Dashboards for Any Planner

Cheers to the weekend and another post on the blog. I am no stranger to sharing my planner obsession. I am a strong believer in writing things down and most importantly, getting them done. I use stickers, colorful pens, etc. to draw attention to certain moments of a day. Of course, that’s not needed. I will say that the more decorative my planner is the more I use it. This post is all about making inexpensive dashboards for your planner with materials you may already have.

As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.



I have shared planner dashboards that I have created in the past using inexpensive products. I’ve used gift bags, $1 chopping mats, and file folders. I was inspired by PlannerChan on Instagram to up the anty adding more texture and layers to my dashboards. Here’s what you can use:

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Vellum/Acetate
  • Greeting Cards 
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Adhesive: double stick tape / glue

Laminated Dashboards

I do not have a laminator, but I had a few Dollar Tree Self-Laminating sheets in my stash. I used scrapbook paper I had on hand and put it in the sheet leaving enough space for it to close. I then layered stickers on the front, On the back of the laminated dashboards I added Target Adhesive pockets. These come in a pack of 20 for $3 in the Bullseye Playground. Get them while you can! Within the pockets I added odds and ends. One has a huge panda printable and the other has a pineapple and a girl. There’s lots of layering that I can do with both, but for now they’re fine.

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Acetate/Vellum Dashboards 

Similar to the laminated dashboards, you can use acetate to create one. For the one I created in my traveler’s notebook I used a piece of acetate and a laminated sticker I had. The sticker serves as a tab. The laminated sticker is from PearTeaStickers on Etsy and I used double stick tape to adhere it. You can also layer acetate or vellum on top of other dashboards for additional layering and design.

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You can also use regular scrapbook paper to create dashboards.  I know a lot of people have an abundance of scrapbook paper and this is a great way to use it. For thicker dashboards you can glue two pieces together or glue them on top of card stock or textured scrapbook paper. From there you can add a pocket, layer stickers, add a tab at the top or leave it as is.

Greeting Card Dashboards

One of the quickest dashboards to make are to take those greeting cards and utilize them in your planner. I bought some from Michaels and I have plenty from Target that I can use. Tape them (or glue them) together and voila you have a dashboard. Decorate the back of them to match your style or leave as is.

Use what you have in your stash. It’s easy to be blindsided by what others have and share on social media. Assess your stash and go from there. As much as I want a laminator, I don’t need one right now. It’s not a necessity. I have more than enough to create.

Regardless of the planner you’re using, these dashboards will work. Just leave space in your design to hole punch if you’re using a ring bound or discbound planner.


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