Books Divided

Since computer equipment vendors and software companies rarely provide manuals with anything anymore, my husband prints a lot of manuals in hard copy and I use my binding equipment to make them into books.  His favorite size for these books is half of a US letter size page – 5.5″ wide and 8.5″ high.  It is a convenient size to hold and much easier on the eyes than reading the manuals on the computer screen.  Some of the books end up being fairly thick and have many chapters or sections.  The last time he printed some of the books, we collaborated on making dividers for them so the information would be more readily accessible.

This is a picture of the dividers just after they had been cut on my KNK Maxx.  I was able to get two dividers out of one sheet of 12″ x 12″ cardstock.

I created the text for the dividers and cut it from vinyl.  I also cut titles for the spines of the books from vinyl.







After I put the text onto the divider tabs, I wanted to make them a bit sturdier and to protect them from being damaged.  I used 2″ squares of a product made by Duck – a self adhesive, acid-free clear plastic made for laminating and scrapbooking.  Of course I had some help from Snoopy (my Maxx) in cutting the squares so they were actually square.  Once the laminating plastic had been applied I trimmed the end to conform to the shape of the tabs on the dividers.

The finished books look like this.  The first picture is of the completed books and the second picture is of the inside of two of the books.

The files for two position tabs, five position tabs, and six position tabs can be downloaded from the link below:

Tab Sets in KNK, MTC, PDF, SVG formats

9 thoughts on “Books Divided

  1. Great idea! Thank you for sharing your file! Its so funny, I do binding for my DH too – as well as for membership guides for 2 non-profits I belong to – and I have the same type of binding system! I haven’t used tabs simply to save on the expense – but I have a stockpile of 12×12 card stock that might have a new purpose.

  2. What a fabulous idea, Judy. I hope I can cut these on my Groove-E. I’m always printing off manuals too and I hate the size. These will be perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great idea! I never thought of putting vinyl on those plastic binding combs!

    Thanks, Judy!

  4. Great idea! I also have many printed mauals and may have to redo them so I can use these wonderful dividers. Great idea and thanks for sharing the file.

  5. I love this file! thank you for sharing. I downloaded it and have plans for using it already. now I have a reason to buy a binder machine!! great project.

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