Sunday was a day where I didn’t feel like doing much of anything. Knowing that I would need to accomplish something for the day I decided to try an experimental craft, I transformed all of my old happy planner monthly dividers into dashboards. In order to do this I needed to collect a few supplies I already owned, no shopping trip for this project 🙁
- Happy Planner Monthly Dividers
- Scrapbook paper
- Double sided tape
- We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch
- Laminator & 3mm laminating sheets
- Arc Punch
Dividers: I’ve been collecting Happy Planner monthly dividers for years. Sometimes the dividers are my favorite parts of the planners and I often blame how cute they are on the fact that I own more than one, two, or sometimes three planners at a time… So I had several of these available to work with.
Scrapbook paper: I’m not sure why I own so much scrapbook paper other than the instinctual reaction of: oh look pretty and on sale BUY IT event that I often experience when I’m in a craft store. But I did have plenty of paper to chose from when I was matching it up with my planner dividers.
Tab Punch: I picked this up from a craft store years ago and it was the perfect item for this project. I did find this item for sale on Amazon in case you need to pick one up. Each of the dividers had the month printed on the tabs and I needed something to cover that up. The tab punch created tabs just slightly smaller than the tabs on the Happy Planners, but large enough that they covered the printed month name.
Arc Punch: I picked this up at my local Staples and it is a must have. The Arc Punch is sturdy enough to punch through the laminated covers that are the end result of this creative journey.
Step 1: Gather Supplies and match your scrapbook paper to the happy planner divider you will be working with.
Step 2: Trace the divider onto the back of the scrapbook paper.
Step 3: Cut out the traced page & Use the Tab punch to cut out a tab from the same paper.
Step 4: Use double sided tape to tape the scrapbook paper to the back of the divider and the tab over the month on the front of the divider.
Step 5: Laminate. I used 3mm laminating sheets because they resulted in a closer lamination to the divider. Because the divider is thick there will be some air between the divider and the lamination you can’t cut into this air when you trim the lamination otherwise your laminate will separate from the divider.
Step 6: Trim. Again I can’t stress how important it is to trim outside of the air bubble that will be between your laminate and the dashboard to prevent separation.
Step 7: Punch! The final product are dashboards that are able to be added to your happy planners for additional dividers, on the go Kanban boards, and freezer inventories. AND Freezer Inventories & Kanban boards will be future blog topics so please check back often.