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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.
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Step 1: Assemble your stuff

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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.

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Step 2: Cut the front loose

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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

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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

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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

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Paste the PosIts to the inside cover.

Step 6: (Optional) Separate the Signatures

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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.
cam425 years ago
Yeah, pointless? Ripping out paper to replace with... paper.
moN1Ker6 years ago
I don't understand the point of this mod at all. So you cut all the pages out & clipped in notecards instead, bent the cover backwards and added some random page clips that don't serve a purpose since there aren't any pages to clip? Why not just put a binder clip for notecards on your moleskine and paste the post-it-markers to the cover & call it quits? There's no need to cut the whole thing apart just to put it back together.. "Don't fix it if it's not broken."
mkadlec6 years ago
i have a little modification of this instructable. There is no need to stick the index card pad into case, if you use a pad with the same widht as the pocket in the case. When you are using DYIPlanner Hipster templates, it is possible to clip stack of index cards at the left edge of the case. This makes place for tabs and pen at the right side.
tannox6 years ago
The Pilot Precise is the pen of the Gods.
log636 years ago
ok... this is cool, but like okto said, I don't understand why you ripped out the paper just to replace it with index cards... oh well
nanoalpha7 years ago
I'm pained to look at it. ;_; nice project, though.
unjust8 years ago
so.... i'm lost. why not just use the book, and tear out pages as you go, rather than waste it? i do this with several small notepads i use (for varied things) fold abotu 1/4" from top, tear out, repeat as necessary. once the book is empty, or nearly so, you can tidy up the edges with a blade, and then use the margins to hold in the note cards.
okto8 years ago, buy a Moleskine and rip out the paper to make room for...paper? Doesn't this defy GTD by un-doing things that are already done, IE, paper already bound into the notebook?
Please rotate the first image so that it doesn't look like it's stuck to a wall. Color correction would be great, too.
mrmath8 years ago
This is an example of how to write an instructable! Very well done. Everyone who thinks about posting should read this first, or perhaps this (if I can self plug). I don't want to see anymore instructables where there are no pictures, no real instructions, or anything worth while.
I know that it stands for "Parietal Disgorgement Aid", but it should technically be just called a PAA (Personal Analog Assistant) since PDA misleads you from "Personal Digital Assistant".
Here's a link:

Good job anyhow.... I have to go now, the BATT. LOW light on my keyboard is flashing like crazy....