Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Making photographic dividers at home for your Filofax

When I posted recently about my new dividers, I received a lot of positive feedback through comments and via Twitter. I was also asked for a tutorial. I made mine using the methods I outlined in my post on quick and easy Filofax dividers, but I thought it might be useful to provide a bit more help in the way of a template people can download and use to make the whole process easier.

So, here it is, my new divider template which is built in Word:

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Each page will end up being printed on A4 card and contain two different Personal-size dividers, with crop marks to make cutting them out easy. All you need to do is add your pictures, and delete the tabs you don't need. Each template has six, evenly-spaced tabs but you could easily alter the template to cater for - say - ten tabs if that better meets your needs.

When you add pictures, you'll need to position, size and crop them. This will be hard if you don't know how to make pictures 'float' in a Word document. To do this, once your picture is in the document, right-click on the picture and from the pop-up menu, select 'text wrapping', then 'behind text'. You can then drag the picture around at will.

Study the illustration below to see what all the marks and shapes in the template are for:

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If you've done everything right, you'll end up with a document that looks like this:

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Print this on card, crop using the marks, taking care around the tabs, then punch as usual. You can wrap some clear plastic film around the tabs and cut off the excess if you want the dividers to last longer. If you look at the dividers that came with your Filofax, you'll notice this is what they do with the standard dividers.

Anyway, if you have that creative feeling you can download the Word file and get started.

6 comments:

Just-Jenny said...

Wow... this is amazingly simple to use... thank you for your incredible idea and ability to translate this into a usable format for everyone!

Random27 said...

Would this work if you wanted to print double sided? I'm guessing you'll need to mirror the template or would it depend on your printer?

Ray Blake said...

Double-sided divider printing is a challenge. It's not something I've considered doing, but if you can properly alight the font and back page pictures (lots of trial and error with cheap paper first) it ought to be possible.

Doris said...

Hi, I know this is pretty late in the game, but I have a question in 'labeling' the dividers in Word. How do I add text to the those little tabs?

I've made my own tabs before but I'm intrigued by making them and printing on them.

Thanks in advance.

Ray Blake said...

Right-click on the tab and select 'add text'. You may have to change the orientation of the resulting text box.

Doris said...

I did everything except right-click. Thanks!

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