Notebook dividers DIY – How to make your own notebook dividers

Make your own notebook dividersHello Resin Fans, Karen Bearse here with you today with this notebook dividers DIY project. As we continue the series about resin paper I had what I thought would be a brilliant idea for my resin notebook dividers. I will take you through my ideas as this tutorial evolves.

Supply list:

  • Easy Cast Resin
  • Gloves, plastic measure cups, stir sticks
  • Timer
  • Craft sheet or parchment paper
  • Scrapbook Paper & stickers by Bo Bunny (owl divider)
  • Wood feather
  • Soar – A Flair for Buttons.
  • Decorate Paper Napkins
  • Tim Holtz Halloween Ephemera & metallic Stickers (quote)
  • Sequins

planner dividers made with resin

I’m using the Resin Obsession crystal doming resin because works well to make resin paper.  I want to make a see-through divider that I could suspend images, sequins, words, etc. in, but the main component would be resin.

Spoiler:  A resin mold would have been a lot easier!

resin mold with a box and parchment paper


First project – Step 1

I took a rectangular box (measurements don’t matter) and lined it with parchment paper. My thought was the resin papers sit well on the parchment, plus they pull up easily when cured. Excitedly thinking I was a genius, I put a travel embellishment, wooden arrow, and some sequins in the box. As this was a test, there was no need to get too fancy. The embellishment was stuck down with the piece of pop tape that it came attached to.  Everything else was free-floating.

clear resin and ephemera

Step 2

Next, I mixed my resin as per the directions.  If you have never done this before, this explains how to mix resin.  I poured this resin into my mold and using a stir stick, moved it around to create a thin layer. Remember, I want this to be fairly thin like the plastic on a planner divider. It looked pretty good so I thought I might have a winner.

resin casting with ephemera

Step 3

Finally letting the resin sit overnight, I excitedly ran into my craft room to find a craft fail. The resin had pulled away from the edges of the box and I was left with a hard chunk of resin in a unique, yet bizarre shape. What I deduced from this experiment is the parchment paper acted as a resist. While it works great for creating resin paper, there is nothing around the edges to anchor the resin, forcing it to maintain a shape.  Instead, it simply pooled in the middle of the box mold. Drat!  If it had worked, all kinds of possibilities would have been opened! Now my brain is trying to figure out something cool to do with this odd piece that is left over.

scrapbook paper and owl art waiting for resin

Second project – Step 1

Undaunted, I still wanted to create a free-floating notebook dividers DIY project, so I came up with a second experiment. What I needed was something to anchor the resin and force it to hold a shape. Keeping it simple, I cut a piece of scrapbook paper and using the cinch, punched holes along the side for it to go in my planner. I also cut a rectangle out of the paper for my cool owl paper piece to go in. As this was an experiment, I kept it simple, using the techniques from my past resin paper bookmarks post..

sponging resin onto papers

Step 2

Mix the crystal doming resin and apply to your paper using a piece of foam to create a thin layer. Start with the backside, flip over and cover the front. Place it flat on your craft or parchment sheet. I like using double sided paper for this type of project. You can see my fun dragonfly that will be the back of my divider.

Next, I covered the owl piece with a thin layer of resin. This helped it adhere to the craft sheet and kept it from moving around. I placed it in the middle of my cut out spot. Finally, I poured more resin on the owl spot and using the sponge, smoothed out the resin.

resin doming on paper

I checked on my resin piece an hour or so later to find the same problem as in the previous experiment. The resin pulled away from the paper in the cutout spot, plus pooled on the owl, allowing gaps to form. I mixed and poured more resin, filling in the voids to try to keep the resin in a solid piece. I smoothed the resin using the stir stick.

cured resin papers

Craft success!

After curing overnight, I created a free-floating owl in the middle of my paper. The resin paper divider is a good thickness.  While it is a little heavier in the open square, it is not too thick. I did have to repunch a few of the holes next to the owl, but again the resin was not too thick and punched easily. If your resin is too thick, do not risk damaging your machine.  Simply cut the squares out with sharp scissors.

notebook dividers DIYObservations are that more experiments need to be done

If you don’t want to go to these lengths to create a planner divider, here is a simple way to do it. I always have extra resin papers after a session that I keep in a folder. The crow was one of these, so all I had to do was punch my holes and add ephemera. Boom done!

You can also make dividers out of a decorative paper napkin, like the crow, adding the embellishments before you pour your resin like my resin bookmarks projects.

resin notebook dividers

Here is another example of a simple piece of cardstock, covered with resin, allowed to cure, then punched and decorated. I added a flair button and a metallic quote sticker. These would be great to personalize for planners for friends.  This would make a great gift.

Well, that is it for today! I hope you enjoyed my resin notebook dividers DIY project and if you do some experimenting of your own please let me know. Make some time for resin!

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4 thoughts on “Notebook dividers DIY – How to make your own notebook dividers

  1. Wow Karen, I love your experiments!! I don’t think your first one is a mistake at all (I wonder if you could die cut it with a Bigz die), I love the random shape of it! Love, love, love the owl in the middle project too. Thanks so much for sharing your experiments! Anne x

  2. Very cool. You could try a low wall of Silly Putty all around in the box shape. Resin doesn’t stick to the Silly Putty in the same way it doesn’t stick to silicone, but it’s not a resist like the parchment paper. A large area pour, though, might still pull away from the edges it it is too thin. You might have to babysit it awhile until it starts to get thick. Leave that pour until near the end of the pot time to reduce the babysitting time. But.. this blog post gives me ideas 🙂

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