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Dividers

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)
  • Pencil
  • Old dividers
  • Ruler
  • Guillotine
  • Scissors
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Hole Punch

Method…

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

xoxox

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Planner Makes – Diary Inserts

In this series I will be sharing how to make your own planner items, whether it is inserts, like today, or any other planner related items that you can create for yourself.  I decided on today’s topic of Diary Inserts as for most of this month I feel that we have been talking about them!  It is also around about now, when we are nearly a month into the New Year that I start to think about whether the inserts I have are working for me, especially the diary inserts!

The first thing I like to do when making inserts is to look at what is currently working for me and what isn’t, whether it is wanting to add something into my diary or take something out, change the layout or make areas bigger or smaller (for example making the weekend span one box/line rather than two).  I then take a piece (or pieces) of the same sized paper as your inserts are and draw out your idea’s to see if they will work, once I am happy with the layout I have chosen I then go about setting up my design on to a new Microsoft Word document (set up as landscape orientation) and using the “Text Boxes” and “Table” functions I replicate what I have designed.

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The next thing I do, before anything else is to go to Excel and create a Day/Date/Month/Year spreadsheet for the month or year I want to use (like in this picture)

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If I am creating a D2AP inserts I will leave the spreadsheet like this, if not I then use the Filter function

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and select just mondays which will give you all the mondays in that month, select all and cut and paste these into a new tab and do the same for the other days of the week so you end up with a tab under which are all the mondays, then a tab with all the tuesdays etc…

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Now save the whole spreadsheet and head back to Word.  Now we can start the mail merge process!  Mail Merge is a fancy way of obtaining and transferring selected data from your spreadsheet over to your insert design.  I would use the Mail Merge Wizard for this part.

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Select Mail Merge Wizard then the starting document as “Letters”.  Select Starting Document as “Use Current Document”.  At Select Recipients click on “Browse” which will bring up a list of documents, find your diary/calendar spreadsheet from the list and click on it.

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Depending on how you have saved your spreadsheet, you should get a box like this, for D2AP where you have not split down your days then you should just get a list, for the weekly spreads you should see similar to this

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Now you want to select the day that you want your inserts to start on (for mine I am choosing Monday), click on the ok button at the bottom (once you have highlighted your selection) then select “More Items” – select Day then Date, then Month and finally Year (or select each item as you would like it to appear)

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Select Preview Letter in the Mail Merge screen then Complete Mail Merge which will give you the completed version of your inserts.  You will need to do the same thing for each line of your inserts if you are creating anything other than D2AP inserts.  And remember to put a space between each item before you click complete Mail Merge!

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Before saving your document, select the size and save as a pdf which can then be printed, or you can print direct from Word!

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I hope this basic guide will help you start to play around with designing your own inserts!  Let me know what you create in the comments below!