From the Index-Card-a-Day Vaults

To get into the ICAD mood and launch our annual office {supply} party 👯‍♀️↪️🎬✴️🖼📇🖍 each year,
one of the things I do is MAKE announcements + title cards on index cards.

This year I made two collages from the acronym and several hand-lettered cards.

Here’s one of my title cards for 2019.

Here’s one of my title cards for 2019.

ICAD has grown completely by word-of-mouth over the years. I post about it on instagram and FB and here at the blog and folks who are interested gather together and play. The community of ICADians is positive, kind, ingenious, clever, enthusiastic, and supportive of each other. It’s never felt like a competition and I have tried my best to encourage everyone to cheer each other to the magical 61.

I like that we have folks from around the world participating! The roll-out on New Year’s Eve er ICADeve [12:00am on June 01 in YOUR respective time zone]. ICADians in 🇳🇿 New Zealand get us started. Then eastern Australia HOPS 🦘 in, and the challenge spreads around the globe — such a delight — but I do get sentimental. A lot of folks [no judgement, I’m one of them] create the first card on the night of May 31st because we literally cannot wait any longer.

A title card from 2018.

A title card from 2018.

Instruction card from 2014 meant to convey all of the relevant factoids about how the challenge worked.

Instruction card from 2014 meant to convey all of the relevant factoids about how the challenge worked.

Factoid: When tags were just starting to be a way of categorizing and finding stuff, we simply used ICAD as the tag, but some convention elsewhere in the world starting using the tag so we gave it up for an annual tag.

In 2014 I made a hand-carved eraser stamp to make a title card.

In 2014 I made a hand-carved eraser stamp to make a title card.

After making physical cards to announce the challenge, I use Photoshop to create a variety of graphics. There’s a steep learning curve but it is SO worthwhile and now I use it every.single.day! There are all sorts of graphics that you might or might not have noticed as you participate.

A graphic from 2016 with an analog background and digital wording.

A graphic from 2016 with an analog background and digital wording.

I create a variety of fun digital badges for ICADians to use at instagram, FB, their blogs, etc. This is a fun thing that we do to show our love of index cards and spread the word to tell friends about the challenge. There are 1000s of folks doing the challenge each year!!! It's definitely helpful to either share your cards and participate in the online ICAD community [at instagram, facebook, etc.] or with a local friend. That is a tip to stay accountable and motivated. I’m not sure which year I started making square badges for challengers to use at instagram and facebook, but probably around 2015.

Well, that’s a bit of a walk down memory lane to show you some of the older graphics and cards I’ve used to spread the word about ICAD since we began back in 2011.

Digital ICAD badge from 2016.

Digital ICAD badge from 2016.

Digital ICAD badge from 2018.

Digital ICAD badge from 2018.

Digital ICAD badge from 2019.

Digital ICAD badge from 2019.

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