HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS

HOW TO | LEATHER TABBED DIVIERS FOR PROJECT LIFE

THIS WEEK'S TUTORIAL IS GOING TO TEACH YOU HOW TO STAMP SOME LEATHER TABS AND ATTACH THEM TO DIVIDERS THAT WILL BE PERFECT FOR YOUR MONTH TO MONTH DIVISION FOR PROJECT LIFE! KEEP READING FOR ALL THE DETAILS FOR THESE AWESOME TABBED DIVIDERS!

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

WHAT YOU NEED

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT IS LISTED BELOW!

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

01. SCRAP OF LEATHER

02. MANILA FOLDERS

03. LEATHER STAMPING KIT

04. RAG AND WATER

05. STAPLER OR TINY ATTACHER

06. ADHESIVE HINGES

07. HAMMER

NOW GRAB YOUR SUPPLIES AND GET TO WORK! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

TO SAVE YOU FROM THE ADDITIONAL WORK OF TESTING OUT THE LEATHER STAMPS, I'VE ATTACHED A PHOTO BELOW THAT SHOWS YOU HOW I TESTED A VARIATION OF TECHNIQUES. I FOUND THE BEST RESULT CAME FROM WETTING THE LEATHER, AND I LIKE THE CLARITY OF THE IMAGE WHEN USING PRESSURE FROM YOUR HANDS INSTEAD OF A HAMMER, BUT IT'S UP TO YOU! (KEEP IN MIND YOU'LL STILL NEED THE HAMMER EITHER WAY BECAUSE IT REDUCES BULK IN THE LEATHER FOR ATTACHING IT TO YOUR DIVIDERS!)

 

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR  

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

 


PREP LEATHER TABS

1.1 CREATE A TEMPLATE FOR YOUR TABS. I'VE USED THESE STICKY TABS PLACED TOGETHER. THEY'RE THE PERFECT SIZE FOR A 12" ALBUM HEIGHT AND BECAUSE THEY'RE STICKY, THEY MAKE RE-CREATING THE SHAPE A TOTAL BREEZE!

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

1.2 STICK YOUR TEMPLATE ONTO YOUR LEATHER FACE UP

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

1.3 TRIM AROUND THE TEMPLATE WITH SCISSORS PAYING ATTENTION TO THE ROUNDED CORNERS AND STAYING AS TRUE TO SIZE AS YOU CAN. ONCE FINISHED, SET THE PIECE ASIDE. 

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

1.4 KEEP MOVING ALONG IN A STRAIGHT ROW JUST RE-STICKING AND TRIMMING AROUND YOUR TEMPLATE AS YOU GO

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

1.4 ONCE YOU'VE TRIMMED OUT 12 TABS (ONE FOR EACH MONTH) YOU'RE READY TO MOVE ON!

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

PREP YOUR LEATHER TAB FOR STAMPING (RIGHT SIDE)

2.1 WET A RAG WITH SOME WATER

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

2.2 START WITH THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TAB (THIS WILL BE THE BACK SIDE OF YOUR TAB) AND WET GENEROUSLY

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

STAMP YOUR LEATHER TAB (RIGHT SIDE)

START WITH THE 0 OF THE NUMBER (OR 1 FOR 10-12) AND STAMP IT CLOSEST TO THE FOLD OF THE TAB. THEN GRAB THE NUMBER OF THE MONTH YOU'RE WORKING ON AND PLACE IT SPACED EVENLY NEXT TO THE EXISTING NUMBER. THE NICE THING ABOUT STARTING ON THE BACK OF THE TAB IS THAT IT'S THE PART THAT WILL BE LESS SEEN AND IT WILL GIVE YOU SOME PRACTICE BEFORE MOVING TO THE FRONT. I ALSO SUGGEST PRACTICING ON YOUR SCRAP LEATHER A COUPLE TIMES TO GET THE HANG OF IT. I FOUND THAT ONE CONSISTENT PRESSURE ON THE WET LEATHER WITH A SLIGHT ROCKING MOTION WORKED THE BEST AND GAVE ME THE CLEANEST RESULT!

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


PREP YOUR LEATHER TAB FOR STAMPING (LEFT SIDE)

2.1 WET A RAG WITH SOME WATER LIKE BEFORE AN WET THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR TAB.

NOTE: YOU CAN ALSO WET THE TAB WHILE FOLDED IF YOU'RE UNSURE OF WHERE TO STAMP, THIS WILL ALLOW YOU TO WET ONLY OUTSIDE THE CURVE OF THE TAB SO YOU WON'T STAMP WHERE IT IS HARD TO READ.

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


STAMP YOUR LEATHER TAB (LEFT SIDE)

THIS TIME YOU'RE GOING TO START WITH THE NUMBER ITSELF AND STAMP IT CLOSEST TO THE FOLD OF THE TAB. THEN GRAB THE 0 (OR 1 FOR 10-12) AND PLACE IT SPACED EVENLY  TO THE LEFT OF THE EXISTING NUMBER. FOLLOW THE SAME PRESSURE AND APPLICATION AS BEFORE!

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


FINISH ALL THE TABS

REPEAT STEPS 2-5 UNTIL YOU HAVE LEATHER TABS FOR ALL 12 MONTHS AND SET THEM ASIDE.

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


PREP DIVIDERS BY TRIMMING MANILA FOLDERS

7.1 TRIM OFF UNEVEN EDGES OFF THE FOLDERS (THE OUTER EDGE SHOULD HAVE TABS AND DIPS, JUST MAKE SURE TO SURPASS ALL THAT SO YOU'LL HAVE A FLAT EVEN EDGE).

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

7.2 LINE UP NEW STRAIGHT EDGE OF FOLDER AND TRIM TO WIDTH OF 6" (RUN THE BLADE A COUPLE TIMES BECAUSE OF DOUBLE THICKNESS)  

NOTE: I HAVE OPTED TO TRIM TO THE 6" WIDTH AND THEN ADD CLEAR PRE-PUNCHED HINGES FOR THE ADDITIONAL DEPTH NEEDED TO MAKE THE TABS STICK OUT PAST THE PAGE PROTECTORS OF THE ALBUM 

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

7.3 WITH THE CUT FROM ABOVE, YOU'LL HAVE TWO INSERTS! REPEAT THIS PROCESS 5 MORE TIMES UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL 12 OF YOUR 11 1/2" X 6" PAGE DIVIDERS.

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

ATTACH FIRST CLEAR HINGE

NOTE: IF YOU'VE OPTED TO TRIM YOUR MANILA LONGER AND PUNCH HOLES INSTEAD OF USING THIS HINGE OPTION, YOU CAN SKIP THIS STEP!

8.1 GRAB YOUR PRODUCT AND YOUR ALBUM - I'M USING THE CASE ENVY 

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

8.2 TO GET THE INITIAL ALIGNMENT - PLACE THE HINGE STRIP INTO YOUR ALBUM AND PULL THE ADHESIVE STRIP COVERING TO REVEAL THE ADHESIVE FACING UPWARDS. HOLD IN PLACE AND ALIGN THE MANILA INSERT WITH THE EDGE OF YOUR ALBUM'S PAGE PROTECTORS. PRESS FIRMLY TO MAKE SURE YOUR MANILA DIVIDER IS FIRMLY PLACED ONTO THE CLEAR HINGE.

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


* AFTER THIS YOU'LL SKIP TO THE STEPS FOR ADDING A LEATHER TAB. ONCE YOUR FIRST ONE IS IN PLACE, YOU'LL CONTINUE THE PROCESS WITH STEP 9 BELOW.


ATTACH OTHER CLEAR HINGES PT. 1

ONCE YOUR FIRST TAB IS IN PLACE, APPLYING YOUR ADHESIVE STRIPS WILL BE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SO FOLLOW THIS STEP FOR DIVIDERS 2-12

SET THE ADHESIVE STRIP (ADHESIVE FACING UP) ON TOP OF THE EXISTING DIVIDER AND ALIGN THE PUNCHED HOLES.

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


ATTACH OTHER CLEAR HINGES PT. 2

WITH ADHESIVE STRIP ALIGNED, HOLD IN PLACE WHILE PLACING AND ADHERING THE MANILA DIVIDER IN PLACE

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


PLACE INITIAL STAPLES

STAPLE ONCE ON EACH SIDE OF THE LETTER TAB. THIS IS OPTIONAL, I'VE CHOSEN TO HAVE TWO STAPLES ON EACH TAB, IF YOU DON'T LIKE THAT LOOK OF THAT, SIMPLY SKIP THIS STEP.

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


APPLY ADHESIVE TO LEATHER TAB

APPLY ADHESIVE LIBERALLY TO EDGES OF THE TAB, THIS IS JUST SO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO HELP YOU ALIGN AND PLACE THE TAB.

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


PLACE AND FOLD LEATHER TAB

13.1 PLACE YOUR TAB DIRECTLY NEXT TO THE PREVIOUS TAB AND PRESS LIGHTLY TO LET THE ADHESIVE DO IT'S WORK.

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

13.2 FOLD THE TAB OVER AND ADHERE TO THE REVERSE SIDE AS WELL MAKING SURE THE DEPTH OF THE TAB MATCHES WITH THE OTHERS IN PLACE. ONCE YOU'RE SURE ON THE DEPTH, PRESS FIRMLY. 

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


HAMMER YOUR LEATHER TAB

GRAB YOUR HAMMER AND BANG ON YOUR LEATHER TAB FROM BOTH SIDES UNTIL IT'S SUPER FLAT. YOU SHOULD NOTICE A REDUCTION IN THE THICKNESS WHICH WILL REALLY HELP YOUR STAPLER IN THE NEXT STEP.

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


STAPLE THE TAB IN PLACE

NOW WITH THE TAB IN PLACE, THROW TWO MORE STAPLES INTO THE TAB. WITH THE HAMMERING FROM THE PREVIOUS STEP, THEY SHOULD GO IN SMOOTHLY BUT IF THEY DON'T SIMPLY HAMMER THEM FLAT ALSO, OR PULL THEM AND TRY AGAIN. WITH THIS, YOUR TAB WILL BE COMPLETE!

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


REPEAT AND REPLICATE

ONCE YOU'VE GOT THE PROCESS DOWN PAT, YOU'RE SIMPLY GOING TO REPEAT STEPS 9-15 UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL TWELVE INSERTS! AND YOU'RE DONE - YIPPEE!

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


THESE TABS WILL LOOK FABULOUS IN ANY PROJECT LIFE ALBUM! AND THE NICE THING IS, BY SIMPLY CHANGING YOUR LEATHER COLOR, OR CHOOSING A DIFFERENT MATERIAL FOR THE DIVIDER, YOU HAVE ENLESS POSSIBILITIES. I FELT THIS LIGHT NEUTRAL COLOR PALETTE KEPT IT SIMPLE AND SLEEK FOR MY FLASHIER GOLD ALBUM BUT FEEL FREE TO GO ALL OUT WITH YOUR DIVIDERS!! AND SHARE YOURS WITH ME ON INSTAGRAM @CECILY_THEPAPERCURATOR, I'D LOVE TO SEE WHAT YOU MAKE!

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR

HOW TO | STAMPED LEATHER PROJECT LIFE TABBED DIVIDERS | THE PAPER CURATOR


PRODUCTS USED

* SOME OF THE PRODUCTS LISTED ARE AFFILIATE LINKS. I RECEIVE 4% WHEN YOU PURCHASE PRODUCTS THROUGH THE PROVIDED AMAZON LINK. I HAVE USED AND LOVED EVERY ITEM SHOWN AND WOULD NOT SUGGEST WITHOUT TESTING EACH PRODUCT FIRST, OR WITHOUT USING THEM WHILE MAKING THIS PROJECT. AS ALWAYS, I APPRECIATE YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.


I'M SO GLAD YOU STOPPED BY FOR THIS LITTLE TUTORIAL! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, FEEL FREE TO LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! AND BE SURE TO SHARE ANY OF YOUR TAKE AWAYS FROM THIS ON INSTAGRAM WITH ME, CECILY_THEPAPERCURATOR! TILL NEXT TIME ...