Envelope-style Hipster Cases

Two envelope-style cardstock cases for hipster PDAs (index card stacks). One fits about 30 cards, the other about double that. No gluing required.

Paper size: 
Usage advice: 

Print out both pages on heavy cardstock (I used 110lb Card Stock, not the lighter-weight Cover Stock). I say print both just because you might decide you want a bigger or smaller box after you see how it folds up, so you might as well do them both. But the template is only one letter-size sheet. I would expect that A4 would work, just don't resize the image before printing. Trimming the image would be fine.

Cut around the edges of the image with a scissors. This will make a plus-shaped piece of cardstock.

Decide how you want your box to be closed. You have several options:
* Tab-and-slot. This is the default. It won't close very tightly, but it won't pop open spontaneously I don't think. If you want this, cut the diagonal lines on the top flap to make the flap come to a broad point. Then slice the slot on the bottom flap with an X-acto knife (or other sharp blade).
* Velcro dot. You can cut along the diagonals or not as you wish, but don't cut the slot. Stick the dot to the top flap first, then use that to place the dot on the bottom flap. The self-adhesive dots are pretty easy to work with.
* Ribbon-tie. You can cut small slots for the ribbon to pass through or not as you please. Cut the point in the top flap or not as you please.
* Rubber band. Don't cut the slot. Cut the point if you want. Just wrap a rubber band around it all to keep it closed.
* Binder clip. The larger box requires a 1.25" clip. The smaller one will take a 3/4" clip. I recommend NOT cutting the top flap to a point, simply because the rectangular flap will give you more places to put the clip.

Finish your cutting based on your decision (above).

Use the blunt rounded side of a butter knife (not the side with the teeth) to score along the remaining lines. Just press down so you can see that the fibers have been squished by the knife. This will help you fold more easily. You can skip this if you want, but your folds will be much cleaner if you score the lines. Use a ruler with a metal edge to guide the knife in a straight line.

Fold all of the horizontal and vertical lines. Fold them all in the same way, so all the flaps stand up when you're finished. I folded mine so the printing would be inside the finished box, but you could do the opposite if you want the lines to show on the outside of the box.

Put your stack of cards inside the box. Fold the short flaps in, then the long flaps. Close the box using your preferred method.

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Very nice!

Now see, that's very creative! You thought up and implemented a very neat DIY idea! Who could complain about that??




I have to admit I cheated a bit. I have seen this shape of box before. I resized it for index cards. :)

No credit to me for creativity, only for mathematical ability to resize something someone else created.


Very cool idea...

I don't use a Hipster, but this is a cool idea. I actually use a regular desk size planner, but this was so cool, I just wanted to make one. However, I wound up making two of them. I went crazy and got a bit fancy with it. I used velcro dots to keep it closed and double-sided tape on the sides. I made one out of a card-stock and one out of a poly-plastic folder. A+ idea!

Green-Eyed Monster

Whenever I read posts like these, I get green with envy. When the gods of spatial awareness handed out the skills necessary to read, decipher, and fold paper according to directions, I was first in line. Unfortunately, I held the door for everyone else....and there were no skills left for moi. Boo hoo!



I used to have a machine that would cut these and score them at the same time--it made the box business-card size, though. That was a spiffy machine. Feed in the piece of paper, and fold it when the cut piece comes out the other side.

The machine would take paper, cardstock, or plastic up to about .02" thickness. I had several made from rigid vinyl and polycarbonate. My last one finally cracked last week.

Alas, I no longer have the machine. But some craft stores have that machine--it's a hand-crank die cutting machine found in the scrapbooking department. There are oodles of dies you can use with it. The craft store near me has dies for making take-out boxes, bags with handles, pie-slice boxes, alphabet letters.. Just buy the cardstock from the craft store and they often let you use the machine for free.

I hadn't thought of using a poly-plastic folder to hand-cut one of these, but of course you could. I have some leftover transparent vinyl (.015") out in the garage, maybe I'll make a few. :)


minor mod


I'm sort of new here--been reading the site for a while--more as a curiosity, and out of my long-standing use of paper planners in the distant past. ;-) But the HPDA has been growing on me, and I may have to give it a try as a supplement to my Palm. ;-)

The reason why I'm posting, however, and why I joined is because I made one of these, and while thinking of whether or not to glue or tape the sides together, I thought of another idea, and thought I would share it. Somebody might find it useful.

My idea was simple, on the sides, I cut little flaps that the front tucks into. This allows the flexibility to completely unfold it when necessary or desired, yet gives some structure to the case for normal use, so it doesn't flap open every time you open it. I took some pictures, and posted them on Flickr. Here are the urls: Warning, these are full-screen images, so you may have to zoom your browser window to see the necessary elements. I took pictures of a cream-colored envelope I made, and left the pencil marks in to help grasp the concept...

Hopefully you can see the photos at this link:

(these are my first photos ever on Flickr, so I'm not sure of the url scheme there)

I hope somebody finds this helpful and useful.



Hi Jon.

Very nice mod! I am sure that will be helpful for folks.

I am sure there are lots of mods you could do to the pointy end of the top flap so it would stay more securely by itself, too. I have seen variations on this concept in commercial packaging for stuff like notecards, using arc-shaped slices instead of straight, etc.

Personally, I loved this little box made from translucent plastic to hold all my medical membership cards. Alas, it fatigues over time and splits on the seams, but it was cool while it lasted.

Thanks for the post!



This is really fine working. I will do this for my postcards collection. ~~ postcard printing