I was just thinking of ways to organize some of my extra Project Life cards, and there was really one basic answer that keeps looking at me in the face (until I’ve scrolled that image down and out on Pinterest, and then another one just like it comes up). The magic solution – tabs!
Now I’m one who believes that a lot of the common, obvious solutions are always worthwhile. It didn’t take me long to give in. Tabs, it is.
I think, I THINK, there might be index card tabs sold at 3x4 or 4x6 sizes in the local bookstores, so if you don’t want to be bothered, you might want to go that road. I didn’t. Not on a Sunday when all we have in line for the rest of the evening was sci-fi marathon with Bamboo. It doesn’t hurt that I, as a hopeless hoarder who never wants anything to go to waste, also had a few scrap cardstock lying around. Okay, not really few. They’re all over the apartment.
So I was making some of these in 3x4 and 4x6 sizes with protruding tabs for my Project Life Cards and then I realized that the best thing about these tabs, especially the latter sizes, is that they would actually work as album tabs for my Project Life pages, too.
It’s the same concept. All you’ll need to do, if you want to subdivide your pages, is insert one in the topmost slot of a page (the index tab size depending on the page design). In my case, the design I most use is the Project Life Design A Page Protectors, and I could make use of these 4x6 sized index tabs I made to subdivide my pages as I please, id est, monthly (below).
If you also have nothing in line for next Sunday and might wanna try this, below are the quick steps and guide.
Illustration 1 | Start by measuring (and cutting) your cardstock or paper to size. In this case, I wanted 4x6 card dividers. Add a cm (or est. ⅜ inch) allowance at the top margin (see illustration for template).* That brings the total base dimensions to width: 6 and height: 4.375.
*If you’re good, you can actually overlap two index tabs (say, middle and right) upside down. This way you’ll only need one 1-cm strip for two cards.
Illustration 2 | Divide the “tab area” into desired number of sections (e. g. 3, right-middle-left tabs). At 3 layers/sections, the size of each tab would come down to about 2”.
Illustration 3 | Cut the tab area, keeping only the 2-inch section of the tab that you are making (right, middle or left).
Actually, I have these lovely 3x12 Project Life dividers to match my Cinnamon Edition cards, and I would highly recommend them as your basic page dividers because not only do they serve their purpose as dividers well, I believe that, made with sturdier material than paper or cardstock, they also essentially protect your pages from possible creases and misfolds.
But you may want further subdivisions of the page, as I did, and thus would need another type of “subtabs". Albeit less protective in nature, these index tabs I made for my cards and albums are very effective as they can be set as horizontal tabs making it easier to see the categories and flip to them.
That's the mini project for the week. I hope you, too, had an amazing weekend!