So good to see you again. Hope you have had a great week and have some time to craft this weekend! This post features another handmade book: A blog planner. Although the one I created is for my blog (to help me keep organised), you could easily adapt this planner to suit your needs.
For this planner, I even created my own custom dividers. These dividers help organise my planner into the sections I need. Whats more, I have included the free Silhouette Cut file to create these dividers for this planner.
I also used more removable bookmarks so I know where I am up to in each section. If you would like to know how to make those removable bookmarks, check out this post here.
Materials required for blog planner and dividers:
- Silhouette Cameo (or Portrait) and Mat
- Silhouette Studio software
- Cinch machine
- 2 A4 sheets of chipboard
- Decorative paper – the paper used here is from docrafts Modern Lustre Paper pack
- PVA Glue, glue brush and water.
- Pritt-stick glue
- White card-stock
Divider page titles:
- Laser printer
- Minc machine or laminator
- Double sided adhesive
- Decorative paper or vellum
- Laminating pouches
- Minc machine or laminator
Blog Planner details
This planner measures at 22 cm X 16 cm, so you will need to cut two panels from your chipboard with these measurements. These two panels will form your front and back covers. Once you have cut these to size, cover with decorative paper. Why not check out this post here if you are unsure how to do this?
Whilst your covers are drying it is time to make a start on the planner dividers. Cover 4 sheets of white card-stock with decorative paper. I found it is was best to use Pritt-stick glue to adhere this paper rather than watered down glue. As your card-stock is not as thick as the chipboard, it is more prone to warping. Therefore, the Pritt-stick glue has less moisture to avoid this from happening. Make sure you give your card-stock a good coverage with glue before you apply the paper.
Once your sheets are dry, you are ready to cut this out with your Silhouette Cameo. In the cut file at the end of this post, I have created 4 dividers as seen in the planner. Cut these out with the settings as followed:
Blade 7, Speed 1, Force 33 and Pass 2.
If you wish to add titles to your dividers it is certainly easier enough to do in the Silhouette Studio software. I wanted to foil my titles to match the decorative paper. In order to do this, I needed to print these out on my Laser printer – it also meant I had to use the print and cut feature of Silhouette. To find out how easy it is to print and cut, check out this post here.
After I had print and cut, along with foiling all the titles, I adhered these onto the front of the dividers. The last step I needed to do before I started assembling the planner was to create 4 removable bookmarks in matching decorative paper.
Assembling the blog planner:
As I wanted this planner to be for my blog, I designed my paper inserts to my needs. I created 4 sections in my planner:
Blog posts planner – an overview of the tasks completed or needing completion for each post. For example photographing and editing, along with sharing on social media etc.
Blog post ideas – this is different to my blog post notebook here, as this section in the book was just for jotting down ideas when they came in to my head – useful to have bank of ideas to refer to when creating!
Crafting Challenges – A place for me to keep track of craft challenges and any ideas I have for them.
Last sections is a ‘Notes’ section – consisting of blank pages where I may need to make additional notes.
Once I had all my paper inserts printed and trimmed down (21 x 14.5 cm), I used the Cinch Machine to punch and bind the book. This planner required 15 holes punched and I centered this along the spine. If you are unsure how to punch and bind, check out this post here.
Did you like this project? Why not pin it and save for later? It will be there for when you need it!
FREE Blog Planner Divider CUT FILE
Click on the file below for the free Silhouette Studio cut file for the Blog planner dividers*.
*Please note this file is for personal use only. If you would like to share this file, please share the link to this blog post and not the file itself or the link to Onedrive. Please also credit Pretty Little Button.
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*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not work for these companies.