Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tab Fancy

Some of you may remember that I wanted to jazz up my planner tabs.  I wanted something that would reflect me and my simplistic tastes without being over the top.  Plus, I didn’t want to have to do tons of cutting and gluing and punching and aligning.

A few weeks ago, I wandered into Michaels to see what they had to offer.  I thought maybe I could just buy some stickers, stick them to the tabs, and call it a day.  But the only sticker items I could find was more for scrapbooking with puffy bits.  I don’t really like the puffy bits.  They may writing difficult due to the bumpiness under the paper.  Plus, if I have a lot of them, they would end up adding more thickness to the binder.

But then I came across a display of themed paper.  So the wheels in my head started to turn…

This is what I came away with:




The idea I had sprung was to cut the paper into a smaller version of the dividers and glue them onto the dividers.  So, yes, I would have to cut and glue some, but the difference here is that I did not have to punch and align.  This was a huge relief for me—seeing as I’m a bit of a perfectionist, I knew that punching and aligning would cause me more angst than was worth it.  My solution was to take a Filofax letter tab, cut off the tab and the holes, and use it as a template for sizing my paper.




Once I did that, I decided what part of the paper I wanted to use for both the front and back of the tabs.  Then I clipped the template to the paper, traced it, and cut it out.






I was then left with what would be glued to my tabs.




The first one I did was my “Diary” tab.


Front

Back


I followed these same steps for the rest of my tabs.

For my “Writing” tab, I chose something that looked liked old newspaper and advertisement clippings.





Front

Back


I didn’t quite know what to use for my “Projects” tab, but many times I put travel information and plans here, so I figured that a map would be perfect.  I could only find a US map; otherwise I might have chosen a world map.  And since I mainly stay on the east coast, I decided to focus on that (though I included other areas where some of my Philofaxy friends live).




Front

Back


There was nothing specifically geared towards list-making for my “Lists” tab, so I figured something about me would work.  I saw this paper and wanted to use it in some way, and I thought this tab was as good as any.  I think this might be my favorite paper if only because it speaks volumes about me and what I like most in the world.




Front

Back


Normally, I’m not a pink person in any way, shape, or form.  But I allowed this paper because of its message.  (If only it read “Keep calm and have some bacon…”)  This paper is being used for my “Notes” tab.




Front

Back


I couldn’t find anything appropriate for my “Contacts” tab that I actually liked.  But I found this and loved it.  So what if the owls are wearing graduation caps?  It just represents how smart I am, as well as my contacts.




Front and Back are the same


Here is the entire collection, in the order in which they appear in my planner:


Front of tabs

Back of tabs


After they were done, I put a photo album on top of them just to make sure the paper stuck to the tabs as best it could.




I then added the turtle and whale stickers that I won from J’s giveaway to my “Diary” tab.





I also added the “reminder” and “birthday” stickers to my diary pages.





So there was have it!  The extra paper does add a little more bulk to my binder but I don’t mind.  It’s not enough that I need to remove anything, and it adds a little personal flair to my binder.  When and if I get tired of these papers, I can always buy new tabs and papers.  It will keep things fresh and fun.

I plan to do something similar with my monthly tabs—perhaps plain colored paper that I’ll add stickers to, unless I can find paper that represents holidays and seasons for each of the months.  We’ll see what I can find…

11 comments:

  1. Fantastic idea and I love the choices you made.

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  2. These are beautiful...and helpful! I bought some scrapbook paper I loved for the purpose of "dressing up" my dividers and I couldn't figure out how to get the right size. I have tons of spare filo dividers so I'll do like you said and cut the tab and holes off one to use it as a template. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks! Glad I could help you dress up your tabs as well. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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  3. Oooh, these came out amazing! I did something similar for mine, but I went all the way past the holes so a bit of punching and aligning was needed, but wasn't too bad. Next time I'll keep this in mind!

    Glad you're enjoying the stickers :)

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    1. Thanks, J. Your stickers were my inspiration!

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  4. I love them!! What a great idea to glue scrapbooking paper to the tabs. I have always loved scrapbooking paper, but could never think of a use for it - as scrapbooking is way too tedious for me to think of it as hobby/fun! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. I agree about the scrapbooking - great idea but way too involved for me. This was a good compromise as far as decorating my tabs go - it wasn't that difficult. =)

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  5. These are gorgeous! I love them!

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    1. Thanks! They were fairly easy to make, which is great since I'm not a terribly crafty person.

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