Earlier this month, I gave you a pretty comprehensive list of the numerous Stampin’ Up! products you can use to customise your planner or as my daughter say “Pimp your Planner“. (In case you missed it – here’s the link: Planner Pizzazz… Pimp my Planner) I mentioned making custom dividers with your envelope punch board and Stampin’ trimmer. Here’s one that I created using shimmery white cardstock, the Mediterranean Moments stamp set (page 145) and gold embossing powder.
You can get a completely different look if you change the cardstock colour and use Stampin’ Up!’s classic inks. I have a perpetual birthday list at the back of my planner so using the Sweet Cupcake stamp set (page 83) on powder pink cardstock seemed appropriate for my birthday divider.
On both dividers, I used the great Labler Alphabet (page 180) to create the tab names.
It’s pretty easy to create dividers. Let me tell you how.
Simply take one of your pages from your planner and measure its dimensions. Then take a piece of cardstock and cut it ¼” taller and ½” to ¾” wider than your planner page. The extra-width allows room for tabs. Now, mark where you want the top and bottom of your tab. (Tip: use the tabs of your existing dividers as a guide.)
Move your card stock along to your second mark and punch again.
You should have something that looks like this:
Grab your stampin’ trimmer and trim off the excess below and above your tab.
Next up use the planner that you took your original measurements from as a template to mark your binder holes on the left side of the divider page. Punch the holes. A 1/4″ or 1/8″ handheld circle punch comes in handy for this step. Stamp your divider tab and decorate your divider if you haven’t already. (I decorated mine with the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape, Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder Tabs for Everything and Layering Love stamp sets)
Voilà! You now have a divider.
How easy was that?
If you haven’t yet got an envelope punch board or a stampin’ trimmer you really need these tools in your arsenal. Remember when you order your trimmer to order extra cutting and scoring blades…you don’t want to be without a spare set. Especially not at 1am or 2am, when you’ve been hit by creative inspiration.
The Essential Tools