The Nightsky Divider & How to Make

All of the Subcategory Dividers, more or less


To add a bit of flair to the nightsky divider I made it from black construction paper and painted stars with white-out.

A SUBcategory divider uses one half of a sheet of 9"x12" construction paper because construction paper is 1/2 inch wider that printer paper [8.5"x11"].

The body of the divider, not including the tab, is 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches, HOWEVER; do not cut it to that size because that will cut off the tab-to-be!

trim for tabTab Height + Paper Width —First decide how far the tab should stick out. This divider, the one pictured, protrudes 1/4 of an inch. SO, cut the construction paper 8 1/2 inches x 5 3/4 inches.

Tab Placement —Next decide where to trim so that the tab protrudes. I positioned the nightsky tab in the second position. That is shown in the image at the top of the page. Cut the excess "side" off of the divider to create the tab.

If reinforcement is necessary, add a strip of paper with glue from one side of the divider, over the tab and *fold* and across the back of the divider.

NOTE: All of the subcategory dividers were made with construction paper in this way -not necessarily decorated, but made with construction paper with a tab that is cut to protrude 1/4 of an inch. Two subcategory dividers can be made from one sheet of 9"x12" construction paper.

more tabs in journal

The dividers for the main categories were cut from manila divers that I had laying around. The width of those were cut to the same width PLUS the tab as the subcategory dividers. [8.5" tall x 5.75" wide] This further protects the tabs on the subcategory dividers.

The Tabbed Category Divider

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This image shows how I made the dividers for the main categories

Page from Skywatching Category

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Holly wrote about Canis Major

BACK TO : Nature Journal Tabs

Donna Young
January 12th, 2010

Reminder of the Tabs

  • >Gear (store specialty pages that are made to hold specimens)
  • >Writings (for poems, Bible verses, other works not by the child)
  • >Animal Kingdom | Glossary
  • >Trees | Specimen | Observation
  • >The Great Garden | My Garden | Flowers | Wild Places | Reference
  • >Skywatching | Weather | Bird Watching (bird feeder pages) | Nightsky (stars and planets)
  • >Journal (Poems, notes, etc. by the child)
  • >Sketching (Place heavy paper here that is to be used by the child for drawings. The drawings may be later placed in the proper category.)

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Subcategory in italics

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