Magical Monday 5

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So remember last week when I said I was working on a new lesson plan book for myself?  I sat down last week to make the tabbed dividers for my new binder and here’s how I made them:


First I used my label punch (I sell Stampin’ Up! products and this is a retired punch–but I can probably get you one if you’d like it!) I punched out 5 colors, two tabs in each color (red, orange, yellow, green, and blue) because we are in school for 10 months.  I printed a label on my DYMO LetraTag with clear label tape for each month. photo

These are the papers I used.  They are retired Stampin’ Up papers, but are some of my favorites because of the colors, so I decided to dip into my hoard of them and use them. 🙂


Then I used adhesive and stuck the tabs onto the papers at different intervals so they were spaced out and not overlapping with the month before or the month after. Then, I laminated them in my PurpleCows laminator.  The size of the papers was 8 x 9.  I couldn’t get an entire 8 1/2 x 11 sized paper plus the tab through the laminator, so I cut them down a bit to fit. 🙂  photo

Here they are all laminated!  I used 5 mil laminating film, so they are thick and won’t come apart easily when I flip from month to month.  I left about a 1/2 inch of laminating film on the back end of the dividers so that I could punch the holes in them.

I did decide to go with a 3 ring binder instead of binding it myself because after looking at last year’s lesson plans, there are so many documents I have to insert through the year, that I need it to be flexible! 🙂  I got a binder that’s 1 1/2 inches thick, so I won’t have the page turning problems like I did in the 1 inch binder. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on July 1, 2013, in Binders, Lesson Plans, Magical Mondays. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I am interested in a label punch !!!!


  2. I cant wait to see the end results!! I wished I made my own but I already bought one 😦


  3. I would love a tab punch if you could track one down. Have been looking for ages.


  4. I too am interested in a label punch!!!!!


  5. Any luck locating label punches for us?!?!


  6. I just found your blog and I have been looking all over for the punch. I would love to get one if you know of one that is still available.


  7. I know this is late but I would love one of the label punches..can you still get them?


  8. If you have any way at all for me to get the tab punch, I’d be extremely thankful! I’ve been trying to find one for awhile now. Thank you


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