Here’s a quick little hack that lets you park your hPDA and Circa 3×5 notes right in front of you while you work at your desk.
My Hipster PDA features three small Rollabind rings across the top, turning it into a reporter style flip notebook. The small rings are unobtrusive in the back pocket, and facilitate flipping back and forth between pages more easily than removing and reattaching the standard hPDA binder clip.
The use of the rings (okay, they are properly called discs, I know) lets me transfer notes between my back pocket, master notebook, and assorted project files quickly. But in the office, I like to park my to-do list right in front of me while I work.
Other than Levenger’s classy — but ginormous — 3×5 card bleachers, there are no free-standing desktop card holders out there. So I decided to make one . . .
As the photo shows, my wire-frame stand is simple, requiring one wire coat hanger and three (or more, as desired) Rollabind rings. and it takes about 1/2 hour to assemble. The framework of the wire is a little smaller than 3×5 to allow the cards to rest on the frame, but you could also make it wider to allow the cards to loop over and through freely, Rolodex-style.
Use a pin vise to drill out the holes in the rings. Depending on the rings you buy, you may have to eyeball the centering, so the pin vise will let you cut slowly and precisely enough to correct for errors as you go. The diameter of the holes should be the same size or smaller than the wire; you want them to be as snug as possible. Slide the rings on before you bend everything into shape using fine-nosed pliers to get sharp, clean bends.
I curled in the ends of the legs and sanded them down to avoid scratching the desk; you can also cover the rough cuts with dabs of hot glue, which also cuts down on sliding (another way to keep the dock in place is to perch it under a monitor stand or other heavy desk appliance).
Use hot glue and/or super glue to keep the rings in place; set the spacing by punching a 3×5 card and attaching it to the rings, and then slide the set back and forth until centered.
This design is also easily adaptable for cards with holes down the side, as used in the Circa 3×5 Foldover Notebooks; just glue five rings along the left side instead. The size and configuration is limited only by your imagination and the length of the coat hanger. Feel free to share your ideas and designs below!