Paper clippings

I'm constantly pulling articles out of newspapers and magazines and just don't know how to integrate them into my circa system. The magazine articles are generally printed on two sides, so I can't just glue them onto paper. I could copy them or look for them on line and print them out, but I hate to spend extra time generating extra paper. I guess could try to modify page protectors, but does anyone have better ideas?

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Can you smurf the clippings themselves? Or perhaps you can tape the top or side of the clipping onto circa paper, so you can flip it over to read the other side. You can also use removable Scotch tape, which will hold the clippings in place but allow them to be lifted off the page when you want to look at them. (Be careful though; after a [long] while, the tape loses its removability.)

Scan, arrange, print?


You could pick up an inexpensive scanner, scan the articles and trim them in your graphics software, then combine them and print them. For example, use OOo Writer or Draw to place more than one graphic on a single page so you can keep the amount of paper low.

You could print them double sided that way, punch your prints, and yet leave the magazines intact.

Alternatively, get some packing tape to reinforce one edge of the sheet (assuming a large clipping) and punch the tape rather than the clipping itself.

There are page protectors made for Rollabind bindings--they're scrapbook sized, rather than more standard sizes, I think. Those'd be expensive, but you won't have to modify them. You can dump your clippings inside however you want.

You could grab a gallon zipper bag, reinforce the non-zip edge with packing tape, and punch that. You could also trim the bag to fit the book you want to use, then tape the edge to seal it up. As with a regular protector, just stuff the clippings in. The drawback here is that neither clipping nor bag is acid free, so your stuff will deteriorate, becoming discolored and brittle over time.

Just depends how much time you want to spend fiddling with your clippings, how much money you want to spend, and how much the clippings really mean to you, I guess.


I like Shris's suggestions

Scanning is good. Most newspapers have online versions. I have downloaded the article I want to save and got not only an electronic version for archiving, but a copy that is much easier to customize.

I am also playing with lamination. Thincker laminated pages -- or laminated card stock -- makes great divider tabs. I'm playing with the thinner material for permanent pages. Laminating these clippings would work. The plastic is easily smurfed.
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Oh, wow. Making one's own

Oh, wow. Making one's own dividers with one's own pages??? I WANT. :)

I'll do an article...

when I get a bit of spare time. I'm still beating a few bugs out of the software
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Page protectors

Go here and scroll down to Crafter's Page Protectors. ( carries them too.) They're already smurfed and ready to go.

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Mini clip boards

My idea isn't very sophisticated.

Get a piece of thin card (or an old birthday card etc) that is the same size as the paper you use in your circa system. "Smurf" it. Attach a small file clip or bulldog-clip to the top of the page. Clip the articles to your 'mini clipboard' with the file clip.

You could have a few of these, one for each major topic.

Alternatively, you could attach the clips to the top centre of the dividers in your planner.


Look in the official DIYPlanner repository for the financial receipt envelopes to see what I'm talking about. You could stuff your articles into the envelopes, and on the outside, write what's inside. One advantage of this is that you only need one envelope at a time. When it's full, you drop another in... If you are faithful in cataloging what's inside, it shouldn't be too much a problem to find what you need later.


Putting pages into Circa

I use the Circa punch to put random papers into the circa system.
I also found circa compatible page protectors (they also have a punch) at


Levenger, too

In different sizes

Circa Sheet Protectors
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...did lev get those sheet protectors? I have never seen them in all of the different sizes!!! Very cool!

The page says "New"

Don't you revisit the site on a weekly/daily/hourly basis to look for updates ?


Besides, I believe Ryan mentioned them at some point.
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Clipping Thanks

Wow, thanks for all the great suggestions. I think I’ll try the packing tape and plastic bags tonight and start saving up for a Levenger or Rollabind order (or buy a laminator). The clipboard sounds good too, but my notebooks are already over-stuffed. Most of what I want to put in the notebook is pretty temporary: local family-type events, health news, exercise suggestions, product reviews, etc – so I don’t need anything permanent. The paper itself is just too flimsy to punch and it is hard to justify the time of scanning it in or searching for the online version then printing it out when I’m already holding the paper in my hands. If the article turns out useful I’d probably would scan it in and store it digitally.

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I put newsprint "clippings" into my file drawer with topic tabs. You could create a paper index for your daily planer/hipster.

I put "clippings" in quotes because I don't cut them out with sicissors, I use a metal ruler (any straight edge would work) to tear stuf out of mags/newspapers. Just lay it along the edge and pull the paper up and against it's edge. It's a lot easier/faster than scissors. I try to keep the page 8.5 x 11 so that all the papers in the file drawer are the same size even if the article is just a square insert on the page.

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Clippings can be left loose...

I have an old binder with a lot of clippings -- some of them ten years old, and I just leave most of them loose in the planner. I look over these clippings regularly so I know none has fallen out. Also some of them are punched, and some are pasted to punched printer paper.

None of them has been lost. The binder closes on them and they get very flat and even the loose ones stay in securely. This binder has a zipper but I generally don't bother closing it. I guess the gusset (?) for the zipper helps keep things in, too.

I got some of the reinforcing strips from DayTimer a few years ago and stuck some of the items to those, but I didn't like the result--the strips are too wide for my taste. And I don't like that strong green DayTimer color.

So you might try just leaving them loose. That's what I do for those that have something front and back. They don't actually stick to each other but they stay in their place very nicely over the years.

Also I've seen a template here for creating a Classic-size slash pocket and that would work, too--you could probably make it from 20- or 24-lb paper to keep the thickness and weight down. Or just punch a letter-size page on the short edge and fold it over some clippings to give it a bit more security.

Actually I prefer having them loose because I like to take them out and turn them over and look through them that way.

loose clippings

Love shris's answer. Here are three more, different ones:
1. When you cut out the article, leave a little more space on the left side. Use linen tape, library repair tape (both are archival) or plain matte Scotch tape with most of it on the page and a small edge (let's say 1/8 inch) off. Do the front and back, and you will have created a small tape edge. Glue, rivet, staple or tape this edge to the page in the notebook. Now you can flip the article over on its hinge and it won't damage the article.

2. Do the same thing, but with a larger margin off the page--let's say 1/2 inch. Now you can punch that with the circa punch and put the whole thing into the notebook.

3. Staples sells glassine envelopes--like the post office uses to put stamps in. Get the size that is closest to (but smaller than) the notebook size. Turn the envelope so the long side is parallel to the spine of the notebook. Punch holes so the envelope becomes a page in the notebook. Fold the newspaper article so most of the headline appears and insert it into the envelope. If flap part faces down, you can easily see what the article is about, and leaving the flap unglued lets you pull out the article when you need to refer to it.

Hope this helps