Printed File Folder Punches For Project Life | A Tutorial

The other day I posted about this new Fiskars squeeze punch designed by Jenni Bowlin. It’s a file folder tab. It’s the perfect size to write a date or a name or to use just as an embellishment. But I also had an idea that would be perfect for something I really needed for Project Life.

In my PL 2012 album, I’m planning to include photos of all the movies I see, all the books I read, all the audio books I listen too. I wanted to have something I could staple onto the image of the movie poster or the image of the book to say “Watched” or “Reading”. Why not print the words I needed onto cardstock and punch them out?

Tutorial: Project Life Tabs

Step 1. Create a document in a word processing program with all the phrases needed: Reading, Watched, Listening to, Making, Obsessed with, In the news, etc…

Step 2. Add three blank rows between each line of text. That gives enough room between the lines so that you can punch each word cleanly. (Every program is different so you may want to experiment with the spacing to get it just right.)

Step 3. Print the document onto whatever color cardstock works for you.

Step 4. Punch out each word in the row and then trim off the punched line so that you have room to go in and punch the next row. Repeat until you punch out all of your words.

Now I have these fun tabs to add to various photos in my PL album.

Here’s a peek at how I am using them:

I have been catching up with my 2012 Project Life but don’t have enough photos printed yet. That’s why I am not sharing mine on a weekly basis – I don’t print all of my photos at home. But when I get prints, I will be sharing some PL12 updates!

If you have this punch, I hope you give this idea a try!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. oh my golly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i love this idea!!!! you are brillant!!! do you mind if i do this too? i love it!

  2. Love how you used the punch! What a great idea! Now I’m going to have to add it to my wish list.

  3. I am really loving this punch and how you are using it! Maybe I will get myself a Valentine’s Day present at Michaels today…I just hope they still have the punch!

  4. GREAT use of that punch!!!! Now I want one 🙂

  5. Love the idea of how you used printed words and the punch. I usually just handwrite them but I think people will be able to read better if I do it your way! LOL!!

  6. oh, I may have to steal this idea from you!! I was trying to figure out what to use this punch for (to justify purchasing it- lol!), and this is PERFECT!! Plus, I add things like this to my PL album as well, and this is a good way to categorize those things!

    thank you again!!

  7. GENIUS! Love this idea Tammy!!! Really need that punch now…

  8. What a great use of that punch! Thank you so much for the fabulous idea. Now I must get that punch!!

  9. Ohh that looks like a fun punch. I will have to keep my eye open for that one.
    Love your idea!!

  10. What a fab idea Tammy! I always think the photos etc that go in my pages look nicer with a little addition; sometimes I add a digital tag, but I love having a variety and this idea would work so nicely. Thanks so much for sharing! x

  11. I love this punch. I used it on 2 layouts this weekend and I know its going to be used on a lot more. Great ideas for using tabs.

  12. This is such a cool idea! I’m a huge fan of tags, and labels, and now tabs too!

  13. That is a great idea!!! I also love the idea of how you are going to include the books and movies that you read during the year! I may have to get one of the punches!!

  14. That punch is so on my gotta-get-it list now. Thanks for sharing what you are doing.

  15. this is an awesome idea Tammy! thanks for sharing it. I ordered the punch last week and it’s coming this week. Can’t wait to use it.



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