Daily Making: Index Card a Day

Daily Making: Index Card a Day

Sometimes, it can be hard to find time for making and creative activities. It’s easy to get caught up in work, chores, and general “life stuff.” Recently, I learned about a cool project called Index Card a Day that I think is a great way to address this.

Index Card a Day (ICAD) was created by an artist named Tammy on her blog Daisy Yellow. The concept is similar to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in that the focus is on creating every single day, rather than worrying about quality or your end result. The basic idea is to use an index card as your creative medium and to make something each day: you could draw on the card, write something, cut up the card to make something, and so on. You could decide to do the same type of activity each day or vary it. Index cards are small, cheap, and disposable, so you’re encouraged not to feel too much pressure to do something outstanding or polished.

An index card with large handwritten quotes and words overlapping each other
Index card created by a friend of mine with Hamlet as her inspiration


My approach to this challenge has been to use the index cards for creative writing. Each day, I free-write based either on snippets of ideas I’ve had or on prompts I’ve found online (picture prompts work great, too). Since index cards are not very large, it’s not too daunting of a challenge, and at the end of each week, I plan to trade cards with friends so we can continue each other’s stories.

If you’re looking for ideas, you can also check out Daisy Yellow, where Tammy posts prompts each week. Wondering what to do with your index card? There’s a list for that, too.

If you’re trying ICAD, we’d love to see your creations! Share them with us on Twitter or post links in the comments below!


Image Credit: “ICAD: Index Card a Day Art” by Flickr user Marcia is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

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