ID Badge Turned TN Pocket

I recently started journaling in a B6 size Travelers Notebook.  The inserts that I use in my B6 journal are 5″x7″.

My husband went to an event where he was given an extra large ID badge holder, similar to the one pictured below.  It measures approximately 7 7/8″x4 1/2″.  You can find them HERE.

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Being the great husband that he is and knowing not to throw anything away before checking with me first, he asked if I could use it for anything.  My current B6 journal is a Sojourner Journal from Rowena.  It has an exterior pocket on the front but no interior pockets.

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When my husband asked me about his ID badge holder, I thought, “Hey, I may be able to turn that into a dashboard/pocket for my journal.

First, I collaged both sides of a piece of thin cardboard.  The cardboard I used was the thin kind that you find on the front and/or back of your scrapbook paper pads.  You could even use a piece of card stock.  I simply glued bits of collage elements (papers, stickers, etc.) with a glue stick.  I also added some doodles with a black pen and a white gel pen.

Next, I used a corner rounder to round the edges of my collaged cardboard.

I took the cardboard and ran it through my laminating machine.  You could also just use packing tape to “laminate” your cardboard.  Once it is laminated or covered in tape, simply trim around the cardboard leaving some of the plastic/tape around the edge so that it doesn’t come apart.

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Finally, I measured the distance between my first elastic and insert in my journal and the last elastic/insert in my journal.  That distance creates the spine of my pocket/dashboard.  I then took packing tape and taped together my collaged cardboard, turned dashboard, and my pocket.  I taped both sides, extending the tape approximately one inch on each side of the pocket and the dashboard.  I also cut almost a half circle in each end of the spine (packing tape) to allow it to sit comfortably under the elastics of my journal.ID-Badge-TN-Pocket-5_web

And here is my dashboard/pocket inside of my journal.

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I hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you make your own dashboard/pocket for your journal, I would love to see it!

Personalized Planner Dividers

I know I briefly discussed in a previous post about how I used my Amazon Laminator to make dividers for my A5 Kikki.K planner.  I’m going to give you step by step instructions on how I made the dividers.

First, you will need to make a divider template.  Of course the easiest route would be to not make a template at all and just use your current planner dividers as templates.  You would just trace all around the current dividers in your planner, making sure to trace around each one so you have different tabs for each divider.  If you are like me, you can never settle on doing anything that is too easy.  I used the basic size and shape of my dividers that came with my planner and traced that; however, I didn’t like the tabs on them, so I used an oval paper punch to punch out an oval.

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You can see that I marked a white line on the oval on the left.  This let me know where I wanted the edge of my divider to set on my oval so they were even.  I added some temporary adhesive to the oval and stuck it to my divider template where I wanted the tab to be.  Then I traced my template on to scrapbook paper.

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Cut out your divider.  If your scrapbook paper doesn’t have a pattern on both sides, you may want to do what I did and cut out the mirror image of your divider on to another piece of scrapbook paper.

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Then cut that divider out and clip both sides of the divider to one another before attaching them together with adhesive. You just need to tack them down.  The laminating pouch will keep them together.

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Then I used my label maker to make my own labels and attached them to my divider tabs.  I actually trimmed my labels to fit my tabs before I placed them on.

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Next you place your dividers into your laminating pouch and run through your laminator.

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Once it has cooled, trim around your divider to remove the excess laminating pouch.  I tried to leave at least a quarter of an inch around the divider because if I cut too close, the laminating pouch didn’t want to seal on the edges.  After I trimmed my divider, I ran it through my laminator again, just to be sure that all of the edges were sealed.  Once that is completed, you will repeat this process for all of your dividers.  Just remember to always move your tab along the side of the divider template so your tabs are staggered in your planner.

I love how personal and unique you can make your planner by making your own personalized dividers!

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I even attach quotes and artwork to my dividers with washi tape.  Since we laminated the dividers, it is easy to remove and change them out as often as you like.  I learned this little trick from Christy Tomlinson, AKA: theplannersociety on Instagram.

I hope that this helps you to personalize your own planner and if you give it a try, I’d love for you to post some pictures of your planner!

February Product Pick

I’m not sure if my product pick for this month is based on the fact that it has been below zero in Ohio lately and my pick functions based on heat, or if it is because I am totally imursed in the whole planner craze.  It is very likely that both contributed to my pick, which is the Amazon Basics Thermal Laminator.

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I had thought about getting a laminator because I saw a cool foiling technique that Julie Fei-Fan Balzer had done, which you can view here:

http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/balzer_designs/2015/01/foiling-technique-2-toner-copy-laminator.html

Then I purchased a planner and had seen how others made their own planner dividers using scrapbook paper, a laminator and a hole punch.  That sealed the deal and I decided to purchase my laminator from Amazon.  I mainly chose Amazon Basics Thermal Laminator because someone had recommended it; however, I didn’t shop around much at all (I’m a little impatient).  It was also inexpensive, costing approximately $20.00.

The laminator is very easy to use.  You just plug it in and flip the power switch to the desired laminator pouch thickness, either 3ml or 5ml.  5ml is thicker than 3ml.

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Once you flip the switch, the red light on the top of the laminator will light up.  This shows that it is heating up.  Once it is heated up and ready to use, the green light will light up.  Now you are ready to place your paper to be laminated in the pouch like a sandwich, and insert it in to the end of the laminator that has the different pouch sizes marked (letter, 4×6 and card).

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Be sure to insert it into the laminator evenly, with space at both sides of the pouch,, and with the closed end of the pouch first.  The laminator will grab the pouch and pull it through the machine.  It heats the pouch and seals your paper inside by fusing the sides of the pouch around your paper together.

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Once it feeds your laminated paper through the to other side and releases it, be sure to remove it with caution as common sense would tell you, it will be hot.

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After it cools, you can trim around your paper and I usually run it through the laminator again after I have trimmed it, just to be sure that it is sealed.  Sometimes the pouch wants to separate after you have trimmed it.  I even leave close to 1/4″ around my paper to be sure that it is sealed well.  And here are my planner dividers that I created using this laminator.  I will post a step by step tutorial on how I made them in another post next month, so stay tuned 🙂

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I think that it would be a great idea to make study guides for children, such as writing letters and numbers, laminate them, and then allow them to write on the laminated guide with an erasable marker.  I haven’t done it yet but it is definitely something that I want to try.

Do you have any great techniques or ideas that can be used with a laminator?  If so, I would love to hear them!