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Hipster PDA for writers, others

A writer’s “Hipster” | D_I_Y Planner

Over on DIYPlanner.com, SusanBeth outlines how she’s created a writer’s version of the Hipster PDA.

The patterns here might actually be quite useful for many index card fans—she’s put together a handy, lo-fi system that reminds me a bit of a homemade Trapper Keeper, or—here’s where my age starts to show—its precursor, the Mead Data Center. I also like the tabs and “envelope” ideas, and of course, there’s the key pattern: reviewing at the end of day and shunting anything new back into the “home base” system.

“Pockets” — Take two index cards and tape them together along both long sides and the ‘bottom’. Try to use tape that is less tearable than scotch tape. I was able to “borrow” some cloth based ‘bookbinders’ tape for mine. Adhesive tape (like for bandages) might work well. For these I did use colored index cards, but I could have simply colored them.

My green pocket holds a folded blank check & a $20.

My blue pocket holds a half-dozen postage stamps and self-adhesive address labels.

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Apparently, SusanBeth heard the clamouring...

Apparently, SusanBeth heard the clamouring for a picture of her little Hipster PDA. She's posted one to the Kit Images Gallery with a bit more description for those interested.

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