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Thursday, June 01, 2006

"So how do you make those cool looking....

....index cards?" That is probably the question I'm asked the most. Everyone seems to like the idea, but most aren't quite sure how to go about it. The good news is that it's relatively simple.

The first thing you'll want to do is open up Microsft Word or whatever word processor you normally use. Go to Page Setup and either choose the page layout option for a 3"x5" index card, or customize the page dimensions yourself. You'll want to format the document landscape with a 3" height and 5" width.

Once you've got the card ready, format it into two columns. One will be for the picture, while the other will include the player's name, school, position, or whatever other info you want it to have. Also leave room in this column for the player to actually sign the card.

The next question becomes, "where do you get those pictures?" Again, simple! I simply do a Google image search for that particular player's name. In most cases, it brings up several pages of options, so I look for what I think is a good, fairly large picture so that it doesn't look blurry when you print it out.

You'll want to copy and paste that picture into your word document in the left column, and that's it! You've got a nice looking, home-made index card that will impress the player who receives it and make a nice collector's item if and when you get it back.