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Durable page separators for binders can be expensive. 

This tutorial gives directions to create your own durable and decorative page separators with inexpensive supplies that you may already have on hand.

Creating your own separators not only saves money, but allows you to customize and colorize your binder!

These are both simple and fun to make!

Materials you will need:

- White (or colored) heavy card stock paper
- Decorative (or plain) card stock paper for tabs

- Scissors
- Double-sided adhesive
- Pencil
- 3-hole punch
- Rotary paper cutter (optional)

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Step 1: Binding Holes

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Start by creating 1" strips of card stock to use to reinforce the binding holes.  This can be done with a rotary cutter or scissors.  I have used blue paper for my reinforcing strips.

Using double-sided adhesive (my preference is Mono brand roller adhesive), glue the strip along the side that will be punched for binder holes.

Use 3-hole punch to punch each separator.  The tutorial photos will be for a set of 4 separators, but you can make fewer or more as you need.

Step 2: Tabs

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Using the decorative paper you intend to be the tabs of your separators, cut rectangles  1 1/2" x 2 1/2".  I have used rainbow dotted paper for my tabs.

Fold each rectangle lengthwise in half with the decorative print on the outside.

Using a scrap of card stock, cut out a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle for a template.  I have used blue card stock in the photos for my template.

This template rectangle will be folded widthwise in half, opposite of your decorative tabs.  We do this to create a mirror image template for our tab shape.

Cut the desired shape of your tab into the template and unfold to make sure it fits along the folded edge of your decorative tabs.  

Step 3: Tabs (Continued)

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Place your cut template rectangle (blue),  along the folded edge of your tab paper.  Use a pencil to trace the desired shape.

Carefully cut out each of the 4 tabs according to your design. 

ccarreer2 years ago
Oh, how cute! I love this! Brilliant idea! =D