Standing Your Cards Up to See
The forums are a buzz lately with a lot of discussion about what seems to be the best method of holding portrait style index cards. There seems to be two different camps on the subject. Card Bleachers, like the Levenger Index Card Bleacher, seems to be one popular suggestion for standing cards up. While others are leaning towards a photo clip style. I'm here to suggest a third. Clipboards. Yes, you heard me right, you can turn an simple clipboard into a dual purpose productivity tool and a work of your creative expression with just a few minutes.
Last year, while I was out shopping for new papers and other ephemera for my art books and journals, I stumbled across a kraft paper brown Clipper Frame from one of my favorite crafting companies, 7 Gypsies. At first glance it looks just like any other 5"x7" clipboard, but it's not. Carefully taking it out of the packaging, something falls down from the backside. A picture frame stand. Instantly my eyes grew big and the light-bulb in my head went on. I saw a unique opportunity to make a creative productivity index card holder.
First off, let me say that this may be a bit "girly" or too artistic for some. And that's okay. If you think you like the idea of using a clipboard to hold all your daily Actions or Project cards but don't want the thrills, then just buy one of these and don't do anything to it. 7 Gypsies makes a few different colors of clipboard so you can pick the one that fits your taste and decor best and go with that. They're cheep (only $10.00 plus shipping) and if you decide to spiffy it up later, all you need to do is slide a picture under the case and you have something that can be used for both a picture frame and a small clipboard. You could also put a yearly or monthly calendar behind the glass so that you always know what date it is.
But if you want to really show off your creative art and inspiration, then go grab one of these items and take it into your studio. Grab some paper, collage images, stickers, and fibers and start composing a collage of things that inspire you or help you to be more organized or get things done. On my clipboard I have images of things I love (my husband), images that inspire me, words that remind me to push my creative boundaries and colors that I like. I even tied some fun string off the back hole of the clip on the board to make it look a little bit eclectic.
After 15 minutes of playing with a pleasing layout, I had my new frame ready for use. Except for the glue or sticker backing, I didn't glue the collage to the clipboard. This way, if I ever decide to swap out this collage for another design, I can do this easily. The next time you think about what could hold your cards, think about whipping out a clipboard and give it a picture and some pizzazz.