As a kid, I loved back-to-school shopping. Not for my “first day of school” or “picture day” outfits, but for school supplies. I still love office supplies, and often have to talk myself out of purchasing adorable-but-completely-unnecessary striped paper clips or sweetly-colored page tags.
There is always at least one pen of my favorite brand in my purse (Pentel RSVP Fine Point, for the record). Sometimes there are 2, 3 or 4, either because I want a few color options or because I can’t remember if I left yesterday’s pen in my purse. I always have at least one notebook with me in case the inspiration to write strikes or I need to take a note. And I always, always have index cards available.
They are just the perfect little size for everything, and they are cheap. I use them for grocery lists. I use them to jot down recipes (who cares if they get sauce spilled on them once in the kitchen?). I write down driving directions. I use them to list out post ideas. I keep track of books I want to read, cookbooks I want to get. I use them for a daily to-do list and to keep track of questions I need to ask, people I need to email.
I hit a point two weeks ago where I had so many index cards filled with notes and lists and projects that I couldn’t keep track of them. So I corralled them into my own custom little book.
I simply punched a hole in the top left corner of my index cards and put them on a book ring (like the kind you have in a three-ring binder — I bought a pack of 12 for about $2 at Staples). I cut some pieces of scrapbooking paper to be slightly larger than the cards, with a tab notched out for a label, to divide the cards by category. However, you don’t have to cutout a tab. I didn’t for my “blank cards” divider:
Now I can flip through and easily find the card I’m looking for, since I organized by categories: POST IDEAS (which also contains ideas for my blog design in general), PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS, MISCELLANEOUS, and BLANK CARDS.
1 Book ring (I purchased a packet of a dozen for about $2 at Staples)