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