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The Last AMMT Template: Kit ID

DIYPlanner.com is coming along extremely well, and most of the productivity stuff is falling into place there. The tentative date for launch is Saturday, September 3. More on that later.

Property Of...In the meantime, I thought I’d release one last template here at a million monkeys typing. If you’re like me, you tote lots of highly personal or valuable information on you, or expensive electronics, or both. I’m always afraid of dropping my kit unnoticed, or misplacing it in a Tim Horton’s (our national coffee chain), or otherwise losing it, so I decided to spend a few minutes to whip up a “kit ID” that contains my name, address, phone number, email address and website. I put one into each planner, bag and case that I use, in the hope that some kind soul will find the lost item and return it to me.

This business-card-sized template is in OpenOffice 1.x Draw format (sxd), which will allow you to customise it to your heart’s content, to make multiples per page, to export as PDF and so on. If you don’t already have it, I highly suggest downloading and installing the free Blue Highway fonts first, which are the main ones I use on all D*I*Y Planner templates. If you don’t have them, the file will substitute another font and the layout will probably look strange. The OpenOffice.org suite, of course, is a free download.

One more tip: if you laminate the cards, they will last a lot longer and stand up to moisture (and coffee stains).

Download: property_of.zip (12 KB)


  1. purple purple
    August 22, 2005    

    You may also want to check out stuffback at http://www.stuffbak.com/stuffBakAdmin/ I have no connection with them other than when I got my PDA it came with a stuffback kit. I haven’t lost it so I’m not sure it works as promised but as it comes with a little reward and is easy to return, it might get a better response rate than an address label. FWIW.

  2. Guy Guy
    August 23, 2005    

    Actually, these come in pretty handy. Most of my regular gear (laptop, bag) has a small business card insert that I fill and when I lost my bag it was returned (including laptop, organiser and all the other requisites) within 2 days! Sometimes there IS good in people.
    My business card is going to be out of date in a few months though, since I’ll leave the board of my student association, so I’ll need some more civilian cards… these will do fine!

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