Today on Planner Makes I am going to talk you through making your own dividers for your planner. I know what you are thinking, its the same thing I had running through my mind before I made my own… “this is going to be hard” or “where do I start?” and then “ok, whats the easiest way to do this?”… Read on and I’ll go through it all step by step with you but first I’ll show you the dividers that I made and have been using since December.
So, these dividers are double sided so I can flip them over if I fancy it and use co-ordinating scrap book paper that I bought a while ago, I believe it was Dovecraft’s Back to Basics Paper Stack from Hobbycraft (but I don’t have the sleeve for the paper anymore and only about 2 sheets left…). These dividers have been laminated to make them a bit tougher and are used daily in my personal sized Filofax Malden.
What you will need to make your own dividers…
- Cute paper (I used scrap book paper but you could use wrapping paper or wallpaper, any paper that takes your fancy)
- Old dividers
- Laminator (optional)
- Hole Punch
- Lay out your paper face down onto a flat surface and then place your old dividers on top , making sure all the tabs are in the right place (for double sided dividers this does not matter so much, but for one sided then it can be useful to make sure all the tabs are in alignment then mark them so you know which way up they need to face.)
- Mark around the old dividers onto the paper with a pencil, it may be useful to use a ruler to make sure the lines are straight.
- Once you have got the outline for all dividers drawn out you can then cut around the new dividers or use a guillotine to get most of the straight edges cut. You will need to use scissors to cut around the tabs.
- Now that the dividers are all cut out you can either run these through a laminator then re cut with a bit of a border around the plastic or you can just hole punch the new dividers and add them to your planner.
If you want to make double sided dividers then you will need to re-visit step one but turn all of the old dividers over before tracing the shape out onto new paper, so that you have a mirror image of each, new, divider. You will then want to attach the mirror images together with glue or double sided tape before laminating and finally hole punching.
Variations that you could incorporate are using different shapes for the tabs (like parts of circles – punch out or cut some circle shapes from different patterned or colored card) and overlay the shape on to the tabs so the shape just covers the original tabs before fixing down and laminating. You could personalize the dividers with letters or pictures, photos or artwork, glitter, stamps or material….the list is almost never ending!
Have you made your own dividers? What did you choose to make them more personal to you/your planner?