DIY Binder Dividers + Free Cut Files

How cute would your home binders look if you made DIY binder dividers? Check out this easy way to make them and get the free cut files here.

I shared previously how I revamped my old and damaged Blog Planner Folder and a few months ago I shared My Blog Planner, which has been my best friend during my blogging time LOL.

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Blog Planner DIY binder dividers + Free Cut Files

Now I decided to go a bit further and create my own tabbed binder dividers so I could get rid of my uuuuuugly ones LOL and get some binder organization done.

I’m really so happy with the results. Now it looks new, bright, and colorful. I got so inspired by this that now I’m creating my own blog planner pintable’s =D.

What I like the most about this project is that I only used paper/cardstock and of course my Silhouette Cameo with its supplies such as sketch Pens. The first thing I worked on was the design of the dividers.

How to make these cute dividers

Basic Supplies:

  • The provided files.
  • Cardstock Cover 65-90 lb (180-220 gr)
  • Scrapbook paper or your favorite cardstock colors.
  • Glue – I used mod podge; I recommend a glue that won’t bend the cardstock.

Tools:

  • Cutting Machine – Silhouette Cameo or Cricut
  • Sketch Pens

Instructions:

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Step 1: Designing the dividers

Firstly, I made the whole divider shape for the base and then added some details such as a cute flower, divider tabs borders, and the name of the divider.

It took me quite some time to put this together but it was so worth it.

Showing all the different layouts of the diy binder divider's.

Also, I prepared the cutting files for the divider tab templates so you can snag them depending on your needs:

Step 2: Cutting all the divider tabs

Once all the cutting files were ready, I started cutting. It was kind of a process because I had to cut first and then in the same sheet using sketch pens.

For this I specified a color: RED is cut and GREEN is Sketch pen because the flower shape would be printed around the cut petals.

Screenshot of the specifications of the lines on Silhouette studio

Then it was time to cutting and sketching the sheets dividers with my Silhouette machine!

One of the binder dividers coming out of the silhouette Cameo

Next, I cut all the divider color tabs in different colors It was 12 in total. Even though I repeated the color, the texture of the paper was very different.

All the binder divider tabs on the mat cut and ready to be glued
A closeup of all the pieces ready to build the binder dividers

Ok, Once I had everything cut, I started the second part.

Step 3: Assembling the binder dividers.

sheets and dividers

I also cut some strips of paper in different colors that would be used as the background of the cutout flower and texts.

pieces of colored paper, sheets and dividers

Then I used mod podge for this because I like that it doesn’t make paper create creases. It’s clean and it also protects the paper.

So I glued the colored card stock on the back of the divider.

applying the pieces of colored paper on the back of the sheets

And then I glued the DIY divider tab in the border on the right side of the divider.

Here you have the first sample =D

first sheet ready

And now, the whole stack of sheet dividers is finished!

all sheets ready with their respective dividers

Then I punched the divider pages with the regular paper punch holes so I could put them in the Binder.

punching holes on sheets with dividers

And here you go!…

These are some samples of the sheet dividers. I left some blank dividers at the end just in case I need them later.

all sheets ready with holes and their respective dividers
showing open divider sheets image one
showing open divider sheets image two

Step 4: Inserting the dividers into the binder

Finally, it was time to get my blog planner organized =D.

binder and divider sheets

I took all my planner sheets and organized them under each divider accordingly.

put them inside my ring binder and closed the rings.

open folder with pencil case and divider sheets

Step 5: Naming the DIY binder tabs

You can write down directly onto the divider tabs, the name of the tab.

Since I didn’t want to write on the tabs, this is what I did:

I cut some small pieces of each paper color I used and placed them on white paper in the same order as the dividers.

Then I stuck them with a couple of double-sided tapes and then I applied transparent contact paper on top of everything.

details of annotations in my binder

With a black sharpie, I wrote the name of each tab. If I ever change it I just use some acetone to erase it and write it again!

open folder ready

That’s it!

My blog planner is done!

What do you think??? Like it???

sheet divider "calendar" closeup
sheet divider "calendar" view

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need a cutting machine to make binder dividers?

Short answer, YES. To make these ones just like you see them yes, you need a cutting machine. But if you ignore the cutout names on the dividers and the little flower you could cut them with a craft knife or scissors.

What type of cardstock is best for the binder dividers?

I recommend cover cardstock around 65-90 lb for the base of the divider to make sure it holds well. For the decorations, your favorite cardstock or scrapbook paper will do.

Can you use only the divider tabs?

Yes, if you only want to use the tabs, you just need to cut that file.

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DIY Binder Dividers for bloggers cutely decorated

DIY binder dividers Tutorial + Free Cut Files

Camila Rojas
How cute would your home binders look if you made DIY binder dividers? Check out this easy way to make them and get the free cut files here.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course DIY & Craft, Organization
Cuisine Paper Craft, Silhouette Cameo
Servings 1 Stack

Equipment

  • Cutting Machine – Silhouette Cameo or Cricut
  • Sketch Pens

Ingredients
  

  • The provided files.
  • Cardstock Cover 65-90 lb 180-220 gr
  • Scrapbook paper or your favorite cardstock colors.
  • Glue – I used mod podge I recommend a glue that won’t bend the cardstock.

Instructions
 

STEP 1: DESIGNING THE DIVIDERS

  • Firstly, I made the whole divider shape for the base and then added some details such as a cute flower, divider tabs borders, and the name of the divider.
  • It took me quite some time to put this together but it was so worth it.
  • Also, I prepared the cutting files so you can snag them depending on your needs:

STEP 2: CUTTING ALL THE DIVIDERS

  • Once all the cutting files were ready I started cutting. It was kind of a process because I had to cut first and then in the same sheet using the sketch pens.
  • RED is cut and GREEN is Sketch pen because the flower shape would be printed around the cut petals.
  • Then it was time to cutting and sketching the sheets dividers!
  • Next, I cut all the divider borders in different colors It was 12 in total. Even though I repeated the color, the texture of the paper was very different.
  • Once I had everything cut, I started the next part.

STEP 3: ASSEMBLING THE BINDER DIVIDERS.

  • I also cut some strips of paper in different colors that would be used as the background of the cutout flower and texts.
  • Then I used mod podge for this because I like that it doesn’t make paper create creases. It’s clean and it also protects the paper.
  • So I glued the colored card stock on the back of the divider.
  • And then I glued the DIY divider tab in the border on the right side of the divider.
  • And now, the whole stack of sheet dividers is finished!
  • Then I punched the dividers with the regular paper punch so I could put them in the Binder.
  • And here you go!…
  • These are some samples of the sheet dividers. I left some blank dividers at the end just in case I need them later.

STEP 4: INSERTING THE DIVIDERS TO THE BINDER

  • Finally, it was time to get my blog planner organized =D.
  • I took all my planner sheets and organized them under each divider accordingly.
  • put them inside my binder and closed the rings.

STEP 5: NAMING THE DIVIDER TABS

  • You can write down directly onto the divider tabs, the name of the tab.
  • Since I didn’t want to write on the tabs, I cut some small pieces of each paper color I used and placed them on white paper in the same order as the dividers.
  • Then I stuck them with a couple of double-sided tapes and then I applied transparent contact paper on top of everything.
  • With a black sharpie, I wrote the name of each tab. If I ever change it I just use some acetone to erase it and write it again!
  • That’s it!
Keyword diy binder dividers, diy sheet dividers, planner binder dividers

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

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45 Comments

  1. I love these, but don’t have a cutting machine. Is there some way to get the pattern/template to make by hand?

    1. Hi Patti, sorry for the late reply. Thank you for your your kind words. Right now I don’t have it in any other format since I created them within the Silhouette app. So sorry. However, I’m planning on creating some new ones and I can try replicating these for different formats. Can’t promise exactly when though.
      Again so sorry,
      Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. 5 stars
    This is so wonderful! Cricut connected with a computer can make work easy and cuts different cards for you.

    1. Hi Angela, Yes cutting machines are the best invention ever. I love all the possibilities!
      glad you like my sheet dividers!
      Hugs

  3. Oh, my goodness! I love love LOVE these dividers! I can’t stop making them – you’ve created a monster! lol Every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I buy paper/cardstock. Single sheets if it’s not on sale, packs if it’s 50% off. I don’t actually scrapbook; I just collect the stuff. Now I’ve discovered something to do with all that lovely cardstock that’s piling up in my craft room! Thank you!

    1. Ha Ha you made my day today!!!! I’m glad I created a monster, although your family might not agree with me LOL. I’m happy that you found these useful and that you love them that much. That makes me SO SO SO excited, you can’t imagine! THANK you so much for taking the time to stop by and sharing it with me!!!!
      Hugs and XOXO

  4. LOVE THIS!!

    I know this is an old post, but when I click to download the page says “This webpage is not available”. Are you still sharing these files?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Heather… It sgould work and I’m still sharing it. So sorry this happened and thank you for letting me know. I’ll check it out and see what is going on and let you know as soon as the link is Active!!!

      Again THANK YOU!!!

    2. Hey Heather, The links are fixed, please let me know if you can download it so I know it’s fixed.

      XOXO and again thank you for your visit and wanting to use my files!

  5. Hi Rachel !!!
    I love your dividers! They are exactly what I have been trying to make all day. How did you make your scalloped edges on your tabs? How did you make your tabs? I am so confused! Is there a die cut that you used? I am not sure about your Sihoutte Machine but it looks very pricey! Any help you can render would be appreciated! (I tried to download your zip but I think my computer is too old!!) Enough! hOPE

    1. Hi Hope, sorry it took me forever to reply! I made my tabs on Illustrator and then transferred them to my Silhouette software. Probably there are die cuts for that but I haven’t seen them yet. This machine is not as pricey as it could be and for all it does, costs about $200 or so but if you are a crafter is so worth it! This tabs are not that hard, you could even cut them with scissors! Let me know if you give it a try!
      XOXO

  6. Ooooh; I like the colored edges! That’s a great idea! (BTW, rubbing alcohol will work for the same purpose as acetone and it doesn’t stink as bad.)

  7. Now I have to get one of those…These are just too AWESOME!!! #pinning Thanks for linking up with us at Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop.

  8. These are great Cami! I have been working on getting more organized and trying out different ways to see what works. So I guess you could say my blog binder is a work in progress. I love getting inspiration from other bloggers like you. So thank you for sharing. Oh…and I’m liking the new tweaks here on your blog! Thanks for partying with us at The Makers!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

  9. What an awesome tool to use!! And, so pretty, too. Happy to have found you via the SITS Girls Linky. I’m #307 on the list, if you want to say hi, too. But I’m going to Pin this and also head over to your FB page for a Like so I don’t miss anything else you are up to. Thanks, Dana @ Chocolate and Sunshine

  10. That’s almost too pretty to use! I love getting organized, just have a problem with the following the plan. This book might keep me on track!

  11. These look great! I have a cricut and I never have a chance to use it! This has given me inspiration! Thanks for Sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  12. I’ve been using your blog planner and I love it. It works beautifully with my stylish OCD personality. Thanks for another great tip.

    Share with me! Blog Hop every Friday (entries accepted until Thursday at noon).
    www,104homestead.weebly.com

  13. Hello my blogging friend, I am so excited that we found another common element in our lives. You have done a beautiful job with this challenge. I am going to use your ideas and add my own flair. I hope you do not mind. I will post it or email it to you when I am done. We already follow each other but boy do I have a bunch to learn. I hope we can network together. Your friend, Karen Marie

  14. WOW!!! You thought of everything!! Wish I could get motivated and organized enough to be half the blogger that you are! Maybe if I start with a binder like this, magic would happen :)

  15. What a great tutorial, I just got my machine and am still trying to figure things out. I will for sure be coming back to this!!

  16. I’m totally in love with your planner! I love how you have everything color coded and it is just so cute.

  17. Beautiful! The possibilities are endless! Thank you for the inspiration. I am more likely to use an organizational tool if it is beautiful like this. It makes me happy to use it. :)

  18. This is adorable! My blog calendar is very plain jane right now, but I want to add some fun! Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Like it? I love it! Especially the little flower detail, it makes me squee every time I see it. I think this is a project that I *need* to do!

    (Kristy gd from Please Excuse My Craftermath…)

  20. Wow! Those are amazing! You should totally sale them because I sooo couldn’t manage that and it look like that when I was done haha :)

  21. This is such a great project. Thank you for sharing the files too! I so need something like this for my blog. my boring XL spreadsheet just doesn’t compare.

  22. Oh wow! Thanks for sharing your file. This is great and I sooooo need to get things organized. I’m using 3 notebooks right now…It would be nice to get it all into one spot. I haven’t used sketch pens yet, but you’ve inspired me to add that to my list of things to buy.

  23. Ok, pretty and organized…I LOVE it! It’s bound to make you smile every time you open it up :-) Thanks for sharing!

  24. Super Cute!!!!! I haven’t tried the sketching on the silhouette machine. I’ll have to try it now!!!

  25. Your blog binder is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I am so inspired to follow in your footsteps..one for my sanity, and two because of how awesome it turned out! I never would have though about making the whole thing from scratch. Great Job!!!