You'll need to start with a set of cardboard or plastic file dividers. I used these ones from Tesco because I liked the colours and they were very cheap.
Each of the dividers in the pack will yield three Personal-size dividers. The first job is to cut the big dividers down into sizes which are slightly taller or wider than a regular Filofax page. You want your dividers taller than a regular page if you're making top tabs or wider if you're making side tabs. The pictures below illustrate the concept.
Already, we're nearly there. Once you've cut a set of these templates, you can work out the tab positions for each. The easy way to do this is using an adhesive index tab (as pictured below), but you could measure and mark if you prefer.
|Top tab cutting guide|
|Side tab cutting guide|
Once you know where each tab needs to be, you simply cut away the rest of the extra strip, leaving the tab standing proud. You can now punch holes in the divider. Do that a few times and you'll have a quick and easy set of dividers.
Good idea! I wouldn't mind some dividers with top tabs. I shall have to have a play . . .
Had already purchased some clear plastic dividers from Sainsburys to do this but had not thought about how to lay them out as yet - problem solved! Thanks :)
This post has reminded me that I need to do this. Really liking the colourful Tesco dividers you have used. Now I'll be on the lookout for a large Tesco when I'm next in the UK :o)
Really helpful post - I had been wondering about doing something like this
Smart idea. Doing mine in cotton cream.
Thanks for a helpful & timely post. I'm due to make some for my A5 & am collecting ideas on how to do it :)
@Anita - for A5, make sure you check out this post.
I customize my own filofax dividers by using file dividers and cut out the ones that I need. But this is a great idea too. I think I'll be improving my own version of file dividers with these. Thanks!
I did this, and it looks great! I actually used these funky file folders from Walmart that had different patterns on each side, and they are a really durable laminated material. Your tip about using the post-it dividers as a guide was great! I'm about to start my own filofax blog, and will post pics there!
Good luck with it.
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