I have been planning this project for quite a while now, and I am so happy I finally got around to tackling it!! I am so happy with how my planner’s new page markers turned out, and I’m so excited to share them with you today! They were super easy to make too, which is always a plus ;).
I used my Silhouette Cameo to make these page markers, however they would be just as easy to make without a Silhouette if you don’t have access to one. I outlined the alternative steps you should take below as well if you won’t be using a Silhouette for this tutorial. Now let’s dive in, shall we?!
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Step 1: Create cut file
I started this project by designing my page markers in Silhouette Studio. First, I drew a rectangle that was the approximate size of my desired page marker (I did 1.5″x8.5″ for my A5 sized discbound planner). I then added a second smaller rectangle on the left of the original, and merged the two shapes together. The second rectangle will be where your punched holes will eventually end up.
Finally I added text to the top of my page markers. I chose the words Month, Week and Today, since I will be using these markers to easily flip to the current inserts for my monthly, weekly and daily sections of my planner. Once you have your words typed and sized correctly (make them about the same width as the top of your bookmark), you can go ahead and merge the text with your bookmark. Your DIY planner page marker cut file is now finished!
If you are making your page marker by hand, use a ruler to draw the rectangle outlines of your bookmark. You can then freehand bubble letters, or trace the outline of some letters (I recommend alpha stickers that you can then remove), onto the top of your drawing. You should end with a drawn version of the image seen above.
Step 2: Send to Silhouette
With your cut file created, it’s time to send your design off to your Silhouette. Place the cardstock you’d like your page markers cut from onto your cutting mat, and send your design to your Silhouette as you normally would.
Once your machine is finished cutting, very carefully removed your page markers from your cutting mat. Depending on what font you’ve selected for your letters, the words on top will be delicate, so treat them gently. Make sure you punch out the middles of any enclosed letters (like o’s and d’s) if the middle didn’t already come out when removing your page marker from your cutting mat.
If you are making your page marker by hand, simply cut out the image you drew in step one. I recommend using precision tipped scissors for this step, and cutting very slowly and carefully around your letters.
Step 3: Laminate
Now that your page markers are all cut out, it’s time to laminate them! This will make sure that your page markers can stand up to daily wear and tear from being in your planner. It will ensure that your pretty page markers will last a long, long time! I use this personal laminator, and I love it!
I sent all three of my page markers I was making through the laminator on the same lamination sheet, to reduce wasting my lamination. After your designs have been laminated, you can cut them apart, and carefully trim around the edges of your page markers. I left a couple centimeters of lamination around the border of my page markers to prevent the lamination splitting open in the future. I’m not sure if this was necessary, but I figured better safe than sorry!
Step 4: Hole punch
After your page markers are laminated you can hole punch them to fit into your planner. I used this discbound hole punch, but you can see all the hole punches I recommend for various planner styles here. I was originally worried that hole punching through the lamination where the cardstock was would cause some splitting of the lamination. Luckily, the edges around my holes are still tightly laminated, which makes me very happy :). I’ll keep you updated on how they hold up!
Step 5: Add to planner!
Finally, it’s time to put your finished DIY planner page markers into your planner! I just love how my page markers turned out, and I am already planning to make a set for my blog planner!
Here is how they look with my planner opened up. I love that they are wide enough to easily use it to flip to the inserts I want to access, but still skinny enough that they are overly obtrusive and don’t cover the entire page.
And how cute do they look peeking out at the top of my planner? Again, I love that they’re tall enough to easily see and use, but not so tall that they could get in the way, or get bent and ruined easily.
Will you be whipping up some DIY planner page markers now that you know how easy it is? I really am kicking myself that I didn’t get a move on this project sooner. I have been loving using my new tabs to flip to my different sections! Let me know what you’d make these page markers for in the comments below!
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