Why is it that I never learn my lesson when it comes to my planner? I have been faced with this situation before—I tried Franklin Covey inserts, tried trimming them so they would fit nicely in a personal Filofax. In the end I didn’t like how the repunched holes took up more writing than I had anticipated. I abandoned the idea altogether. But that didn’t stop me from trying again. I didn’t learn then, and I didn’t learn now.
A while back, I decorated my monthly tabs with scenes from a Vermont calendar. This worked very well—I love them, love looking at a new scene each month. And since that worked so well, I wanted to decorate my tabbed sections in a similar fashion. I tried this once before as well. That resulted in my compact binder being too bulky and my not being able to turn the pages with ease. So I removed those tabs from my compact binder and added them to my household Malden. However, those tabs were decorated with thick cardstock-type paper, so of course I had the brilliant idea to use regular paper type sheets instead.
To cut the paper to size, I used the same method I did for both my Vermont monthly tabs and the previous section tabs (see links above). What I was left with was some very nice tabs.
Here they are individually, so that you can see the details.
I love these tabs—for the most part, they all have the same color scheme, which goes nicely with all of my binders. I was very excited to use them. But of course, in the compact binders, any extra paper means less space and less room to turn the pages easily. I used these tabs for a day or two. And while I still love them, I cannot use them for the compact binder. I will hold on to them just in case I ever need or want to switch back to the personal size binder and can use them again.
I might be able to get away with using another Vermont calendar for the tabbed sections. I am returning in late fall, so maybe I can snag a second one, this time with different photos. But I’ll see what happens when I get there. I just may need to accept that I can’t put any extra fancy items in my compact. I’m a little sad about that, but that is the whole purpose of using the compact to begin with. And since I have grown to adore the compact size, I’m not willing to give it up for a few sheets of decorated paper.