A silly hpda idea I had

Yesterday, out of the blue, I got this silly idea in my head of a different way of printing and holding together an hpda. I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of the binder clip, yet, at the moment, I don't like the idea of punching holes either... Right now I'm using a duct tape wallet like I saw pictured here on DIYPlanner, but this idea popped into my head, so I whipped one out really quick. I only now got around to taking pics and posting them on Flickr, but I'm glad I waited, because I realized I needed more stiffness for the beast, and made a cover for it tonight.

Here's the LINK here. At the moment, it's only three sheets, but has anybody else tried doing this or something similar? If you wish to try it, let us know how it works. ;-) I shall be playing with it, but I have my doubts.... 1. it requires normal paper, and 2. you have four pages, front and back one one sheet, and 3, the printing on both sides is upside-down, making flipping awkward. So what kind of "ugh"s will we get with this one? ;-)


Edit: The original link above was broken because I removed the set. I have now linked to the last picture on Flickr, describing the hack. Just view the previous ones to see them all. Sorry if somebody couldn't find what they were looking for. :-( (And thanks ygor, for finding this bad link!)

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)


The link isn't working... UGH #1 he he he. Can't wait to see the pic!
nay nay :)

Not quick enuf...

.. I beat'cha to it !! :D
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

only by 2 seconds

BRAT! :)



The idea cannot be half as silly as me and Nay-Nay's friendly bickering :)
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

is this it?

Seriously, this idea has potential...

I like it.
We are talking a bit of a printing logistic nightmare, but if that can be covered, all it would take is some simple stitch-binding to make a really nead hipster.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Sorry folks--link's fixed

Silly me forgot the closing quote on the url.... sorry.


No prob. Looks great

and it might not be too difficult.

Lemme cogitate on it a bit. I might be able to help.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

I like it!

Especially since it doesn't involve rings. ;P

I'm sorry, I just don't get the passion for those rings, whether circa or rolla. To me they stick out awkwardly from the notebook, making it bigger than necessary and just begging to get snagged on everything.

Am I truly alone in this anti-ring sentiment? If so, I'll just go sit quietly in the corner over there--->

I Don't Get It

I don't understand what its supposed be. Is it a cover? I looked at the detailed view of each photo, but am still scratching my head as to what it is I am supposed to be seeing. I see notecards, cardboard, duct tape, and an elastic hair band. Is it a home-made reporter style hipster? I'm lost.



Yep, it's a homemade reporter style hipster.

But I do have the Rolla/Circa disk disease. Have had since 1998, my first Levenger purchase.

it's all of it!

What it is is the 4-up DIYPlanner templates printed on both sides in such a way that when you cut them in half length-wise, and fold them over across the short side, instead of having four separate cards, you have two folded ones, and then can "bind" them with a rubber band or some-such (I used one of my daughter's hair things--but I tried a rubber band (you know, I used to call those things "gum bands growing up) too, and it worked fine. I added the cover, because the elastic was tearing into the paper. However, as someone else mentioned, you could also staple this together, and it might work better for some things.

But the point of it is that if you don't like the rings and discs, nor binder clips, this might be an idea to hold everything together.

Unfortunately, the idea is a bit rought... It's a bit more complicated to set up if you want to use different templates, especially since, once you add too many pages, you get things all out of order. But for a few sheets of paper, it could work--or, if you were using mostly blank paper... I need to think this through more, but I wanted to through it out there in case somebody else would be interested... If it's all "ugh"s, I won't be hurt, though. ;-)


No, you are not alone!

I don't have ring fever, either! I'll join you...

Great! Now we need two more

and we can play bridge or something. :D

count me in...

how about hearts? or cribbage? cribbage has lots of cool gear ... wooden boards, pegs...


Ring-free hipsterers are still here

You definitely aren't alone. I'm happily ring-free.

I can imagine having a few of your reporter-hdpas forming one larger hdpa. So instead of dividers there'd be a reporter-hipster for each major section.

Although it might be a little fiddly to move pages from one part of the hdpa to another.

If I promise to behave...

May I join you in the corner Susan? I think all this talk of shiny discs has unhinged my sang-froid. ;)

additional hpda idea

Jon, I think that's a cool idea. I used to bind my pocketmod's together in a similar fashion. I would just stack them together and put a hair elastic around them.

I found this passport cover at Target tonight for $1.25 american! its fake croc, and it holds my 3x5's well.

I like yours

My passport holder--and all I can find here, have sticky clear plastic inside, which sticks to everything! Oh, and they are hard, too. Right now, I'm using a duct-tape wallet, almost just like this one here:
Only mine's a little bigger, as it holds my passport when I need it. Right now, it's just got 3x5s, including the DIYPlanner yearly calendar, my car reg and insurance, and some "winner" cards for Lays chips that nobody wants to let me redeem! (I think that all the stores are afraid they have to pay out of pocket.... I don't know, but it's frustrating to "win" something, and not get to redeem them!)

But in any case, I like your passport case! It would do double-duty for sure!


RINGLESS since '06

Yeah, Jon it looks like your hipster taping/binding project worked out well. Are you goung to integrate that with the cool vintage metal holder? Post pics!!
And I say "free the chips!" A man needs his lays;)

not likely

I don't know how practical this idea is in practice--at least for me. It needs more work. For me, the best trick so far has been the vintage holder for writing at my desk, and the "ductster" in my pocket--oh and a PocketMod in my Palm case! I've got this little guy in my brief case, though, and have my mind mulling over it....


3x5 holders

Hi I like that idea. I will check out Target this weekend to see if I can find some more. Thanks.

jumping on the ringless bandwagon

I've always had my hipster ringless. As a lefty I never saw the value in putting rings on it...yet. Ringed things always got in the way of writing for me.

I also love the ability to shuffle my cards around.

I do use the levenger 3x5 folders to corral my cards however. I split mine up into projects or "containers" and then when I'm done with the project, they get filed into my storage box.

However, sometimes... I do miss the idea of notebooks. But... I'm toying with cira 3x5 so maybe i can integrate both my systems into one.

Stay tuned,

Bandwagon? Heck, we're almost a MOVEMENT!

We might end up in genuine schism, as heated as Macs vs. PCs.

Or maybe three factions: the Ringers vs. the Non-Ringers, with the Moleskinners looking down their noses at both of the other sides.


I hope not!

You're joking - at least I think you are, but it does bring up an interesting point. I've never seen a Mac vs. PC type argument about a calendar or any kind of organizational thing. Yesterday at a staff meeting one of my coworkers had a wirebound Franklin Covey Monarch size calendar. No one said "That's stupid. You can't move the pages around and it's too big." I think at some level, everyone realizes that every single person has a different way to do time management, productivity, project planning, etc.

Every way of doing this has some good ideas that can be used in the other systems. The quadrants aka "important vs. urgent" from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a great concept. Just about anything you read about goal setting and project planning talks about splitting a project into its component tasks like Getting Things Done. I could go on and on, but I've got to get to work.


What about this?

After reading this thread last night, I ran across the GTD+R threads, and went reading the sites related to them. I printed out one of the pockets (just so I could figure out how to fold it - I was struggling with the diagrams). As printed, it's too small for this, but I believe you could fold the same thing a little bigger and have a pocket into which to slide your hpda cards/pages. It actually has a pocket on the front and one on the pack, which would allow for some minor sorting (used cards and blank cards?). In fact, with some creative taping, you could get as many as six pockets from it - 2 to the right, 2 to the left, and 1 each at the top and bottom - but they would all be easily accessible, with no clips, etc.

Be blessed!
~Rachel <><