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Easy Way To Create Planner Dividers + Dashboards

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Easy DIY How To Create Custom Planner Dividers + Dashboards Text Editable Planner Divider Printables Customise Your Planner With Dividers And DashboardsIn my recent post { The Cookbook Project } I shared with you how much I am falling in love with everything planners. While I was working on my cookbook planner I came up with a number of ways to make the section dividers.

What I was looking for, was a way to create sturdy dividers from my own designs without needing to laminate them. I needed dividers that I could customise with my own recipe categories before printing. { My handwriting is not pretty enough, yet... }

I also wanted dividers I could create on demand, I might want to add extra categories later and wanted the ability to create matching dividers. If I bought dividers from a brand in store or on Etsy, I might not be able to get the same design in a years time.

There are so many ways to create page dividers, just search Pinterest and Youtube all the creative ways people had come up with to create their custom dividers + dashboards.

After a lengthy trip down the rabbit-hole which is the planner community | Pinterest | Youtube | Facebook Groups, I came up with a way to create the dividers I was looking for.

My method is simple and uses recycled cardboard, label paper and my own printable divider designs. You can also use digital paper and your current dividers as a template to make your own designs, then handwrite your tabs or use tab stickers.

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What You'll Need

Adobe Acrobat Reader 

Sticker Label Paper A4 {1 per sheet} | Paper + Glue Stick | Scrapbook Paper + Glue Stick

Cereal Boxes | File Folders | Cardboard 250gsm +

Printable Planner Dividers | Printable Dashboard | Digital Pattern + Template

Metal Ruler

Stanley Knife | Scissors

Guillotine 

Hole punch to match your planner

~ Optional ~ 

Clear Contact | Laminating sheets + laminator ( I don't want to laminate mine for this project but that doesn't mean you can't)

Adobe Photoshop | Graphics Editing Program 

Eyelets

 

Download & Install

Make sure you have downloaded and installed Adobe Acrobat Reader (You only need the free version for this tutorial) to your computer if you are using a text editable planner dividers printable pdf file.

Download your dividers to your computer so you can edit and print your new dividers. I have included 5 free A5 Dividers for you try out and create bright new dividers for your planner or recipe binder.

I have new designs available in my shop. You can also get the full set of interlocking circle dividers (11 colours) in both the 5 Side Tabs or 7 Side Tab Divider Sets.


Organise 

Organise what section categories you want to include in your planner or recipe binder. You may want main categories and subcategories with their own divider or you could use just main categories.

I chose to use my 5 Tab Dividers for my recipe book, my divider categories will be Sauces, Sides, Mains, Desserts and Misc. I don't have a huge collection of recipes yet, I can add more dividers and categories as I need them.

Decide which order your categories will be arranged in to determine which tab you use for the section. I will arrange my recipe sections Sauces > Sides > Mains > Desserts > Misc.

Next choose a colour or design for each category from your printable divider pack. I chose yellow for sauces, lime for side dishes, coral for main dishes, purple for desserts and blue for misc.

Edit

Open the divider files you intend to use in Adobe Acrobat Reader and edit the text fields with the categories you have chosen. To edit your divider tabs just click on the blue box over the tab you want and type in your word. (e.g. Budget) 

Print

I printed my designs onto A4 label paper for this project, however if you don't have label paper or don't want to, you can use regular printer paper and glue stick.

Load your paper of choice into your printer and select File > Print. Make sure your page sizing and handling is set to Actual Size.

 

Stick It

Adhere your printable designs to your card board front and back designs. This part is made easier if your card board is approximately A4 size and your designs are lined up from the same corner on each side.

The second page (the back design) is created larger to allow for some misalignment and still have edge to edge design.

Protect (Optional)

You can now use some clear contact to protect your dividers from spills and such. If you don't have clear contact don't worry this part is completely optional.

Cut

You can now cut out your dividers with a metal ruler and Stanley knife or cutting tool of choice. Carefully cut around your desired tab then cut away the unneeded tabs.

Take care that your cutting tool is sharp and doesn't tear your paper. If you have covered your paper with clear contact it will help minimise paper tears.

Alt Protect (Optional)

If you wanted to laminate your dividers now would be the time. Use an A4 laminating pouch and run it through your laminator. Trim the edges and round the corners with Stanley knife, Scissors or tool of your choice.

Punch

Use your planner or binder hole punch to punch the necessary holes. You can now put your new divider to work.

Bling (Optional)

Ring Bound Style Planners | Binders

You can insert eyelets + washers into your punched dividers to seal the punch holes and give it a professional and stylish finish. The eyelets also help to protect the punched holes from wear and tear.

Dashboards

You can create beautiful dashboards for your planners using these techniques as well. Just follow the same steps above with your dashboard printable designs and you have beautiful sturdy custom created dashboards.

Final Thoughts

You can use this method for many other types planner printables.

I will use this method + the laminate protection for checklists in my planner for 2018. I can laminate my Clean Home Checklist, mark off completed tasks with a permanent marker throughout the week/month and then wipe it clean to use again for the next month.

This way I don't need to include extra copies of the same checklist in my planner taking up space.

 

Did you try this post? Let me know how you went in the comments below. I would love to see your finished dividers, tag me on Instagram @nikitarose.

Easy DIY How To Create Custom Planner Dividers + Dashboards Text Editable Planner Divider Printables Customise Your Planner With Dividers And Dashboards

 

Easy DIY How To Create Custom Planner Dividers + Dashboards Text Editable Planner Divider Printables Customise Your Planner With Dividers And Dashboards
Easy DIY How To Create Custom Planner Dividers + Dashboards Text Editable Planner Divider Printables Customise Your Planner With Dividers And Dashboards
Easy DIY How To Create Custom Planner Dividers + Dashboards Text Editable Planner Divider Printables Customise Your Planner With Dividers And Dashboards
Easy DIY How To Create Custom Planner Dividers + Dashboards Text Editable Planner Divider Printables Customise Your Planner With Dividers And Dashboards
Easy DIY How To Create Custom Planner Dividers + Dashboards Text Editable Planner Divider Printables Customise Your Planner With Dividers And Dashboards
Easy DIY How To Create Custom Planner Dividers + Dashboards Text Editable Planner Divider Printables Customise Your Planner With Dividers And Dashboards
Easy DIY How To Create Custom Planner Dividers + Dashboards Text Editable Planner Divider Printables Customise Your Planner With Dividers And Dashboards


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  • Nikita Rose on

    Thanks Maya!
    I hope you find an awesome planner and test out this tutorial. I would love to see your dividers when you do!

  • Maya Maceka on

    What a great idea Nikita! I’m currently on the lookout for a new planner. When I find one that I like, I will most certainly be coming back to this tutorial and print out my own dividers! Saves me the trouble of having to go down the rabbit hole of planner videos and pins! ;)

    Thanks girl!

    - Maya of mayamaceka.com


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