Convert a Pocket Reporter Moleskine into a Hipster PDA. Stores cards loose and bound, stands easel-style upright, holds a pen, with room for PostIts and PagePoints.
Step 1: Assemble your stuff
The Hipster PDA
is a good idea, and lots of users of this idea are also into Moleskine
notebooks. I was looking up hacks on the Moleskine, in fact, when I found the Hipster PDA, and was moved to combine these good ideas into one critter.
You need what's in the picture.
Step 2: Cut the front loose
Open your Moleskine mini, turn past the card stock page and the first journal page, and cut, carefully, through the binding. See how you have two pages attached to the front cover, and all the rest attached to the back? Good. Now you can trim off the thin page on the front cover; you won't be needing it.
Step 3: Cut the Pad Off
Now cut the entire pad of paper off, leaving only the pocket attached in the back. The rear piece of cardstock will be attached to the pad, not the cover.
If you have any buckram or the like, now is the time to glue a little strip of it, carefully measured for width, over the rough-cut areas of the cover. I didn't bother; I'm a little short of buckram this afternoon.
Step 4: Add Page Points
Using a stack of index cards as a surface, cut slits into the card piece with the razor blade, just long enough for two page points. Six fit elegantly, as shown.
Step 5: Add PostIt Strips
Paste the PosIts to the inside cover.
Step 6: (Optional) Separate the Signatures
Your pad of paper shouldn't go to waste; one option is to apply the bookbinder's art to it, making your own sketchbook or the like. I chose to separate the signatures by pulling off some of the glue and paper on the binding and cutting through the threads. I'm thinking they might be good for the kind of rambling narrative letters one sometimes writes on longer journeys; one can be stowed between the front cover and the card piece but it isn't particularly secure. They don't fit in the pocket, however, two fit in the pocket of a large format Cahier.