Custom Metallic Foil Planner Dashboard

April 30th, 2015


I’m totally getting into this planner trend thats happening right now, so I wanted to show you how easy it is to create a custom dashboard. If you’re not familiar with a dashboard, it’s a laminated page in your planner that has sticky-notes, tags, stickers, etc that you can grab quickly to embellish your pages.

I used the Minc Foil Applicator ($149.99 msrp) and light pink foil ($9.99 msrp) to make my dashboard look amazing. Here’s a quick step-by-step. To use the foil process, you need a print from a LASER printer (ink-jet won’t work). I love my laser printer, if you don’t have one, you can go to a local copy shop and print out designs on their laser printers.

For this dashboard, I designed this file (click here to download). It’s an A5 size and fits perfectly in my A5 planner.

For the backside of the dashboard, I used a sheet of paper from the Minc paper collection. I cut one sheet to the A5 size, and then one sheet the same width and 1/3 of the height to create a pocket.

I ran all those pieces through the Minc by putting them through the machine with the foil on the #3 setting. DSC_6922

After the pieces get heated in the machine, the foil pulls right away from the paper leaving foil where the toner is! I love how sweet this light pink foil is.

I took all the pieces and stacked them, the “Get it girl” page facing out, then the other sheet and pocket facing the opposite direction. Once they were all stacked I laminated them together using a laminating sleeve.


You can feed a laminating sleeve through your Minc machine or use a laminator. DSC_6936

Once my sheets were laminated, I cut around the paper (be sure to leave some of the laminate around the edges to keep everything together, then I marked the holes using a sheet from my planner and hole-punched the dashboard. DSC_6942

Look how cute the pink foil is!


And here is the backside. To get the pocket to open, I used an xacto knife to slice through the laminate where the pocket meets the backer paper. DSC_6953

You can use the pocket for anything really. I threw in some journal cards and some paper clips.

And the front of the dashboard I placed sticky-notes, enamel shapes, and flair. I love how cute everything looks placed on the dashboard, and I really really love the foil edge!DSC_6969This is my first time using the Minc, I love how compact it is so I can store it with all my craft stuff. The heating element in it actually covers the full 12″ areas so that you get even heating and foil transfer. And of course I love all the colors of foil you can get. I seriously cannot wait to create so many more projects using it. What projects can you think of to create with the Minc Foil Applicator?

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3 responses to “Custom Metallic Foil Planner Dashboard”

  1. Carolyn E says:

    Super cute and creative!!
    Did you use any other adhesive besides what’s already on the post-its?

  2. jana says:

    Great idea, how do you make your sticky-notes to stick on the dasboard? Mine always fall off and I have to dig for them in my bag 🙁

  3. Jen Allyson says:

    I use glue dots on the back of mine!

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