a notebook cover

peling transfer tape off vinyl letter from front of notebook

Using your scraper, burnish the whole piece firmly onto the front of the notebook, then peel away your transfer tape. It’s that easy!

This has taken personalizing notebook covers to a whole new level, right?

personalized notebook cover using vinyl cut from Cricut machine

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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