shaker dashboard

It’s Planner Play Time! Tonight we’ll make a SHAKER DASHBOARD for our planners!

It’s been a little while since I did one of these, and I absolutely LOVE the way these turned out.  We used two methods to create these.  Keep reading to see how we did each, and pick which one you want to try first.

If you want to follow along with me and make a Shaker Dashboard of your own, here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies for Method 1:

  • a laminator (I used one from Crenova and have had it for a while.  It works great.  Check out my Crenova Laminator Review.)
  • laminator pouches
  • Scissors and/or a paper trimmer
  • FLAT and/or small shaker bit (I think I’ll use some glitter too)
  • scor-tape
  • I may use some washi tape, so you may want to have some on hand
  • additional supplies to decorate with like patterned paper, stickers colored images, die cuts. 

Supplies for Method 2:

  • Fuse Tool
  • Stamp or Die Storage Pouch
  • Scissors and/or a paper trimmer
  • FLAT and/or small shaker bit (I think I’ll use some glitter too)
  • scor-tape
  • I may use some washi tape, so you may want to have some on hand
  • additional supplies to decorate with like patterned paper, stickers colored images, die cuts. 

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Step-by-step instructions for Shaker Dashboard Method 1:

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Step 1

We are going to be using some of our laminate scraps.  Or you can cut one down from a full sheet.  I like using the scraps whenever I can.

I’m using the HP planner cover as a template to get the size.  

Cut your “scrap” laminate pouch to slightly smaller than the planner cover.  This will be the area that holds all of our shaker bits.

Mine measures approximately 8 by 9 3/4 inches

Step 2

Place the pieces from Step 1 inside another laminator pouch that is LARGER than what you want the dashboard to be.  We will trim it down later.

Laminating pouches have a shiny surface on the outside, and a matt surface on the inside.  The matt surface has the adhesive that, when heated, caused it to stick together.

This means that we need to place the “scrap” pouch with the SHINY sides together in the larger pouch.

Making a shaker dashboard

Step 3

Laminate.

To make it a little easier to see the shaker pocket and know where to cut, I put a scrap piece of paper inside the pouch.

Making Shaker Dashboard

Step 4

Trim off the excess laminate, being careful not to cut into your pockets and leave extra space on the side that will be attached to your planner.  This shaker dashboard is going in my Classic Happy Planner, so I needed enough solid laminated space to be able to us my Happy Planner punch on.  

Making Shaker Dashboard

Step 6

Now is the fun part! 

Pour your shaker filler into the pockets.  This is where your creativity can shine through. 

I used a bunch of balloon confetti!

Making Shaker Dashboard

Step 7

Seal it up. 

To make sure it wa super secure, I used scor-tape to seal the open end

Making Shaker Dashboard
Making Shaker Dashboard

Step 8

Round the corners.  This is important if you don’t want to hurt yourself as you use your planner.  The sharp corners of this plastic can really be a PAIN to deal with.

Making Shaker Dashboard

Step 9

Use some pretty washi tape!

The edge that we sealed with Scor-tape doesn’t look good, but we can fix that with some pretty washi.  I was fortunate to have some balloon washi, and I used some more scor-tape to adhere it down.  If you’ve ever used washi, you know it’s low-tak and doesn’t adhere for long.  This should help prevent me from switching it out soon.

Making Shaker Dashboard

Step 10

To finish up, all you need to do is to use a planner punch on the binding edge and put it in your planner.

I’m using a Happy Planner Punch, and it worked great.  You may want to test your punch with a scrap of laminated material to make sure it is sharp enough to punch through BEFORE using it on your new dashboard.

Making Shaker Dashboard
Making Shaker Dashboard

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I have to say that the laminated shaker dashboard is my preferred method.

But….

I decided to pull out my old Fuse Tool and see if I could make one that way.

And it turned out cute too.  Let’s take a look at that method.

Step-by-step instructions for Shaker Dashboard Method 2:

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Step 1

For this one, I’m taking a stamp or die pocket… Yes, the sleeves that I use to store my stamps and dies.

It’s already sealed on 3 sides, but it’s a little wider than I want to use.  So, I used my fuse tool to create a seal about an inch in from one side.

Making a Shaker Dashboard
Making a Shaker Dashboard

This process DOES take practice because all plastic sleeves are not created equal. 

Some are thinner, some are thicker, and they need you to use the appropriate speed and pressure to create a seal. 

Too slow could cause the tool to cut instead of seal.  Too fast and you don’t create a seal at all….

Which is why I don’t use my fuse tool much.  I haven’t given myself enough time to really learn what works and what doesn’t.  

You may want to watch the technique I used this time a few times and see if it works for you.

Step 2

Now is the fun part! 

Pour your shaker filler into the pockets.  This is where your creativity can shine through. 

I used glitter, 3 or 4 different kinds of sequins and a couple of paper pad cut-a-parts.

Step 3

Seal the top.

You’ll use your Fuse Tool again.  Once your done, just trim off the excess.

Making a Shaker Dashboard
Making a Shaker Dashboard

Step 8

Punch the binding side.

Because the pouch isn’t rigid like the laminated one, it CAN GET STUCK in your punch.  So you need to give it more structure to punch through. 

I’m still experimenting with this, but punching it with some paper at the same time should help.  

Once I figure out what works best for me, I’ll let you guys know.

Crafting is all about experimentation.  😁

Making a Shaker Dashboard

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