T-cards

Has anyone used T-cards for note taking, thought organizing, etc.? I just received an "Ultimate Office Organize Now" catalog - talk about awesome organizing prOn - and am curious abuot the "t-cards." The lok like an index card but with a broader lip on the top so you can slide them into slots and they don't slip down in, the top lip holds them up. www.ultoffice.com

Now that I have my 3x5 cards set up just the way I like, for now, it's time to look at other systems again. I feel so fickle.

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I found another

I found another site,
http://t-cardsystems.com/T-cards.htm, that has t-cards listed in different sizes and they are available in a printer format. I do not work for any company that makes or sells these, I am just interested in finding out if anyone has used them for organizing or planning and how they worked out. I could see the top "arms" getting damaged if you carried them around in a purse or messy bag thereby losing the benefit of the non-slipping down into the slot feature.

Thinking frugally

Is there something similar that works with 3x5 cards? I know that Levenger sells an "Action Folio" which looks similar, but will also set you back about $130. A little pricey for what is essentially an oversized business card file, IMHO.

What about the T-cards do you like? Color coding? Seeing only the topmost line? Flat storage? If you can isolate the feature(s) you're most interested in, that might help identify a system that will work for you and your wallet.

UPDATE:

It may be worth spelunking through the links in this topic, too:

Binder insert to view multiple index cards at a time

I like seeing the top line

I like seeing the top line when they are filed in a holder. And I like that they won't slide down so far in their slots that you have to go fishing down after them with a paper clip like I do with 3x5 cards in so many pocket holders that I have tried. Plus, they're new to me... does one really need any reason other than that to become seduced by a new office product?

i think

i think "new office product" is enough to seduce most of us ;P

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No excuses necessary...

Of course you don't need an excuse! Especially not for the office-product enablers around here. And this coming from someone who just spent a lunch hour looking for the "perfect" corner-rounding paper punch. :-)

I have seen packs of restickable 3x5 notes in stores, and was wondering if a homebrew solution with those would work (though it would be admittedly less secure than a pocket-based system.) The topic I linked to talks about other crafty solutions, in the event that you have either a sewing machine or heat-sealer (!) or know someone who does. Basically, it sounds like you just need to make pockets a smidge wider than a 5" card for easy removal and just deep enough to see the top line. Kind of like a credit card holder in my wallet.

Someone must make a system for this that works with 3x5s. I can't help thinking the "T" is just a gimmick to sell cards that only work with the special holder.

Levenger 3x5" pocket Dock-It

How about the Levenger 3x5" Pocket Dock-It? Pictures on my flickr account as well as Levenger's site I'm pretty sure they are available for 3 ring binders as well as Circa notebooks. I just wish there was some way to get something like this in a Junior size notebook. I really don't care for letter size.

-Kenny

ooo a challenge

I have a couple of DIY ideas for this... because I need a way to view my 3x5s too (Been slacking again on the GTD front because it isnt as fluid as I need it yet).

I'll do some DIY fidgetin' tonight and let yall know what I come up with. :D

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no desire to use index cards to organize...

Oddly enough, I have no desire to use index cards for any of my organizational needs. About the only thing I've found that I might use them for is a hipster PDA sort of setup or one card per task to keep track of things I need to get done.

I actually prefer the wallet/business card size for both these uses. For a hipster, I don't feel that index cards are quite small enough to fit comfortably in my pocket. Depending on which pocket I put them in, it is either competing with keys, wallet, or being sat on.

As far as the one task per card thing, I just feel plain silly writing something like "email Chris about website template changes" on a 3x5". It seems like a HUGE waste of space.

Added bonus here: a Junior size Circa notebook can hold 4 wallet size cards in landscape view without any overlap. It can only hold two index cards and then you'd have two rings that aren't being used for anything :-(

I'd seriously consider getting a wallet card pocket dock-it for my junior size Circa notebook. I've actually emailed Ryan about that very idea before. Nothing's come of that yet besides a general "that's a good idea" type of response.

-Kenny

ideas ideas

That might be just the thing i need to restart my GTDin' ... I did make an bus card size rolla notebook just cause I could :D ...

I'll keep that in mind while I'm playing - Ahem - I mean scientifically assessing the possibilities tonight :)

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Duh

...and I just realized why the T-cards are special. Since the little T-parts (wings? tabs?) are there, the entire binder can just be a sheet of vinyl with slots in it overtop a solid piece of (whatever) Much easier and cheaper to manufacture that than a system of overlapping pockets.

Dang it! Now this has become a challenge, and I don't even want the silly thing.

Got it!

I worked out an el cheapo prototype with things I found laying around the office. I'm away from a digital camera right now, but I'll try to describe it and post a pic or two later.

I took a manila folder and laid it closed, with the opening to the right (like the cover of a book.) I measured and marked where my "pockets" would be, figuring that they need to be about 5" + a bit wide, and far enough apart that the top line of the cards would be sticking out. Shockingly my office does not actually have any index cards (!!!) so I made some blank templates out of an old cardboard box lid.

Cursing and swearing, I cut 5"+ long lines into only the top cover of my folder. Have a rotary cutter or a decent knife here would be best.

Now opening the folder, I made the "pocket" part. I decided to cut strips of paper which would be attached inside the folder, underneath each opening to "catch" the card as it slipped in. I made the strips 5" long so that (seen from the side) they form a "J" around each caught card.

Still looking at the inside of the folder, and starting at the bottom edge, I taped one end of one of the strips under my bottom-most cut, then looped it up and taped it flat in the space between two cuts. As I said, I formed a "J" with the paper, not an "O" Grab the next strip, tape its end on top of the end of the loop that just got fastened down, and then fold its other end up and tape between the cuts. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Close the folder and slip in the cards. Hey presto! I can file my practice blanks so that only the top edge is sticking out.

Although I did not do it, gluing or otherwise fastening the folder shut seems a wise idea, although leaving an open edge may aid retrieval of cards that fall between the cracks.

MISTAKES MADE:

The strips of paper that make up the J's are too narrow, so my cards want to tip sideways. This could be remedied by making wider strips (2" or 3") and being more careful when cutting the slits. I opted not to use multiple strips per pocket, as lining them up exactly is bound to be niddly work, and unless I got it 100% right, the cards would lay at an angle when filed.

Having a proper cutting tool and not a very-dull pocketknife would be a real asset here.

Better materials overall. Manila is not exactly a durable medium :-) so I would at least use a plastic folder for this project. Placing a strip of clear packing tape inside and outside the folder to reinforce the slits might be a good idea, too.

I did not factor in the height of the bottom-most card in my prototype, so my slip is showing :-) on the bottom pocket -- the paper strip hangs out about 1/4" past the edge of the folder. This would drive me batty so I yanked it out.

COOL THINGS:

Took about 30 minutes from plan to product, and that's with the crappy materials I had on-hand.

I'm realizing that leaving more room towards the fold of the original folder would allow it to be punched afterwards for a binder.

Same design should work for vertical card storage as well, perhaps with two horizontal cuts and one shared "pocket" within to catch both cards. A mix of "landscape" and "portrait" should also be viable.

Did I mention CHEAP?

Got a better index card pocket

Hi.

Got a better one for ya.

Take, say, 2 letter size pieces of paper and tape them together end-to-end so it forms one really long strip.

Now get out your pencil and ruler.

1. From the bottom, mark a line one inch up, running parallel to the bottom edge of your paper. Make this one a solid line all the way across the paper.

2. Mark another line 1.5 inches up from the first line. This one will be a dashed line.

3. Mark another line about a half inch up from that. This one is solid.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3, making dashed and solid lines alternating, about five more times (for a classic size planner). Leave the rest of the top end unmarked, you'll trim it off later.

Fold your paper along the solid lines so that the solid lines are 'inside' the fold (in the resulting pocket).

Fold your paper along the dashed lines so that the solid lines are 'outside' the fold (showing when the paper is creased).

It will be easier to do this one at a time, starting at the bottom and working up the page, under/over/under/over style. This will make a weird sort of accordion.

When you're done, you can use a few pieces of tape or glue a solid sheet onto the back of your accordion (or even another accordion) to keep it from unfolding. Hole punch one long edge to fit it into your planner--you may want to reinforce this edge with a strip of packing tape. Cut off the excess paper sticking out the top (so your page is the same size as your other planner pages) and use tape to secure the edge opposite the holes to prevent your cards from falling out.

You'll be able to fit six cards running up the page in a Classic sized planner. You can do the same exercise with a letter size planner, using the same size paper to start with--you'll just have to make more marks and add another sheet.

If you want deeper pockets, enlarge the 1/2" marks to a whole inch. You might need another sheet of paper in your starting rectangle if your pockets are very deep.

The listed pocket size here will show about 2" of the bottom card and 7/8" of each other card in the stack. So you'll get the title line plus two more lines.

The method can be adapted for portrait cards, but you'll fit fewer in a page.

Should I make a template for this?

shris
[edit--changed the instructions a bit after I made one :) ]

Card bleachers

HI.

If you make a similar accordion (deeper pockets for sure and maybe longer backs as well) using card stock instead of paper, you'll get card bleachers you can stand on a desk. You probably won't need the tape as much for that one.

shris

Sneaky!

I like the paper-folding trick. My problem was trying to find a way to overlap the cards and keep them from sliding around (or falling out!) when filed.

I'm a complete Flickr newbie, but hopefully I've uploaded my pictures correctly.

I like both of these ideas

I like both of these ideas a lot. I'll have to play around/experiment in my copious spare time and see if I can replicate.

I keep looking at those, but

I keep looking at those, but I haven't bought any (yet). I considered using them for storyboarding, but then the image of having to rearrange an entire board of them just to add in an idea didn't appeal.

If any gets them, let us know how they work out. I love the idea, even if I can't think of a particular use for me.

card display board

Magnatag have a board which can display cards like the T-cards, but without the wings, i.e. just plain cards. Although they offer their own cards, which are 3"x4", a 3"x5" would work just as easily, it would just poke out a bit more, or cut your own A7 or 1/8 letter sized cards/paper. If you are in the US you can use THIS LINK , but they are a bit cagy about foreigners looking at their site, so you could use Google's CACHE PAGE . You can navigate around the site, albeit somewhat awkwardly, by picking the product or link name plus magnatag and google for those words and then click cache.
A similar idea, but for whole files:
US LINK
CACHE PAGE
And for anyone outside the US, here the starter page for getting your cache links.