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- Card stock – I used something like this: Simple Stories 7700 Faith 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit. This would also work: Simple Stories Romance Collection Kit
- Tab Punch – I used this one: Tab Punch (File) by We R Memory Keepers | includes punch and six tab shaped adhesive strips
- Bone Folder (optional) – I used this one (they are very handy to keep around): Books by Hand Bone Folder
- Diamond Glaze (or other glue) – I used this one and use it for tons of projects. I love it because it drys in seconds: Judikins Diamond Glaze, 2-Ounce
- Permanent Markers – I did not use a permanent marker (ughh) but I do recommend doing so. Sharpie is always my favorite, try these (fine): Sharpie Permanent Markers Fine Point Black – 36 Pieces. Or these (ultra fine): Sharpie Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Black, 12 Count
- Bible – I used this one: NIV, Busy Mom’s Bible, Imitation Leather, Pink, Red Letter Edition: Daily Inspiration Even If You Only Have One Minute
It’s super easy to make these Bible tabs. The best part is that you can use any card stock you want to match your Bible and, combined with some colorful markers, you have endless possibilities. Let’s get started! Step 1 – First, measure and cut a 1 ¾ inch wide strip of card stock the length of your card stock (mine was 12″ long). Then fold that strip in half so the printed side of the card stock is showing and run a bone folder (or your fingernail) along the folded edge to smooth it out. Your strip should look something like the one below. Repeat this step with different colored/patterned card stock until you have enough for all the tabs you will need. I made fifteen 12″ strips to start and was able to get at least 5 punches out of each, sometimes 6 depending on the pattern and how well I lined up the next punch. Step 2 – Next, take one of your folded strips at a time and slide it into the tab punch so that the folded edge is facing the top of the tab punch and there’s a very small gap at the top edge. You’ll want to leave a small gap so you don’t cut off the folded edge when you punch the tab out (see image below). Try to get as close to one end of the strip as possible so you can get the maximum number of punches out of each strip. Step 3 – Once you have your strip in the punch and have the small gap at the top, you’re ready to punch your tab. If you did step 2 correctly, you should now have a folded tab (see the ones in the image below). Repeat until you have enough tabs for all the books of the Bible. I actually punched a few extras of each “color/pattern” in case I messed up a few (which I did). Step 4 – Once you have enough tabs punched, write the names of the books of the Bible on one side (or both sides if you prefer – I only did one side). Step 5 – Starting with the tab for Genesis, glue each tab on (one side at a time – starting with the side you wrote on) to the first page of the book your tab corresponds to using the Diamond Glaze. If using Diamond glaze, a very little goes a VERY LONG way – I focused the glue around the edges of the tab. See steps below for gluing tabs on. For this step, add just a little glue to the inside top portion of the tab as shown below: Now, place the tab onto your Bible so it doesn’t cover any of the text (like pictured below) and hold it there for a few seconds. That’s the great thing about the Diamond Glaze, it dries super quick. Then, once the first side is secure, add glue to the rest of the edges and simply fold it closed to adhere it to the other side of the page (see images below). Repeat Step 5 for each book of the Bible being sure to space each tab so you can easily read them until you have all the tabs adhered. A few tips and tricks:
- Make sure, if your card stock has glitter on it, to try to make it so the glitter is only on the outer edges of the tabs or along the very bottom or top – have you ever tried to write on glitter, it’s not easy?
- I could not find a black permanent marker – I think they are still packed up somewhere (we just moved) – so I used a fountain pen. I recommend using anything but a fountain pen. You can see on some of my tabs where the ink puddled and there were times when the ink just did not flow well so I had to go back over some of the letters.
- When using the Diamond glaze, a very tiny bit goes a LONG way so use sparingly – you’ll want to add a very thin line of glue so it doesn’t squish out when you’re applying the tabs to your Bible. If some does squish out, just clean it up fast or you can let it dry.
- The Diamond glaze does dry super fast but if it puddles or squishes out, it might take a little longer. Let the glue fully dry before doing the next tab to avoid your pages sticking together.
- Before glueing a tab on, make sure you only have one page. You don’t want to accidentally glue two pages together.
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