I’ve never used an index card for any of the uses that spring immediately to mind — taking notes, making lists, storing recipes or keeping files. But paper person that I am, I’m never without a slippery package of the cheap little fellas and I go through them so quickly you’d think I was a fifties era grad student working on my thesis about the saints of 12th century Estonia. And I’m no Nabokov, who’d write separate scenes from his novels on index cards then shuffle them around until he found a plot line he liked. (That might be fun, though.)
I once had a printer that fed them effortlessly — man that was fun! When I traveled I’d print out a pic on the cheap stock and make my own postcards. The early Kodak digital camera that paired with the printer has long since been retired and I still miss it.
Speaking of stamps, I carve a simple stamp every year when I make my Christmas cards. The gift tags match. Oh, how I love my cheapo old paper punch…I’m ashamed of displaying my first stab at stab binding, but I carry this baby book around in my purse. It’s sturdy — bless those card stock pages.
And I haven’t even begun to consider the purposes to which a cheap rectangle of thin cardboard could be put. Mini paper dolls? Primitive funnel? There has to be a perfect origami application somewhere…
How do you use this outdated piece of office technology?