Homemade Accordion Hipster
This is another one of my planner iterations. Still trying to figure out which one I like.
This one features an accordion pocket I made myself (2 sheets of paper and 2 sheets of card stock along with glue stick). Inside the pocket are the tickler/schedule cards (in the front) and the blank form cards (in the back).
I haven't yet integrated a contacts list, the project list, etc. I'm trying to decide if I even want to go down this path any further considering how fat this is already--1.5 inches when squished. But I might end up using this for spare cards even if I don't make the pocket into my planner.
The pocket itself will open up to 5 inches deep. I made the lid long enough to fit the entire distance plus a little overlap. When empty and squished, it's a little less than half an inch thick. I made it wide enough inside so that an index card will fit between the 'ribs' even when the accordion is totally squished. This means the accordion doesn't have to be wide open to accommodate cards. It also means the front and back covers could be reasonable staging areas for whatever index card needs to be showing.
I haven't integrated a closure into the accordion. Right now a rubber band is about as elegant as it gets. But it would be simple enough to attach a satin ribbon with a bit of hot glue or slots.
I use another bit of cardstock the same size as the front cover as a divider inside--it goes in the 'trough' between the ribs, no glue needed. You could glue dividers in if you wanted.
I'm very pleased with the way the pocket came out. It's neat and simple and relatively quick and easy to make. Making my own would give me the flexibility to use a patterned paper or heavier board for the covers. I also have total control over how many segments my accordion should have (this one has five).
If you want to know how to make your own accordion, or your own 'expanding' pocket, let me know and I'll see if I can post my template and some directions.