This applies only to the book
Benedictine Daily Prayer (BDP). But you could apply this idea to any
breviary or prayer book.
Here are the materials used to make the
card-stock divider tabs described on the next series of
pages and how to type the text in your word processor. All materials were
purchased at Staples or Office Depot except for the Tabbies.
I made these tabs when I got tired of flipping pages and wanted my favorite
translations rather than the text in BDP for a few parts of the divine office.
110 lbs ivory-colored,
Office Depot page
Erasable write-on index tabs from
Tabbies. These tabs are heavy and stiff and hold up
I use an ultra-fine Sharpie permanent pen to mark on the Tabbies.
Scotch Transparent tape
Used to cover the text written on the Tabbies, the Post-It flags, and
reinforce the top and bottom edges of the dividers.
Post-It Small Flags
Small Flag size - 0.472 x 1.719 inch. Available in Red, Blue, Green,
Yellow, Bright Blue, Bright Pink, Bright Purple, Bright Yellow
I write on two Post-It Note plastic flags, then tape the two flags
on the yellow part with Scotch Transparent (cutting off the excess) then
attach the flags as a two-sided tab right on a page of BDP. The Post-It
Notes can be removed if needed without tearing the page, but I only remove
them when they wear out.
Picture when attached to BDP.
How to type text on the card-stock sheet (typical
With all margins reduced to the minimum, I created three text boxes
across the top part of page in my word processor. The two outer text boxes
are 3.70" wide and 5.70" high. The middle box is .220" wide.
In the middle text box, faint orange lines (borders) were placed on the left
and the right of that middle text box.
At 5.9" from the top edge of the sheet a faint orange horizontal line was
added. Here is a PDF of a
typical sheet used to make the dividers showing an example of the three
text boxes and the faint orange lines.
To print the dividers, first I printed one side, then turned the printed
sheet over and printed on the back side. Then I cut along the faint orange
lines. This method makes two dividers (I only need one, but if you are
making a set for a friend, you will have another set, and of course, if you
are making them for other people, you can make two sets with one card-stock
sheet.) The dividers are the same size as the pages in BDP and I put the
dividers in BDP where they are most helpful. Some dividers stay at a
particular page, others move with the day and hour to be prayed.
I keep a printed
Universalis.com calendar with BDP so I will know the week and Psalm
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