I am planner obsessed, as I am sure many of you are as well. I love making custom inserts, stickers, and other embellishments for my planners. But how many times have you wanted to customize something for your spiral bound planner or notebook, but had no way to punch the holes? The new planner punch board comes to the rescue to help create this DIY snap-in planner dashboard.

DIY Snap-In planner dashboard for Erin Condren

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DIY Snap-In Planner Dashboard

I use an Emily Ley Simplified Daily Planner for my personal and work life, but I wanted to have a separate place to keep track of all of our finances. I needed a planner with monthly pages, but also ample space for notes, so for several years, I have been using an Erin Condren deluxe monthly notebook.

The monthly notebooks don’t come with tabs, so I added some with some sticky tabs I had. However, they are kind of flimsy and flipping to the current month puts a lot of strain on them. So, I wanted to create a snap-in monthly dashboard to easily find the current month.

DIY monthly tabs on Erin Condren deluxe notebook

Note: Erin Condren now makes monthly tabs for notebooks and planners. Mine are holding up very well this year so far.

I started by trimming my paper to allow an extra ¾” at the top. This is the height of the tab when you create one using the tab punch board. After my paper was trimmed, I created a medium size tab at the top.

Ceate tab at top of dashboard using tab punch board

I used some stickers from the Amy Tan On a Whim sticker book to spell out the word “MONTH”. And I added a few more hearts and a large flower to the paper.

Label top of the dashboard tab with stickers

Next, I used my laminator to make this dashboard extra sturdy. I left a ⅜” border on the left side to have plenty of space to punch the side without punching into my paper. Once it was laminated I trimmed around the tab at the top with scissors.

Run dashboard paper through laminator to make more durable

Using the planner punch board and the small pink spiral punch insert, I punched holes in the side of the dashboard. It easily punched through the laminate sheet.

Use planner punch board to punch holes to add to spiral erin condren notebook

Now, I can easily flip to the current month. And I can write reminders on it with a wet-erase marker or even add sticky notes to it for reminders about bills, budgeting, or anything else that may come up.

Snap-in planner dashboard for spiral notebook

As a planner lover, the punch board is so wonderful. I have an A5 binder, Emily Ley Daily Planner, small personal size planner, this spiral bound finance book, plus a couple other little journals. Instead of needing so many different hole punches to be able to customize each one, I can have one tool that doesn’t take up very much space.

DIYI Snap-in planner dashboard for erin condren notebook

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