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Prep Your Pages


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Many people prepare the pages of their notebooks before use, adding elements that will help improve the notes later. Some things we've seen include:

A simple cardboard stencil can help speed repetitive work, such as drawing 4:3 storyboard frames. Office supply stores sell mechanical stamps called automatic numbering machines that stamp page numbers in your book, advancing the page by one each time the stamp is applied; they cost about US$45. Electronic date-time stamps are available for about $85; these can apply page numbers as well.

Prep helps reduce the anxiety of the blank page.

When working with Tinderbox, page prep might include setting up a Color Scheme and creating some suitable Prototypes.

Preparing your pages can be an effective displacement activity.