Laminated dashboards

I love the idea of creating different things for planners and am learning how to make different items for my TN.

I wanted to make a laminated dashboard for the front of my planner that was pretty and functional… Here’s how I did it.

As I use an A6 TN, the postcards you can buy from paperchase are the perfect size and I rounded off the two outside corners using a corner punch. I purchased this one ages ago from Amazon, but they are widely available in all good craft stores.

On the back of the postcard I stuck a print out I have of all my family members birthdays on. That way I can’t say I forgot! Lol!

Then I had to choose what to use on the back…. I had some lovely samples of scrapbook papers given to me that were also A6 size so decided to use two of these to make a very simple pocket at the back.

I chose the scrapbook paper I wanted to use for the pocket and trimmed it down to the size I wanted the pocket to be.

Now to laminate….

This is a stage that needs to be done with care and accuracy.

The front and back parts of the dashboard need to be lined up, leaving a small gap (approximately 1cm apart dependant on how much space you would like in-between them, I will explain at the end) and then the pocket put on a spare bit in your laminating pouch. For some planner sizes you may need to use two laminating sheets.

The back picture needs to go on the left and have the picture side down. Then the front goes on the right facing upwards.

Put the dashboard through the laminator. I always do it at least twice to be doubly sure the seals around the paper is tight.

Once laminated cut around the pocket and then around the dashboard (keeping the two sides together. Then fold the dashboard in half.

Then use some decorative washi tape to stick your pocket in place. I chose this roll.

And there you have it a completed laminated dashboard! And why the gap in-between the two parts? Well that is so you can put a notebook in-between them comfortably like this 🙂

I hope you’ve found this another informative tutorial. Any comments on further tutorials you would like would be much appreciated!

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