Over at The Bench in my hounding thread, a question was asked of me by another Texas grapher...
And so, I give you a little info on my 'Graphing Notebooks.
What I have is actually not a spiral notebook, but rather spiral-bound cardstock. I have three of them-- one to hold three cards per page for the Rangers, one to hold three per page for the visiting team, and one to hold four per page for Rangers alumni. Each book is composed of 50 pieces of plain white index card weight paper, spiral bound at the top with a plastic cover on the front and back.
|All prepped for the weekend's Reds outing!|
The 4"x6" size is perfect for holding two cards per page. A minor problem though is that often the cards are perforated at the top. The perforations wear out over time and eventually the index cards come out. Sure, you can tape over the perforations for some reinforcement, but you'll go through a roll of tape on a single book. Also, the size is great for players who only sign one or two cards per person. But what about those who sign more? Do you just sit happy with your two while others are getting 3, 4, or 9 done? I sure didn't.
Enter the 8-board and the 9-board. Late in that first season in Boston, I took some old folders and attached photo corners so that each folder could hold two rows of four cards-- AKA the 8-board. That way, I could hold up to 8 cards per player. Now really, there aren't a while lot of guys who will sign that many, and I usually felt like an ass if I presented a player with that many cards unless I knew for sure he was up for it (Brad McCrimmon was great about it when he was a coach in Atlanta; always commented on his favorite cards too). But whoa, hold on, prepare for your brain to explode: how about four cards each for two players? Just put the top row as Player A, and the bottom row as Player B. It cuts down on space, while holding more cards. You can make them from any sort of heavy paper, cardboard, foamcore board, anything. Just cut it to the right size and proceed onward with your photo corners. With 9-boards, you can easily do three rows of three cards on a board of nearly the same size. When measuring, just remember cards are 2.5" by 3.5" and to build in at least a quarter-inch on each side, and maybe round up to the next half-inch. So for an 8-board, at least 8" by 11". For a 9-board, at least 8.5"x12". Going slightly larger is not a bad idea.
But after a while, the boards got to be too much. It's rare a player signs four cards-- some do, but not often. And shuffling around boards quickly as players came by could be a hassle. The boards quickly would get out of order and make it harder to find players. So, I went to the Composition Notebook.
|Been using this one since last year, I believe. |
It's now relegated to backup duty.
|Overkill? Overkill. Used since 2009, it's now my third-string.|
|Could certainly use a new spiral.|
And this is just my current Rangers one; the Alumni is far worse.
|The bands hold the spot, keep pages from flipping, |
and hold the pen when throwing the book
|The ungodly huge Alumni book|
When it comes to plastic vs. paper photo corners, I use plastic. They're cheaper and more durable. Paper once have less risk of dinging corners, but if you're careful, it shouldn't be a problem.
|A close-up on how to place the corners|
|Space them out...|
|... or flip them around to create a visual barrier.|