When I converted my freelance business files to a combination of Rollabind and Levenger’s Circa four years ago, I decided to store my Jotz notebooks disc-down in my filing cabinet, identified by their color-coded finger rings. When it came time to convert my inactive records to Circa, I opted for a hanging folder hack, identified by ordinary hanging-folder tabs.
But what if you store Circa notebooks on a bookshelf, spine out like an ordinary book? Here’s a quick and inexpensive solution that might solve your problem.
I made my quickie proof-of-concept samples out of old business cards cut in half, but you can make wider or narrower labels to suit. Just remember to leave around 1 cm on each side as a margin for the holes. I find it’s easier to punch the holes first and then bend the card-stock (paper proved to be too flimsy).
There’s a lot of room for customization here. Make the labels longer or shorter, color-code them using colored stock or markers, or stagger them up and down the spines. When you need to use the book, they are easy to snap off — you can also unhook just one side so that the tag stays attached without getting lost.
All the advantages of Circa’s modularity and all the convenience of a handy hack — what more could you want?