The Crazy Suburban Mom: Hightlighting issues, yet again...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hightlighting issues, yet again...

I'm still digging  my favorite highlighter pencil and no longer have issues with bleed through on the flip side... but I'm having other highlighter related issues.

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I've always tabbed appointments in my Filofax WO2P inserts somehow, most recently with translucent sticky flags (and tiny diary stickers from this shop) but it's not without issues.  First (and most maddening...) Avery no longer makes them so they aren't locally available.  Second, the one's I can find are very expensive considering what they are and... Third, the color appears to be applied on top of whatever the tabs are made of so after a few weeks the color degrades in a random, messy-looking way.  If you look at the edges of the tab above you can see the color is starting to ick-a-fy.  

I also would love to highlight varying amounts of text without making a sticky pad puzzle.  I've only found one thing that would work for that; translucent colored highlighter tape available from educational companies but it's not cheap and might have the same issues with degrading over time.

So I decided to make my own...

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

I purchased double-sided removable tape and sheets of vellum paper.  I believe the colored vellum  won't degrade over time as the color is part of the paper making process, not applied later.  So that solves one problem.

It's hard to see it in the above picture but I placed the tape on lined Filofax paper, mine covered four spaces.  If you look hard you can see the rough edge of the tape to the right of the hole.   I placed the light pink vellum paper over the tape, letting it hang a bit over the edge of paper as a tab, and cut using the lines as a guide. 

BeFunky Orton on iPhone

 I added a tiny dogish sticker (on the edge with no goo) to mark Ventura's next pet therapy appointment  and now I have both a tab and a highlighted area.

This is a bit of a fiddly process although certainly not difficult, granted something ready-made is easier. But it was much cheaper then buying similar already made items and I think these will last (if not I'll post) indefinitely; vellum is pretty durable.

The only issues I had at all was the tape dispenser edge isn't well suited for cutting this thick, sticky, and somewhat tear resistant tape and it was difficult to remove from the paper when not peeled away ASAP.  Getting it off the vellum was easy but it seems to grab regular paper pretty quickly so I'm afraid the tape will ultimately stick to the paper and the vellum will release.  Meaning when I try and peel away the tab... I'll be left with vellum in my hand and the double sided tape stuck to the paper.  I'll let you know!

 This was a cost saving project but I'm not sure it will work in the end.  Will definitely update when I know. 


Morag 6/27/13, 10:38 AM  

Great idea but why not buy the crafters double sided tape. It has a backing on it so you only expose one sticky side at a time. And it is easy to cut or even tear.

pensomnia 6/27/13, 1:33 PM  

Knitters like to use highlighter tape on patterns--here's a link:

Hope it's helpful!


Tracy Reinhardt 6/27/13, 1:36 PM  

Morag, I've never seen it but will look. I'm not sure how this is going to work - it definitely attaches to paper while is sort of sticks to the vellum I'm going to give it a few days and see what happens

Alix - Will check that out right now. Sounds perfect 7/1/13, 12:43 PM  

Have you tried the Sharpie Gel Highlighters? My daughter-in-law just gave me a three pack and they're awesome! They're like crayon. They don't bleed or smear. I think I'm in love.

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