The concept behind this was taken from this inventoids post, but I didn't have a Moleskine so I thought I would use this on my Latin dictionary to make it easier to look words up. Unfortunately, it didn't occur to me to write an instructable when I first did this, so these photos are from tab-ifying another book.
Step 1: What You'll Need
- a book: it can be a dictionary, reference handbook, diary, notebook, etc. Anything you want to separate into sections or index for easy reference. It also helps if your book is flexible, i.e. you can bend it when you thumb through the pages.
- a knife: you could use scissors if you really wanted to, but I wouldn't recommend it
- a cutting mat: if you don't have one, use a stack of scrap paper
- a ruler
- paperclips or binder clips (optional): to mark out the sections you want
Step 2: Mark Out Sections
Step 3: What Size Tabs?
The length of the tabs really depends on the size of your book and the size of your thumbs, but anywhere from 1.5 - 2.5 cm (0.5 - 1 in) works. The tabs can also be overlapped a bit to save space (up to roughly half the length of each tab); see the photos below for an example.
The thickness of the tabs depends on the thickness of the paper, but I find that 4 - 7 pages works best.
Step 4: Orientation of Tabs
If you're right-handed, you'll want to cut the tabs in the pages immediately before the start of each section. If you're left-handed, cut them in the pages immediately after the start of each section.
Step 5: Cut!
Take the pages you want to cut, and put the cutting mat underneath them so the cuts don't go through too many pages. You can remove the paperclips as you work through the sections.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
That's all! I hope you enjoyed this instructable. Thanks for reading!